Xplore Eyre – 3-Day Port Lincoln & Coffin Bay Tour from Adelaide - 3 Days

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Combining local produce, wildlife, culture and spectacular scenery, this 3-day Port Lincoln & Coffin Bay tour from Adelaide of ‘Australia’s Seafood Frontier’ will give you a real taste of Port Lincoln and the pristine regions surrounding it. Lovers of seafood will be right in their element with some once in a lifetime foodie experiences such as the unique Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour. Nature lovers will be thrilled by the koalas at Mikkira Station, opportunity to swim with sea lions or come face to face with the majestic Great White Shark. The scenery of the Eyre Peninsula is diverse and spectacular. From the pristine beaches of the Coffin Bay National Park to the rugged coastlines of Whalers Way. Your local guide will share their passion and knowledge of this world class destination with you and show you all the hidden gems you would never otherwise find.

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  • Feast on the world’s most delectable oysters on the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour
  • Tantalise your taste buds visiting a boutique winery, brewery and coffee company
  • Relax on an Electric Boat Cruise around Port Lincoln Marina
  • Get up close and personal with wild koalas at Mikkira Station
  • Walk the footprint free white sandy beaches of Coffin Bay National Park
  • Dine in many of the region’s best restaurants tasting world class local produce
  • Be wowed by the rugged beauty of Whalers Way & Lincoln National Park
  • Swim with Australian sea lions on a half day cruise to Seal Cove (OE)
  • Come face to face with the majestic Great White Shark (OE)
Day 1
Day 1 – Adelaide to Port Lincoln

You will be transferred from your Adelaide accommodation bright and early to catch your flight to Port Lincoln. Your local guide will greet you at the airport and give you an overview of what exciting things are to come, over a coffee. After a little exploring around Port Lincoln, which will include a visit to Winters Hill to fully understand what you will discover in the region, you will enjoy a tantalising lunch of local seafood harvest at the Marina Hotel Restaurant.

With a full tummy, board the ‘Tesla’, a unique electric canal cruiser. Enjoy a tranquil cruise around Port Lincoln’s Marina and learn about Australia’s largest commercial fishing fleet. Explore some stunning coastline at Sleaford Bay and Whalers Way, before visiting Mikkira Station, home of a wild koala population where you can get some great photos. After a full day of exploring its time to relax and enjoy dinner at the award-winning restaurant, Del Giorno’s.

Day 2
Day 2 – Port Lincoln & Surrounds (Optional Sea Lions)

This morning you have the choice between two quite different itineraries. Option one is one of the best interactive wildlife experiences in Australia, swimming with playful Australian sea lions. This half-day cruise to the crystal-clear waters of Seal Cove off Port Lincoln is an Optional Extra and at only $215 is guaranteed to be one of the best days of your life. Be amazed as the puppy dogs of the sea welcome your arrival with great excitement!

If you prefer to stay on dry land, you’ll start the day exploring the breathtakingly beautiful Lincoln National Park. Enjoy morning tea at Stamford Hill after an invigorating climb, and visit Cape Donnington and the pristine beaches and lookouts on offer. Then it’s back to Port Lincoln for lunch at the iconic Fresh Fish Place.

No matter which option you choose in the morning, the afternoon looks like this. Visit Boston Bay Wines for tastings and Glen Forest Tourist Park for up close and personal wildlife encounters. Pop into the unique Koppio Smithy Museum for a touch of history that is sure to impress. After another full day it’s time to settle in for a great evening meal and local wine at Sarins Restaurant at the Port Lincoln Hotel.

Please note the Sea Lions tour does not operate in winter from June to August.

Day 3
Day 3 – Coffin Bay (or Great White Shark Experiences)

Today is a foodies dream day. Explore the pristine Coffin Bay National Park famed for its white sandy beaches and enjoy morning tea at the beautiful Yangie Bay picnic area. Following this you will have a unique harvest experience on the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour, the only one of its kind in Australia. Put on some waders and sit down at a semi-submerged ‘Salt Water Pavilion’ located at their working commercial Oyster Lease. Feast on the world’s most sought after oysters, plucked straight out of the ocean.

Lunch will follow with a wonderful seafood platter at the 1802 Oyster Bar & Restaurant which has beautiful views overlooking the waters of Kellidie Bay. Heading back towards Port Lincoln you will visit the Boston Bean Coffee Company for an amazing coffee of your choice. Caffeinated, we’ll enjoy a nice walk along the foreshore before a visit to the Eyre Peninsula’s very own boutique brewery, Beer Garden Brewing. Get ready for your final taste sensation enjoying some locally brewed beers and wood fired pizza.

As we come to the end of your journey your guide will drop you back to the airport for your 7.40pm flight to Adelaide. Your airport transfer back to your Adelaide accommodation will be organised which will have you arriving back to your hotel at approximately 9pm.

Alternative Day 3 Itinerary – Great White Experiences (Optional Extra)

Alternatively, those who love aquatic wildlife, and/or are seeking an adrenalin rush, can choose the full day optional experience of coming face-to-face with the majestic, Great White Shark. There are two operators offering different types of experiences: From staying dry in a revolutionary glass viewing aqua sub, to the more extreme option of entering the cage. Prices range from $350 to $564 depending on your choice. Please see ‘Optional Extras’ for more information.

Inclusions

  • Flights – Adelaide to Port Lincoln return
  • Accommodation – 2 nights at the Port Lincoln Hotel
  • All meals and some beverages
  • All entry fees, national park fees and activities unless stated as an optional extra (OE)
  • Coffin Bay Oyster Experience
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport – executive 4WD
  • Local guide and expert knowledge
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off From Adelaide

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

While everything on our tours is included in the price, there are a few optional extra experiences on this tour that we leave up to you to decide if you would like to do. These are very popular activities, so we highly recommend securing your place at time of booking. You can add these to your cart when booking.

Please keep in mind; These tours are operated by third parties and separate to Xplore Eyre. Therefore, the terms and conditions of each of these companies apply. Weather can play an important part in the operations of these tours and occasionally a tour may be cancelled which is beyond our control. If that is the case, you will be provided a full refund.

Swim with Sea Lions in Port Lincoln  

Adventure Bay Charters – $215pp

(Please note does not operate June-August)

Head out on this half-day cruise to the crystal-clear waters of Seal Cove off Port Lincoln, where the puppy dogs of the sea will welcome your arrival with great excitement! Swim and splash about in the company of these inquisitive animals as they twist and twirl all around you. Included in the cost is your mask, snorkel, wetsuit and fins, light breakfast served in departure lounge, morning tea on board & free photos.

 

Great White Shark Experiences in Port Lincoln

Adventure Bay Charters – From $389pp to $564pp

This is Australia’s first Advanced Eco-certified White Shark Tour. Sustainable and responsible, Adventure Bay Charters use rock music to attract the sharks, which also makes for a great vibe on the boat for your tour. They also have the only Aqua Sub, dry glass viewing platform with 360-degree views of the Great Whites in their natural habitat. This allows you to come face to face with the sharks and the cage divers whilst staying dry! If you are feeling brave you can upgrade on the day to have the ultimate thrill of plunging into the Southern Ocean with the sharks, from within the safety of the cage.

This full day tour to the Neptune Islands departs at 6.30am and returns at 6.30pm. It includes all equipment, breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. You also receive a selection of free images which they will email to you within a couple of days.

Cost structure 

– Full Day Tour/Aqua Sub Access – $350pp (at time of booking)

– Cage Dive – $175pp (paid on board)

– $39 ‘Department of Environment Fee’ is payable on the day regardless of which option you choose (payed at reception)

If you opt to enter the cage but do not see any Great White Sharks you will not pay the $150 Cage Entry fee, just the $350 + $39. 

Calypso Star Charters Shark Cage Diving – $532pp 

Calypso Star Charters was established in 1990 and have a proud history of providing safe and exciting Advanced Eco Certified Shark Cage Diving. They are the only one-day Shark Cage Diving South Australian tour operator who is permitted to use natural fish burley (chum) to attract the sharks. This sustainable practice provides passengers with the best possible chance of sighting and interaction close to the vessel and cage, which will enhance your incredible experience!

The full day’s charter boards at 6.30am and it takes about 2.5 hours to get out to the Neptune Islands. No diver experience is required. All food and equipment is supplied and MV Calypso Star 2 is the only Shark Cage Diving vessel fitted with a Gyroscopic Stabiliser, increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.

Please note the $532 rate is inclusive of a $37 Department of Environment Fee. 

On days of nil sightings of White Sharks, all guests will be refunded $100 and provided a $200 voucher off a future tour.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Flights are operated by Rex and depart Adelaide at 8.15am – arriving 9.05am and returning from Port Lincoln on day three at 7.40pm arriving Adelaide 8.30pm.
  • We recommend storing some luggage at your return accommodation in Adelaide as Rex have a 15kg luggage restriction per person plus one 7kg carry on.  For more details on Rex Baggage Allowance please visit their website.
  • Accommodation is at the award-winning Port Lincoln Hotel. Rates are based on Twin/Double Share.  If you are travelling solo you need to pay the Single Traveller rate for your own room.
  • It is highly recommended that you pre-book the optional experiences at time of booking as they are very popular and can’t be booked on the day. You can add these to your cart when booking.
  • Dietary requirements can be catered for but must be advised at time of booking.
  • Changes to Itinerary: Our experienced guides will tailor activities on seasonal conditions throughout the year to maximise your experience and enjoyment. Any deviation from this itinerary will be made with serious consideration and passengers’ best interest and safety as our number one priority.
  • Our tours require a minimum of two people to operate and in the unlikely event we only have one person confirmed we have some other options available.  Firstly, a Single Traveller fee is offered to run the tour with only one person.  Secondly, we reserve the right to cancel the tour and arrange an alternative operator (if possible).  If the alternative is not suitable we will refund your tour price in full.
  • Please read our full Booking Terms & Conditions prior to booking your tour.

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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  • Australian Wildlife Adventures
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off From Adelaide
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  • 3 Days
  • Returns to original departure point