Gawler Ranges (3 days)
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life on this superb weekend escape to the magnificent but relatively unknown Gawler Ranges in South Australia. Reconnect with nature and wildlife swimming with, or observing the friendly and playful sea lions at Baird Bay. Then spend 2 nights deep in the Gawler Ranges, glamping at the boutique Kangaluna Safari Camp with unforgettable touring and special experiences provided by local hosts – Geoff and Renae.
A wonderful trip. The itinerary, the accommodation, the pilot, were all excellent. Best of all I got to see Lake Eyre with water in it. One of those bucket list items ticked off.
- Scenic Flying over South Australia's Eyre Peninsula
- Swim with the seal lions (and perhaps dolphins at Streaky Bay)
- All-inclusive glamping in the beautiful Gawler Ranges wilderness
- Sunset drinks and nibbles with an abundance of native wildlife
- 4WD tour to photograph the amazing salt crust of Lake Gairdner NP
- Striking and colourful rock formations galore
Itinerary: Gawler Ranges (3 days)
Melbourne to Gawler Ranges
Depart Moorabbin Airport at 08.00 am with a short refuelling stop at Naracoorte before continuing on to Streaky Bay.
Lunch on the Beach before boarding the boat for an unforgettable wildlife experience. On the 5 kilometre journey to a lagoon at Jones Island near Cape Radstock (at 160 metres, it is one of the highest sheer points on the southern coast of Australia) where you can watch Bottlenose dolphins ride the bow wave of the boat, and join these magnificent mammals in shallow water. 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 provide.)
You’ll then be driven to Kangaluna Bush Safari Camp in the beautiful Gawler Ranges and met on arrival with drinks and nibbles. Accommodation for the next two nights is in a private 'glamping' bush safari tent (complete with full hot water shower and flushing toilet). Dinner is served in the camp dining room with wildlife such as local kangaroos and emus a noticeable distraction as you dine.
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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