Australian Coastal Safaris

Description

Australian Coastal Safaris conducts free-spirited safaris bringing together spectacular natural scenery, incredible marine life and the unbeatable Aussie beach lifestyle. Enjoy remarkable wildlife encounters, peerless fishing and the fabulous seafood that makes Eyre Peninsula famous around the world.
Your hosts and guides are David ‘Lunch’ Doudle and his wife Mandy, who have a real passion for sharing the secrets of their stunning backyard. You’ll visit Port Lincoln, marine action capital of the southern hemisphere, Coffin Bay National Park with its enchanting cliffs, caves and coves, and amazing Baird Bay where you’ll swim with sea lions and dolphins.
Along the way you’ll stay in local accommodation that offers a mix of waterside chic and castaway character, while Dave and Mandy provide meals that are freshly caught and brilliantly served.
Tariff includes all food and beverages, accommodation, 4WD vehicle and activities.

Doudle has prepared lunch (his nickname is starting to make so much more sense) – a trestle heaving with marron, prawns, yabbies and Moreton Bay bugs. Until now I’d been pacing myself, but something about the zippy enthusiasm of the place grabs me and the seafood surplus brings out a feeding instinct that suggests a bloodline to a seagull.

Gourmet Traveller

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Location: Eyre Peninsula

Eyre Peninsula is famous for its coast – more than 2,000 kilometres of breath-taking coastline, thriving marine life and some of the world’s richest waters.
It’s perhaps most famous for its farmed blue-fin tuna, gracing gourmet plates in restaurants all over the globe, but also its prized oysters, King George Whiting and deep water game fish.
The regional capital is Port Lincoln. This far-flung fishing town has the largest fishing fleet in the southern hemisphere and is home to some of the nation’s richest men. But it’s also regarded as something of an adventure capital, a place where visitors can swim with tuna, dive with Great White Sharks (the live footage for Jaws was shot near here) and join deep-sea fishing safaris.
Along the huge coastline you can also swim with sea lions and dolphins (at legendary Baird Bay), dive with giant cuttlefish, explore dramatic national parks, discover sleepy seaside towns and find a beach to call your own.
Away from the coast, visitors encounter huge farms and charming rural communities; the Peninsula is also the gateway to the Gawler Ranges (one of Australia’s great and little-visited wilderness areas) and the sprawling Nullarbor Plain.

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Seasonal considerations

Australian Coastal Safaris operate all year round and safaris will be tailored to suit the time of year travelling. From September to May is the peak time for travel to make the most of the warmer weather and enjoy the marine activities on offer.

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Dining

Port Lincoln has earned a reputation for some of the best seafood in the world and with good reason. Mandy and Lunch will provide all meals for you, though you might be harvesting some of it yourself! You can’t get any fresher than oysters and mussels freshly picked for your dinner, served with local King George Whiting and tuna.
What David and Mandy will casually create for you would excite patrons in any of Sydney’s or Melbourne’s most celebrated restaurants.

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Suitable/best for

Couples
Families
Honeymooners
Small Groups

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Individual tour description

Dave and Mandy are ready to shape your safari to your interests, time available and when you prefer to travel, but several activities come as part of the package. These include:

  • Baird Bay swim with sea lions and dolphins
  • All water activities in Coffin Bay and Baird Bay
  • 4WD tour of Coffin Bay National Park and Venus Bay Conservation Park
  • Visit to Glen Forest Park
  • Tour onboard the Calypso Star to swim with tuna

If you’re interested in fishing, Lunch can take you to some of the secret spots only the locals know about.

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Access

Nearest major City/Town
Capital city – Adelaide
Town – Port Lincoln

Air Access
Scheduled flights from Adelaide to Port Lincoln operate regularly each day and take 50 minutes.

Road Access
Port Lincoln is situated approx 650km from Adelaide (approx 8 hours drive).

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