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Australian Coastal Safaris

Southern Eyre Peninsula Birdwatching

From: $1,060 USD

Duration: 3 days/2 nights

Type: Private Charter, Shared.

Interests: Birds.

Home to 270 species of birds and 1900 native plant species, this tour across the Southern Eyre Peninsula traverses coastal dune shrublands, mallee woodlands, sandflats, saltmarsh, subcoastal and clifftops.

  • There are opportunities to observe waders and seabirds including Little Pied and Black Cormorants, Grey and Chestnut Teal Ducks, Pink Eared Ducks, Musk Ducks, Osprey, Sooty & Pied Oyster Catchers, Black Winged Stilts, Caspian Terns and Common Greenshanks.

  • At Mikkira Station, wild Koalas are plentiful, complemented by numerous bushbirds including the Port Lincoln Parrots, Golden Whistlers, Blue-breasted Fairy-wrens, Western Yellow Robins, White-browed Babblers, honeyeaters and Emus. Coastal walks provide spectacular backdrops to spot Rock Parrots, nesting Osprey and White Bellied Sea-Eagles and numerous raptors including Kites and Harriers.

  • At Coffin Bay, enjoy a 1.5-hour tour with an oyster farmer to sample magnificent Oysters fresh from the rack, before enjoying a wildlife cruise.

About Australian Coastal Safaris: 

Australian Coastal Safaris started operations in 2005 when David Doudle, a fourth-generation local farmer, started showcasing many of the activities that he and his family grew up doing across the Eyre Peninsula’s stunning landscapes; from amazing deserted beaches, pristine colours of the ocean, the abundance of fresh seafood, the friendliness of the local people, the vast open spaces and the interaction with native wildlife. The team is very emotional about preserving the region and are ambassadors in keeping the environments pure, pristine and sparsely populated, to ensure that guests are able to enjoy the unique experiences and habitats well into the future.

Price per person travelling as four passengers, based on double occupancy, including touring, meals & accommodation.Single supplements apply. Black-out dates may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (1/4/2022) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary details*

Itinerary

Tour day-by-day

  • Day 1:

    Your ornithological adventure starts at the small coastal hamlet of Tulka where waders, Black Swans and numerous Seabirds can be seen from the bird hide. This is another known location for Southern Emu-Wrens near a well first dug by Captain Matthew Flinders when he explored the area in 1802.

    Traversing through to the Lincoln National Park, the rugged cliffs provide an opportunity to view Osprey and White Bellied Sea-Eagles and to keep a look out for Whistling Kites and Swamp Harriers.

    Heading towards Taylor's Landing we may encounter birds such as the rare Mallee Fowl, Purple-Gaped Honeyeaters, Striated Pardalotes, Spiney-Cheeked Honeyeaters, Dusky Wood swallows, Australian Pipits, Western Yellow Robins, Blue Breasted Wrens, and White-Browed Scrubwren. Whilst at Taylors Landing you will have a delicious lunch with more opportunities to stop and watch the birdlife.

    In the afternoon we travel to Mikkira Station for a late afternoon Koala and Bird Walk. Mikkira is a privately owned working farm, Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary. In the cool of the evening Koala's start to wake from their afternoon sleep and move around to feed.

    Western Grey Kangaroos come out onto the flat to graze and an abundance of birdlife can be seen. The area is home to a range of bush birds including Port Lincoln Parrots, Golden Whistlers and an occasional Scarlet Robin, Blue-Breasted Wrens, Western Yellow Robins, White-Browed Babblers, honeyeaters, Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes and Emus. We will then return to Port Lincoln with an evening free for various dinner options within walking distance.

    Overnight Accommodation: There are various levels of accommodation available including the Port Lincoln Hotel (4 star) or South Point Private Beach House.

  • Day 2:

    After a morning pickup, we head further up the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula towards Port Neill where we look for many diverse sea birds on the eastern coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Along the way we stop at known bird locations like Point Boston, on the lookout for Diamond Firetales and Rock Parrots, Louth Bay we look for the majestic Osprey and Kingfishers and in Tumby Bay we talk a short walk along the Mangrove Boardwalk for a selection of shorebirds, again more opportunities to spot the Osprey & White Bellied Sea Eagles.

    Heading off the main road and onto an access track we stop at Rogers Beach before visiting a Crested Tern colony at Lipson Cove. From here we divert inland to Mallee Scrub terrain where we find an assortment of bush birds, and on the way home we visit another unique location for ducks and waterbirds. A picnic lunch on the beach will provide an opportunity to stop and watch the birdlife.

    Overnight Accommodation: There are various levels of accommodation available including the Port Lincoln Hotel (4 star) or South Point Private Beach House.

  • Day 3:

    First stop on the third day is Billy Lights Point, where a small fringe of coastal mallee and sheltered bays provide habitat for both waterbirds and bush birds. Pied, Little Pied and Black Cormorants, Grey Teal and Chestnut Teal Ducks, Osprey, White-Bellied Sea-Eagle, Sooty Oyster Catchers, 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.

    The 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, Cape Barren Geese and migratory Common Greenshanks in summer.

    We head further up the highway to beautiful Coffin Bay, the home of the renowned Coffin Bay Oysters. The area is of outstanding beauty, world famous Oysters and is 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 will take a 1.5-hour tour with an oyster farmer, learning about the Pacific and the Native Angasi Oystey, before enjoying a cruise into the beautiful bays and inlets direct to the oyster farms. Fresh out of the rack, you get to sample these magnificent Oysters, before getting back to lunch in Coffin Bay at 1802 Coffin Bay Oyster Bar & Grill.

    Following this we meander out to the Coffin Bay National Park, which offers some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in South Australia, ranging from ancient granite, limestone and sandstone cliffs to long beaches bordered by white sand dunes.

    There are plenty of lookouts for spectacular views; there is an abundant of birdlife (150 different species in the park) and wildlife, four-wheel driving tracks as well as a sealed road for more comfortable conditions. There are plenty of stops for photographic opportunities and you get to breath in the fresh aromas of sea air and stretch out on one of Eyre Peninsula’s best and picture perfect, golden sandy beaches.

    Within the park there are several active Osprey Nests and White-Bellied Sea-eagles can often be 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, Wedge Tailed Eagle. Guests will stop along the way at a known location for Southern Emu-Wrens and look for a small remnant flock of Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo.

    After a magical three days of birdwatching across the Southern Eyre Peninsula, the tour returns to Port Lincoln in time for a late airport departure.

    Your Guide: Fran Solly

    Fran Solly who has been a keen birdwatcher for more than 30 years. She has recently completed training to contribute to the local scientific database through bird surveys, which are conducted across the Peninsula. Fran is also a professional photographer and she started her photography journey as a bird photographer to document the Birds of Southern Eyre Peninsula. 

     

    Guides - Fran Solly v2

    Key Details

    Group Size: Minimum of 2 guests, maximum of 4 guests
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Port Lincoln Airport or Port Lincoln accommodations 
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: Upon arrival or 9:00am - Upon departure or 5:00pm.
    Inclusions - touring with professional, local and experienced guides, airport transfer and all transport in luxury 4WD Land-Cruiser, Oyster Tour & Tasting, all National Park & other entry fees, Daily Continental breakfast, Daily lunches, beverages, local wines & beer, birds of Southern Eyre Peninsula Pocket Guide book
    Private Touring: Available at additional cost - please enquire with your group size & interests.
    Languages: Translation services for private tours available in Mandarin.

     

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