This fully inclusive tour is catering for the wilderness Adventure tourist, who wants to observe and experience the existence of endangered and reintroduced species, namely Australian sea lions, brush tail bettongs and greater stick-nest rats, in their native habitat.
 

St. Peter Island was purchased by National Parks and Wildlife of South Australia in 1988 and proclaimed a conservation park within the Nuyts Archipelago conservation Park and is returning to the pristine natural wilderness as it was when Dutch maritime explorers Pieter Nuyts and Francis Thijssen discovered it 1627.

Of interest is that 100 years later, from the ships’ logs, Jonathon Swift, wrote the book ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, this archipelago being the mythical isles of Lilliputian, the land of the ‘Little People’.

Pic:- Sealions on Bird Rock

Day One:- Tour departs from Ceduna Airport or accommodation to board Ceduna Boat Charter’s Shark Cat ‘Spirit of the West’ at Puckridge Boat Ramp.

From the boat ramp to the landing point on St. Peter Island is approximately 15 kilometres.

St. Peter Island is the largest in the archipelago approximately 16 kilometres long and eight kilometres wide. However a short distance from the ramp the skipper will pull razor fish for bait using tongs and glass bottom bucket.

This will also give you a chance to see the wonderful underwater world of sea grasses in these sheltered bays. Morning tea is partaken while visiting Bird Rock on the edge of Yatala Channel to observe from the boat at close proximity Australian Sea lions, who have the epitome of laid back carefree attitude, sleeping and sunning themselves among the seabirds. Sometimes the young sea lions because of their inquisitive nature will come right up to greet the boat.

As the tour continues to St. Peter Island, Bottlenose dolphins race and leap toward the boat to swim and surf on the bow. Some options are available on the day; a consensus of the group prevails.

You can fish for King George whiting, Tommy ruffs, trevally, snook or salmon and have lunch on the boat; or proceed to St. Peter Island, unload onto the beach and have lunch on the beach; or continue to the homestead by four wheel drive and have lunch on the verandah.

The homestead has three comfortable bedrooms, kitchen and dining room, bathroom and toilet and will be your accommodation for the night. The front verandah offers excellent views of the island, Yatala Channel and the mainland, and the only views of civilization are the grain silos of Thevenard and at night the lights of the towns.

If you sit quietly here, many of the animals will appear and go about their daily business. At the homestead there is a rustic collection of old farm machinery, left behind from an earlier era.

Old Farm Machinery at Homestead

A short walk to the west is the sheep shearing shed with all the past, hard working equipment now at rest. After lunch proceed to the base of Mount Younghusband, for a leisurely walk to the summit, only 44 metres above sea level.

From here you will have panoramic views of Smoky Bay and Eyre Island to the east, the Franklin Islands to the south and all over St. Peter Island, and on a clear day Evans, Lacey and St. Francis Islands to the west. There is also a breeding colony of White-faced Storm petrels that may be viewed from the distance in the near vicinity. On St. Peter Island there are more than 80 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles and 160 species of plants to view.

Panoramic Views from Mt Younghusband
on St Peter Island
Old Shearing Shed on St Peter Island
The Start of the Evening Mutton Bird Return

From October to March in the early evening, a short drive south to a rocky ridge will allow you to experience the home coming of the Mutton birds. In the twilight, thousands of the nautical birds that have been feeding by skimming the sea all day, fly home and crash land at their burrows to feed their young with much commotion and noise.

At times the huge numbers of birds can block out the sunset and sky. Return to the homestead for a dinner of your local harvest of the sea.

   
Night photo of Brushtail Bettong
Night photo of Brushtail Bettong on
St Peter Island - Photo Ross Belcher
Day Two:- A relaxing morning exploring the Island and heading to the beach for a short walk in the recently proclaimed heritage area to see early history of whaling, a cave dug out to store supplies, part of a stone hut and granite whale flensing platforms. Board Sharkcat for the return to Ceduna.
Cave in Heritage Area on St Peter Island
Remains of Whaler's Stone Shelter and Flensing Platforms on St Peter Island
- Photo Ross Belcher

Rates:-

Prices are in Australian Dollars and include GST
Cash on Day, Cheques and Credit Cards by arrangement 14 days prior
Minimum 2 Adult passengers; Maximum 6 Adult passengers
Tour departs on request; 0900 hrs. from Accommodation or Ceduna Airport

Two Day Tour / One Night Island Homestead Accommodation
Ceduna to St. Peter Island return
2 share @ $AUD 696.00 per passenger
3 share @ $AUD 625.00 per passenger
4 share @ $AUD 560.00 per passenger
5 share @ $AUD 496.00 per passenger
6 share @ $AUD 444.00 per passenger
Single supplement $AUD 444.00
Child 1 – 12 years; 2/3 Adult rate with 2 accompanying Adults $464.00

Includes:-

  • Transfers to / from Ceduna Airport and Accommodation
  • Charter Licensed Vessel, Surveyed to Class 2C
  • Chauffeured licensed four wheel drive Vehicles
  • Local accredited Skipper Fishing rods and reels
  • Entry Permits to National Parks
  • Parks and Wildlife Licensed Operator
  • Homestead Accommodation on St. Peter Island
  • Morning tea, coffee, fruit juice and homemade cake
  • Lunch of homemade breads, cold meats and salads, fruit and juices
  • Evening Meal of local seafood, Oysters and King George Whiting,
    Roast Meat and Vegetables, and Wild Peach Pie
  • Breakfast of Pancakes and Coffee
You will need:
  • Warm waterproof Jacket with Hood or Hat and comfortable walking shoes
  • Small Backpack for overnight clothes, personal effects, sunscreen and cameras etc.

Terms, Special Conditions and Booking Restrictions:-

The Mutton bird experience only occurs from mid October to March
This package does not include Airfares, Mainland Accommodation, Breakfast on first day or Evening Meal on second day
Operator reserves the right to change itinerary without notice if weather, passenger safety or any other such conditions dictate
Minimum numbers apply and tour may be postponed if these are not achieved


CONTACT for FURTHER INFORMATION

Perry or Nancy, PO Box 9, CEDUNA, South Australia. 5690

Mobile:- 0428 643 519
Ph/Fax: +61 8 8625 2654


www.cedunatours.com.au
perry@cedunaboatcharter.com.au