FLINDERS & EYRE PENINSULA 7 DAY
In the morning drive to Clare Valley on route to the Flinders. Visit Martindale Hall, a Georgian styled with Italianate influenced sandstone mansion which has significant heritage value in South Australia. Built in 1879 – 1880 for Edmund Bowman Jr. at a cost of £30,000 it has some 32 rooms and boasts a large cellar of some 7 rooms. Edmund surrounded the home with a polo ground, a racecourse, a boating lake and a cricket pitch where the English 11 played at least once. For lunch visit Skilogalee Wines. Their wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown on their own estate and styles include crisp dry whites, full bodied reds and some luscious fortified wines. Savour the view from the veranda overlooking their cottage garden and vines, enjoying a two-course lunch.
In the afternoon drive to the Flinders Ranges. Along the way we’ll stop of near Hawker to see a spectacular section of the Heysen Trail overlooking the Central Flinders Ranges. Our destination is Rawnsley Park, a sheep station running approximately 2000 sheep on 12000ha of land. Early evening the guides at Rawnsley will take you to see a brilliant Flinders Ranges sunset overlooking the stunning Chace Range, whilst enjoying a glass of sparkling wine and canapés prepared by the Woolshed Restaurant, followed by a 2-course meal at the restaurant.
Overnight in a Rawnsley Park Eco Villa.
Take a majestic drive tour through Bunyeroo and Brachina gorges before arriving at the Prairie Hotel for lunch. The Prairie Hotel is owned by the Fargher family, who have run sheep and cattle in the Flinders Ranges for four generations and in 1991 bought their local pub, turning it into an outback dining sensation and must do for any Flinders visit. Try a range of signature dishes, including their famous Feral Feast. Late afternoon return to Rawnsley Park Station for dinner provided to your eco villa.
In the morning we’ll drive to Blinman, which is an historic copper town surrounded by spectacular hilly desert countryside, with a permanent population of only 18 people. Copper was discovered at Blinman in 1859 by a one-legged shepherd, which saw a surge of Cornish immigrations trekking 500 kilometres from Adelaide to see their fortune, working in some of the harshest conditions imaginable. The Blinman underground experience offers a unique journey into the heart of an historic copper mine. With the installation of an innovative sound and light system, which includes storytelling, light boxes, music, a mix of theatre and mining history and experienced tour guides, it transports people back in time, to the lives of the miners and their families during the second half of the 19th century. Enjoy lunch at the Blinmann Pub then Late afternoon return to Rawnsley Park Station for dinner at the Woolshed Restaurant.
Check out of Rawnsley Park Station and transfer to Port Lincoln. Upon arrival to Port Lincoln, check into South Point Beach House, set right on the waterfront overlooking Boston Bay in the Lincoln Marina. That night enjoy a 3-course dinner with your own personal chef using local produce, local wines, local beer and soft drinks.
We start your day by getting your bearings and great education on what makes Port
Lincoln tick, with a visit to one of the best 360′ degree views of the city of Port Lincoln,
Boston Island, Boston Bay and all the way out to the stunning Port Lincoln National Park,
then spin 180 degrees and you can view the vista to Coffin Bay, Marble Ranges and the
west coast of Eyre Peninsula.
Next, we head down to Flinders Ports Wharf. This wharf is South Australia’s main grain
exporting plant. Often you will have the opportunity to view the unloading of a fishing boat.
Then head to Lincoln Marina, home of the largest fishing fleet in the Southern
Hemisphere and learn why Port Lincoln is the ‘Seafood Capital of Australia’. Take in the
diversity of Port Lincoln’s fishing industries and vessels.
Our next adventure is to the Port Lincoln National Park. Thrilling 4WDriving over the naturally rugged and wild coastline to massive sand
dunes. Sandboarding or tobogganing is awesome fun for young and young at heart, cruise
down the high peaks of the sand-dunes whilst overlooking the beautiful Southern Ocean
and clifftops, is not to be missed. Of the 29,000ha National Park, you can walk, hike or
beachcomb along many of the secluded beaches and hiking trails. Lunch is a gourmet seafood Aussie picnic style.
From here, we get up close and personal at arguably one of Australia’s very best habitats
where wild Koalas can be found in a wonderful private nature reserve. We stroll under
the beautiful old Eucalypt trees and come face to face with the cuddly icon of Australia as
they laze in the Manna gums. Due to the gums being stunted in growth, your view of the
koalas are at eye level and you will definitely need more than 2 hands to keep count!
Your dinner will be 3 courses of fresh local produce provided by your hosts, with local
wines, local beer and soft drink.
Enjoy a short drive to the home of the finest oysters and fishing in the world, the
beautiful Coffin Bay. The area is of outstanding beauty, world famous oysters and is
home to a variety of important species of flora and fauna, which is why it’s classified as a maritime wilderness area.
Oysters are on the menu and we take a 1.5-hour tour with Coffin Bay oyster farmer Chris
Hank on his oyster cruise. Chris will showcase the Pacific
and the Native Angasi Oyster from a picturesque oyster-lease in the bay of Coffin Bay.
Fresh out of the rack, you get to sample these magnificent Oysters proving why they end
up in the top restaurants around the world.
Lunch is fresh seafood at Coffin Bay 1802 Oyster Bar. Our next highlight of the day is a guided walk that will educate and
inspire all with appreciation and the conservation of the natural environment. Learn about the unique natural bushland of the
Grassy Low She-oak Woodland that is a ‘Heritage Listed’ area. Get into the action with
water divining, understanding and experiencing ‘bushtucker’ and then relax and marvel at
the central meeting place that is truly like no other, whilst listening to the sounds of the didgeridoo. You might even get to check out
Australia’s cutest animal, the native pygmy breeding program.
Next, we meander out to the Coffin Bay National Park, which offers some of the most
spectacular coastal scenery in South Australia, ranging from ancient granite, limestone
and sandstone cliffs to long beaches bordered by white sand dunes. Framed by the sea,
wildlife is plentiful throughout the 31,000 ha National Park
with Western Grey Kangaroos, Emus, Goanna’s and Snakes and Dolphins in the Bays.
There are plenty of lookouts for spectacular views.
That night enjoy the Del Giornos seafood menu at this iconic seafood institution.
Fly Port Lincoln to Adelaide.
Price for Private Charter
2 pax: $18000 per person
3 pax: $13000 per person
4 pax: $11500 per person
7 days, 6 nights
Private charter for 2-4 adults