Tour Code: GOLE7

APT 7 Day Lake Eyre Wilderness Adventure

BRAND NEW TOUR JUST RELEASED!! Departing March to April 2016

Due to the timing of the rain, we have developed a touring program that will run from March to April. The water level is expected to reach a depth of 2 metres in Belt Bay and should last through until the beginning of May

 


Fitness Level (1-4):

Tour Fitness level 2 out of 4

Tour Highlights:

  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Small groups

Tour Points


Meals:

Breakfasts:6
Lunches:6
Dinners:6


Tour Information

Day 1. Adelaide, Port Wakefield, Wadlata Outback Centre, Port Augusta

After arriving into Adelaide, journey north to the coastal town of Port Wakefield in the Adelaide Plains, then continue to the Snowtown Wind Farm display. After lunch, arrive at Port Augusta and visit the award-winning Wadlata Outback Centre. A walk through its ‘Tunnel of Time’ provides the perfect introduction to this magnificent region.

Stay: Port Augusta, Standpipe Motel

Daily Meals Included: • Lunch • Dinner

Day 2. Port Augusta, Marree

After breakfast, depart Port Augusta and traverse the Pitchi Richi Pass on your way to the small railway town of Quorn. Arrive at the Kanyaka Station ruins for morning tea, which houses the historic woolshed and homestead. Stop for lunch at Parachilna’s famous Prairie Hotel, a family-owned pub that was first licensed in 1876. Continue to the stunning Aroona Dam, pass by the spectacular colours of the ochre pits and see the ghost town of Farina before arriving at Marree.

Stay: The Marree Hotel

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 3. Marree, Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, Birdsville

Today presents the rare opportunity to see the amazing spectacle of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre in flood. Covering thousands of hectares, the Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre water basin is an intriguing place to visit at any time of year, housing such unusual creatures as the Lake Eyre dragon, as well as a variety of birdlife including galahs, corellas and wild emerald budgerigars. Journey along the Oodnadatta Track towards Lake Eyre South, where you’ll walk on the dazzling salt flats subject to weather conditions. Explore the surrounding natural artesian mound springs, created from water deep within the Great Artesian Basin. The water filters to the surface, forming mounds and bubbling ponds out of the desert. Continue along the Oodnadatta Track, where we will make a stop at William Creek for lunch. During your travels, keep an eye out for the 5,600-kilometre Dog fence, originally built in the 1880s to keep away wild dingoes from cattle and fertile land. Afterwards, board an included scenic flight over Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, where you will be able to gain a bird’s-eye view and true appreciation of this magnificent sight. On this flight from William Creek you will visit the southern part of the Lake where the majority of the water usually lies, fly over Belt Bay which is the lowest point below sea level in Australia, Silcrete Island and Dulhunty Island and some of the eroded peninsulas that jut out into the salt bed. You will visit Jackboot Bay and the Madigan Gulf where Sir Donald Campbell set his land-speed record in 1964 before heading north to discover where the water comes from. You will pick up the Southern end of The Warburton Groove in the middle of the lake and follow it all the way to the North, to the Warburton Inlet. You will fly over an amazing area where, prior to entering Lake Eyre, The Warburton Creek opens up to a plain that resembles a birdlife filled playground when the area has seen recent flooding. From here you will follow The Warburton Creek for a few miles and gain appreciation of how it cuts an amazing track though the Simpson Desert all the way from Queensland as you head for Poeppels Corner and the “Big Red” sand dune prior to landing at Birdsville. You will spend the night in Birdsville at the famous Birdsville Hotel.

Stay: Birdsville Hotel

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 4. Birdsville, Wilpena Pound

This morning, you will have time to visit the Birdsville Bakery, famous for its sweets and Curried Camel Pies. Depart Birdsville for the lush green Goyder Lagoon area and follow the Diamantina River before returning to Marree via the Eastern side of Lake Eyre North, the Cooper Creek and Lake Eyre South. After lunch, make a stop at Leigh Creek on your way to Parachilna Gorge, where you can admire the contrasting scenery of pale creek beds offset by rich red cliffs. Drive through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound and enjoy dinner at your hotel later this evening.

Stay: Two Night Stay: Wilpena Pound Resort

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 5. Wilpena Pound

Venture into Flinders Ranges National Park and follow in the footsteps of Douglas Mawson as you spend the morning in the geological site of Brachina Gorge, an important refuge for the endangered Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby. After lunch, the afternoon is at your leisure to explore. Perhaps embark on a guided walk to the spectacular Wilpena Pound, a spectacular natural amphitheatre of mountains in the heart of the National Park. Alternatively, take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound to gain a true appreciation of this natural wonder (additional expense).

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 6. Wilpena Pound, Clare Valley, Adelaide

After breakfast, drive to the world-renowned wine growing district of the Clare Valley. Here, enjoy lunch at Skillogalee Winery, showcasing the exceptional locally grown produce and wines of the region. Later, return to Adelaide, where you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

Stay: The Sebel Playford Adelaide Hotel

Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 7. Depart Adelaide

After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.