Exploring Australia's Eyre Peninsula

Exploring Australia's Eyre Peninsula

Written by Pedro O'Connor on Tuesday, 08 December 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Pedro was privileged to privately guide two wonderful ladies through the stunning landscapes of the Eyre Peninsula recently. The Eyre Peninsula is one of the most beautiful unspoilt regions of Australia. It covers over 2000 kilometres of South Australia’s western coast, including the Nullarbor Plain and stretches into the Outback. It’s especially known for its rugged coastline, beautiful bays and beach towns, marine wildlife, fishing and fresh seafood. 

Rockpool find with expert guide David Doudle

One of the major draws of the Eyre Peninsula is the remoteness of the region; we saw not one other human being in three days while exploring the Gawler Ranges National Park.

Wild flowers in Gawler Rangens

Then there was the fecundity of the wildlife; at Kangaluna Camp we were blessed to see emu with chicks plus kangaroos with joeys in their pouches drinking 20 feet from where we were eating breakfast. On safari we encountered 700-800 big Red and Eastern Grey kangaroos bounding through the countryside of an afternoon. Emus numbering 10-15 in a mob were common place.

The blinding white salt lake scenery of Lake Gairdner offers a massive contrast to the red of the Outback soil and colourful wildflower blossoms. Equally as stunning was the Milky Way in the southern night sky; with no extraneous light the stars were absolutely brilliant.

On Lake Gairdnern

Within a 1 hour drive the contrast of the coastal waterways, miles of endless, untrammelled beaches interspersed by towering cliffs offers very grand scenery. The waters abound in seafood so we relished in the bounty of abalone, oysters, fresh sashimi tuna and crayfish.  

Great Australian Bightn

At Mikkira Station we encountered dozens of koala sitting so low in branches one could look them in the eye, I have not encountered this anywhere else in Australia.

How close one gets to koala in the  wilnd

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Pedro O'Connor

Pedro O'Connor

Pedro O'Connor spent his formative years growing up on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. He moved to South Africa for the latter years of his secondary school education and spent time on safaris to Rhodesia, Swaziland and Mozambique. He later experienced the cultures of Mauritius, the Middle East and Europe. A passionate traveller, Pedro has trekked the Himalayas, ridden camels in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, been chased by elephants in Zambia, climbed active volcanoes in Java and surfed the best waves of Indonesia.

Pedro operates out of Cairns, the gateway to the Barrier Reef, where his focus is to tailor private tour adventures for Epic's discerning clientele.


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