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Get to know with the wildlife of South Australia on this three-day coastal trip

We might be a bit biased, but we think Australia’s got the greatest wildlife collection in the world – this South Australia trip will show you why. From Adelaide, head to the Eyre Peninsula, a little known gem that’s full of beautiful scenery, with heaps of native animals and exciting activities on offer. If you're feeling adventurous you can choose to swim with Great White Sharks (don’t worry, there’s a cage) and play about with sea lions. If you're looking to stay dry, then enjoy secluded bush walks and train your eyes to spot the wildlife around you. You can meet some of Australia’s most famous, unique residents – like kangaroos and emus – and spot marine life when cruising around on catamarans, ferries and boats. Go wild in South Australia.

Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide, Australia
South Australia, Southern Ocean
Short Breaks - Group Adventures, The Great Outdoors
Physical rating
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 21

Why we love this trip

  • Koalas are one of Australia’s most iconic creatures – make some new furry friends among the gum trees of Mikkira Station

  • Take the chance to head beneath the surface, into the crystal clear waters surrounding the Neptune Islands, home of the Great White Shark

  • Dive at the opportunity to go on a watery play-date with some friendly sea lions, seeing who’s got the better moves in the waters around Hopkins Island

  • Hike through the dense Australian bush and the spot native wildlife that lives in the area

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is activity based, and tailored to enable you to experience these extensive wildlife encounters.


Adelaide’s one of those cities that has a little bit of something for everyone: award-winning gardens, 19th century churches, fresh seafood and enough good wines and wine bars to send a sommelier giddy. Think about arriving in town a day or two before kick-off to see everything Adelaide has to offer. We’ve got an early start day, leaving Adelaide at 5:00am for the drive to the Eyre Peninsula via Port Augusta and Whyalla. We’ll be honest – there’s not a whole lot to see on the drive (unless endless horizons and scrubby bushland float your boat), so load up the Kindle or charge up the iPod for some digital entertainment. After arriving in Port Lincoln and checking into our accommodation, head to Mikkira Station for a wander around the grounds in search of koalas and native Port Lincoln parrots.
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mikkira Station
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy a free day taking advantage of the range of activities on offer in Port Lincoln. Landlubbers may choose to walk the ten-kilometre trail from North Shields to Port Lincoln (or the shorter Parnkalla Trail along the coastline), while thrill-seekers might prefer cruising out to the Neptune Islands to go cage diving and come face-to-face with a Great White shark (at own expense).

Guest’s board at the Marina Hotel pontoon to the smell of hot coffee made fresh on-board. After an introduction and safety briefing from the skipper of the day, we throw off the ropes and set off for the Neptune Islands. Breakfast is served shortly after departure.

Sit back, relax and enjoy your journey we have a 2 ½ hour cruise and we are often accompanied by pods of dolphins and even the odd whale, in season. During the trip, the friendly crew will provide you with information about the fishing industries, the ‘local area’ and the marine life. ’Take in the spectacular coastal scenery of lower Spencer Gulf and the islands of Thorny Passage. In season, you can try your luck at catching a Southern Bluefin Tuna.

On arrival at the Islands the skipper gets the boat up as close to the land as he can so you can get the best views and the best photos of the New Zealand Fur Seal colony. The exact dive location for the day is chosen and it’s time to drop anchor. The ocean surrounding the Neptune Islands is crystal clear which makes for ideal viewing of the Great White Sharks.

Groups enter our new spacious cage 6 at a time. This way you get some welcome human company and you still get plenty of room for prime shark viewing. Once the sharks arrive, each group will have the opportunity to spend about 45 minutes in the cage, face to face with the amazing Great White Shark. Please note that time in the cage can vary and will depend on shark activity and weather on the day.

Even when you’re not in the water, you don’t miss out — the action from the very spacious upper and lower decks is fantastic so make sure you keep your camera ready for that once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. We have our own cameras mounted on the shark cage so you can also sit in the comfort of our saloon and watch the underwater action live-streaming.

Those not wishing to be quite so extreme, have a choice of free activities to choose from. Walk the Investigator trail from North Shields back to Port Lincoln 10km, Parnkalla trail from Billy lights back to Makybe Diva statue on the fore shore(5km), Railway museum (open 2-4pm) or the Art gallery at the Nautilus Theatre.
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Great White Shark Cage Dive - AUD495
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
From creatures of the deep to puppies of the sea. Today you have the option of cruising out to Hopkins Island and taking part in one of Australia’s many unique wildlife experiences: swimming with sea lions. This half-day adventure takes us to a friendly community of sea lions where you can swim, snorkel, paddle and splash about in the company of these inquisitive animals. Those preferring to stay on dry land can spend the day in Port Lincoln, perhaps strolling the foreshore or indulging in a seafood lunch. In the afternoon, return to Adelaide where your wildlife adventure wraps up.
Optional Activities
  • Swim with Sea Lions and Dolphins - Port Lincoln - AUD205
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch


2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners




Hostel twin share (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Mikkira Station

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Important notes

1. Tour commences at the YHA Adelaide Central on day 1 at 05:00 am and finishes at the YHA Adelaide Central on day 3 at approx 8pm.
2. Strict luggage limit of 15kg applies excess luggage can be stored at Adelaide accommodation.
3. Swimming with dolphins and sealions can be reserved in advance to secure your place, and paid locally
4. This trip is also available in Basix multishare see PNBS-B

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