Australian Coastal Safaris Wellness Weekender

Australian Coastal Safaris Wellness Weekender

A journey of profound connection and mindfulness.

The Lower Eyre Peninsula, with its unspoiled natural beauty, sets the stage for a truly unique and transformative experience with Australian Coastal Safaris’ Health & Wellness Weekender Tour. As you embark on this two-day adventure, you’ll find yourself immersed in the splendour of the great outdoors, guided by a desire to nurture your body, mind, senses, and soul.

The journey commences with an Earth Walk through a pristine National Park, where every step resonates with the earth beneath your feet. The fragrant aroma of native flora fills the air, and the symphony of bird songs surrounds you, grounding you in the present. It’s a profound opportunity to embrace mindfulness as you walk in harmony with nature, feeling the interconnectedness of all living things.

Ngangkiri Smudge Sticks

A cultural journey with a First Nations Healer.

Yet, the pinnacle of this experience is undoubtedly the encounter with a ‘Ngangkari’ or First Nations Healer. This cultural immersion is a profound odyssey into the wisdom and traditions of Indigenous Australia. It begins with crafting smudge sticks, a tactile and sensory journey connecting you with the land’s healing properties. Under the guidance of Wirangu, Guguda, Mirning woman, Wyarta Miller, who leads this extraordinary sensory experience, you’ll gather aromatic herbs and create smudge sticks imbued with intentions of purification and balance.

Throughout your time with Wyarta, you’ll be regaled with stories — Dreamtime stories that illuminate the profound connection between First Nations People and their ancestral lands. These narratives are more than tales of the past; they are living threads that weave the present and future of the Nauo, Barngarla, Wirangu, Mirning, and Kokatha peoples of the Eyre Peninsula, imbuing the land with meaning and significance.

Yoga with the koalas

Experience the beauty of nature up close and personal at one of Australia's most unique koala habitats. Immerse yourself in the serene surroundings of Mikkira Station, where you can get up close and personal with these cuddly icons as they relax in the stunted Manna gums, and watch as wild kangaroos hop and graze around in this historical setting. Our skilled yoga guide, Sarah, leads you through a Slow Flow Vinyasa class, helping you to find inner peace and tranquillity through restorative shapes and movement. Then, as the sun sets, gather around the fire (only out of fire season), and enjoy a delicious platter and a local tipple, while basking in the serenity of nature and its soothing sounds. It's the perfect way to conclude day one and rejuvenate your spirit.

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Nourishing Your Body and Awakening Your Senses.

The dawning hours see day two commence with a Breath Workshop orchestrated by the knowledgeable and compassionate Sarah Hayes. This serene session unfolds on a picturesque local beach, where the rhythmic sound of waves forms a backdrop to your inner journey. Gentle breathing techniques are unveiled, tools to reduce stress, enhance health, and guide you into embracing the present moment. Here, at the cusp of land and sea, you begin your day in harmony with the natural world.

As the sun climbs higher in the sky, guests are given a choice: a morning nature hike or a refreshing ride on an electric mountain bike. Each option promises an opportunity to deepen your connection with the breathtaking landscapes that envelop you. Nature becomes your companion, whispering its secrets as you traverse its terrain.

When the noonday sun beckons, a sumptuous seafood feast awaits your senses. Crafted with love and culinary artistry, this meal showcases the rich tapestry of flavours that define the Eyre Peninsula. Even those with alternative dietary preferences will find their palates delighted.

An expedition to a heritage-listed region provides an extraordinary glimpse into the world of sustainable active conservation. Here, a local family’s dedication to preserving a “critically endangered ecological community” takes centre stage. Witnessing their tireless efforts serves as a reminder of the impact of individuals who champion the cause of environmental protection.

A personalised journey of well-being: your optional upgrades

Australian Coastal Safaris recognises the uniqueness of each guest and offers a menu of optional upgrades to enhance your wellness weekend. For instance, the Welcome Dinner beckons you to savour the bounty of Port Lincoln’s local produce while forging connections with fellow travellers. You might pre-book a spiritual healing session with Wyarta, steeped in centuries of tradition, to offer solace to the mind and spirit. Private PT sessions or shared fitness classes provide opportunities to invigorate your body and spirit.

Wellness workshops and classes, thoughtfully led by Sarah, offer a chance to delve deeper into the intricacies of self-care and self-awareness. Topics like Rest and the Nervous System, Yoga, Meditation, and Breath classes await your exploration. For those craving tactile indulgence, Seishin Spa beckons with massages and body treatments that nourish both body and soul.

For those who wish to extend their stay, the possibilities are as boundless as the sea. An intimate evening and Seafood Masterclass with a renowned local chef provide a culinary immersion that transcends the ordinary. Swimming with Australian Sea Lions and cage diving with Great White Sharks offer heart-pounding adventures that belong in the realm of the bucket list.

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Meet your wellness guides.

Sarah Hayes

Your journey is orchestrated by Sarah Hayes, a multi-faceted guide and professional yoga and wellness instructor, who embodies the very essence of wellness, nature, science, and ecology. Her journey from a rural farm in Yorke Peninsula to her present role is a testament to her deep-rooted connection to the Australian bush and coastline.

With a background in animal behaviour and psychology, Sarah’s passion for the environment brought her to the Eyre Peninsula in 2016. Her experiences, from researching monkeys to managing field expeditions, have moulded her into a compassionate and knowledgeable guide. Her mission is to ignite the spark of reconnection with the natural world in each guest, facilitating experiences that evoke a sense of wonder and awe.

As you embark on the Health & Wellness Weekender Tour, Sarah will be your compass, leading you on a journey of profound self-discovery and reconnection with the Earth. Her passion for ecological education is the beacon that guides you through an extraordinary adventure into the heart of the Eyre Peninsula.

Wyarta Miller

Wyarta Miller is a Wirangu, Guguda, Mirning woman from the Far West Coast of South Australia and a mother of three beautiful children.

Wyarta is a Ngangkari, a First Nations Doctor/Traditional Healer who has worked closely with Australian Coastal Safaris to ensure the indigenous storytelling experience as part of the Health & Wellness Weekender Tour is a tactile and sensory journey and a culturally immersive moment.

Recently, she moved back home to Penong on the Far West Coast to ground herself back in country and start her new business. Her calling is to heal her people and the land. Wyarta is expanding her work across SA and hopes to venture nationwide this year.

A transformative experience.

In the embrace of the untouched beauty of the Eyre Peninsula, Australian Coastal Safaris’ Health & Wellness Two-Day Weekender Tour offers a profound journey of self-discovery, mindfulness, and cultural immersion.

In the words of David ‘Lunch’ Doudle, Australian Coastal Safaris’ owner, “It’s a transformative experience that rejuvenates the body, mind, senses, and soul, leaving you with a profound connection to nature, enriched by First Nations healing traditions, that inspires you to lead a life in harmony with the natural world.”