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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!
Day 4 from William Creek
Day 5 & 6 from Arkaroola
Day 7 from Wilpena Pound
Slow Tours offers a number of other Small Group Tours in the Australia Pacific region
Pick up from Adelaide, Follow the Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf, stopping at historical coastal towns. Learn our rich maritime history 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 & seafarers.
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. Spend the afternoon strolling around the award winning Wadlata Outback Centre at Pt Augusta. Overnight: Port Augusta Motel
Travel up the Explorer Highway to Woomera visiting 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 this huge expanse of salt lakes.
Onto 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 KankuBreakaways Conservation Park before following the Dingo Fence back to Coober Pedy. Overnight: Coober Pedy
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 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 stockman, camels and life in the bush. Overnight: William Creek Cabin. Optional extra: 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 Maree 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: Maree Cabins
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 you will have time to relax and take in this world renowned area of stunning beauty. Alternatively take the exhilarating 4wd ridge top tour to the top of Mt Siller or maybe a scenic flight over this breathtaking land. Optional extra: The Famous Arkaroola 4wd Ridge Top Tour. Optional extra: Flights over the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Optional extra: Night sky observatory Overnight: Arkaroola Wilderness Lodge
This morning we travel south along the top of Lake Frome, which can been seen in the distance from vantage points where 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, the highest town is SA. Our local guide will drive you on a wonderful journey through the secluded and ever-changing creek beds of Brachina Gorge, known as The Corridors Through Time. This is an area alive with wildlife and boasts a remarkable geological history including Ediacaran fossils. World-renowned South Australian 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 becomes low in the sky we will 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: Wilpena Pound Resort, Rawnsley Park Station or Quorn Motel (depending on availability)
Enjoy 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 with its 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.
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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We had the best time – saw so much majestic country, had such a fantastic guide in Steve and really enjoyed being with the rest of the group. It was a sensational tour, so much to appreciate. We just need a little help to hope there will be a future for all creatures, them and us. And it seemed like this could be a tour that offered a glimpse into a future, along with its gaze into an amazing past. - July 2022
Just to let you know how much we enjoyed the Coober Pedy/Lake Eyre tour. We were blessed with almost perfect weather, a lovely group of fellow travellers (just 9 of us) and a wonderful tour guide in Steve. The experiences we had have made it a trip of a lifetime so I wanted to thank you for all your help in organising it. We will certainly recommend you to anyone we can. - September 2022
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|Jan 09 2024||Jan 15 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$4,995|
|Jan 14 2024||Jan 20 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
|Feb 13 2024||Feb 19 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$4,995|
|Mar 12 2024||Mar 18 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$4,995|
|Apr 09 2024||Apr 15 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
|May 14 2024||May 20 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
|Jun 11 2024||Jun 17 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
|Jul 09 2024||Jul 15 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
|Aug 13 2024||Aug 19 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
|Sep 10 2024||Sep 16 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
|Oct 08 2024||Oct 14 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
|Nov 12 2024||Nov 18 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
|Dec 10 2024||Dec 16 2024||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
|Feb 11 2025||Feb 17 2025||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
|Mar 11 2025||Mar 17 2025||16||Single rooms||AU$5,295|
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