South Australia Outback Adventure


Spend 10 days exploring the best of South Australia’s Outback in on a culturally rich and deliciously different small group adventure. From Adelaide, visit the opal capital of Australia, see the Silo Art Trail and watch stars sparkling above the Flinders Ranges as you hear traditional stories of the Adnyamathanha people. You will also immerse yourself in the beauty of Arkaroola, a 610 sqm wildlife sanctuary, and taste fine wines in the Clare Valley. With First Nations experiences, comfortable accommodation, a knowledgeable leader and numerous included activities, this Outback adventure is the whole package.

10 days, from

$2,930

per person

GROUP SIZE

11 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: PZSA
Style: Original
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Details

Countries Visited:  Australia
Accommodation: Motel (1 night), Underground hotel (2 nights), Hotel (2 nights), Cabins/Tents (2 nights), Resort (2 nights)
Transportation: Private Vehicle
Meals: 2 dinners, 3 breakfasts
Group size: Minimum 1, Max 11

  • Watch the night sky come alive as you enjoy a campfire dinner and learn about the stories and traditions of the First Nations Adnyamathanha people who are the traditional custodians of the Flinders Ranges.

  • Enjoy a subterranean stay in Coober Pedy, the opal capital of Australia, in underground accommodation which is cool, comfortable and unique to this part of the South Australian outback.

  • Soak up the scenic beauty of the Clare Valley, one of Australia’s most famous wine regions, and sample Rieslings and other fine wines.

  • Explore the Silo Art Trail and watch the Quorn Silo Light Show, a colourful audio-visual celebration which highlights the local stories, history and heritage of the surrounding region.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Adelaide / Auburn / Quorn / Port Augusta

Welcome to Adelaide! Your tour starts at 8:00 am with a group meeting followed by a scenic drive to Auburn, a village on the edge of the Clare Valley wine region. Along the way, stop for a wine tasting at a winery which is housed in an old railway station. Grab lunch at one of the cafes in Auburn before the 2.5-hour drive to Port Augusta. On arrival, you may have time for an optional visit to the Wadlata Outback Centre, Curdnatta Artist Platform Gallery or Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. This evening, join your group for a takeaway dinner while watching the Quorn Silo Light Show, an audio-visual celebration under the stars which highlights the local stories, history and heritage of the surrounding region. Head back to Port Augusta for the night.

Day 2: Woomera / Coober Pedy

Enjoy breakfast at a café in town before the drive to Woomera, a town that was purpose-built for testing rockets in the 1940s. Learn about nuclear and non-nuclear rocket testing and more at the Woomera Heritage and Visitor Information Centre. There is time for lunch before the short drive to Lake Hart, one of the region’s salt lakes. When you arrive in Coober Pedy, you could stroll around town, search out some street art, find a bar or buy jewellery as a souvenir. You are in the opal capital of Australia, after all. Tonight, you may choose to join your tour group for dinner at a local bar that offers up incredible views of the Breakaways and Coober Pedy.

Day 3: Coober Pedy

Spend your day exploring in and around Coober Pedy including a tour of an underground home, an underground church and a historic mine. In the late afternoon, visit Josephine’s Gallery which specialises in Aboriginal art and also doubles as a kangaroo orphanage. Here you can meet kangaroos and other native wildlife such as wombats and birds which are looked after by wildlife carers.

Day 4: Coober Pedy / William Creek

Head to Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park which is a registered Aboriginal heritage site and see the dog fence, also know as the dingo fence, before travelling back to Coober Pedy for optional lunch at a local café. Drive into the remote South Australian Outback proper, along a rough dirt road to William Creek where you can enjoy a cold beer and check out the "museum" of memorabilia across the street. Tonight, you may choose to join your tour group for dinner at the local pub.

Day 5: Oodnadatta Track / Marree

Perhaps enjoy an early morning scenic flight to see the Outback from a different angle, or sleep in before breakfast. Continue your drive deeper into the remote desert landscape to Lake Eyre via the legendary and famous Oodnadatta Track, with a stop at Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park along the way. Stop at Lake Eyre for a picnic lunch before you continue to Marree. Stroll around town to see historical sites such as the old Afghan Mosque and remnants of the Historical Ghan Railway. Your leader will give you the background on local history.

Day 6: Farina / Flinders Ranges / Iga Warta

After breakfast at the Marree Hotel, drive to Farina where you will explore a ghost town and maybe have the chance to visit an underground bakery if it is operating at the time. Head to Iga Warta where you will spend the day and evening learning about Adnyamathanha culture and gaining a deeper appreciation of the Flinders Ranges. Lunch is followed by a painting class and a cultural cookout dinner where you will enjoy a traditional meal along with music and Adnyamathanha Yura Muda (cultural stories and language).

Day 7: Flinders Ranges / Iga Warta

After breakfast at Iga Warta, join your leader for a bush walk at Arkaroola. Choose from hikes such as the Baranna Gorge Walk, Loop Walk, or the four-hour Mawson Spriggina Walk. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way and take in the scenery before driving back to Iga Warta. After dinner, sit around the campfire for a night of storytelling, singing and a damper supper served with quandong jam and billy tea.

Day 8: Flinders Ranges / Wilpena Pound

After breakfast at Iga Warta, stop at Copley Bush Bakery or the Quandong Café then continue driving to the famous Wilpena Pound, the centre piece of the Flinders Ranges. After lunch, join your leader for a walk around Old Wilpena Station before a Welcome to Country ceremony. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing evening at the resort.

Day 9: Flinders Ranges / Wilpena Pound

After breakfast, join your leader for another bushwalk. You may decide to hike to the Wangara Lookout, take a shorter walk to Hills Homestead or spend the day swimming in the pool or enjoying other activities around the resort.

Day 10: Clare Valley / Adelaide

After breakfast, depart for the Clare Valley where you may choose to have lunch at a brewery. See the Silo Art at Farrell Flat and Owen before continuing to Adelaide where your journey will come to an end.

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10 days, from $2,930

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