Coober Pedy, Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges – 7 Day Small Group 4WD Safari

Adelaide – Coober Pedy – Lake Eyre – Flinders Ranges – Adelaide

7 Day – Small Group 4WD Eco Safari

Includes Outback SA, William Creek, Lake Eyre & Flinders Ranges.
Departs Adelaide 2nd Tuesday of each month (or on demand).

This is an exciting 7-day small group Lake Eyre Tour from Adelaide to the famous South Australian Flinders Ranges.

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.

Come and see this beautiful outback marvel in the comfort of a modern 4WD vehicle!

  • Historic Coastal towns
  • Pt Augusta Wadlata Outback Centre
  • Coober Pedy Mine tour
  • Coober Pedy Underground accommodation
  • Remote William Creek pub
  • Dingo Fence
  • Beltana historic Town
  • Brachina & Bunyeroo Gorges
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Melrose Settled 1853
  • Southern Flinders Ranges
  • Woomera Rocket Range
  • Sunset at the Breakaways
  • Search for opal
  • The Oodnadatta Track
  • Maree Old Mail Run, relics
  • Leigh Creek Coal Fields
  • Ediacaran fossils
  • Flinders Ranges National Park
  • Clare Valley wine tasting

Day 1

8am: Adelaide pick up from your accommodation then head north along the eastern side of 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.

Enjoy a picnic lunch at Mt Remarkable National Park surrounded by stunning 600 million year old rock
formations and home to an abundance of native wildlife. If you enjoy bushwalking, we will take you on a short guided walk along beautiful tree-lined creek beds with spectacular views over the area (optional).

Continue our journey along the western side of the mighty Flinders Ranges to Port Augusta & the tip of
Spencer Gulf. Spend the afternoon strolling around the award winning Wadlata Outback Centre. Soak up our outback history through the excellent displays.

Highlights
Spencer Gulf
Port Germain
Mt Remarkable National Park
Bushwalking
Wadlata Outback Centre

Meals
Lunch (Included): Picnic Lunch
Dinner (Own Expense): Local Pub Meal

Overnight Accommodation
Port Augusta Motel

Day 2

Travel up the Explorer Highway to Woomera and visit the old rocket range and Military Base. As we head North, East of the A.P.Y. aboriginal lands take a break at the lookouts and get photos of Lake Gairdner and Lake Heart 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. Homes are mined out of the rock and provide an average temperature of 18°C.

Go underground on a guided mine tour and see how these hardy folks live. Enjoy a cold beer while watching a magical outback sunset at the Breakaways before following the dog fence back to Coober Pedy.

Highlights
Woomera rocket range
Lake Gairdner salt lake
Lake Heart salt lake
Coober Pedy opal mining
Coober Pedy underground tour

Meals
Breakfast (Included): Continental
Lunch (Own Expense): Lunch at road house
Dinner (Included): Pizza at Local Italian Restaurant (Other choices at own expense)

Overnight Accommodation
Underground accommodation at The Desert Cave, the only international underground hotel,
allows you to experience dug out style living. It is the experience of a lifetime. Underground accommodation, shops, cafe, bar and display areas all within beautiful soft, natural sandstone surrounds, relax in the spa. Enjoy the cool comfort of underground shopping.

Day 3

Spend a leisurely morning visiting underground churches and other places of interest. After lunch we depart Coober Pedy for William Creek. You will cross 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 arriving at the remote William Creek Hotel and settle into your comfortable cabin. William Creek Hotel stands out like an oasis in the desert along the Oodnadatta Track, about halfway from Oodnadatta to Marree and halfway from Adelaide to Alice Springs.

The William Creek Hotel was built in 1887 to service the Ghan railway. 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.

Highlights
William Creek
Dingo fence
Anna Creek Station
William Creek Hotel
Oodnadatta Track

Optional Extras
1 or 2 hour flight over Lake Eyre

Meals
Breakfast (Included): Continental
Lunch (Own Expense): Café
Dinner (Included): Dinner at the William Creek Hotel

Overnight Accommodation
William Creek Campground Cabin

Day 4

Continue our epic journey down the famous Oodnadatta Track, following the historic route of the Cameleers and the Old Ghan Railway. This area has a rich history of Aboriginal culture and pioneering settlements, including many ghost towns.

Check out Lake Eyre South, which at its lowest point is 11m below sea level with the Lake Eyre Basin approximately the size of Belgium. 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.

Arrive at Marree, the historic outback town which marks the start of the famous Birdsville track. See the old Afghan mosque and relics of our pioneering days.

Highlights
Oodnadatta Track
Lake Eyre Basin
Marree
Birdsville Track
Northern Flinders Ranges
Beltana Station

Meals
Breakfast (Included): Continental
Lunch (Included): Picnic lunch
Dinner (Included): Traditional roast saltbush lamb dinner with all the trimmings in the old woolshed

Overnight Accommodation
Marree Caravan Park Cabin

Day 5

This morning we travel to the old Beltana Township with its well preserved old Ghan railway station. This is where Rev John Flynn of the inland mission lived. Then follow the bush track along the old railway track to the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna.

Enjoy a coffee at The Prairie Hotel which has embraced the old with the new and brought a stunning new dimension to outback hospitality without compromise to the character of the historic old pub. Lunch will be on route and a picnic style lunch held within the gorges.

Wonder around the old Copper mining town of Blinman with its Pug and Pine cottages. Then onto one of the Outback’s unique icons, Wilpena Pound where the flora is diverse and wildlife abundant.

Highlights
Old Beltana Township
Old Ghan Railway station
Prairie Hotel, Parachilna
Copper mining town of Blinman
Wilpena Pound

Meals
Breakfast (Included): Cooked/Continental
Lunch (Own Expense): Café
Dinner (Included): Resort Bistro

Overnight Accommodation
Wilpena Pound Resort

Day 6

You will have the opportunity to take a guided walk following the tree-lined creek beds to Wangara Lookout that offers magnificent views into the pound itself. Explore the ancient mountain ranges including Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges (also called the Corridors through Time). Become a geologist for the day and view some of the oldest rock formations in the world including fossils from the Ediacara Period, the beginning of life on earth!

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 abundance in the late afternoon

Highlights
Wilpena Pound
Wangara Lookout
Bunyeroo Gorge
Brachina Gorge
Geology and fossils
Australian wildlife

Optional Extras
30 minute scenic flight over Wilpena Pound

Meals
Breakfast (Included): Fully cooked buffet
Lunch (Included): Picnic lunch
Dinner (Included): Resort Bistro

Overnight Accommodation
Wilpena Pound Resort

South Australia Lake Eyre Tour

Day 7

Enjoy a well-deserved sleep-in departing Wipena Pound at approximately 9 am. Visit Hawker and Quorn where many a classic Aussie film has been made including Sunday Too Far away Breaker Morant.

Head down through the magnificent Southern Flinders Ranges with its mighty Red Gum forests to Melrose, the oldest town, settled in 1853. Check out the historic buildings such as the Old Outback Police Station, Gaol, Court House and Jaccas Brewery. Getting closer to Adelaide we pass through lovely old townships of Mid-North South Australia and the beautiful wine region of Clare Valley. If time permits try a taste of the local drop!

Arriving back in Adelaide at approximately 6.00pm you will have life-long memories to share with family and friends about Coober Pedy, The Flinders Ranges & Outback South Australia.

Highlights
Wilpena Pound
Wangara Lookout
Hawker
Quorn
Southern Flinders Ranges
Redgum forests
Historic town of Melrose
Clare Valley

Meals
Breakfast (Included): Fully cooked buffet
Lunch (Included): Café

PLEASE NOTE:
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.

Departs Adelaide 2nd Tuesday of each month (or on demand).

Tours require a minimum of 4 adults and a maximum of 16 passengers

All prices are Per Person

Standard Motel Unit
Double/Twin Share: $3595
Single: $3995

Superior Motel Unit
Double/Twin Share: $3995
Single: $4595

Please email info@saecotours.com.au to receive special price

What to Bring

  • Carry on bag
  • Bag for clothing (stored in trailer)
  • Any special medication needs you have
  • Toiletries including towels
  • Warm clothing including long sleeve tops & pants
  • Shorts & T-shirts
  • Fly Nets (Snowys stock these)
  • Carry on bag
  • Insect Repellant, hat, sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water Bottle
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