Eyre Peninsula and Maralinga

Immerse yourself in the wild coastline, quaint coastal towns and delicious food of the spectacular Eyre Peninsula.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Guided Tour of Bungaree Station, Clare
  • Whyalla Tour
  • Whyalla Steelworks Tour
  • Turners Oysters and Seafood, Cromwell
  • Whalers Way, Port Lincoln
  • Adventure Bay Cruise to Boston Bay
  • Coffin Bay and Oyster Tasting
  • Elliston Guided Tour
  • Great Australian Bight and Waterloo Bay
  • Murphy's Haystacks
  • Streaky Bay
  • Maralinga Full Day Guided Tour
  • Minnipa Agriculture Centre
  • Kimba, Big Galah
  • Port Augusta

 

Departing
05/05/2020
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Luxury 4x4 Coach
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Day 1                                                       HOME TO ADELAIDE                                          Tue 5 May 20 (D)

On arrival into Adelaide meet your friendly Stonestreet’s coach crew team as we embark on our journey to the Eyre Peninsula where the pristine landscapes and fantastic seafood are just waiting to be explored. Our tour also features Maralinga which has a dark and interesting past. This afternoon we spend some time exploring the lovely city from gorgeous historical buildings to the fantastic views from Montefiore Hill.  Stay: Adelaide Rockford (PH: 08 8211 8255)

Day 2                                                  ADELAIDE TO WHYALLA                                  Wed 6 May 20 (BLD)

Leaving Adelaide, we head to Clare for our break at Bungaree Station. The merino sheep station established in 1841, is still run by descendants of the original founder. A member of the family will give us a wonderful insight into 19th century station life with a guided tour and lunch. We continue onto Whyalla, the gateway to the Eyre Peninsula. Renowned for its steel and ship building hub, its also blessed by the natural environment. This afternoon we explore the well-developed foreshore and marina or watch the blazing sunset before dinner. Stay: Foreshore Motor Inn, Whyalla (PH: 08 8645 8877)

Day 3                                              WHYALLA TO PORT LINCOLN                                 Thu 7 May 20 (BD)

Today enjoy a behind a scenes tour of the Whyalla Steelworks, whose operations begins with the mining of raw materials and ends with the distribution of finished steel products including structural steel for construction or rail lines and sleepers. Later, travel on to Cowell, where we visit Turners Oysters and Seafood, enjoy a demonstration on oyster shucking and maybe a tasting or two.  Continue to Port Lincoln, a seafood lovers paradise, with some of the freshest and most sought-after seafood in the world! The town is not only home to the country’s largest commercial fishing fleet, but also has breathtaking coastal views and amazing native wildlife. Stay: Port Lincoln Hotel (PH: 08 8621 2000)

Day 4                                                         PORT LINCOLN                                             Fri 8 May 20 (BLD)

This morning we travel to privately owned Whalers Way where we see sensational views from the very tip of the Eyre Peninsula. We enjoy lunch at Marina Hotel before joining Adventure Bay Charters to cruise one of the world’s largest protected natural harbours. Boston Bay stretched from the top of the Port Lincoln National Park to Point Boston and covers an area more than 3 ½ times the size of Sydney Harbour. We cruise the magnificent canals of the Lincoln Cove Marina, Boston Bay and Port Lincoln National Park and indulge in a tasting of the wonderful seafood.  Stay: Port Lincoln Hotel (PH: 08 8621 2000)

Day 5                                        PORT LINCOLN TO STREAKY BAY                             Sat 9 May 20 (BLD)

We farewell our hosts and drive through some of the most rugged and dramatic coastline on the Eyre Peninsula. We’ll stop in the pretty town of Coffin Bay, located on the shores of one of the most beautiful estuaries in Australia and surrounded by National and Conservation Parks. Here we taste some delicious oysters at Pure Coffin Bay Oysters. Later we arrive at stunning Elliston for a guided town tour and BBQ lunch. We then drive the appropriately named Great Ocean View – a section of cliff top roadway with some remarkable views of the Great Australian Bight and Waterloo Bay. Next, visit Murphy’s Haystacks, set in the middle of a wheat field and surrounded by mallee scrub, these ancient wind-worn pillars and boulders of pink granite are estimated to be over 1,500 million years old. We then continue onto Streaky Bay for our overnight accommodation.  Stay: Streaky Bay Hotel Motel (PH: 08 8626 1008)

Day 6                                         STREAKY BAY TO MARALINGA                            Sun 10 May 20 (BLD)

Today we’ll travel through Ceduna to join the Eyre Highway and head west to Yalata.  From here we venture to the north over the Transcontinental Railway line and on to Maralinga, a former Atomic Testing site. Since its closure in 1963, the area has had an extensive and expensive clean up and is now available to the public to safely tour. There is a collection of videos available in the village which will provide a fascinating insight before tomorrow’s full day tour.  Stay: Maralinga Village (PH: 08 8670 4081)

Please note:  Accommodation is in the form of "Dongas" - which are ATCO style units and will be twin share only (single beds) not all rooms are ensuited – first to book will receive ensuited rooms.  Non-ensuited rooms have facilities close by.

Due to limited accommodation, single supplement may not be available at Maralinga.  Meals at Maralinga will be supplied by Stonestreets Travel.

Day 7                                                        MARALINGA                                         Mon 11 May 20 (BLD)

Aboriginal people have occupied the Maralinga Tjarutja lands since time immemorial. The recent history involving the displacement due to the nuclear trials, the traditional owners have had a long struggle to reclaim their land and culture. Between 1953 and 1963, the United Kingdom conducted a programme of nuclear weapons development trails at Maralinga and nearby Emu. Nine major nuclear trails involving atomic explosions and several hundred smaller scale experiments (minor trials), which dispersed radioactive materials, were carried out between the two locations. The traditional owners have since been handed back the land from the Federal Government. Today with the help of a local guide, we will uncover this dark chapter of Australian history. We’ll visit the airstrip, hand dub well, several Ground Zero points and the huge, deep burial pits that contain contaminated vehicles and equipment used in the final clean up. What an interesting day!  Stay: Maralinga Village (PH: 08 8670 4081)

Please note:  Accommodation is in the form of "Dongas" - which are ATCO style units and will be twin share only (single beds) not all rooms are ensuited – first to book will receive ensuited rooms.  Non-ensuited rooms have facilities close by.

Due to limited accommodation, single supplement may not be available at Maralinga.  Meals at Maralinga will be supplied by Stonestreets Travel.

Day 8                                              MARALINGA TO CEDUNA                                Tue 12 May 20 (BLD)

Return to the Eyre Highway and on to Ceduna, located on the shores of Murat Bay.  Stop at the quarantine checkpoint prior to arriving into the town, then enjoy some of the local sights including the views from Pinky Point Lookout prior to checking in to our beachfront accommodation.   Stay: Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel (PH: 08 8625 2008)

Day 9                                         CEDUNA TO PORT AUGUSTA                            Wed 13 May 20 (BLD)

This morning, we travel to the tiny town of Minnipa, where we visit the Minnipa Agricultural Centre, a research facility and centre of excellence for dry land farming in South Australia. On arrival we’ll enjoy a presentation on the research, have a chance to explore the gardens and wander the historic library. We stop for lunch at the local pub before continuing along the Eyre Highway through Kimba, home of the Big Galah! We arrive in Port Augusta and enjoy our final dinner together on tour.  Stay: Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta (PH: 08 8642 4033)

Day 10                                          PORT AUGUSTA TO HOME                                   Thu 14 May 20 (B)

Today we return for Adelaide early afternoon for your homebound flight.  Arrive home with wonderful new friends and fond memories of our amazing Eyre and Maralinga tour.

 

Inclusions

  • Luxury 4WD coach travel with experienced crew (2 x driver/guides)
  • Meals = 25 (Breakfast 9, Lunch 7, Dinner 9)
  • All entries to Attractions, Guided Tours, Cruises and National Park entries as follows
    • Adeliade City Sights Tour
    • Guided tour and lunch at Bungaree Station
    • Whyalla Steelworks Tour
    • Talk and oyster tastings at Turners Oysters & Seafood
    • Guided tour of Whalers Way
    • Lunch at Marina Hotel Port Lincoln
    • Seafood Water to Wharf cruise with Adventure Bay Charters
    • Tour and tastings at Pure Coffin Bay Oysters
    • Guided tour of Elliston and BBQ lunch at Elliston Community Information Centre
    • Full Day Maralinga Tour
    • Guided tour of Pildappa Rock & Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Departing
05/05/2020
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Luxury 4x4 Coach
Need Flights?
Please contact us
Price
AUD $4,495
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