Southern Eyre Peninsula Bird Watching Tour, South Australia
AT A GLANCE
|Dates||16–18 October 2023|
(If the dates listed are not suitable, please contact our team [email protected] or call 1300 241 141 to enquire about alternative dates if you prefer to travel with your own private party)
|Duration||3 days, 2 nights|
Tour starts and ends in Port Lincoln
|Prices||From $1455 per person twin share (Feb ’23)|
From $1620 per person twin share (Oct ’23)
Single supplement available
|Group size||Minimum 4, maximum 4 guests|
|Featuring region||Southern Eyre Peninsula|
WHAT TO EXPECT
“A terrific tour for enthusiastic twitchers”
A birdwatcher’s delight! Join us over three days and two nights. With 100 national and conservation parks, over 270 species of birds living in mallee bushland and spectacular coastal scenery, Eyre Peninsula is emerging as a ‘must-see’ destination for eco and wildlife tours.
Your guide is Fran Solly. A keen birdwatcher of more than 30 years, Fran knows the local birds well, including many by their call. She contributes to the local scientific database through bird surveys that are conducted across the Peninsula. Fran is also a professional photographer and started her photography journey capturing birds.
- Visit wetlands, Lincoln, Coffin Bay and Mount Dutton Bay national parks, conservation parks, mallee scrub, islands, coastal hamlets, wilderness areas and protected areas
- Observe an abundance of seabirds, shorebirds, songbirds, parrots (including the beautiful Port Lincoln parrot) and raptors including osprey and white-bellied sea-eagles
- Add to the list western grey kangaroos, emus, koalas and Rosenberg’s goannas, plus so much more.
- Be surprised by the best wild interaction with our iconic koalas.
- Learn about the Coffin Bay oyster and the beauty of Coffin Bay with an oyster tour and tasting.
Day 1: Welcome to beautiful Eyre Peninsula
If you are flying into Port Lincoln, your guide will pick you up from the airport. Start your journey at the small coastal hamlet of Tulka where waders, swans and sea birds can be seen from the bird hide. This is another known location for southern emu-wrens. Next we take you to the diversity of the Port Lincoln National Park. From the naturally rugged and wild Sleaford Bay and the Southern Ocean to the tranquility of the Spalding Cove area and other beautiful beaches. Rugged cliffs provide an opportunity to view osprey and white-bellied sea-eagles and to keep a look out for kites and harriers.
Head towards Taylors landing and encounter birds such as the mallee fowl, purple-gaped honeyeaters, striated pardalotes, spiney-cheeked honeyeaters, dusky woodswallows, Australian pipits, western yellow robins, blue-breasted wrens, and white-browed scrubwren. Enjoy lunch and more opportunities to stop and watch the birdlife.
In the afternoon, visit the privately owned Mikkira Station, one of Australia’s very best habitats where koalas can be found in the wild. Here we go exploring under the beautiful old eucalypt trees and come face to face with koalas as they laze in the manna gums. Wild kangaroos casually hop around and emus roam amongst mobs of sheep. This is also the home of astounding bush birds including Australian ringneck parrots, black-faced cuckoo-shrikes, pallid cuckoos, golden whistlers and an occasional scarlet robin.
Accommodation: Port Lincoln Hotel
Day 2: Eastern coast of the Eyre Peninsula
Today we travel to Port Neill where we look for sea birds on the eastern coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Driving back through Port Neill we will look for ruddy turnstones and the endangered hooded plovers known to nest on the beaches in the area. Heading off the main road we will stop at Rogers Beach before visiting a crested tern colony at Lipson Cove. A picnic lunch on the beach will provide an opportunity to stop and watch the birdlife.
Accommodation: Port Lincoln Hotel
Breakfast and lunch provided.
Day 3: Coffin Bay National Park
This morning we are off to Billy Lights Point for a short walk – a bird lover’s delight! A small fringe of coastal mallee and sheltered bays is the perfect location for both water birds and bush birds. Pied, little pied and black cormorants, grey teal and chestnut teal ducks, osprey, white-bellied sea-eagle, sooty and pied oyster catchers, striated pardalotes, western yellow robins, superb blue wrens, blue-breasted wrens, white-browed babblers, New Holland honeyeaters, brown-headed honey eaters and rock parrots can all be found on this walk.
We head further up the highway to the beautiful Coffin Bay, the home of the renowned Coffin Bay Oysters. The area is of outstanding beauty, and home to a variety of important species of flora and fauna. There are no other comparable systems of bays and inlets in such compact form anywhere on the coast, which is why this area is classified as a maritime wilderness area.
We have a 1.5-hour tour with Pure Oysters Coffin Bay owner Chris Hank, educating you all about the Pacific and the native Angasi oyster and the growing and harvesting process. You will cruise into the beautiful bays and inlets direct to the oyster farms and get to sample these magnificent oysters. This is a typical operation that contributes to the 60 tonnes of oysters that are trucked out of Coffin Bay every week.
We meander out to the Coffin Bay National Park, ranging from ancient granite, limestone and sandstone cliffs to long beaches bordered by white sand dunes. A place of amazing contrasts, the unprotected side of the peninsula reveals rugged headlands, limestone cliffs and islands shaped by the relentless southern ocean and frequent southwesterly winds.
In contrast, the leeward side is calm and serene where wildlife is plentiful throughout the 31,000ha national park with western grey kangaroos, emus, goannas, snakes and dolphins in the bays. There are plenty of stops for photographic opportunities and stretching your legs on one of Eyre Peninsula’s best and picture perfect, golden sandy beaches.
Active osprey nests can be found and white-bellied sea eagles are seen fishing along the cliffs and sandy white beaches. The area is also home to Caspian terns, hooded plovers, red-capped plovers, red-necked stints, golden whistlers, masked lapwings, emu and wedge-tailed eagle.
Our next stop is at Big Swamp where a bird hide is available for viewing black swans, grey teal ducks, chestnut teal ducks, pink eared ducks, musk ducks, black winged stilts, banded plovers, common greenshank, cape baron geese.
We then transfer you to Port Lincoln airport for your return flight back to Adelaide (we recommend a late afternoon flight) or choose to stay another night. Contact our friendly team for suggestions.
Breakfast and lunch provided.
- Experienced, local and professional birdwatching guide
- 2 nights accommodation at Port Lincoln Hotel in an ocean view balcony room
- Breakfasts, daily lunches, morning/afternoon teas
- Selected beverages
- All national park & other entry fees as per itinerary
- Birds of Southern Eyre Pocket Guide Book
- Transport in luxury 4WD land cruiser
- Airport transfers (on tour days only).
COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Domestic or international airfares
- Pre-registration, late check-out or day use at hotels other than specified above
- Guide services other than specified
- Meals/beverages other than specified
- Tips & gratuities
- Optional tours/services.
Until further notice: from 1st October 2021 we will require that all participants on our tours must be fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved vaccine against Covid-19 with the final dose administered no later than two weeks prior to departure. See terms and conditions for more details.
- Accommodation and meals: Strict hygiene conditions apply to the way accommodation is prepared for your stay and in the serving of meals.
- Vehicles, hygiene & social distancing: all activities will involve careful adherence to cleanliness. Hand sanitiser will be available in many locations and in all land-based vehicles and water-based vessels. Social distancing will always be an issue on board vehicles and vessels; it would be sensible for you to bring your own face masks and hand sanitiser. We may not fill all seats in a vehicle to allow for social distancing.
- The SA government approved COVID-19 Safety Plan is in place and all suppliers are Covid Clean accredited.
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Send us an email to [email protected] or call 1300 241 141.
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