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Our most recommended South Australia National Parks

Coffin Bay: 1-Day Seafood, Wine and Nature Tour

1. Coffin Bay: 1-Day Seafood, Wine and Nature Tour

Be picked up directly from your Port Lincoln accommodation and start the day heading to Coffin Bay National Park and walking on the footprint free Almonta Beach. Spot lots lot native wildlife such as kangaroo's and emus. Have morning tea overlooking Coffin Bay National Park before the tour highlight, the Coffin Bay Oysters Lease Tour. Travel out to their oyster lease, learning about the industry, how to shuck your own oysters and then taste them. Take a town tour from the boat before sitting down for lunch at iconic seafood restaurant, 1802 Oyster Bay to sample more fresh Coffin Bay seafood.  On the way back into Port Lincoln visit Boston Bay Wines to taste their signature wines.

Port Lincoln: Lincoln National Park Sunset Sand Dunes Tour

2. Port Lincoln: Lincoln National Park Sunset Sand Dunes Tour

Head to the sand dunes in Lincoln National Park to watch night fall. Feel the thrill of riding in a modified off-roading vehicle. Explore Stanford beach and take in the sunset at the Wanna Sand Dunes. Be picked up from your accommodation in Port Lincoln. Relax on the drive to Lincoln National Park. Get off the beaten track as your guide uses the 4-wheel-drive to venture off-road. Admire the long stretch of sand at Stanford beach. See how the light plays across the wind-sculpted sand dunes at sunset. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like the Rosenberg's goanna lizard, echidnas, western whipbirds, malleefowls and hooded plovers. 

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

3. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Go kayaking through Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary on this guided tour. Get up close and personal with one of the ocean's most playful and friendly creatures. Upon arrival, demonstrations and all equipment will be provided. Travel at a comfortable pace since you don't need any prior kayaking experience. Start your tour by kayaking your way through 10,000-year-old mangrove-lined creeks, which are the ultimate feeding grounds for dolphins due to the seagrass, saltmarsh, tidal flats, and creeks. See the sanctuary's abundant birdlife and intricate ecosystem. You can also paddle close to shipwrecks that have been abandoned from a bygone era. It's a special experience that simply can't be replicated.

Coorong Discovery Cruise

4. Coorong Discovery Cruise

Discover the Coorong National Park on a 3.5-hour experience with lunch included. Cruise past the Murray Mouth and into the park for 1-hour guided walk. Tour departs from the old river port town of Goolwa, located 70 minutes south of Adelaide’s center.  A Ploughmans lunch is served on board as you cruise to the Goolwa Barrage and through the lock. Continue down to the Murray Mouth and into the Coorong National Park. Stop for a guided walk across the peninsula through dune vegetation to a beach on the Southern Ocean. Enjoy afternoon tea on the return journey to Goolwa.

5-Day Flinders Ranges & Outback Eco Tour from Adelaide

5. 5-Day Flinders Ranges & Outback Eco Tour from Adelaide

Join a small-group eco safari to discover the Flinders Ranges. See an abundance of wildlife, wilderness, local aboriginal artworks, and culture. Day 1: Adelaide to Flinders Ranges (L, D) Depart Adelaide at 7:30 am to journey north. Enjoy a picnic lunch and an optional bush walk with your guide. See Pichi Richi Pass, Quorn, Warrens Gorge Conservation Park, and Willochra Plain. Enjoy a delicious Aussie barbecue for dinner. Sit around the campfire under the unforgettable desert sky in the authentic Australian outback. Optional extras: Night Sky Observatory. Day 2: Flinders Ranges to Arkaroola (B, L, D) Travel along Moralana Scenic Drive to see unsurpassed scenery and Australian wildlife. Visit Stokes Hill Lookout for views of Wilpena Pound. Enjoy lunch at and a tour of the old copper mining town of Blinman. See Gammon Ranges National Park and Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Optional extras: Scenic flight over Arkaroola and the outback and/or astronomy night. Stay overnight at the Arkaroola Wilderness Resort. Day 3: Arkaroola (B, L, D) Take on the 4WD Ridge Top Tour (approx. 4-hour return trip). Journey from Arkaroola through the incredible scenery of the Gammon Ranges. Enjoy dramatic landscapes and dramatic changing colors as you travel through the outback to the historic Beltana Homestead. Savor a country-cooked roast lamb dinner with all the trimmings. End the day with a spot of stargazing. Optional extras: Arkaroola Scenic Flights. Day 4: Beltana Homestead to Rawnsley Park Station (B, L, D) This morning travel through some of the most amazing countries there is to offer. Meet the locals at the Iga Warta aboriginal community with their collection of local artifacts. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the old Copley Bakery. See Brachina Gorge and enjoy a bushwalk into Wilpena Pound itself. Or, relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the Flinders Ranges. The itinerary is dependent on availability. Optional extra: 30-minute scenic flight over Wilpena Pound. Day 5: Flinders Ranges to Adelaide (B, L, D) Join an early morning bush walk to see the rock art of the Adnyamathanha peoples. Head back through the Southern Flinders Ranges to see Red Gum forests. See the beautiful wine region of Clare Valley and if time permits try a tasting. Returns to Adelaide approximately 7:00 pm.

Shore Excursion: Kangaroo Island Scenic tour

6. Shore Excursion: Kangaroo Island Scenic tour

You will be met at the Sealink Terminal in Penneshaw where the guide will be on the wharf when your tender arrives. Making your way to Seal Bay where you can enjoy a boardwalk tour and watch the seals frolicking on the beach. From there you will then head to Flinders Chase National Park to enjoy a light lunch before visiting landmarks such as the Remarkable Rocks, Weirs Cove and Admirals Arch. If time permits and depending on what time the return boat is organised, you will make a quick stop at Hanson Bay Koala Walk. Observe many different kinds of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, fur seals and sometimes the elusive echidna. You can also challenge yourself and try to spot all the different bird species. Flinders Chase Cafe will be the destination for a light lunch. Due to the ongoing fires in Australia, as of January 2020 this will be the activity’s itinerary until further notice: • Pennington Bay: view over the popular surf and fishing spot  • Seal Bay: unguided visit to the conservation and seal colony • Raptor Domain: bird sanctuary show  • Emu Bay: visit to Lavender Farm

Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

7. Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

This is a private tour for 2-5 people in a luxury 4WD Van. The itinerary is very flexible and is tailored to suit your needs. Visit the Flinders Chase National Park, with landmarks such as the Remarkable Rocks, Admiral Arch, Hanson Bay Koala Walk and Vivonne Bay. Observe many different kinds of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, fur seals and sometimes the elusive echidna. You can also challenge yourself and try to spot all the different bird species. Morning/afternoon coffee with biscuits will be organized during the day, and you can stop at the Flinders Chase Cafe for lunch (included). Due to the ongoing fires in Australia, as of January 2020 this will be the activity’s itinerary until further notice: • Pennington Bay: view over the popular surf and fishing spot  • Seal Bay: guided visit to the beach and sea lion colony • Raptor Domain: bird sanctuary show  • Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park • Photo: holding a Koala

Adelaide: Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges Adventure Trip

8. Adelaide: Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges Adventure Trip

Travel to Eyre Peninsula, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Arno Bay, and more on this guided trip from Adelaide with accommodation, entry fees, and meals. Walk the Arkaroo Rock Trail, camp amongst koalas at Mikkira Station, and cruise across the gulf.  Day 1: Adelaide to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National ParkHike Alligator Gorge, enjoy a picnic lunch, then travel further north to Flinders Ranges. Get welcomed at the Wilpena Pound campsite and enjoy dinner by the campfire. Roll out your swag for your first night under the billions of stars of the Milky Way. Day 2: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National ParkAfter breakfast, set out on the Hills Homestead Walk. Wander through the tranquil Pound Gap into Wilpena Pound and follow Wilpena Creek through the trees. Head up to Wangara Lookout for panoramic views. Return to camp for lunch and a dip in the resort swimming pool to cool off. In the afternoon, set out on the Arkaroo Rock Trail with impressive views over the Chace Range. Day 3: Flinders Ranges to Port LincolnVisit the Jeff Morgan Gallery in Hawker. Travel to Port Augusta for lunch and see some impressive silo art at Cowell. Arrive in the seafood capital of Australia, Port Lincoln. Set up camp for three nights at Mikkira Station, which has shower and toilet facilities. Day 4: Port Lincoln and surroundsPull on a wetsuit for a two-hour learn-to-surf lesson. After a bite to eat, take a 14-kilometer coastal drive along Whalers Way. Later, contribute to koala conservation work at Mikkira Station. Depending on the time of year, spend the afternoon removing weeds, or collecting, propagating, or planting manna gum tree seeds. Sleep under koala-filled gum trees at Mikkira. Day 5: Coffin Bay (or aquatic Experience) After Breakfast, spend the day unearthing Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay with optional Oyster tasting with Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour. Alternative, book yourself for a Great White Shark Experience or swim with the Australian Sea Lions. Please booked direct with local operator. Day 6: Port Lincoln to AdelaideAfter breakfast, pack up camp and head to Port Lincoln for a must-do walk up Stamford Hill. Take a final look at Port Lincoln from Winters Hill Lookout and stop for a barbecue lunch at Arno Bay as you make your way to Lucky Bay. Hop on a ferry and set sail across the Spencer Gulf towards Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula. Grab a coffee on board and relax as you cruise across the gulf. On disembarking in Wallaroo, jump back on the bus for a final ride to Adelaide.

Coffin Bay National Park: Highlights and Off-Road Jeep Tour

9. Coffin Bay National Park: Highlights and Off-Road Jeep Tour

Discover one of South Australia's most popular yet exclusive national parks, Coffin Bay National Park, on a 4WD Jeep tour. Head off-road, roaring up sand dunes, see dramatic limestone cliffs and pristine bays, and keep an eye out for local wildlife, including emus and kangaroos. Take out the stress of organizing a rental car and enjoy a hotel pickup from Port Lincoln township. Kick-start your adventure with a relaxing 30-minute drive to Coffin Bay, enjoying the typical Australian country view along your route. Once at Coffin Bay National Park, head down the sealed road to marvel at the remarkable limestone coastline. Fine white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, and pristine water are the highlights in this park. As you drive along, keep a sharp eye out for the local wildlife commonly sighted during the trip, such as emus, kangaroos, and blue-tongue lizards. Then, kick up the adrenaline with a drive down Gunyah Beach's sand dunes. The beach is one of the best beaches in all of Eyre Peninsula but isn't easily reached by car because of the soft sand. Luckily for you, your 4WD allows you to visit this untouched piece of paradise.

Kangaroo Island: Full-Day Guided Island Life Tour

10. Kangaroo Island: Full-Day Guided Island Life Tour

This tour takes in a variety of landscapes across Kangaroo Island from the Cygnet River valley to the north coast, across the central plateau and down to the rugged South Coast. Get an introduction to Island life, where things take time. Drivers wave as they go by, or even stop for a chat. Have a cuppa with home-made cakes before a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead or wake briefly for a feed. See some of the Island’s most productive and diverse farming country, including sheep growing some of the world’s finest wool. Walk quietly through the bush with your guide – what makes that noise, who’s track are those, who left THAT little pile there? Look for wallabies extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island, and learn about some of the unique Island plants. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a private bush setting featuring some of the Island’s fresh produce including local fish, salads and fine wines before continuing to the South Coast. At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide amongst sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see bulls bearing scars from territorial fights, and learn of their unique breeding biology.

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What people are saying about South Australia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 232 reviews

A fantastic half day tour of The Coorong and Murray Mouth. Both staff were pleasant and knowledgeable , the lunch was lovely and the cuppa a pleasant finish to the day. A must do activity to find out so much about the area

This was such an amazing experience. We went from looking at shipwrecks, seeing dolphins right beside our kayak to paddling through a mangrove lake

Great crossing of the island allowing you to admire magnificent landscapes while observing the animals of the island Superb excursion

The tour was great! We saw a lot and tour guide Ben has a lot of knowledge to provide. Definitely recommend!

An excellent trip - nice relaxed pace but very enjoyable