A Weekend in the Gawler Ranges (3 days)
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life on this superb weekend escape to the magnificent Gawler Ranges in South Australia. Reconnect with nature and wildlife swimming with the friendly and playful sea lions at Baird Bay. The Gawler Ranges have an extraordinary range of wildly beautiful outback country boasting contrasting colours of red sands and rocky gorges, blue skies and the glistening white of massive Lake Gairdner.
Glamping at the boutique Kangaluna Safari Camp, you’ll see more stars than you believed possible, hear only the local wildlife, and wonder at billion-year-old volcanic rocks. Local hosts Geoff and Renae provide unforgettable touring and insights into this remarkable region.
Our pilot made every effort to ensure that we had the best views possible and also provided us with loads of information as well as many entertaining stories. And the food and accommodation were a delight, a true "foodies" experience.
Itinerary: A Weekend in the Gawler Ranges (3 days)
Day 1: Melbourne to Baird Bay to Gawler Ranges (L,D)
Depart Moorabbin Airport at 8.00am for Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. You’ll be met by Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris, the local experts who will make your experience an extra special one, with their passion and knowledge of the region.
Drive to Baird Bay to board the boat for an unforgettable wildlife experience. On the five kilometre journey to a lagoon at Jones Island near Cape Radstock, you can watch bottlenose dolphins ride the bow wave of the boat, and join these magnificent mammals in shallow water. At 160 metres, Cape Radstock is one of the highest sheer points on the southern coast of Australia. Cross the bay to visit a resident colony of rare Australian sea lions and experience playing face to face with these agile and friendly mammals as we wade in protected shallow lagoons. You may very well be smooched by these animals. Wetsuits, snorkelling gear and towels will be provided.
After this incredible encounter, drive to Kangaluna Camp, the ideal location away from the crowds to enjoy the ambiance of the outback. Accommodation is in a private glamping tent, complete with ensuite.
Dinner is served in the camp dining room with local kangaroos and emus a noticeable distraction as you dine. Your hosts Geoff and Rene will make sure you are well fed and provide you with many insights to the rich, local flora and fauna.
Overnight: Kangaluna Camp, luxury safari tents
I couldn't fault anything to do with this trip. I'd highly recommend this trip (and have already) to anyone thinking of visiting Lake Eyre & surrounds. Thanks to Jake for his thoughtfulness and hospitality, as well as his skillful flying.
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