Marree – Oodnadatta Track - William Creek & Painted Hills - Coober Pedy
After breakfast this morning we depart Marree and follow the legendary Oodnadatta Track to the tiny outback settlement of William Creek. The track itself is steeped in history, natural wonders and rich cultural heritage and is regarded as one of the best outback drives in Australia. It follows a traditional Aboriginal trading route and, because of the availability of water, was chosen for the Central Australian Railway; the original route of the Old Ghan.
This morning we stop off at Coward Springs siding, a fully restored and heritage-listed railway site displaying history and remnants of the ‘Old Ghan’. Arrive into William Creek for lunch at the iconic William Creek Hotel before enjoying a special 1 hour scenic flight over the ‘Painted Hills’. This rocky outcrop of large and small hills, which emerge suddenly out of a flat desert landscape, can only be accessed by air due to their fragility and natural beauty.
This afternoon we trek on to Coober Pedy, the opal capital of Australia and spend the next two nights at the award winning Desert Cave Hotel. (B, L, D)