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Coober Pedy, Lake Eyre & Flinders Ranges 7-day Small Group Tour
This is an exciting 7-day small group Lake Eyre Tour from Adelaide to the famous South Australian Flinders Ranges, and on to Coober Pedy, the world's best opal centre.
Lake Eyre, located 700km north of Adelaide, is the largest salt lake in the Southern Hemisphere — so large that it crosses the borders of three states. It is the lowest natural point in Australia (15m below sea level), and is also, on the rare occasions that it fills, the largest lake in Australia at 9500 m2.
Come and see this beautiful outback marvel in the comfort of a modern 4WD vehicle!
Optional extras are on request and can only be booked while on tour!
Advertised itineraries and vehicles may change due to circumstances beyond our control
Slow Tours offers a number of other Small Group Tours in the Australia Pacific region
Pick up from Adelaide and we follow the Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf, stopping at historical coastal towns. Learn our rich maritime history, and maybe take a walk down the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at Port Germain. This was once a bustling port for sail ships & sea farers.
During the safari your Tour Guide will introduce you to a remarkable and resilient history of both Aboriginal and white settlement in S.A. See the Southern Flinders Ranges, 600 million year old mountain peaks with spectacular views over this incredible landscape. Picnic lunch included.
Spend the afternoon strolling around the award winning Wadlata Outback Centre at Pt Augusta. Overnight in Port Augusta - dinner not included, but local pub recommended
Travel up the Explorer Highway to Woomera and visit the old rocket range and Military Base. As we head further North, East of the A.P.Y. Aboriginal lands, take a break at the Lake Gairdner lookout to see a huge expanse of salt lakes.
On to Coober Pedy, the largest opal mining field in the world. Heading into town we will pass the extensive mining operations that help make this place so unique. Coober Pedy is a town where people live underground to escape the harsh desert conditions.
Watch a magical sunset over the desert at Kanku-Breakaways conservation park before following the painted hills and dingo fence back to Coober Pedy. Overnight in Coober Pedy. Lunch and dinner at your own expense at local roadhouse or restaurants
Spend a leisurely morning visiting underground churches, opal shops and displays. Learn about the area on a guided mine tour to see how these hardy folks live. After lunch (at your own cost) we depart Coober Pedy, crossing the famous dingo fence (the longest man made structure in the world). This helps to keep the wild dogs up north away from the sheep stations further down.
Travel along the red sand hill tracks through Anna Creek station to William Creek. This remote town stands out like an oasis in the desert, halfway between Adelaide to Alice Springs. Enjoy an ice cold beer at the bar of this famous Outback Pub that has a rich history of stockmen, camels and life in the bush. Overnight at William Creek - dinner at the hotel included
Optional Extras Lake Eyre & Painted Desert Scenic Flights
Continue our epic journey down the famous Oodnadatta Track, following the historic route of the Cameleers. This area has a rich history of Aboriginal culture and pioneering settlements.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at the edge of Lake Eyre South National Park. This is where Sir Donald Campbell broke the land speed record in 1964 in the Blue Bird. Visit thermal springs that have been the life blood of this arid land for centuries.
Arriving at Marree late afternoon, check out the old Afghan mosque and relics of our pioneering days. This historic town is where Outback legend Tom Kruse left on his epic mail run deliveries to Birdsville and beyond. Overnight in Maree. Both a picnic lunch and pub dinner included today
Venturing further east into the remote outback of Australia, we will cross ancient creek beds that meander out to Lake Frome. Witness a stunning change in the landscape from spectacular deserts to the ancient mountains of the Gammon Range. Arriving at the Arkaroola Village around lunch time (lunch at own expense) you will have time to relax and take in the world renowned area of stunning beauty. Alternatively take the exhilerating 4wd ridge top tour to the top of Mt Siller or maybe a scenic fligh over this breathtaking land. Overnight in Arkaroola with dinner at an Arkaroola restaurant.
Optional extras: Famous Arkaroola 4wd ridge top tour
Flights over Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Night sky observtory
This morning we travel south along the top of Lake Frome which can be seen in the distance from advantage points where our early explorers once stood. See the Red Sandhill country that holds thousands of years of sacred beliefs to the Adnyamathanha aboriginal people. Have lunch at the old copper mining town of Blinman (own cost), the highest town in SA. Our local guide will drive you on a wonderful journey through the secluded and ever-changing creek beds of Brachina Goge known as the Corridors Through Time. This is an area alive with wildlife and boasts a remarkable geological history including Ediacaran fossils. World-renowned SA painter, Sir Hans Heysen, was inspired by this country and painted many of his landscapes here. Take that special photograph or just enjoy some of the most spectacular outback scenery there is.
As the sun sinks low on the horizon, we follow the road through a landscape of absolute beauty. Wildlife including kangaroos, emus and wedge-tailed eagles are prolific in this rugged terrain and are usually spotted in the late afternoon. Overnight in the Flinders Ranges. Lunch and dinner at own cost.
Emjoy an early morning walk, breathe in the fresh air while listening to the unique sounds of the Australian Bush. Spend a relaxing morning travelling back to Adelaide along the eastern side of the magnificent Flinders Ranges and the mighty red-gum forests. The land will change into lush expanses of natural rural beauty as we head south. Enjoy a break in the world-famous Clare Valley wine region. Lunch at own cost.
No doubt you will leave with life-long memories to share with family and friends about your journey to the Flinders Ranges & Outback Australia!
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Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Oct 12 2021||Oct 18 2021||16||Single rooms||AU$4,695|
|Nov 06 2021||Nov 12 2021||16||Single rooms||AU$4,695|
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