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Itineraries - 2018

imageBirdsville & Innamincka
        9 days  $3850 pp

9 days - travelling through the northern towns of South Australia to Marree at the start of the Birdsville Track. Enjoy the history and learn of the hardships of the pioneers who lived on this famous Track.
There are 2 nights in Birdsville to enable time for a visit to the Waddi Trees, "Big Red" (Nappanerica Sandune) and other local attractions.
The tour departs Birdsville for Innamincka via either Cordillo Downs or Betoota, depending upon road conditions.

Using the Cooper Creek Homestay Innamincka  as our "base", we take a day trip to Burke & Wills Camp LXV (The Dig Tree), and visit the markers of Burke, Wills and King.

Heading down the Strzelecki Track to Merty Merty, we stop at the magnificent red sand dunes for morning tea.
Cameron Corner - a location on the border of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia is an ideal lunch stop before we cross the Dingo Fence into the Sturt National Park on our way to Tibooburra.

After exploring Milparinka - a ghost town of the gold mining era, we head out to Depot Glen where Capt. Charles Sturt was stranded for 6 months of the year due to extreme temperatures.

The Silver City Highway (unsealed in parts!) takes us into Broken Hill where there is opportunity to call on one of the many artists, take a town tour, or visit Sculpture Park

For something different,return to Adelaide is via an old pastoral track from Broken Hill to Burra.

image          Birdsville and
       The Channel Country

          9 days $3850 pp

9 days - following the same itinerary as our Birdsville/Innamincka tour but on leaving the town of Birdsville, we travel east on the Diamantina Development Road through Betoota to Windorah, in the heart of the Channel Country, and the junction of the Thompson and Barcoo Rivers which form the Cooper Creek.
Experience driving the Dowling Track from Quilpie and calling into the Toompine pub for lunch! A short detour to Currawinya National Park, then back on the Track through Yantabulla and Fords Bridge to Bourke.
Another interesting day next as we follow the Darling River Run - one of Australia's great outback experiences through Louth and Tilpa to Wilcannia then Broken Hill.

Keeping with our tradition of interesting tracks, an old pastoral track from Broken Hill to Burra takes us through the Stations of Harriedale, Lock Lilly, Oakvale and Quandong.

image       Coongie Lakes
         Cooper's Creek

         7 days $2995 pp

7 days - commencing with a tour of the mid north towns and Flinders Ranges to Lyndhurst and the end of the sealed road.
Named by Capt. Charles Sturt, the Strzelecki Track was pioneered by bushman Harry Reedford ("Capt Starlight") who brought stolen cattle from Queensland to South Australia in 1871.
The Track passes through the Cobbler Desert and Montecollina Bore to Merty Merty where depending upon road conditions, we follow the old Strzelecki stock route or the Track past Moomba to the township of Innamincka.

Next day we take the 110 kilometre Coongie Lakes Track which closely follows the north arm of Cooper Creek, and skirts treeless grey clay pans, floodplains and dunes. 80 kilometres from Innamincka is  Kudriemitchie Outstation, once used to accommodate mustering parties working from the main homestead at Innamincka. The building has been renovated and is an ideal stop for morning tea! A little further we come to Coongie Lakes - a remarkable semi permanent lake system which is high in ecological value, and supports a large number of water birds.

Another day trip is to Camp LXV "The Dig Tree", and highlights on our return to Adelaide include Cameron Corner, Milparinka (including Depot Glen) , Tibooburra, Sturt National Park and Broken Hill.

image      Flinders Ranges
      and  Arkaroola

       5 days  $2375 pp      

Leaving Adelaide, we Pass through Melrose, Quorn and Hawker to an overnight stop at Rawnsley Park. Explore this rugged and picturesque country as the tour heads north through the Flinders Ranges National Park to Stokes Hill Lookout, Bunyeroo Valley and Brachina Gorge then past the Great Wall of China before arriving at the Old Copper Mining town of Blinman. Crossing into the Gammon Ranges travel further north through Balcanoona to Arkaroola Village. Experience the Ridge Top Tour and local attractions including Bolla Bollana, The Pinnacles, and Arkaroola Waterhole. Return route travels through Italowie Gorge, Nepabunna and Copley to Hawker, returning to Adelaide via Kanyaka Ruins, Craddock, Orroroo and Jamestown.

image         Flinders Ranges

        4 days $1800 pp

Pass through Melrose and Wilmington to Alligator Gorge with great views of the ranges. Hancock's Lookout with views over Spencer Gulf. Travel to Quorn and circuit road to Warren Gorge, Proby's Grave and Simmonston, joining main road to Hawker and overnight Rawnsley Park. Visit Old Wilpena Homestead, Hucks and Stokes lookouts on the way to Willow Springs Station.

There are 40 designated points of interest on this property, and this forms the basis of 'Sky Trek', a six hour four wheel drive adventure which culminates in breathtaking views of the eastern side of Wilpena Pound. We take a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery.

Travel through Wilpena to Bunyeroo Valley and Brachina Gorge to Blinman before taking the scenic gorge road to Parachilna. A short distance past Parachilna is the Moralana Scenic Route, which travels between the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound. This is part of Arkaba Station.

Return through Melrose and the Bridle Track with stunning views of Gulf St Vincent.

imageThe Gawler Ranges
5 days $1995 pp

Travel in the comfort of our four wheel drive vehicle via the northern town of Port Wakefield, to Port Augusta, where we join the Eyre Highway to Iron Knob, then travel through Station properties of Corunna, Siam, Mount Miccollo and Nonning, on our way to Mount Ive in the heart of the Gawler Ranges!

A day trip includes Peters Pillars (a rhyolite outcrop), Lake Gairdner, Kath's Castle,
The Embankment, Pondana Ruins, Yardea and Hiltaba.

Leaving Mount Ive Station, we head south, passing Mount Nott and Spring Hill before arriving at Paney Station (a recently declared National Park).  We also visit Pildappa Rock, Tcharkuldu Hill and Minnipa.

A little further is Wudinna, where we explore (climb?) Turtle Rock, Polda Rock and Mount Wudinna.

The Eyre Highway takes us through Kyancutta, Kimba and Iron Knob to Whyalla and Port Augusta. We continue through Horrocks Pass to Wilmington and Melrose in the Southern Flinders Ranges.

Our return to Adelaide is through Orroroo and the Gilbert Valley, including Burra and The World's End Highway to Eudunda and Kapunda.

imageThe Painted Desert
9 days $3850 pp

Our William Creek and Coober Pedy nine day tour explores the remote outback of South Australia, travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle.

This is an adventure tour that includes - Marree, the Oodnadatta Track, Lake Eyre, William Creek, Coober Pedy and Woomera. 

Explore the Mound Springs area (part of the Great Artesian Basin) and see underground opal mining, the magnificent Breakaway country and visit Australia's first and only rocket launching town.

This Tour combines the character of the outback with discovery and interest.

image       Kangaroo Island
       4 days $2200 pp

Discover Kangaroo Island on this all inclusive four day tour, travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle.

Tour highlights include Penneshaw, Antechamber Bay, Cape Willoughby, Windmill Bay, Sunset Winery, Prospect Hill for great views of Pelican Lagoon, rolling hills and the Southern Ocean, Pennington Bay, American River, Kingscote, Flinders Chase National Park - Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks, Vivonne Bay, Little Sahara's spectacular white sand dunes, Bales Beach, Seal Bay for a guided beach walk amongst the sea lions, Clifford's Honey Farm, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, scenic trip through Reeves Point, Bay of Shoals and Emu Bay, Snelling Beach, Constitution Hill and Western River Cove.

imageHead of Bight
9 days $3700 pp

Leaving Adelaide on our 9 day trip,
we head north along Spencer Gulf  through Port Wakefield to Port Augusta at the head of the Gulf then down the western side through Whyalla to Cowell, a town recognised for its Jade.

An overnight stop in Tumby Bay provides a good departure point next day as we take the White River Road through Poonindie to Port Lincoln.
The scenic Whalers Way provides some spectacular coastline views, cliffs, blowholes, crevasses and beaches!

Drive through Coffin Bay National Park next day and taste of oysters, before heading up the West Coast to Elliston, The Talia Caves,  Murphy's Haystacks  and the Seal Colony at  Point Labatt. Overnight at Streaky Bay and next day explore the coastline along the Cape Bauer Loop Drive to Whistling Rocks, the Blowholes, Back Beach and the Westall Way scenic drive.  On to Ceduna and an interesting detour to  Fowlers Bay, rejoining the highway at Yalata. The Head of Bight Visitor Centre is a short distance further and is one of the best places to see the Southern Right Whales.
The coastline is spectacular, and we take time next morning to inspect the Bunda Cliffs before heading south to Penong and Ceduna via Denial Bay.

Our return is through Minnipa and the Gawler Ranges National Park to Iron Knob, Port Augusta and Melrose.

image         The Back O'Bourke
          9 days $3850 pp

Follow an old pastoral route from Burra through Quandong, Loch Lilly and Harriedale Stations to Broken Hill. Next day visit Mutawintji National Park enroute to the opal mining town of White Cliffs.

One of the legends of outback New South Wales is The  Darling River Run - a track over 300 kilometres running alongside the Darling River, from Wilcannia to Bourke. The track takes us through the tiny townships of Tilpa and Louth to Bourke.

Our accommodation in Bourke is the restored and refurbished old Telegraph Hotel,set in over one hectare of beautiful gardens, and the only motel in town with river frontage!

A day of sightseeing next as we visit the Bourke Exhibition Centre, historic Cemetery and drive to Mt Oxley  where there are magnificent views and wedge-tailed eagles.

Leaving Bourke we travel to Brewarrina and Goodooga to Lightning Ridge - a  town renowned for its beautiful black opal. Take time to look around the town before heading next day to the Warrambungle National Park and Gilgandra.

After an overnight stop in Cobar, travel through Black Stump country to Ivanhoe Hatfield and Balranald.

Return to Adelaide is through Mildura and the Riverland.

imageLake Eyre
3 days $1625 pp

Including plane flight

This 3 day tour is designed for those wishing to just see Lake Eyre without the cost of add-ons to the itinerary. The package price includes a one and a half hour flight over the lake.

Depart Adelaide travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle. Pass through the Clare Valley to Melrose, Wilmington, Hawker and Leigh Creek to overnight stop at Copley. Travel to Lyndhurst (end of the sealed road) then to Marree in time for an hour and a half flight over Lake Eyre. A totally captivating flight that will return you both visually impacted and educationally enriched.

There is an opportunity to look around the town of Marree before our return through Farina (ghost town) and the Ochre Cliffs.

Leaving Copley we travel to Hawker, Orroroo, Terowie and Burra then through the Gilbert Valley to Adelaide.

imageThe Sapphire Coast
8 days $3600 pp

Travel through the south-eastern towns of Tailem Bend and Meningie on Lake Albert. Enjoy the scenic drive through the Coorong National Park, then on to Millicent, Mount Gambier, Nelson and Portland - on the shipwreck coast.

Magnificent scenery awaits along the Great Ocean Road, including London Bridge, Loch Ard, The Twelve Apostles. Climb in the Otway Ranges and experience the 'Otway Fly' - a tree top walk in the Otways Rainforest!

Back on the coast, travel through Lorne, Anglesea and Torquay to the ferry at Queenscliffe which crosses southern Port Phillip Bay to Sorrento. Travel up the Mornington Peninsula and on to Morwell and Lakes Entrance. Meet the Snowy River at Orbost and visit  Mallacoota Inlet before arriving in Eden, on Twofold Bay.

A morning cruise aboard 'Cat-Balou' highlights the history of this whaling Port. Explore the coastal towns of Pambula, Merimbula and Bega.
Return is through Victorian coastal towns, including Port Albert and  Welshpool to Meeniyan in South Gippsland. Explore the rich volcanic plains around Mortlake, Camperdown and Penshurst. A change of scenery as you travel back to Adelaide through the south-eastern South Australia wine growing district of Padthaway and Coonawarra.

imageLegendary Longreach       
              &  Winton

         12 days $4595pp

Travel the Strzelecki Track to Innamincka, where we have a day to expore the history of the area (particularly the explorers Burke & Wills), before heading to Windorah at the junction of the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers to form the Cooper Creek.
Continuing north we visit the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Track and the Waltzing Matilda Museum at Winton.
There is a full day at Longreach to view the Stockmans' Hall Of Fame and Qantas Museum and enjoy a sunset cruise on the Thomson River.
Next day we head to Barcaldine - home of the "Tree Of Knowledge", and Blackall which has the only steam driven scour incorporating a woolshed left in Australia!
Our overnight stop is Charleville, and depending upon weather conditions there is opportunity to visit the Cosmos Centre.
We leave the Matilda Highway at Cunumulla and head to Eulo and the Currawinya National Park.
At Hungerford, on the NSW border, we take the Dowling Track through Yantabulla and Fords Bridge to Bourke.
There is a day in Burke, during which time we drive to the top of Mt Oxley, enjoy a cruise on the "Jandra" paddle steamer and visit the Burke Exhibition Centre.
One of the legends of outback NSW is the Darling River Run, and we travel along the Darling Floodplain through the tiny towns of Louth and Tilpa to Wilcannia.
Our return to Adelaide is via an old pastoral route through the Stations of Harriedale, Loch Lilly, Oakvale, and Quandong to Burra.