Lake Eyre Basin & Flinders Ranges

Days

15

Style

Camping

Ex

Adelaide – Alice Springs

From

AUD$4,535.00

Highlights

  • Flinders Ranges
  • Coongie Lake
  • Innamincka
  • Birdsville
  • Lake Eyre
  • Coober Pedy
  • Painted Desert

This tour is a must-do for all who long to experience the Australian outback.

Join us to take in the spectacular scenery, geological history, Aboriginal rock art and artefacts, impressive fossil remains and ruins of early European settlement of the southern and northern Flinders Range. We also visit the massive expanse of Lake Eyre as it spreads out before you. Wet or dry, it’s a magnificent sight.

We will travel on three of Australia’s best known outback tracks – the Strzelecki Track, the Birdsville Track (the most iconic dirt road in Australia) and the Oodnadatta Track which is one of the best outback drives in Australia. Steeped in history, natural wonders and a rich cultural heritage, the track is perhaps our most fascinating and historic outback trail.

Many of the birding and wildlife highlights will be found at three of the regions reliable water sources, Coongie Lake, Goyders Lagoon and Frome Creek.

A trip to the outback would not be complete without a visit to some of Australia’s iconic outback towns, including William Creek, Coober Pedy, Birdsville and Innamincka. We’ll also see some of the historic sites related to the explorers Burke and Wills including Burke’s Grave and the Dig Tree.

Day                      Activity

1                           Adelaide to Wilpena Pound

An early start this morning as we depart Adelaide and head north for Wilpena Pound. We will spend time in Port Augusta visiting the Wadlata Centre where there is a great historical display based on the Lake Eyre region.

Accom: Camp Site Wilpena Pound          LD

2                           Wilpena Pound to Copley

We leave Wilpena and drive through the southern Flinders visiting Brackina Gorge we see a magnificent array of shale, limestone and quartzite. There are also ruins of early shepherds huts that reflect the hard times endured by the early settlers. The drive also provides spectacular scenery and some great wildlife spotting opportunities.

Accom: Camp Site Copley          BLD

3                           Copley – Montecollina Bore

Early this morning we travel to the Strzelecki Track and then onto the Montecollina Bore. There will be time this afternoon to study the wildlife that is found around the bores wetland.

Accom: Bush Camp Montecollina Bore          BLD

4                           Montecollina Bore to Innamincka

Early morning birding around the bore is a great way to start the day. After breakfast we pack up and continue on the Strzelecki Track to Innamincka where we set up our camp that will be our home for the next three nights..

Accom: Camp Site Innamincka          BLD

5                           Innamincka – Lake Coongie – Lake Coongie

The day will be spent exploring the area around the lake looking for the wildlife that has been drawn to the area with the arrival of the water.

Accom: Camp Site Innamincka          BLD

6                           Innamincka

The day will be spent exploring the many sites associated with the historic Burke & Wills expedition. We will visit the Dig Tree and the grave sites of both Burke and Wills and a memorial to King. This wonderful part of our Australian History unfolds as we learn about this tragic expedition.

Accom: Camp Site Innamincka          BLD

7                           Innamincka To Birdsville

Leaving Innamincka behind we travel via Cordillo Downs Station  to Birdsville.

We will spend time during the day exploring the many creeks that we will encounter. Tonight’s dinner will be at the Birdsville Hotel (at passengers expense) a great place to experience true outback hospitality

Accom: Camp Site Birdsville          BL

8                           Birdsville

We spend this morning birding around the camp ground billabong and the old crossing before heading out to the have a look at the Waddi Trees that are found just out of Town.

This afternoon will be free to have a looking at this historic town, do some washing or just relax.

Accom: Camp Site Birdsville          BLD

9                           Birdsville – Mungerannie

Our camp is situated on the banks of a wildlife filled billabong which is a perfect place for an early morning birding walk. We leave the town early morning and head south to Goyders lagoon. After lunch we move onto our campsite at Mungerannie

Accom: Camp Site Mungerannie            BLD

10                         Mungerannie – Maree – Muloorina Station

We continue our trip down the Birdsville Track travelling into Maree and then onto Muloorina Station. The camp site here is right on the banks of the Frome River. This afternoon we explore the wildlife around the billabong.

Accom: Bush Camp Muloorina Station          BLD

11                         Muloorina Station

Today will be spent exploring the wonders that are found around the camp site which is on the banks of Frome Creek, the Goyder Chanel which runs between Lake Eyre North and South and then the eastern side of Lake Eyre North.

Accom: Bush Camp Muloorina Station          BLD

12                         Mulloorina Station – Maree – Coward Springs

After calling into Maree for some fresh provisions we Following the Old Ghan Railway Line we see ruins of old stations and railways bridges. We skirt around Lake Eyre South calling into the old abandoned railway siding of Curdimurka.  The Coward Springs area offers us the opportunity to visit some mound springs that exist in this region. This springs played a large part in the European explorers opening up the area.

Accom: Camp Site Coward Springs          BLD

13                         Coward Springs – William Creek – Coober Pedy

William Creek is where we will be able to take an optional flight over Lake Eyre. The next section of our journey takes us via Anna Creek (the largest cattle station in the world) to Coober Pedy

Accom: Camp Site Coober Pedy          BLD

14                         Coober Pedy – Painted Desert – Cadney Park

We will have a look around the interesting town of Coober Pedy before we head north to the  spectacular Painted Desert.

Accom: Camp Site Cadney Park          BLD

15                         Cadney Park to Alice Springs

We continue travelling north on the Sturt Highway heading for Alice Springs.On our arrival in Alice around mid afternoon you will be transferred to your chosen accommodation.          BL

NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.

29th April – 13th May 2017 – Date Fully booked, please enquire for upcoming dates

  • 14 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 13 Dinners
  • 2 crew members consisting of a naturalist guide and driver/cook
  • Well maintained vehicle with front-facing, seat belted, mostly
    reclining, coach-style seats
  • Easy to erect dome tents and camp chairs with arms
  • A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed
  • All eating utensils
  • Morning tea each day
  • Fruit for snacking throughout the day
  • Campsite fees
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Wadlata Centre fees

“We really enjoyed our tour of the Flinders Ranges and the Lake Eyre Basin in May/June – despite the weather! Chris was an excellent leader – very capable, and always getting on with the job without fuss and with good humour. Wayne’s enthusiasm and very good knowledge of birds also contributed greatly to our enjoyment. The trip allowed us to see parts of the country that we would never have seen on our own.”
Mike and Jacquie Gregson


“Congratulations on the best organised trip we have been on. Rick and Red were just wonderful and we cannot compliment them enough on every aspect of their skills, knowledge of the outback, culinary marvels and their kindness whenever help was needed. They are just a superb team and we look forward to travelling with them next year again, if not sooner.”
John and Denise Lombard

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