Straw coloured islands lay scattered in the deep blues of the Southern Ocean juxtaposed with translucent silica beaches, fringed with Bombay Sapphire waters – this is the Eyre Peninsula. A wild coastline, home to graceful Southern Right Whales, curious Australian sealions and misunderstood Great White Sharks. Welcome to some of Australia’s most dramatic ocean escarpment.
Can you picture yourself here? Perched on the edge of Australia, gazing across turquoise hues to nowhere, sea breeze whipping through your hair, salt tingling your skin. Your senses are alive as you devour lunch with not another soul in sight. This is paradise found.
Turn around 180 degrees and your new vista is completely contradicted by what was just before you. A small mob of emu, slink their way through the undulating dunes. Remove our native birds from the scene, and you could be mistaken thinking you were in Sossusvlei, Namibia.
Venture a little further around the western coastline and you will reach the Great Australian Bight – rough, rugged and spectacularly beautiful. Limestone cliffs wind along 200km and tower approx 80m above the untamed sea. The ocean roars, waves crash. Seabirds glide, wildflowers flutter.
The impressive rock formations at Whaler’s Way are worth the adventure on a clear day. Brimming with native wildlife, drive down a dusty track before exploring further on foot where you will witness some of the oldest rock formations on the planet. The ocean here can be aggressively beautiful. If the weather is right, long nosed fur seals may be seen splashing around and for adventurous souls, bring your swimming costume, as there are hidden picturesque rock pools to explore!
A gem of Lincoln National Park, is the aptly named Wedding Cake Island. With wild water dancing around the cliff base, this is the location to whip out your binoculars in search for birdlife. Also keep your eyes peeled for long nosed fur seals and sharks that may be tailing close behind!
Tucked away in Coffin Bay National Park, is the treasure of Almonta Beach. Think the whitest of white sands, the bluest of blue waters, fascinating and tragic history paired with an array of wildlife including kangaroos, emus and seabirds. The contrasts of this coastline continue to ‘wow’.
As cliffs drop away into the ocean, azure waters swirl and landscapes morph before your eyes, the wild beauty and sheer remoteness of the Southern Eyre Peninsula hooks you in and sticks with you. Something about this region embeds itself into your soul, luring you back the second you depart. Tempting you to explore further, knowing there is something even more beautiful to discover when you return.
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This category of tours involves light trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or kayaking for a few hours each day with a small amount of inclines and declines. You will require a reasonable level of fitness and good health to participate. It is important to note that due to the nature of some of our trips, they may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and can involve long travelling days on various modes of transport.
Suggested preparation : At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake aerobic exercise (this may include jogging, cycling or fast walking) for 30 minutes, three times a week. It is also advised to walk on variable terrain and in variable weather conditions. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week is recommended and for adventures which involve paddling and kayaking, it is important to gain confidence and rhythm rather than speed prior to departure.
This category of tours involve trekking, kayaking and cycling for period of 6 to 8 hours a day at a fairly consistent pace. Ideal for people looking to slightly increase the heart rate. For our moderately rated tours, you must have a good level of fitness and also be in good health. It is also important to be prepared for variable weather conditions. Altitude may also come into play. This category of tours may involve visiting remote areas where facilities can be quite basic. Accommodation may also involve camping, homestays or basic accommodation where facilities may not be considered of western standards. To enjoy this style of travel, it is suggested for travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness and health, a positive attitude, as well as a fairly active lifestyle. An open mind is also required.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake 45mins – 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week. Some potential exercises that could be beneficial include hill walking with a backpack on over variable terrain and weather conditions, as well as running and cycling dependent on the activity you plan on undertaking.
This category of tours involves trekking, kayaking, cycling or other adventure activities in remote areas for up to 8 to 10 hours a day. It is important to note that with the remoteness of some regions comes a variety of other challenges such as variable weather conditions, accommodation as well as facilities. You must have an excellent level of fitness and good health to be able to partake in this category of tour. You must have confidence in your own ability and be in good physical condition. Includes extended periods of endurance.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 to 4 months of strenuous exercise, four times a week. When preparing for treks it would be beneficial to participate in hill walks with a weighted day pack (approximately 5-8 kg) once a week for aerobic fitness and strengthening of leg muscles. It is also important to do this on variable terrain to prepare for challenging adventures. When preparing for cycling adventures, regular bike riding (at least 4 to 5 times a week for 1-4 hours is essential). It is also important to cycle on uneven surfaces or even participate in other aerobic exercises such as running or swimming to build up strength and stamina. Altitude may also be a factor in these tours.
This category of tour often involves extreme trekking, cycling or other extreme adventure activities. It is important to expect remote and poorly defined tracks and to be prepared for variable weather conditions for 10 to 12 hours per day (may sometimes be more depending on weather and altitude). These adventures are suitable for travellers who have prior experience in strenuous travel and activities, are extremely fit and have excellent health. It is also important to note that some of the terrain on these adventures will involve trekking in snow, at high attitude levels and may require technical equipment.
Suggested preparation: It is important to note that physical fitness should be an ongoing activity, commencing around 5-6 months prior to departure, or even before if you have no prior fitness. Exercise should focus on building maximum endurance and stamina. Four to five hard sessions of 40-60 mins per week should be completed and can include exercises such as going to the gym, running, swimming or cycling to focus on building aerobic stamina. It could also be beneficial to prepare by hiking on rough terrain, in extreme weather conditions or partake in altitude training.