Tour ID: 10063691
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 of Lake Eyre, the Flinders Ranges 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.
Journey into the Australian Outback on this 7-day Eco 4WD tour from Adelaide incorporating the Flinders Ranges, Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy and much more. Travelling with between 4 and 16 passengers, this tour offers small groups, professional guides and amazing scenery.
Highlights Include: The Oodnadatta Track, Maree Old Mail Run, Flinders Ranges National Park, Wilpena Pound, Brachina Gorge Ediacaran fossils, Clare Valley, Historic coastal towns, Pt Augusta Wadlata Outback Centre, Woomera Rocket Range, Coober Pedy Mine & town tour, Sunset at the Breakaways, Remote William Creek pub and The Dingo Fence.
Follow the Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf, stopping at historical coastal towns. Learn our rich maritime history maybe take a walk down the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at Port Germain. This was once a bustling port for sail ships & sea farers. During the safari your Tour Guide will introduce you to a remarkable and resilient history of both Aboriginal and white settlement in S.A. See the Southern Flinders Ranges, 600 million year old mountain peaks with spectacular views over this incredible landscape. Spend the afternoon strolling around the award winning Wadlata Outback Centre at Pt Augusta.
Overnight: Port Augusta Motel
Included Meals: (L) Picnic Lunch
Travel up the Explorer Highway to Woomera visiting the old rocket range and Military Base. As we head further North, East of the A.P.Y. Aboriginal lands take a break at the Lake Gairdner lookout to see this huge expanse of 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. Learn about the area on a guided mine tour to see how these hardy folks live. Watch a magical sunset over the desert at Kanku-Breakaways before following the painted hills back to Coober Pedy.
Overnight: Coober Pedy
Included Meals: (B) Continental, (D) Pizza at Local Italian Restaurant. (Other choices at own expense)
Spend a leisurely morning visiting underground churches, opal shops and displays. After lunch we depart Coober Pedy crossing 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 to William Creek. This remote town stands out like an oasis in the desert, halfway between Adelaide to Alice Springs. 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.
Overnight: William Creek Cabin
Optional extra: Lake Eyre & Painted Desert Scenic Flights (own expense)
Included Meals: (B) Continental, (D) Hotel Meal
Continue our epic journey down the famous Oodnadatta Track, following the historic route of the Cameleers. This area has a rich history of Aboriginal culture and pioneering settlements. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the edge of Lake Eyre South National Park. 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. Arriving at Maree late afternoon, check out the old Afghan mosque and relics of our pioneering days. This historic town is where Outback legend Tom Cruise left on his epic mail run deliveries to Birdsville and beyond.
Overnight: Maree Cabins
Included Meals: (B) Continental, (L) Picnic lunch, (D) Pub Meal
This morning we explore the deserted Beltana Township with its well preserved old Ghan railway station. This is where Rev John Flynn of the inland mission lived. Follow bush tracks along the old railway line to the Prairie Hotel. Grab a coffee and see a wonderful display of Ediacaran fossils. Be amazed by the beauty of Parachilna gorge as we head Into the magical Flinders Ranges. Wonder around the old Copper mining town of Blinman with its Pug and Pine cottages. Then onto one of the Outback’s unique icons, Wilpena Pound
where the flora is diverse and wildlife abundant.
Overnight: Wilpena Pound or Rawnsley Park Resort (Depending on availability)
Included Meals: (B) Continental, (D) Resort Bistro
You will have the opportunity to take a self-guided walk following the tree-lined creek beds to Wangara Lookout that offers magnificent views into the pound itself (optional). 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. As the sun becomes low in the sky we will follow the road through a landscape of absolute beauty. Wildlife including Kangaroos, Emus and Wedgetailed 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. (own expense)
Overnight: Wilpena Pound or Rawnsley Park Resort (Depending on Availability)
Included Meals: (B) Continental, (L) Picnic, (D) Resort Bistro
Spend a relaxing morning travelling back to Adelaide along the eastern side of the magnificent Flinders Ranges with its mighty red gum forests. The land will change into lush expanses of natural rural beauty as we head south. Enjoy a break in the world-famous Clare Valley wine region.
No doubt you will leave with life-long memories to share with family and friends about your journey to the Flinders Ranges & Outback Australia!
Included Meals: (B) Fully cooked buffet, (L) Cafe
6 nights accommodation in Standard Motel Rooms, Coober Pedy Mine Tour, Meals as indicated, 4wd Eco Touring withe a Professional Guide.
Optional 30 minute flight over Wilpena Pound
8:00 AM Tue, Wed
Pick up from your Adelaide Hotel Accommodation between 7 and 7.30am.
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.
Children must be at least 7 years of age and at least 140cm tall.
Prices based on per person twin share in Standard Motel Accommodation - must book 2 persons.
Flinders Ranges, Oodnadatta Track, Coober Pedy, Wilpena Pound, Port Augusta, Simpson Desert, Dalhousie Hot Springs and Lake Eyre
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