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Coober Pedy, Lake Eyre and Birdsville

FROM $7,095

Immerse yourself in Coober Pedy and discover Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre from above and below. Traverse the iconic Oodnadatta and Birsdsville tracks, explore Flinders Ranges National Park and Wilpena Pound Ikara, then conclude in the Clare Valley.

  • DURATION 13 DAYS
  • TYPE LUXURY 4WD ADVENTURE
  • OPERATES MAY - SEP 2017
  • DEPARTS Adelaide

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive Adelaide

Arrive in Adelaide and be transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your Tour Director and Driver-Guide as you enjoy a Welcome Drink and Dinner this evening.(D)
Stay: Adelaide, The Playford Hotel

DAY 2 Adelaide, Port Wakefield, Wadlata Outback Centre, Port Augusta

Journey north to the coastal town of Port Wakefield in the Adelaide Plains. See the Snowtown Wind Farm, the second largest wind farm in Australia that can power over 200,000 Adelaide homes. Later, continue to Port Augusta and visit the award-winning Wadlata Outback Centre. A walk through its ‘Tunnel of Time’ provides the perfect introduction to this region.(BLD)
Stay: Port Augusta, Standpipe Golf Motor Inn

DAY 3 Port Augusta, Woomera, Glendambo, Coober Pedy

Drive to the town of Woomera, home to an Australian Defence Force base for the RAAF’s Test Range. Visit the Woomera National Aerospace and Missile Park before heading to Glendambo. Arrive later in Coober Pedy.(BLD)
Stay: Coober Pedy, Desert Cave Hotel, staying in an Underground Room

DAT 4 Coober Pedy

Visit the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum. Later, head to Breakaways Reserve to admire its colourful low hills separated from the Stuart Range. This afternoon, enjoy an informative tour of a working opal mine.(BLD)
Stay: Coober Pedy, Desert Cave Hotel, staying in an Underground Room

DAY 5 Coober Pedy, William Creek, Lake Eyre, Marree

Depart Coober Pedy after breakfast this morning and set off along the Oodnadatta Track towards Marree. Enjoy a pub lunch at William Creek and then board an included scenic flight over Lake Eyre and the incredible Anna Creek Painted Hills. Later, drive to the edge of Lake Eyre where you’ll walk on the dazzling salt flats.(BLD)
Stay: Marree Hotel

DAY 6 Marree, Birdsville Track

Travel along the iconic Birdsville Track, an isolated dirt road that traverses some of the most arid land in the country. Stop at Mungerannie Roadhouse, then cross the border into Queensland.(BLD)
Stay: Birdsville Hotel

DAY 7 Birdsville, Big Red

Travel to Big Red this morning, the first and biggest of the region’s red sand dunes that run for hundreds of kilometres. Afterwards, enjoy a visit to a number of local sights, including the famous racetrack and the billabong. Enjoy lunch at the Birdsville Bakery, where those feeling adventurous can sample a camel pie.(BLD)
Stay: Birdsville Hotel

DAY 8 Birdsville, Betoota Serpent, Burke and Wills Dig Tree, Innamincka

Travel to Betoota in the south-west corner of Queensland to see the enormous sculpture of an Indigenous Dreamtime serpent. After, visit the Burke and Wills Dig Tree, the location where their campsite once stood. Continue to the Innamincka Hotel, a welcoming waterhole.(BLD)
Stay: Innamincka Hotel

DAY 9 Innamincka, Strzelecki Track, Gammon Ranges National Park, Arkaroola

Today, travel the Strzelecki Track, an important road linking Innamincka and Lyndhurst. Stop at Gammon Ranges National Park, famed for its rugged ranges and deep gorges. Arrive later at Arkaroola in the heart of the Gammon Ranges National Park.(BLD)
Stay: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

DAY 10 Arkaroola, Wilpena Pound Ikara

Enter Flinders Ranges National Park, a cultural, historical and geological wonder renowned for its spectacular 800-million-year-old landscapes. Within the park, the famous Wilpena Pound Ikara, is cradled within an amphitheatre of mountains. Set amongst river red gums and native pines, Ikara Safari Camp is the perfect base for exploring Wilpena Pound National Park.(BLD)
Stay : Wilpena Pound, Ikara Safari Camp

DAY 11 Wilpena Pound Ikara, Flinders Ranges National Park

Spend the morning in the geological site of Brachina Gorge. Keep an eye out for the endangered Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby as you traverse the quartzite-ridged gorge, which was once used as a thoroughfare where bullock teams pulled their loads. This evening, enjoy dinner back at your safari camp, before retreating to your deck with relaxing vistas of the bush.(BLD)
Stay : Wilpena Pound, Ikara Safari Camp

DAY 12 Wilpena Pound, Clare Valley

Journey south through the picturesque world-renowned wine growing district of the Clare Valley. Arrive at your accommodation, which is situated right in the heart of this stunning region. This evening, sample some of the finest wine varieties from the Clare Valley while you enjoy a tasting plate of local produce. Afterwards, sit down to a Farewell Dinner.(BLD)
Stay: Clare Country Club

DAY 13 Clare Valley, Depart Adelaide

The time has come for you to farewell your Tour Director, Driver-Guide and new-found friends. After breakfast, make your return to Adelaide, where you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.(B)

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