South Australia, Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre

DAYS

11

Style

Camping/Accommodated Mix

EX

Alice Springs – Adelaide

From

$7,150.00

Overview

Next Tour: 18th - 29th July 2022

Highlights

  • The unique and memorable opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where homes, hotels and churches are built below-ground (‘dugouts’)
  • Lake Eyre – a vast, dry, shimmering salt pan which crosses three state borders and contains the lowest natural point in Australia
  • Muloorina Station lies on the banks of the Frome river; a great area for wildlife spotting
  • The Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary Ridge Top Tour will provide spectacular views of the Flinders Ranges and is home to Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies
  • Wilpena Pound – an iconic Australian landmark found in the heart of the Flinders Ranges, described as a natural amphitheatre of mountains covering over 8000 hectares
  • Flinders Ranges – the largest mountain range in South Australia; dusty red roads wind through towering cliffs and deep craters
  • Visit the Australian Arid Lands Botanical Garden in Port Augusta

This adventure is a must for all who long to experience the Australian outback. From the massive expanse of Lake Eyre as it spreads out before you, to the striking landscape and impressive ruins of early European settlement in the southern and northern Flinders Range, this adventure showcases some of the South Australian outback’s most spectacular scenery and unique wildlife.

We will travel on the Oodnadatta Track, steeped in history, natural wonders and rich cultural heritage; it is perhaps one of our most fascinating and historic outback trails.

A trip to the outback would not be complete without a visit to some of South Australia’s iconic outback towns including Maree, William Creek and Coober Pedy.

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Extended Trip Details

Itinerary

Day 1 Alice Springs - MarlaAn early start this morning as we depart Alice Springs and head south for the small community of Marla, with a population of just 70 people. Accommodation: Motel - Marla LD
Day 2Marla - Desert Breakaways - Coober Pedy Today we head to Coober Pedy, with a stop on the way at the desert breakaways to take in the spectacular views. We will explore the unique mining town of Coober Pedy, including a visit to an underground Church, a tourist mine and a look at the above-ground town from a central lookout. Accommodation: Motel - Coober Pedy BLD
Day 3Coober Pedy - William Creek - Coward SpringsLeaving Coober Pedy, we move onto William Creek for an optional flight over Lake Eyre. This small outback town is the closest settlement to Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre in outback South Australia and is on the largest cattle station in the world; Anna Creek Station. We then head for Coward Springs along the Oonadatta track. Accommodation: Campsite Coward Springs BLD
Day 4 Coward Springs - Muloorina StationWe depart Coward Springs and call into the old abandoned railway siding of Curdimurka. We also visit Wabnma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park and its unique springs, including Blanch Cup and The Bubbler, aptly called as it does bubble but not how you would expect. These springs are significant water sources for the fragile ecosystem in the area and were used by Arabana (Aboriginal) people for several thousand years. Our campsite tonight is at Muloorina Station Bore on the banks of the Frome River. This afternoon we examine the wildlife around the billabong. Accommodation: Bush Camp - Muloorina Station BLD
Day 5 Muloorina StationToday we will explore the Goyder Channel (which runs between Lake Eyre North and South), followed by the eastern side of Lake Eyre North. Flow in the channel is an infrequent event. Accommodation: Bush Camp - Muloorina Station BLD
Day 6 Muloorina Station - Leigh CreekContinuing on today, we travel to Leigh Creek. On the way we visit an ochre pit and the former settlement of Farina which is uninhabited; major restoration works on parts of the settlement have restored it to its former glory. Accommodation Motel - Leigh Creek BLD
Day 7 Copley - Arkaroola Wilderness SanctuaryThis morning we head to Arkaroola, visiting the iconic Prairie Hotel in Parachilna on the way. After a short look around we will follow the road through one of the most scenic gorges in outback South Australia; Parchilna gorge, and visit the quaint little town Blinman. We will also spend time at the Heysen Trailhead, usually an excellent place for birds and other wildlife.  Accommodation Camp Site - Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary BLD
Day 8 Arkaroola Wilderness SanctuaryEarly morning start today as we join the sanctuary’s Ridge Top Tour, one of the most scenic trips on offer anywhere with spectacular rugged and unique natural beauty. There will be time this afternoon for washing, relaxing or exploring the bush area around the sanctuary’s campsite. Accommodation: Camp Site - Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary BLD
Day 9 Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary - Wilpena PoundToday we drive south and head into the southern Flinders Ranges with its stunning scenery and excellent wildlife spotting possibilities. Accommodation: Camp Site - Wilpena Pound BLD
Day 10 Wilpena PoundThe Flinders Range National Park is a photographers paradise. Today we explore the area around Wilpena Pound. After an early breakfast, we will take a walk to the Old Homestead and Wangara Lookout which provides panoramic views across the pound. After an early lunch, we will drive through Bunyerooo Gorge to Aroona Valley, one of Australian artist Hans Heysen’s favourite sites. Accommodation: Camp Site - Wilpena Pound BLD
Day 11Wilpena Pound - Port AugustaThis morning we depart Wilpena Pound and head to Port Augusta. We will visit the Australian Arid Lands Botanical Garden, established in 1993. The Garden officially opening in 1996, for research, conservation and for promoting a wider appreciation of Australia’s arid zone flora. Located on the shores of Upper Spencer Gulf with spectacular views of the ancient Flinders Ranges, the Garden showcases a diverse collection of arid zone plants in a picturesque setting of more than 250 hectares. During its last survey, in addition to the botanical highlights, there were around 150 species of birdlife recorded. There is also a range of reptiles and mammals that can be found in the garden. Accommodation: Motel - Port Augusta BLD
Day 12 Wilpena Pound - Port Augusta - AdelaideA relaxed start this morning as we depart Port Augusta and head for Adelaide. Our outback adventure ends in Adelaide around mid afternoon. We will drop you off at your chosen city accommodation. BL
NOTE: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.

availability

Places available on 18 July 2022 DEPARTURE

Inclusions

  • 2 crew members consisting of a naturalist guide and driver/cook;
  • Well maintained vehicles with front-facing, seat belted  seats;
  • Easy-to-erect tents and camping chairs with armrests;
  • A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed;
  • All eating utensils;
  • Meals as per itinerary: B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner);
  • Fruit for snacking throughout the day;
  • Accommodation and Campsite fees;
  • Morning tea each day;
  • All national park entrance fees;
  • Arid Lands Botanical Gardens.

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