South Australia, Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre
- Flinders Ranges – the largest mountain range in South Australia, dusty red roads wind through towering cliffs and deep craters
- Wilpena Pound – an iconic Australian landmark found in the heart of the Flinders Ranges, described as a natural amphitheatre which covers over 8000 hectares
- The Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary Ridge Top Tour will provide spectacular views
- Muloorina Station lies on the banks of the Frome river, great spot for wildlife spotting
- Lake Eyre – a vast, dry, shimmering salt pan which crosses three state borders and contains the lowest natural point in Australia
- The unique and memorable town of Coober Pedy
- This tour is a must-do for all who long to experience the Australian outback.
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 one of Australia’s best known outback tracks – 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.
A trip to the outback would not be complete without a visit to some of Australia’s iconic outback towns, including Maree, William Creek and Coober Pedy.
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Extended Trip Details
|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. After lunch we will continue onto Wilpena Pound. 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. During the drive we will visit Ochre Pit and the former settlement of Farina. Farina is currently uninhabited; major restoration works have been carried out on parts of the settlement so it reflects the past glory. The camp site at Muloorina 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 to Coward Springs||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. Accom: Campsite Coward Springs – BLD|
|Day 9||Coward Springs – William Creek – Coober Pedy||Leaving Coward Springs we move onto William Creek. There we will be time here 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. Accom: Motel – Coober Pedy – BLD|
|Day 10||Coober Pedy – Desert Breakaway – Marla||This morning we will explore this unique mining town, including a visit to an underground Church, a tourist mine and a look at the above ground town from a central lookout. Come late morning we will leave the town behind and visit the desert breakaways just to the north of Coober Pedy. The scenery here is quite spectacular. 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. BL|
|NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice. Reverse itinerary when travelling from Alice Springs to Adelaide.|
PLACES AVAILABLE ON 13 May 2021 DEPARTURE
- 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.”
“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.”