Upon pickup, you will be greeted by one of our exceptional Goin’ Off Safaris guides. After greetings, we take you to Winter’s Hill Lookout. From Winters Hill, we take you to the home of the best oysters in Australia, the beautiful Coffin Bay. Coffin Bay is an area of outstanding beauty, and is home to not only the world’s best oysters but also a variety of important species of flora and fauna. To learn all about the Pacific and the native Angasi Oyster, owner of Pure Oysters Coffin Bay – Chris Hank will give you an hour tour of one of his oyster processing shed. Fresh out of the rack, you get to sample these oysters as well as seeing all the equipment used to get these oysters into domestic & international markets and to the top restaurants in the world.
Lunch will include our famous seafood platters OR lunch at Coffin Bay 1802 Oyster Bar. We meander out to the Coffin Bay National Park, A remarkable landscape and plenty of photo’s opportunities. Wildlife is plentiful throughout the 31,000 ha National Park (proclaimed in 1972) with Western Grey Kangaroos, Emus, Goanna’s and Snakes and Dolphins in the Bays. On our way back to Port Lincoln, it would be incomplete if we did not call into one of the region’s best award-winning wineries for a tasting at the aptly named Boston Bay Wines. The winery is now well established with a number of different award-winning wines including the beautifully refreshing Boston Bay Sauvignon Blanc; fittingly named “The Great White.”
You will be taken to your Ocean View Suite at the new 4.5-star Port Lincoln Hotel. With the best waterfront rooms including sweeping views of Boston Bay, the hotel offers exceptional service with 24 hour in-house facilities.
Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Port Lincoln Hotel and it’s off to Coffin Bay, just 30 minutes from Port Lincoln for some hunting & gathering. If the tides are in our favor, we will collect cockles (also known as vongole, pippis or clams) at low tide and these are fantastic eating, plentiful and easy to get and a personal favorite.
We never stop hunting and gathering, so it’s now off to dive for some fresh abalone, which is done by our guide but if you are up for it and the weather is fine, you can too get into a wetsuit and snorkel and dive.
So, we have hunted for our bounty of the day – cockles and abalone, it’s time for lunch. This is as fresh as you can get, we call this our catch and cook, right on the beach, while you relax with a glass of local wine or cold drink.
Afternoon is the best time for the fish to bite so we will be throwing in a line in to see if we can catch the fighting Australian Salmon, these are a great fish and fantastic fun to catch. This day wouldn’t be complete without a bit of excitement to get the adrenalin, it’s action time for some fun and exhilirating 4-Wheel Driving through the un-spoiled sand-dunes, right beside the coast.
Witnessing the rare and endangered Australian Sea Lions in their natural underwater habitat is one of the most life enhancing experiences. Seal Cove, Hopkins Island is where the gorgeous puppies of the sea welcome your arrival as they bound toward the boat with their unmistakable glee and excitement; performing somersaults and graceful swirls just waiting for you to join in!
You also cruise around the shores of the Port Lincoln National Park and the cliffs of the Memory Cove wilderness sanctuary. This is untouched coast and is best seen by boat often sighting Bottlenose Dolphins, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Fur Seals and stunning scenery, with outstanding commentary supplied by your skipper.
Included in this 4.5-hour excursion is all swimming equipment with a 7mm wetsuit, mask & snorkel, tea, coffee, muffins, fresh fruit and toasty sandwiches.You will arrive back into the Marina at 12.30pm, just in time for lunch at the Fresh Fish Place. You can select your own fresh fish or shellfish from the pre-arranged menu and have this cooked to your taste. Enjoy seafood in the Capital Seafood Destination in Australia.
This afternoon we take you to the beautiful Mikkira Station, one of the few habitats where Koalas can be found in the wild. Sit back around the fire (only out of fire season), visit the restored original homestead, and most importantly go for a stroll under the beautiful old Eucalypt trees and come face to face with the cuddly icon of Australia as they laze in the Manna gums. Emus roam around amongst mobs of sheep and there is astounding birdlife here, some of which are rare and native to this area. As the sun settles for the evening, we will relax with a local wine or cold drink and listen to the sounds of nature. It’s beautiful!
From Mikkira Station, we then take you either to the airport for your return flight back to Adelaide (late flight).