Outback South Australia - Coober Pedy and Flinders Ranges - 6 May 2019

The unassuming state of South Australia boasts a deceptively large number of Australia's greatest wonders. From an underground town, the largest and lowest lake on the continent, the longest fence in the world and striking and unique geological formations, South Australia has a lot to offer the curious traveller. This tour explores the most impressive sights of this small state. Discover the unique mining town of Coober Pedy, the once off-limits military town of Woomera, the historic towns of Glendambo, Maree and Blinman. Visit William Creek on the Oodnadatta Track and discover the striking groundwater Mound Springs. Explore the Flinders Ranges and see the incredible geological site of Wilpena Pound. Discover some of the harshest environment's in Australia and learn the stories of the families and characters who make this unique location their home.

Coober Pedy: In the desert of the South Australian outback, in what can be one of Australia's hottest climates, is the town of Coober Pedy. In a bid to avoid the heat, much of it has been built underground. Our tour is well ahead of the harsh desert heat so come and join us for this unique outback adventure, where you’ll get to visit an underground house and church. Admire the lunar-like landscape, which has been the backdrop for many movies, including Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Red Planet. Coober Pedy is also known as the Opal Capital of the World, and there are plenty of opportunities to purchase the pretty gemstones – or even find your own.

Flinders Ranges: Rugged mountain ranges, dramatic gorges, peaceful creeks lined with river red gums and abundant wildlife is just the beginning of what awaits you at one of South Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. Experience the park’s spectacular scenery along an excellent network of walking trails. This park is renowned for its Aboriginal rock art sites, geological history, impressive fossils and well-preserved cultural heritage.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Woomera Heritage Centre and Tour
  • Historic Glendambo
  • Locally guided tour of Coober Pedy
  • Visits to underground home and church
  • Visit Old Timers Opal Mine
  • Free time in Coober Pedy for personal sightseeing or shopping
  • William Creek on Oodnadatta Track        
  • Optional Lake Eyre Scenic Flight
  • Mound Springs and Lake Eyre South
  • Marree – Old Ghan Town
  • Historic Blinman
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Optional Scenic flights over Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound
  • Flinders Ranges Gorges coach tour 

Departs Toowoomba with airport transfers and home pick up on arrangement.

 
Departing
06/05/2019
Duration
7 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach

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Day 1: Monday 6 May 2019
Adelaide – Port Augusta
Begin your tour with an airport transfer from Toowoomba to Brisbane Airport, or meet at the Brisbane airport or at Adelaide Airport. On arrival in Adelaide airport, meet your coach and crew at 1.00pm. Depart Adelaide and travel North to Port Wakefield located at the head of St Vincent Gulf. After a short break here, continue north in view of the Southern Flinders Ranges to the east and Spencer Gulf To the west. Arrive in Port Augusta and take a closer look at this historic town located at the “Cross Roads of Australia” for road and rail transport. Check in to your accommodation and then enjoy dinner at the motel. Meals D
Accommodation: Acacia Ridge Motor Inn

Day 2: Tuesday 7 May 2019
Port Augusta – Coober Pedy
After breakfast, depart Port Augusta and join the Stuart Highway heading north to the tiny railway settlement of Pimba then a short distance to Woomera. The town of Woomera lies just to the south of the Defence Force’s Woomera Prohibited Area – which covers a massive 122,188 square kilometres. Explore this once off-limits town, including a visit to the Woomera Heritage Centre where you can gain an insight into the operation of the Woomera Rocket Range. On a drive around this purpose-built town you’ll also see the many rockets on display. Later, re-join the Stuart Highway and travel to Glendambo which is named after the massive sheep station located nearby. Enjoy lunch at the Glendambo Hotel before setting sights on Coober Pedy. Arrive in this outback opal mining town late afternoon and check in to your accommodation for the next two nights. Meals BLD
Accommodation: Opal Inn Motel (2 nights)

Day 3: Wednesday 8 May 2019
Coober Pedy

This morning enjoy a local guided sightseeing tour of Coober Pedy. Stop to view the famous golf course that has sand scrapes instead of greens and offers members reciprocal membership with St. Andrews Golf Course in Scotland! Visit the Serbian underground church and tour a private underground home. With approximately 1.5 million open mining shafts in the area (most of which have been mined and abandoned, you’ll see that Coober Pedy has an interesting landscape. No visit would be complete without a visit to the Old Timers Mine, an attraction like no other, providing a fascinating insight into the history of the world-famous opal mining industry and its colourful characters. The Mine’s extensive displays, historical memorabilia and the two underground dug-outs are fitted out exactly as they were in the 1920s and 30s enabling you to experience the lifestyle of the miners of the day. The afternoon has been left free for you to explore your own interests around town. You can visit the opal shops, try your hand at noodling for opals (searching for opals in abandoned mullock heaps) or relax back at the motel. Meals BD

Day 4: Thursday 9 May 2019
Coober Pedy – Marree

Today, hit the remote outback region of South Australia. Travel east to William Creek, the closest town to Lake Eyre. The lake rarely has water in it, but has received its last good fill in May 2018. This enormous salt pan contains the lowest natural point in Australia at 15 metres below sea level and when full this is Australia’s largest lake covering some 9,500 square kilometres with roughly the same salinity as the sea. You may choose to enjoy an optional scenic flight over Lake Eyre before lunch at the William Creek Hotel. 
Later, join the Oodnadatta Track and travel east towards Marree. This afternoon stop at Mound Springs to discover the Artesian Springs which are formed by deep Great Artesian Basin water rising through cracked crust. See the old railway siding at Curdimurka and follow the original Ghan Railway line. See the longest fence in the world, the Wild Dog fence, measuring 5.6 million meters of wire mesh. Later this afternoon arrive in Marree and check in to the Marree Hotel. Meals BLD 
Accommodation: Marree Hotel

Day 5: Friday 10 May 2019
Marree – Wilpena Pound

Before departing Marree, take a look at this old Afghan town and see the abandoned Commonwealth Railway engines, Marree Yacht Club and the Birdsville Mailman’s mail truck. Stop at the start of the Birdsville Racetrack for photos then head south to the coal mining town of Leigh Creek. Follow along the edge of the Flinders Ranges to Parachilna for lunch in the historic Parachilna Hotel.  Later, enter the Central Flinders Ranges before and afternoon visit to historic and picturesque Blinman, an old copper mining town dating back to 1859. From here head south to the Flinders Ranges National Park; stopping for spectacular views from Stokes Hill Lookout before arriving at the Wilpena Pound Resort, home for the next 2 nights. Meals BLD
Accommodation: Wilpena Pound Resort (2 nights)

Day 6: Saturday 11 May 2019
Wilpena Pound and Flinders Ranges

Wilpena Pound is a striking and unusual geological formation resembling an almost circular crater with towering walls and a central depression. From the ground the walls are impressive, but to really appreciate the scale and magnitude of the pound, it is best seen from the air. This morning has been left free for you to take an optional scenic flight over Wilpena Pound, truly the best way to really experience the size and majesty of the Pound.
Mid-morning join your guide for a leisurely walking tour along Wilpena Creek into Wilpena Pound and on to the Old Hills Homestead where you can learn about the hardships the Hills family had to face at the turn of the century. There is an optional hike up to Wangarra Hill lookout offering panoramic views of Wilpena Pound. Enjoy the stillness and extraordinary beauty under great river red gums as you nibble on cake and coffee by the homestead. Return to the resort for lunch, then head for the afternoon exploring more than 800 million years of geological history in the “Corridor Through Time”. Marvel at the rugged beauty of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges, search for Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies and enjoy sweeping views of Bunyeroo Valley and the eastern wall of Wilpena Pound. Meals BLD

Day 7: Sunday 12 May 2019
Wilpena Pound – Adelaide

After breakfast, depart Wilpena Pound Resort and head south.  The scenery is outstanding as you travel through the Flinders Ranges past abandoned sheep stations and on to the town of Hawker. From here travel through Carrieton, Orroroo, Peterborough to the beautiful Clare Valley Wine area for a lunch break. The final leg of your tour takes you back to Adelaide to arrive at the Adelaide Airport approximately 3.00pm. For travellers returning to Brisbane and Toowoomba, board your flight and return to Queensland with Toowoomba travellers transfering back home. Meals B

Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Transport: Luxury 4x4 Coach 

Flights: 

  • Included in flight packages:
    Brisbane / Adelaide / Brisbane

Accommodation: 

  • 6 Nights in Motel Accommodation
    1 Night - Port Augusta
    2 Nights - Coober Pedy
    1 Night - Marree
    2 Nights -Wilpena Pound

Activities:

Entry to all attractions and National Parks as per itinerary

  • Woomera Heritage Centre and Tour
  • Historic Glendambo
  • Locally guided tour of Coober Pedy
  • Visits to underground home and church
  • Visit Old Timers Opal Mine
  • Free time in Coober Pedy for personal sightseeing or shopping
  • William Creek on Oodnadatta Track        
  • Optional Lake Eyre Scenic Flight
  • Mound Springs and Lake Eyre South
  • Marree – Old Ghan Town
  • Historic Blinman
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Optional Scenic flights over Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound
  • Flinders Ranges Gorges coach tour 
Departing
06/05/2019
Duration
7 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach

Price guaranteed until 1 December 2018 

Price
AUD $3,475
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