Hi to our intrepid travellers!
This post has been contributed to us by one of our tour customers, Delia. Delia went on our 5 day Flinders Ranges and Outback tour in April 2019 and has been kind enough to share stories and photos from that trip with us.
This was a “bucket list” trip, and what a fantastic experience it was. Our vehicle was was very comfortable and our tour guide (Mick) good company and very knowledgeable about the history (Aboriginal, European explorers and early European settlement) geology, mining and other land use of the area.
The scenery we passed through over the 5 days was stunning from the red gum lined creek beds (mostly dry because of the drought) to the dramatic vertical rock formations, the animal and bird life, Aboriginal rock art and evidence of early efforts of agriculture and mining.
Many of the old buildings (railway stations, hotels, schools and private houses) in the small towns have been beautifully preserved. The majesty of the ranges and the vastness of the desert as we looked out towards Lake Frome was awe inspiring.
Highlights for me were the walks we went on to Wangara Hill Lookout and Arkaroo Rock and shorter walks at Mambray Creek, in Brachina Gorge and to see an ochre wall and an old gold mine. The visit to the old copper mine at Blinman was very interesting, again with a very knowledgeable guide.
The meals were good and I loved the opportunity to try quandongs in a jus over kangaroo fillet and in a pie and a cheesecake. Cornish pasties at Blinman were also delicious.
A Welcome To Country ceremony started our last night at Wilpena Pound resort and was filmed as part of a segment for the ABC programme Back Roads. Look out for it in their winter edition of this show!
Thank you to all involved for a most memorable holiday.