- 4-day Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges and Outback eco-tour
- Travel through Mt Remarkable National Park
- See kangaroos, emus and wedge-tailed eagles
- Drive the remote Oodnadatta Track
- Take a 2.5 hour scenic flight over Lake Eyre and Cooper Creek
- Follow the Ghan railway and see spectacular outback country
- Choice of accommodation either camping, bunkhouse or cabin
- Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide
Departing Adelaide, head north to Port Wakefield at the tip of Gulf St Vincent. After exploring the town, and perhaps enjoying a pie at the famous Kiplings bakery (own expense), travel through the ancient mountains and valleys of Mt Remarkable National Park in the southern Flinders Ranges. Stop off at the outback railway town of Quorn, where iconic Australian movies such as The Shiralee and Sunday Too Far Away were filmed. After lunch in Quorn, continue across the arid Willochra Plains, keeping an eye out for bounding kangaroos, running emus and soaring wedge-tailed eagles. The late afternoon brings you to the southern edge of Wilpena Pound, and your evening’s accommodation at Merna Mora Station. Relax and dine around the campfire under the southern stars.
Accommodation: choice of camping, bunkhouse and cabin accommodation at Merna Mora Station
Day 2: Merna Mora Station -- Oodnadatta Track – Marree (B, L, D)
After breakfast, travel through Wilpena Pound’s famous Bunyeroo and Brachina gorges, to spot 600-million-year-old fossils and perhaps catch sight of the elusive yellow-footed rock wallaby. The rock formations’ different colored sediments were created over millions of years, taking you on a trip through time. Enjoy a special lunch of bush tucker at the iconic Prairie Hotel in Parachilna, with indigenous flavors like smoked kangaroo, camel wurst, wattleseed chicken, bush tomato chilli jam and freshly baked damper rolls. After lunch, relax on a breathtaking drive through the mountains and into the desert of northern South Australia. Following the Oodnadatta Track, you’ll see the harsh conditions endured by the pioneer settlers. The dusty track takes you to Marree, the historic outback town that marks the beginning of the iconic outback route once used by Afghans with their camel trains, the Birdsville Track. The best views of the desert are from the air, and you’ll see them on a two-and-a-half hour flight from Marree, taking in Lake Eyre and Cooper Creek. From up above you’ll see the amazing sight of how the replenished waterways bring new life to the arid desert lands. Return to Marree and your accommodation for the night.
Accommodation: cabin accommodation at Oasis Caravan Park, Marree
Day 3: Marree -- Lake Eyre -- Port Augusta (B, L, D)
Leave Marree after breakfast, to follow the route of the old Ghan Railway through the desert landscape. You’ll cross the famous Dingo Fence, longer than the Great Wall of China and the longest manmade structure in the world, before arriving at the southern shores of Lake Eyre. Take a walk onto the salt lake, the lowest point in Australia at around 36ft (11m) below sea level. The lake was also the site of a land speed record by car racer Donald Campbell in 1964. You’ll be following the outback tracks surrounding the lake at a more gentle pace than Campbell, heading south to the coast at the tip of Spencer Gulf. Your night’s accommodation is at a luxurious motel on the shores of the gulf at Port Augusta, where your evening meal will be served in the convivial atmosphere of a local pub.
Accommodation: motel accommodation at Comfort Inn, Port Augusta
Day 4: Port Augusta -- Adelaide (B, L)
After breakfast, relax on a cruise across Spencer Gulf and take in spectacular views back to the Flinders Ranges. You might spot dolphins from the boat, and will certainly encounter seabirds, pelicans and other bird life. Back on the road, on the return trip to Adelaide, enjoy a wood-fired lunch at the country-style Stone Hut Bakery and taste award-winning wines in the Clare Valley vineyard region before arriving back in Adelaide at around 5pm.