Now, more than ever, it is important to embrace intrastate travel.
South Australia is home to some of the worlds most wonderful destinations. Unfortunately, the tourism industry has taken a massive hit with the recent border closures, with tour operators suffering immense losses after interstate travellers cancelled their South Aussie winter holidays.
With many of us also unable to leave the State, it’s time to look to our own local experiences, to not only fill the Queensland shaped void in our lives, but to also help South Australian accommodation, tour and experience providers, to gain back some of their crucial Winter business dollars.
There is no better time to take advantage of your new free time, to explore your own backyard.
Show South Australia some love this winter and support our local tourism industry. We’ve put together a small guide of incredible, bucket-list experiences that showcase the very best out our great state.
Fly in style with Chinta Air
Chinta Air is a boutique travel agency and air charter business, with bases across regional South Australia. Calling themselves the ‘Uber of the skies’, they specialise in a number of amazing experiences, from scenic flights around the state to aerial photography.
Flights are available from Ceduna and Rawnsley Park Station in the Flinders Ranges, so guests can experience the best views from the coast and the magnificent Australian outback. The views you can get are inimitable, making this a sure-fire bucket-list experience.
Soon they will even fly over the Great Australian Bight, which is filled with whales at the moment, meaning you will get a birds-eye view of the magnificent creatures as the cross the ocean.
“Like everyone else in the industry, we’ve had to cancel bookings left, right and centre,” shares Felicity Brown, who owns Chinta Air with her husband Noel Schwarz.
What this means for South Australians is that there are still plenty of flights available!
If you want to organise a trip of a lifetime and treat yourself, Chinta Air is happy to fly you wherever you wish to go in the state. Just tell them when and where.
For more information on all things Chinta Air and the incredible experiences they offer, head to their website.
See wildlife up close with EP Cruises
Take advantage of Chinta Air’s charter service and plan a flight directly to the Eyre Peninsula. The Eyre Peninsula has a world of wonder on offer, so the best way to explore this often unexplored region of SA is with the guidance of experts. That is where EP Cruises comes into play.
Despite facing a mountain of interstate cancellations, Rod from EP Cruises announced on his Facebook page that the whale sightings this year are off the charts! There are 13 adult whales with 4 calfs in the area, which is a huge increase from the years prior. We cannot recommend booking your tour and helping Rod out.
EP Cruises said they received a wave of cancellations within 30 minutes of the border announcement. Already, they have had hundreds of dollars worth of profits lots.
They are currently taking advantage of the colder months by running whale watching tours where guests can get an up-close and personal experience with these gorgeously gentle creatures, with their whale watching cruises in Fowlers Bay. Hop aboard the epic 50ft passenger vessel dubbed ‘Asherah’, sail the bay, and take in the extensive list of captivating wildlife frolicking the waters and skies, from Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, a variety of dolphins, seals, penguins and even eagles.
There are plenty of availabilities for their whale watching tours in Fowlers Bay, with tours going out daily, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to see some native wildlife up close and personal.
For more info on EP Cruises and to book your tour, check out their website.
See the best of the state with Australian Wildlife Adventures
Australian Wildlife Adventures owner Craig Haslam shares that due to these cancellations, the business has lost close to $100,000. Despite this utterly devastating loss, Haslam remains optimistic.
“I’m still reeling from the closures, but we will pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and continue on,” shares Haslam.
The tours leave from their offices in Adelaide and Port Lincoln, making them extremely convenient for your next epic adventure.
Catering to a broad range of markets, Australian Wildlife Adventures showcases a variety of regions in SA, including the Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Ranges, the Great Australian Bight and the Nullarbor. Not only do they offer incredible experiences, but they are the only tour company in Australia to offset 100% of their carbon footprint. They usually also explore areas of Western Australian, and as a consequence of the boarder closures, they have had to cancel many of their upcoming tours.
Australian Wildlife Adventures truly offers experiences like no other. You can see all the amazing tourist attractions around the state. Even if you are a local, it is easy to forget the magnificent natural wonders that are right at our doorstep.
These tours are also excellent for kids, as they can meet all their favourite Australian animals, such as emus, wombats, koalas and kangaroos, and there are opportunities to swim with seals, dolphins and even sharks!
To get in contact with Australian Wildlife Adventures about their upcoming tours, visit their website.
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