Day 1- Wednesday 21st September ‘22 SWAN HILL – BERRI (L, D)
Welcome aboard our tour of the Eyre Peninsula, the Forgotten Corner of South Australia. We enjoy morning tea at Echuca and lunch at The Commercial Hotel, Swan Hill. We travel through the Mallee Region and Hattah National Park to Red Cliffs. After our afternoon tea we continue along the Sturt Highway, crossing the South Australian border, continue to Berri where we settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Berri Motel.
Day 2 – Thursday 22nd LOXTON – KADINA (B,D)
This morning after a hearty breakfast we travel through the Riverland Country and onto Waikerie and Morgan the starting point for the Whyalla Pipeline. Travel through Eudunda, Saddleworth and Auburn. After lunch we make our way through the beautiful Clare Valley where we visit the oldest winery in the Clare Valley, Seven hills Cellars for a self guided tour and tasting. We explore the mining towns of Wallaroo and Moonta, rich in Cornish history. We relax for our Overnight Stay at the Clare Country Club, Clare.
Day 3 – Friday 23rd KADINA – PORT LINCOLN (B,D)
This morning we travel via Port Augusta and continue to Lucky Bay where we visit Turner Aqua oysters with the chance to sample an oyster. We continue south along the Lincoln Highway to Port Lincoln, where we settle in for the Next Two Nights at the Port Lincoln Hotel. (Please note if the SeaSA ferry restarts we will travel across the Spencer Gulf by ferry to Lucky Bay instead of going via Port Augusta)
Day 4 – Saturday 24th DISCOVER PORT LINCOLN (B,L,D)
After breakfast this morning we head south for one of the most spectacular coastal drives – Whalers Way. Whalers Way offers sensational coastal views from the very tip of the Peninsula. We head into town for a delicious lunch at the Beer Garden. After lunch we do a city highlights tour before embarking on an Aquaculture Bay Cruise which includes visiting a range of farms such as Kingfish and Abalone farms. We return to our motel, with time to freshen up before dinner.
Day 5 – Sunday 25th THE WEST COAST – MURPHY’S HAYSTACKS (B,L,D)
Today after a hearty breakfast we make our way to Coffin Bay, located on the shores of one of the most beautiful estuaries in Australia, surrounded by National Parks. We enjoy a brief stop for morning tea, before continuing along the Flinders Highway to Ellison. We have a chance to admire this stunning area, particularly the appropriately named Great Ocean View, a section of cliff top roadway with some breathtaking views of the Great Australian Bight and Waterloo Bay. We stop at the geological wonder, Murphy’s Haystacks a great photo opportunity. This afternoon we make our way to Streaky Bay, where we settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Streaky Bay Community Hotel.
Day 6 – Monday 26th STREAKY BAY – GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT (B,L,D)
This morning we visit Point Labatt, an isolated and beautiful place, home to a colony of Australian Sea Lions. From the lookout on top of the cliffs we can view the seals basking in the sun on the rocks below. The views along the coast and out into the Great Australian Bight are sensational. From Point Labatt we return to the Flinders Highway and then travel inland to Minnipa. We visit nearby Pildappa Rock, a large piece of granite that has been exposed over time by erosion. Pildappa Rock features long wave formations rivalling those of Western Australia’s Wave Rock. We farewell this remote, yet fascinating part of the Eyre Peninsula. This afternoon we travel via Kimba and Iron Knob to Port Augusta. We settle in for Two Nights at the Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta.
Day 7 – Tuesday 27th PORT AUGUSTA - WHYALLA - THE EAST COAST (B,L,D)
This morning we head to the industrial city of Whyalla, the gateway to the Eyre Peninsula and visit Whyalla Visitor’s Information Centre where we have a guided tour of HMAS Whyalla, the largest land locked ship in Australia. We enjoy a tour of the town before we have a picnic lunch. This afternoon we return to Port Augusta with time to visit the Australia Arid Botanical Gardens. We return to the motel with time to relax before Dinner.
Day 8 – Wednesday 28th PORT AUGUSTA – MILDURA (B,D)
This morning after breakfast we make our way through Crystal Brook to Burra for a tour of this historic township. The contrasting architecture reflecting Irish, English, Cornish and European influences is unique. From Burra we travel to Morgan, situated on the Murray River. Then we make our way to Mildura. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Best Western Chaffey Motor Inn, Mildura.
Day 9 – Thursday 29th MILDURA – HOME (B)
Today we travel to Swan Hill for lunch and past the chain of lakes. Travel the Murray Valley Highway to Echuca where we enjoy afternoon tea with time to reflect on our tour having seen some wonderful sights of South Australia’s Hidden Secret on the Eyre Peninsula.