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Across the Nullarbor - Day 2

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by Outrageous Jones (subscribe)
but you can just call me Ray. My life is full of great experiences, made better for sharing.
Published December 27th 2018
How the west was won
Day 2 Streaky Bay to Baird Bay to Ceduna via Westall Way and Brauer Point Loops

Accommodation: Ceduna Foreshore Hotel $139 in breakfast.
The room was dated but comfortable with the basic expected facilities. Continental breakfast with pleasant normal fare included.

We are on the road at 7:45am - the 45-minute drive south to Baird Bay for our eco-adventure swimming with sea lions and dolphins. Tours leave at 9:30am and 1pm and prior booking is essential.

Baird Bay Eyre Peninsula Vacation Dolphins Sea Lions
Australian Seal Lions at Baird Bay

Alan Payne and his wife have operated this unique experience for 26 years and today are ably supported in the custom-built swim boat by deckhand Mike. Maximum guest numbers are limited to 14 to limit the impact on the wildlife and today we are me, Mrs Jones, and 3 other guests.

Baird Bay Eyre Peninsula Vacation Dolphins Sea Lions
Modern Facilities at Baird Bay Ec-tours

Words fail me. All I can say is if you get the chance to do this, I expect you will rate it up there with the birth of children and other events of that calibre as a 'best day of your life' experience. I sincerely expect a big lottery win would leave me with less of a smile.

Baird Bay Eyre Peninsula Vacation Dolphins Sea Lions
Swimming with the seals

Great tour operators, kind, gentle and safe, with a great sense of humour. Safety and wildlife conservation are their priorities and the education provided was important in the cause of the environment. The sea lions and dolphins seem to simply love having people to play with.

Baird Bay Eyre Peninsula Vacation Dolphins Sea Lions
Swimming with the Dolphins

My new best friend became a little white dolphin called . um, "whitey", who just wouldn't leave me alone. I am not a great swimmer, so the wetsuits, buoyancy rings and hot Milo at half-time were very welcome. I know there were dangers, but it was worth every minute.

Baird Bay Eyre Peninsula Vacation Dolphins Sea Lions Westall Way
Pelicans on Eyre peninsula

From there, we venture along the coast to back to Streaky Bay via the Westall Way, where we had lunch in the beautiful cove, Smooth Pool. The scenery is simply stunning - better than the Great Ocean Road, or Southern or Northern NSW or the Fleurieu Peninsula and more accessible than the best of Tasmania or SW Western Australia.

Back to Streaky and the stunning views on the shorter Brauer Loop, then a pleasant drive to Ceduna through the sleepy hamlet of Smoky Bay. Ceduna was pleasant but more industrial and urban in nature than Streaky Bay. I can see why people keep Streaky and its general vicinity a secret.
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Why? Swimming with Sea Lions and Dolphins
When: August to May
Phone: 08 86 265 017
Where: Baird Bay
Cost: $180 Adults Children under 15 $90
Your Comment
First 2 days, Ray, and I'm already relaxed! Great articles, thank you!
by Elaine (score: 3|7578) 634 days ago
Few things are better than swimming with dolphins!
by Janice Heath (score: 2|387) 634 days ago
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