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Tour ID: 10063778

This is an adventure of a lifetime! A 7 day 4WD tour starting in Adelaide, travelling through to Coober Pedy, where you sleep underground and meet the characters who call this place home.  See the southern end Lake Eyre & the Flinders Rangers and so much in between. You will get to experience the true Australian Outback, see the vast horizons, the endless blue sky, roads that go for miles & miles and then of course the amazing colours that change the country at sunset! See below for the daily itinerary.

  • Live the excitement & adventure of a 4WD into Outback Australia
  • Sleep underground in Coober Pedy
  • Travel along the famous Oodnadatta Track
  • Fall in love with the spectacular scenery, the vast horizons, the endless blue sky & the amazing colours 
  • Visit unique country towns

In brief:
Historic coastal towns, Pt Augusta Wadlata Outback Centre, Coober Pedy Mine tour, Coober Pedy Underground accommodation, Remote William Creek pub, Dingo Fence, Beltana historic Town, Brachina & Bunyeroo Gorges, Wilpena Poun, Melrose Settled 185, Southern Flinders Ranges, Woomera Rocket Range, Sunset at the Breakaways, Search for opal, The Oodnadatta Track, Maree Old Mail Run, relics, Leigh Creek Coal Fields, Ediacaran fossils, Flinders Ranges National Park, Clare Valley wine tasting.

Day 1

After an 8am Adelaide pick up from your accommodation, we head north along the eastern side of Spencer Gulf, stopping at historical coastal towns. Learn our rich maritime history and take a walk down the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at Port Germain. This was once a bustling port for sail ships and seafarers.

Enjoy a picnic lunch at Mt Remarkable National Park surrounded by stunning 600 million year old rock formations and home to an abundance of native wildlife. If you enjoy bushwalking, we will take you on a short guided walk along beautiful tree-lined creek beds with spectacular views over the area. (Optional)

Continue our journey along the western side of the mighty Flinders Ranges to Port Augusta and the tip of Spencer Gulf. Spend the afternoon strolling around the award winning Wadlata Outback Centre. Soak up our outback history through the excellent displays.

Meals:
(L) Included: Picnic Lunch
(D) Own Expense: Local Pub Meal

Overnight: Port Augusta Motel

DAY 2

Travel up the Explorer Highway to Woomera and visit the old rocket range and Military Base. As we head North, East of the A.P.Y. aboriginal lands take a break at the lookouts and get photos of Lake Gairdner and Lake Heart Salt Lakes.

Onto Coober Pedy the largest opal mining field in the world. Heading into town we will pass the extensive mining operations that help make this place so unique. Coober Pedy is a town where people live underground to escape the harsh desert conditions. Homes are mined out of the rock and provide an average temperature of 18°C.

Go underground on a guided mine tour and see how these hardy folks live. Enjoy a cold beer while watching a magical outback sunset at the Breakaways before following the dog fence back to Coober Pedy.

Meals:
(B) Included: Continental
(L) Own expense: Lunch at road house
(D) Included: Pizza at Local Italian Restaurant. (Other choices at own expense)

Overnight: Underground accommodation at The Desert Cave, the only international underground hotel, allows you to experience dug out style living. It is the experience of a lifetime. Underground accommodation, shops, cafe, bar and display areas all within beautiful soft, natural sandstone surrounds, relax in the spa. Enjoy the cool comfort of underground shopping.

DAY 3

Spend a leisurely morning visiting underground churches and other places of interest. After lunch we depart Coober Pedy for William Creek. You will cross the famous dingo fence (The longest man made structure in the world. This helps to keep the wild dogs up north away from the sheep stations further down.)

Travel along the red sand hill tracks through Anna Creek station arriving at the remote William Creek Hotel and settle into your comfortable cabin. William Creek Hotel stands out like an oasis in the desert along the Oodnadatta Track, about halfway from Oodnadatta to Marree and halfway from Adelaide to Alice Springs. The William Creek Hotel was built in 1887 to service the Ghan railway. Enjoy an ice cold beer at the bar of this famous Outback Pub that has a rich history of stockman, camels and life in the bush.

Optional extra: Flight over Lake Eyre

Meals:
(B) Included : Continental
(L) Own expense: Café
(D) Included: Aussie Barbeque and campfire.

Overnight: William Creek Cabin

DAY 4

Continue our epic journey down the famous Oodnadatta Track, following the historic route of the Cameleers and the Old Ghan Railway. This area has a rich history of Aboriginal culture and pioneering settlements, including many ghost towns. Check out Lake Eyre South, which at its lowest point is 11m below sea level with the Lake Eyre Basin approximately the size of Belgium. This is where Sir Donald Campbell broke the land speed record in 1964 in The Blue Bird. Visit thermal springs that have been the life blood of this arid land for centuries.

Arrive at Marree, the historic outback town which marks the start of the famous Birdsville track. See the old Afghan mosque and relics of our pioneering days.

Located in the picturesque Northern Flinders Ranges discover our region’s natural beauty and rich heritage at Beltana Station. It covers nearly half a million acres and is a fully working sheep and cattle station. Beltana station was first surveyed in 1854 and has played a part in South Australia’s early history. Accommodation consists of historic shearer’s quarters (circa 1860).

Meals:
(B) Included: Continental
(L) Included: Picnic lunch Included
(D) Included: Traditional roast saltbush lamb dinner with all the trimmings in the old woolshed.

Overnight: Beltana Homestead

Day 5

This morning we travel a few Kilometres east and explore the old Beltana Township with its well preserved old Ghan railway station. This is where Rev John Flynn of the inland mission lived. Then we follow the bush track along the old railway track to the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna.

Enjoy a coffee at The Prairie Hotel which has embraced the old with the new and brought a stunning new dimension to outback hospitality without compromise to the character of the historic old pub. Lunch will be on route and a picnic style lunch held within the gorges.

Wonder around the old Copper mining town of Blinman with its Pug and Pine cottages, then it's on to one of the Outback’s unique icons, Wilpena Pound where the flora is diverse and wildlife abundant.

Meals:
(B) Included: Cooked/Continental
(L) Included: Picnic
(D) Included: Resort Bistro

Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort.

Day 6

You will have the opportunity to take a guided walk following the tree-lined creek beds to Wangara Lookout that offers magnificent views into the pound itself. Explore the ancient mountain ranges including Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges (also called the Corridors through Time). Become a geologist for the day and view some of the oldest rock formations in the world including fossils from the Ediacara Period, the beginning of life on earth!

As the sun becomes low in the sky we will follow the road through a landscape of absolute beauty. Wildlife including Kangaroos, Emus and Wedge Tailed Eagles are prolific in this rugged terrain and are usually spotted in abundance in the late afternoon.

Optional Extra: 30 minute flight over Wilpena Pound.

Meals:
(B) Included: Fully cooked buffet
(L) Included: Picnic
(D) Included: Resort Bistro

Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort.

Day 7

Enjoy a well-deserved sleep-in departing Wipena Pound at approx. 9 am. Visit Hawker and Quorn where many a classic Aussie film has been made including Sunday Too Far away Breaker Morant.

Head down through the magnificent Southern Flinders Ranges with its mighty Red Gum forests to Melrose, the oldest town, settled in 1853. Check out the historic buildings such as the Old Outback Police Station, Gaol, Court House and Jaccas Brewery.

Getting closer to Adelaide we pass through lovely old townships of Mid-North South Australia and the beautiful wine region of Clare Valley. If time permits try a taste of the local drop!

Arriving back in Adelaide at approximately 6.00pm you will have life-long memories to share with family and friends about Coober Pedy, The Flinders Ranges and Outback South Australia.

Meals:
(B) Included: Fully cooked buffet
(L) Included: Cafe

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    6 nights accommodation
    Coober Pedy Mine Tour

    Breakfast - 6
    Lunch - 5
    Dinner -6

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    Optional 30 minute flight over Wilpena Pound

  • Duration:

    7 days

  • Departure:

    8:00 AM Tue

  • Return:

    6.00pm

  • Departure points:

    Adelaide

  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    Pick up from your accommodation between 7-7.30 Am

  • What to bring:

    • Carry on bag
    • Bag for clothing (stored in trailer)
    • Any special medication needs you have
    • Toiletries including towels
    • Warm clothing including long sleeve tops & pants
    • Shorts & T-shirts
    • Fly Nets (Snowys stock these)
    • Carry on bag
    • Insect Repellant, hat, sunscreen
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Water Bottle

  • Fitness level required:

    Not specified

  • Child policies:

    Child must be at least 7 years of age and at least 140cm tall

  • Additional Information:

    Prices based on per persion twin share in Superior Motel Accommodation.

  • Destinations:

    Flinders Ranges, Oodnadatta Track, Coober Pedy, Wilpena Pound, Port Augusta, Simpson Desert, Dalhousie Hot Springs and Lake Eyre

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