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Up close and personal encounters with wildlife are common on the Eyre Peninsula, where there are few people and plenty of animals, as you discover wild bushland, secluded bays and stunning landscapes.

The Eyre peninsula has an array of national parks, regional reserves and conservation areas.  Close to Port Lincoln is Lincoln National Park and Coffin Bay, whilst further north is the ancient geographical wonder and stunning landscapes of the Gawler Ranges – such as stunning Gairdner Lake, a dry salt lake bound by ancient hills – where native species, yellow-footed rock wallaby and wedge-tailed eagle amongst them, can be seen in their natural environment. 

The peninsula is also home to a number of resident and migrant shorebirds including the red-necked stint, sharp-tailed sandpiper and hooded plover. Also close to Port Lincoln is the peninsula’s only wild koala colony.

On the striking and desolate Nullabor plain you can discover thousands of years of aboriginal history and, from May to October, watch southern right whales migrating along the coastline.

With some of the cleanest waters in the world, Eyre peninsula is billed as Australia’s ‘seafood frontier’ and offers opportunities to not only sample the region’s marine delights at Fisherman’s Markets, but also to experience marine species in or on the water, from snorkeling or swimming with Australian sea lions, dolphins and giant cuttlefish in protected waters, to cage diving with great white sharks. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: southern right whale, Australian sealion, koala, yellow-footed rock wallaby, red kangaroo
  • Where: South Australia, Australia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Islands, Rivers & Ranges

Visiting some of South Australia’s diverse and wildlife-rich habitats, we hope to see over 200 species of birds including Cape Barren goose, little penguin and three species of cockatoo, as well as many fascinating endemic mammals, such as short-beaked echidna, southern hairy-nosed wombat, koala and kangaroo.

  • When to go: Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,395 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Kangaroos, Sealions & the Gawler Ranges

Explore two of South Australia’s finest wildlife locations: Gawler Ranges and Kangaroo Island, travelling from the Outback to the sea. Visit a koala colony, study geological formations, swim with sealions, and seek out rare species such as echidna, glossy black cockatoo and the elusive platypus.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea