Eyre Peninsula: Tuna, Dunes and Kangaroos

Oliver the joey, the ideal (portable) traveling companion

Along the central coast of South Australia, the Eyre Peninsula (pronounced air”) is full of unique adventures. Just a short flight, bus, ferry or coach from Adelaide, you can snorkel with tuna, sail an opal-green bay beside dolphins and seals, drive up and over pristine sand dunes, and even cuddle a baby kangaroo.

(Good luck, by the way, ripping yourselves away from that last one.)

Full of sleepy towns, conservation parks and 2,000 kilometers of coastline, the Eyre is an easy escape to a lot of breathing room. I hear “peninsula” and think “long weekend,” but you could easily spend a week or more here. For instance, the Eyre’s far northwestern Nullarbor Plain and its coastal Great Australian Bight Marine Park could take a couple of days just on their own; the latter is ground zero for Southern Right whale watching from  May through October.

If you have just a day or two to devote to the Eyre, it’s best to stick to just one area — like the peninsula’s southern tip.

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Discovering Down Under: South Australia

A moment of perfect quiet on Kangaroo Island

After three amazing weeks of traveling as half of a couple (in Africa and London), I was home in Los Angeles for less than a day before jetting off to South Australia — sans husband and yet full of excitement.

This was my very first trip Down Under. But because I’ve now discovered that South Australia is a truly unique slice of the world, full of gorgeous wines and produce, indigenous wild animals roaming free across miles of open space, stunning and bizarrely empty white-sand beaches, and a culture that goes back somewhere between, oh, 200 and 50,000+ years…it definitely won’t be my last.

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