Lake Eyre & Flinders Ranges – 4 Day Small Group Eco Safari
Includes Lake Eyre & Flinders Ranges scenic flight.
Departs Adelaide 3rd Monday of each month (or on demand) during 2019.
This is an exciting 4-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.
2019 is the best time to visit Lake Eyre as the water level is now rising and the lake is going into flood! See the lake as most people never do — come with us on a small group safari and get a close-up look at this marvel of nature. This is the best salt lake experience from Adelaide!
The views of Lake Eyre are equally spectacular when in flood with surrounding wildflowers and birds or in drought with it’s brilliant white crust and desert wildlife.
It can give you a real sense of isolation standing on the dry lake edge with nothing as far as the eye can see, but when the rains come, the lake comes to life with thousands of birds. Away from the lake, the National Park features red sand dunes and mesas, stone-strewn tablelands and salty claypans.
Get a real sense of the “Outback Spirit” — make this awe-inspiring journey in the comfort of a modern 4WD vehicle. Follow in the footsteps of famous explorer John McDouall Stuart and the old Ghan Railway. See the sights of the Oodnadatta Track. There’s nothing like heading bush and experiencing some of the harshest country in Australia.
- Professional, accredited tour guide/driver
- Comfortable air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
- Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre National Park)
- Mt Remarkable National Park
- Quorn, Warren Gorge
- Flinders Ranges National Park
- Lake Eyre & Wilpena Pound scenic flight
- Check out the Lake Eyre water level as it floods
- Lunch at remote William Creek pub
- Wilpena Pound
- Brachina & Bunyeroo Gorges
- Ediacaran fossils
- Aboriginal Rock Painting site
- Clare Valley wine tasting
Head north along the eastern side of Spencer Gulf, stopping at historical coastal towns. Learn about our rich maritime history and take a stroll down the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at Port Germain. This was once a bustling port for sailing ships and sea-farers.
Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at Mt Remarkable National Park surrounded by stunning 600 million year old rock formations and an abundance of native wildlife. If you enjoy bushwalking we will take you on a one hour guided walk along beautiful tree-lined creek beds with spectacular views of the area.
We continue our journey across one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, through the picturesque Pichi Richi Pass to Quorn. With its typical outback buildings and the original Ghan Railway station, it has been the setting for many iconic Australian films.
Follow in the path of our early explorers and head to Warrens Gorge Conservation Park to search for the rare and elusive Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies. Dramatic rock outcrops harbour these endangered wallabies with only an estimated 8,000 living in the wild.
Sit back in the 4WD as we head along the rough and dusty outback tracks through the deserted Willochra Plain where eagles soar and emus run free. Wander around ghost towns with their early history of hardship where pioneers survived temporarily but eventually gave way to the unforgiving desert conditions.
Our final destination today is Wilpena Pound Resort or Rawnsley Park Station, situated at the entrance to the famous Wilpena Pound.
At 7.30am we take off from Wilpena Pound airstrip and enjoy excellent views of the Flinders Ranges. Begin your scenic flight over Wilpena Pound and Brachina Gorge before tracking north to Lake Eyre. You will fly over Parachilna, the Leigh Creek open-cut coal fields and Lake Harry. See our red Sandhill country as we track across the awe-inspiring Lake Eyre.
After marvelling at the wonders of this mammoth inland salt lake we will land at the outback town of William Creek (population 4 at last count). Experience lunch at this remote pub where the local stockmen gather. Make the return trip back to Wilpena Pound over the Andamooka opal fields and Lake Torrens. Return to the Resort and enjoy a real Aussie barbeque and a warm campfire.
This morning, after a hearty breakfast, our expert guide will take you on a wonderful journey through spectacular Bunyeroo Gorge, visiting secluded areas of great natural beauty. Travel in the 4WD through the rugged creek beds of Brachina Gorge. This is an area alive with wildlife and boasts a remarkable geological history including Ediacaran fossils dating back millions of years. The world-renowned South Australian painter Sir Hans Heysen was inspired by this country and painted many of his landscapes here.
After a picnic lunch immerse yourself in the ancient landscape; take that special photograph or just enjoy some of the most spectacular outback scenery Australia has to offer, including Stokes Hill Lookout.
Join your Australian Eco Guide on a one hour bushwalk to an Aboriginal art site where the Adnyamathanha people created rock paintings depicting their ceremonies over thousands of years.
Travel back along the eastern side of the mountains with spectacular Red Gum lined creeks to Melrose, the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges. Traveling along the eastern side of the Flinders Ranges the landscape changes into the lush rural expanses of the south, including the world famous Clare valley wine region.
Last stop on this epic journey is Seven Hills Winery for some well-deserved wine tasting. No doubt you will leave with life-long memories to share with family and friends about the Flinders Ranges & Outback Australia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Departs Adelaide 3rd Monday of each month (or on demand).
Tent/Swag ~ Provided
Double/Twin $3,295 p.p.
Single $3,395 p.p.
Deluxe Motel Unit
Double/Twin $3,995 p.p.
Single $4,095 p.p.
Superior Motel Unit
Double/Twin $4,200 p.p.
Single $4,295 p.p.
Ikara Safari Tent (Glamping)
Double/Twin $4,495 p.p.
Single $4,595 p.p.
Luxury Eco Villas
Double/Twin $4,995 p.p.
Single $5,195 p.p.
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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