Explore the incredible natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, a valley surrounded by a rim of mountains in the Flinders Ranges, one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth. Also visit Sacred Canyon to view ancient Aboriginal sandstone engravings.
Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, Australia's largest salt lake and the 13th largest lake in the world is one of the most spectacular sights in the outback. Fly over its vast expanse, taking in Lake Eyre North and South before passing over the Warburton Creek system.
Emerging out of the flat desert, the ‘Painted Hills’ is a rocky outcrop of large and small hills, weathered over millions of years. Fly over the fragile lunar landscape and marvel at its changing colours and natural beauty.
SA is host to incredible marine life, including some of Australia’s most iconic species such as the South Right Whale. Enjoy an eco-adventure cruise off Kangaroo Island to observe the prolific marine life and meet sea lions up close at Seal Bay.
Today you’ll be met by your professional touring crew upon arrival at Adelaide airport (please book flights to arrive by 11am). Departing Adelaide, we make our way to Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Take a stroll through this charming and picturesque village before heading down the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis, the departure point for Kangaroo Island. Enjoy the 45-minute ferry ride before heading to Kingscote to check in to the Aurora Ozone Hotel. Enjoy 3 nights in this premier ocean front location. (L, D)
This morning we visit the Seal Bay Conservation Park, home to Australia’s largest colony of breeding Sea Lions. Enjoy a guided beach walk with a park ranger to observe these magnificent creatures. Afterwards, we continue our journey to the west of the island to Flinders Chase National Park for a picnic lunch.
This afternoon we visit the huge and mystifying granite formations known as Remarkable Rocks, followed by Cape du Couedic. Here we visit the lighthouse and Admiral’s Arch, where on sunny afternoons the stalactites can be seen silhouetted against the deep–blue Southern Ocean. We return to Kingscote late afternoon. (B, L, D)
This morning we enjoy an exceptional eco-adventure cruise with Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures. Step on board the custom vessel for an informative look at the natural biodiversity of Kangaroo Island and it’s spectacular coastline. You'll see marine life up close and spot Sea Eagles, Little Fairy Penguins, Petrels, Terns, Oyster Catchers and more!
Afterwards we'll do some local sightseeing around Kangaroo Island, including a tour to the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery. We then return to Kingscote where the remainder of the afternoon can be spent at your leisure. (B,L,D)
Today we take the ferry back to the mainland and travel through the Adelaide Hills to arrive in the city early this afternoon. Enjoy a tour of Penfolds Magill Estate before checking in to the Stamford Grand Hotel in Glenelg. (B, L, D)
Today we head north to Port Augusta, known as the Gateway to the Flinders Ranges. Visit the Wadlata Outback Centre before continuing north to the Flinders Ranges. We spend the next 2 nights at Wilpena Pound Resort, which stands amid stately Red Gums and Native Pines at the entrance to Pound. (B, L, D)
Wilpena Pound is characterised by spectacular scenery and is home to nearly half of South Australia’s species of plants. Today we enjoy a guided walk into Wilpena Pound to Hill’s Homestead, one of South Australia’s oldest and best preserved pastoral settlements. Wander along Wilpena Creek past magnificent stands of river red gums with stunning views of the Pound wall in the distance. Longer walks are available for those who wish to explore further on foot.
This afternoon we head to Stokes Hill Lookout to enjoy 360-degree views of the stunning Flinders Ranges. We then return to Wilpena Pound Resort for dinner (B, L, D)
*This afternoon there is also an opportunity for scenic flights to be taken over Wilpena Pound at a cost of approximately $199 per person for a 30 minute flight (own expense).
Travel through the picturesque Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges to arrive at Parachilna late morning. Here we enjoy lunch at the delightful Prairie Hotel before travelling through the northern Flinders Ranges to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Spend the night here and enjoy an intergalactic tour from Arkaroola’s accredited astronomical observatories. (B, L, D)
Today, explore some of the most spectacular and rugged country on earth! Travelling in open back 4WD vehicles with expert guides, the Ridge Top Tour is a true highlight of the Arkaroola experience and not to be missed! Later this afternoon we depart for Marree, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights at The Marree Hotel. (B, L, D)
This morning it’s time for our scenic flight over Lake Eyre. Fly over Belt Bay and follow the Warburton Groove up the middle of Lake Eyre North into the Warburton Creek system. From here we follow the creek to Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary, landing late morning. Kalamurina is a 1.7 million-acre property owned and managed by Australian Wildlife Conservancy. This vast desert wilderness stretches from the northern shores of Lake Eyre to the southern boundary of the Simpson Desert and provides a haven for several endangered species like the Dusky Hopping Mouse, Mulgara and Ampurta. After landing we head to the banks of the Warburton Creek for a guided tour. Learn about the transformation of this station from cattle country to wildlife haven and gain an insight into AWC’s conservation programs. We then travel by coach down the Birdsville Track, arriving back into Marree late this afternoon. (B, L, D)
Note: Today the tour splits into 2 groups. The 2nd group will experience the activities in reverse.
After breakfast this morning we 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 and spend the next two nights at the award-winning Desert Cave Hotel. (B, L, D)
Note: Underground rooms at the Desert Cave Hotel cannot be guaranteed.
Due to the heat in summer, much of Coober Pedy’s population live underground. The town is also the opal capital of the world, supplying 70% of the world’s precious opals. This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the Umoona Opal Mine and do some fossicking of our own. In the afternoon, head out to the Breakaways Reserve and admire the colourful low hills separated from the Stuart Range. We then return to the Desert Cave Hotel to explore its many galleries. (B, L, D)
Travelling south today we head to Woomera, an Australian Defence Force facility supporting the Royal Australian Air Force. Visit the Woomera Interactive Rocket Range Museum and view historical displays relating to the Woomera Range and the closed Joint Defence Facility at Nurrungar. This afternoon we continue on to Port Augusta where we overnight at the Standpipe Golf Motor Inn. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit the Aridlands Botanic Gardens before heading south to the Clare Valley. Well known for its Riesling, the area also produces exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz varieties which together account for nearly half of all wine from the area. After a tour through the region, we’ll visit a local winery for a relaxed lunch and wine tastings, a great way to wind down as we approach the end of the adventure. This afternoon, we head back into Adelaide and check in to the Stamford Grand Hotel in Glenelg. We enjoy our final dinner together at the hotel restaurant. (B, L, D)
This morning the adventure comes to an end. You’ll be transferred to the airport or to your accommodation if staying on in Adelaide. Bon Voyage! (B)
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