South Australian Outback
- 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
- Visit outback towns Innaminccka & Birdsville and drive the Strzelecki & Oodnadatta desert tracks; some of the best outback drives in the country
- Muloorina Station lies on the banks of the Frome river; a great area for wildlife spotting
- Lake Eyre – Australia’s largest salt lake is a vast, dry, shimmering salt pan which crosses three state borders and contains the lowest natural point in Australia
- The unique and memorable opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where homes, hotels and churches are built below-ground (‘dugouts’)
From the striking landscape and impressive ruins of early European settlement in the southern Flinders Range to the massive expanse of Lake Eyre as it spreads out before you. This adventure showcases some of the South Australian outback’s most spectacular scenery and unique wildlife.
We will travel on three of Australia’s best-known outback tracks – the Strzelecki, Track the iconic Birdsville Track and the Oodnadatta Track, steeped in history, natural wonders and rich cultural heritage, it is perhaps our most fascinating and historic outback trail.
Coongie Lake, Goyder’s Lagoon and Frome Creek are excellent for birding and wildlife spotting. Explorers Burke and Wills were the first Europeans to cross Australia from south to north, and we visit some of their historical sites, including gravesites and the Dig Tree.
A trip to the outback would not be complete without a visit to two of Australia’s most iconic outback towns, Innamincka and Birdsville.
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Extended Trip Details
|Day 1||Adelaide to Wilpena Pound||We depart Adelaide this morning and head north to Wilpena Pound. On the way, we will spend time in Port Augusta and visit the Wadlata Centre and its unique exhibits with a journey through the history of the Outback. Accommodation: Camp Site - Wilpena Pound LD|
|Day 2||Wilpena Pound to Copley||We leave Wilpena behind and drive through the southern Flinders Ranges with its stunning scenery and excellent wildlife spotting possibilities. We visit Brachina Gorge to view its brilliant array of shale, limestone and quartzite. There are also ruins of old shepherd huts that reflect the hard times endured by the early settlers. Accommodation: Camp Site - Copley BLD|
|Day 3||Copley - Montecollina Bore||This morning we make our way to the Strzelecki Track and onto Montecollina Bore to see the wildlife found around the bore's wetland. Our campsite has a hot bore that overflows into a dam and then into a wetland, attracting an abundance of birdlife. Accommodation: Bush Camp - Montecollina Bore BLD|
|Day 4||Montecollina Bore - 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, located beside the mighty Cooper Creek, which will be home for the next three nights. Accommodation: Camp Site - Innamincka BLD|
|Day 5||Innamincka - Lake Coongie - Innamincka||Today we will explore the area around Lake Coongie; a freshwater wetland system made up of channels, lakes, deltas, floodplains and corridors. We will look for wildlife drawn to the area with the arrival of the water. Accommodation Camp Site - Innamincka BLD|
|Day 6||Innamincka||Today we will explore the many sites related to the historic Burke & Wills expedition. We will visit the Dig Tree, the gravesites of both Burke and Wills and a memorial to King. This interesting part of our Australian history unfolds as we learn about this tragic expedition. Accommodation: Camp Site - Innamincka BLD|
|Day 7||Innamincka to Birdsville||Leaving Innamincka behind we travel via Cordillo Downs Station to Birdsville (technically in Queensland) where we spend time exploring the many creeks along the way. Tonight we experience genuine outback hospitality with dinner at the Birdsville Hotel (at passengers expense). Accommodation: Camp Site - Birdsville BL|
|Day 8||Birdsville||We spend the morning birding around the campground billabong and the old crossing, before heading out to the have a look at the Waddi Trees found just out of town. This afternoon is free for you to have a look at this historic town, do some washing or just relax. Accommodation: Camp Site - Birdsville BLD|
|Day 9||Birdsville - Mungerannie||Our camp tonight is on the banks of a wildlife-filled billabong, a perfect place for an early morning bird walk. We leave the town promptly this morning and head south to Goyders lagoon (a vast ephemeral swamp). After lunch, we move onto our campsite at Mungerannie, a homestead on the Birdsville Track. Accommodation: Camp Site - Mungerannie BLD|
|Day 10||Mungerannie - Maree - Muloorina Station||We continue down the Birdsville Track, to Maree and Muloorina Station. We camp here for the next two nights on the banks of the Frome River (an ephemeral river located within the Lake Eyre basin). This afternoon we explore the wildlife around the billabong. Accommodation: Bush Camp - Muloorina Station BLD|
|Day 11||Muloorina Station||Being on the banks of Frome Creek, the Goyder Channel (which runs between Lake Eyre North and South) and the eastern side of Lake Eyre North, we have much to see and explore today. Accommodation: Bush Camp - Muloorina Station BLD|
|Day 12||Mulloorina Station - Maree - Coward Springs||After calling into Maree for some fresh provisions, we follow the Old Ghan Railway Line scattered with ruins of old stations and railways bridges. We then skirt around Lake Eyre South, calling into the old abandoned railway siding of Curdimurka. Then to the Coward Springs area to visit the mound springs which played an essential part in the European explorers opening up the area. Accommodation: Camp Site - Coward Springs BLD|
|Day 13||Coward Springs - William Creek - Coober Pedy||Today we move onto William Creek where you can take an optional flight over Lake Eyre. Then on to Coober Pedy via Anna Creek (the largest cattle station in the world) Accommodation: Camp Site - Coober Pedy BLD|
|Day 14||Coober Pedy - Desert Breakaways - Marla||This morning we will take our time exploring the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy before we start our drive northwards to Marla, via the spectacular Breakaway country. Accommodation: Camp Site - Marla BLD|
|Day 15||Marla to Alice Springs||Our outback adventure ends today as we travel north on the Sturt Highway arriving in Alice Springs around mid-afternoon. We will then drop you off at your chosen accommodation in town. BL|
|NOTE: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.|
PLACES AVAILABLE ON 31 May 2021 DEPARTURE
- 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;
- Campsite fees;
- Morning tea each day;
- All national park entrance fees.
- Wadlata Centre fees
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