Lake Eyre Basin & Flinders Ranges

Days

11

Style

Camping/Accommodated Mix

Ex

Adelaide – Alice Springs

From

AUD$4,565

Highlights

  • Flinders Ranges
  • Muloorina Station
  • 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.

Many of the birding and wildlife highlights will be found at two of the regions reliable water sources, Aroona Gorge 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 and Coober Pedy.

Day 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

Day 2 Wilpena Pound
Today we explore the area around Wilpena Pound. The pound is a well known geological feature with massive quartzite outlines that show its basin shape. Areas explored within the Flinders Range National Park are a photographers paradise.
Accom: Camp Site – Wilpena Pound – BLD

Day 3 Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola
Today we travel via Blinman as we head into the Northern Flinders Ranges and our campsite at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. We set up our camp which will be our home for the next two nights. There will be time this evening to join an Astronomical night sky tour.
Accom: Camp Site – Arkaroola – BLD

Day 4 Arkaroola
Early morning start today as we join the sanctuaries show piece event the Ridge Top Tour. This tour is one of the most scenic trips on offer anywhere and is an unforgettable encounter with spectacular rugged and unique natural beauty. After lunch we will explore the sanctuary.
Accom: Camp Site – Arkaroola – BLD

Day 5 Arkaroola – Aroona Gorge – Brachina Gorge – Copley
Early this morning we travel through the Northern Flinders back to the Brachina Gorge where we will follow the geological trail to the highway. We will take a detour to the picturesque Aroona Valley and then onto our accommodation at Copley.
Accom: Cabin – Copley – BLD

Day 6 Copley – Maree – Muloorina Station
Continuing on today we travel to 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

Day 7 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

Day 8 Mulloorina Station – Coward Springs – William Creek
Our drive today skirts 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: Cabins – William Creek – BLD

Day 9 William Creek – Coober Pedy
This morning there we will be time to enjoy 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. This afternoon we explore this very interesting mining town and it’s underground lifestyle.
Accom: Motel – Coober Pedy – BLD

Day 10 Coober Pedy – Painted Desert – Marla
This morning we move northwards travelling via the Painted Desert to Marla.
Accom: Motel – Marla – BLD

Day 11 Marla to Alice Springs
We continue travelling north on the Sturt Highway heading for Alice Springs.
On our arrival in Alice around mid / late afternoon you will be transferred to your chosen accommodation.
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NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.

7th – 17th May 2018

  • 10 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 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 and accommodation 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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