South Australian Outback Adventure

South Australian Outback Adventure

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$3876

South Australian Outback Adventure

8 Days Starting and ending in Adelaide

Visiting: Adelaide, Clare Valley, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Wilpena Pound, Arkaroola, Lyndhurst, Farina, Marree, Lake Eyre, Anna Creek Painted Hills, Coober Pedy, Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, Lake Hart, Woomera, Port Augusta, Barossa

Tour operator:

AAT Kings

Tour code:

SAMC24

Age range:

16-

Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Sightseeing

From:
$4430
$3876 Operator discount: -$371 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$183 -12%

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Tour Overview

The Flinders Ranges is a place where nature humbles over the course of 800 million years. The landscapes here are ancient, and reveal history through endemic flora and fauna as well as some of the most dramatic geological landscapes imaginable.

Highlights

  • Iconic Sites: Explore Farina, one of Australia’s most famous ghost towns, and enjoy a tour of Coober Pedy where 70% of the population live underground.

  • Flexible Vacations: Take a flight over mighty Lake Eyre, or if terra firma is more your thing, stay on the coach to Coober Pedy to experience more of the famous Oodnadatta Track with your experienced Driver Guide.

  • Sustainable Travel: Arkaroola has established an education and research foundation to foster an interest in science, education and conservation. AAT Kings donates $10 for every guest who visits.

  • Natural Wonders: See prehistoric river systems as you fly over Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest inland lake.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Adelaide

Location: Adelaide

Accommodation Name: Adabco Boutique Hotel

The South Australian capital often flies under the radar – locals like it that way, happy to keep their buzzing dining precincts, glorious gardens and on-your-doorstep wineries to themselves. But the secret is well and truly out, and over the course of the afternoon you’ll discover just how diverse Adelaide really is. Touring the city you’ll cover every interest base: sports (Adelaide Oval), horticulture (the Botanic Garden), culture (the Art Gallery of South Australia) and food (Adelaide Central Market). Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a drink and then wander up to the foodie hub of North Terrace. The city offers plenty of eateries in which to while away your evening.

Day 2 : Adelaide - Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

Location: Clare Valley, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

Accommodation Name: Wilpena Pound Resort

You don’t have to travel far from Adelaide to be surrounded by vines. In fact, just 1.5 hours north lies the Clare Valley, and therein one of Australia’s most awarded wineries. Knappstein Enterprise Winery’s roots reach back to 1878, which yields extremely tasty drops, as you’ll discover at the cellar door before lunch in the Clare Valley’s atmospheric central town. It’s the best way to ease into the wide-open, otherworldly spaces of the Flinders Ranges – your commute is a short journey by coach, but it transports you to seemingly Martian landscapes, some 800 million years in the making and home to the Adnyamathanha people for tens of thousands of years. The First Nations community owns and manages your base for the night, Wilpena Pound Resort, and they’ll welcome you to Country with spirit and soul.

Day 3 : Wilpena Pound - Arkaroola

Location: Wilpena Pound, Arkaroola

Accommodation Name: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

The cliffs and craters and ravishing red rocks of the Flinders Ranges shine brightly in the morning sun, your outlook particularly pretty from Wangara Lookout. From this vantage, you’ll enjoy expansive views over the natural amphitheatre that is Wilpena Pound. It’s an awe-inspiring way to start the day, before your journey carves north through dramatic Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges. Keep your eyes peeled for endangered yellow-footed rock wallabies – only 2,250 remain in Australia, and most call this part of the country home. You’ll begin to understand why they favour the South Australian outback when you arrive in Arkaroola, characterised by ancient granite mountains and golden spinifex-covered hillsides and providing a vantage over Lake Frome and the desert beyond. But the real stars here are those overhead, as you’ll discover on an astronomy tour that brings the dazzling night sky into full focus. Prepare to be humbled – in the best possible way.

Day 4 : Arkaroola - Marree

Location: Arkaroola, Lyndhurst, Farina, Marree

Accommodation Name: Marree Hotel

What was happening in Arkaroola 1.6 billion years ago? Your guide will help decode the region’s mind-boggling geological history as you navigate the steep slopes and hair-raising ascents of the Ridgetop Track. Plants here are found nowhere else on the planet, and gorges are so vast that they seem to cleave off the edge of the earth. A patina follows your journey northwest to the Ochre Cliffs outside Lyndhurst, where an artist’s smudge of fiery hues paints the countryside all the way to the horizon. It’s as sacred as it is spectacular, with the Aboriginal community having utilised the rich clay soil in ceremonies for centuries. You can see why this part of Australia was attractive to the 1800s settlers of nearby Farina – but you’ll also learn why they departed, leaving an eerie ghost town on the outskirts of Marree, where you’ll lay your swimming head for the night.

Day 5 : Marree - Coober Pedy

Location: Marree, Lake Eyre, Anna Creek Painted Hills, Coober Pedy

Accommodation Name: Desert Cave Hotel

Much of the South Australian outback towns exist because of the old Ghan Railway, click-clacking from Adelaide to Darwin. Plenty of history will be revealed on your morning’s journey down the line’s westward bend, perhaps only outshone by the natural drama of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. Australia’s largest inland lake is – most of the time – a shimmering saltpan covering hundreds of square kilometres, yet is occasionally transformed by desert downpours into a thriving oasis. You’ll have the chance to glimpse it from the air, your bird’s-eye view unfolding beneath you like a work of art. Speaking of art – your included scenic flight will also pass over the Anna Creek Painted Hills, a rocky outcrop that literally pops out of the flat desert, creating silhouettes resembling cartoon characters. Touch down to explore the otherworldly countryside before jetting on to your destination for the next two nights, Coober Pedy, brimming with compelling quirks and subterranean adventures.

Day 6 : Coober Pedy

Location: Coober Pedy, Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park

Accommodation Name: Desert Cave Hotel

The self-proclaimed ‘opal capital of the world’, Coober Pedy’s many attractions lie primarily below the earth’s surface. Due to the above-ground heat (temperatures can soar) many locals choose to take up a subterranean residence as well. Once you’ve explored this fascinating community – including fossicking for opals in surrounding mines – look further afield to Aboriginal owned Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, where you’ll travel along a stretch of the Dog Fence: a barrier spanning 5,300 kilometres across three states. As mind-boggling as the construction is, it pales in comparison to the setting’s moonscape of fossilised shells and cracked grey clay. The only thing more surreal than the natural landscape is the constructed one this afternoon at Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Club, where the fairways are dirt and sand. Pick up a club to thump balls around the oil-soaked putting green.

Day 7 : Coober Pedy - Port Augusta

Location: Lake Hart, Woomera, Port Augusta

Accommodation Name: Majestic Oasis Apartments

It’s hard to imagine landscapes more dramatic than those you’ll have experienced so far. But the bar is officially raised by those at Lake Hart, another vast saltpan that sparked a community in the 1930s. Today, it’s all but deserted, the isolation reminding you that Mother Nature always rules. The vastness of the South Australian outback here was no doubt one of the reasons why it – specifically Woomera – was chosen to become the world’s largest military land base. Established by the British in 1947, the countryside here has been a testing base for atomic bombs, ballistic missiles and satellite boosters. It’s a piece of Australian history few know of, but that you will leave appreciating, as you head toward your evening’s repose in the natural harbour of Port Augusta.

Day 8 : Port Augusta - The Barossa - Depart Adelaide

Location: Port Augusta, Barossa, Adelaide

The Barossa needs no introduction – your journey today will take in one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, and local makers know a thing or two about creating memorable vintages. Lambert Estate reveals some of the finest regional drops, your lunchtime tipples complemented by glorious views over the vines. Cheers to that! You’ll arrive in plenty of time for your Adelaide flight, your heart, mind and spirit filled with the natural and human wonders of a region that exudes superlatives.

What's Included

  • Hotels

    Centrally located 2.5 – 4 star hotels

  • National Park entry fees

    Included in the tour price.

  • Travel Director and Driver

    Specialist team of 2 highly experienced Travel Director and Driver that are accredited with the Flinders Ranges National Park

  • Flight over Lake Eyre and Anna Creek Painted Hills

    Included in the tour.

  • Dining

    7 Full Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, 2 Lunches

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    Flights are not included in the holiday price.

  • Airport Transfers

    Return airport to hotel transfers are not included in the holiday price.

Mode of Transport

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 11.00am into Adelaide Airport
Day 8 – flights to depart after 5.00pm from Adelaide Airport
Flights are not included in the holiday price
Return airport to hotel transfers are not included in the holiday price

Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes: Adabco Boutique Hotel, Wilpena Pound Resort, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Marree Hotel, Desert Cave Hotel, Majestic Oasis Apartments.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a holiday with us is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It is important to adhere to departure times while on tour for the comfort of everyone on-board, and to make sure no one misses out on the planned experiences. The coach will not be able to wait for you, and in some instances, if you miss a departure time you will need to make your own way to the next destination to re-join the tour.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    AAT Kings operated Guided Holidays have competitive single supplement rates available if you prefer to confirm your own room. Or we can match you to share with a guest of the same gender at no extra cost. If we fail to match you, we will accommodate you in a single room at no extra cost.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Over 100 years

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We will email your documents to you approximately four weeks before your departure date provided you have completed your pre trip registration using the My Travel Portal. If you’ve booked through a travel agent, your documents will be emailed directly to your agent.

Reviews of this operator

Ann Purcell  

Well worth the money

24-Feb-2023

Absolutely wonderful trip. Tastes of southern Australia. Hotels were good quality. Sightseeing was amazing. Manuela our travel director was lovely. A great trip all round

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Lynda Whittingham  

Particularly loved QUEENSTOWN (jet boat) and plane ride over Mt Cook

18-Feb-2023

Great guide “Dexter” who was pleasant and knowledgeable, skilled and pleasant driver, Aaron, interesting activities, and comfortable hotels in good locations. I have been on organized bus trips in different countries and this company stands out. I would travel with them again. Read less

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Trusted Customer  

Milford Sound , West Coast , Queenstown, Christchurch

22-Feb-2023

The most professional tour group i have ever travelled with. Both tour director (Hope) & driver (Dave) had extensive knowledge of NZ. Highly recommended.

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Keith Jones  

Christchurch, Milford Sound and the Franz Joseph Railway journey

02-Mar-2023

Very professional service throughout. Friendly experienced tour guide imparting excellent knowledge and local anecdotes. Friendly professional driver enhanced the overall pleasure. Excellent hotels throughout the holiday.

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Allison Cooper  

Wonderful experience, highlight had to be Uluru so spiritual and beautiful

22-Feb-2023

Very professional. Excellent travel director very knowledgeable and a lovely guy. Amazing experience seeing do many great places.

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