Travel arrangements commence on the day before the tour departs.
Your adventure begins with a flight to the beautiful city of Adelaide. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Ask us about a range of optional activities available or simply take a stroll along the newly redeveloped Riverbank precinct or go shopping at nearby Rundle Mall.
❱ 1 night: Grosvenor Hotel or similar
Adelaide travellers will be met at home and transferred to the Central Bus Station to join the tour. Interstate travellers will be picked up from the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel.
Travel via Adelaide’s northern suburbs including Elizabeth, the home of Australia’s Holden Cars.
Stop at Kapunda and see “Eringa”, the former home of Sir Sidney Kidman. The house was built by the famous “Cattle King” himself and it now serves as a building for the Kapunda High School. After morning tea, we continue via the old Outback towns of Marrabel and Saddleworth to the old copper mining township of Burra. Burra is often referred to as ‘Little Cornwall’ and is one of the prettiest towns in the land.
We continue to the old railway town, Peterborough, once an important stop for the Steam Trains on the way to Sydney. This evening, enjoy the award-winning Sound & Light Show at the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre. Sit comfortably in a restored 1916 historic rail carriage which is placed on an 85 foot long, 3 gauge turntable. Move through the tunnels of time to learn about Peterborough, about railways in South Australia and about the many fascinating personal stories associated with it.
This awesome sound and light experience will have you becoming part of the last two centuries!
❱ 1 night: Roundhouse Motel
After breakfast, we begin our tour into South Australia’s picture perfect Flinders Ranges. We travel to Orroroo before entering the Southern Flinders Ranges to Hawker and continuing to Wilpena situated in the spectacular Flinders Ranges National Park. After a short stop for a delicious morning tea, we tour through the beautiful Valleys and Gorges to Blinman, Parachilna then onto Leigh Creek.
On our arrival at Leigh Creek we stop for after lunch before we continue North to join the famous old Oodnadatta track at Lyndhurst. Along the way, we stop to visit Talc Alf’s unique Outback Sculpture Gallery. See a number of Cubist-looking sculptures carved from talc stone which contrast with the surrounding red earth & blue sky.
We continue to Marree, a historic town that served as a base for the workers who were employed to build the first Overland Telegraph line.
The town also played a part in the laying of the historic Ghan railway track which ran from Adelaide to Alice Springs. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the town before indulging in dinner at the hotel.
❱ 1 night: Marree Hotel
We depart Marree this morning and continue along the famous Oodnadatta Track, passing Lake Eyre South on our way to William Creek Hotel for lunch. The basin here can change dramatically after floods & heavy rains. In dry years, the area becomes a shimmering white salt pan whilst in wet seasons, it becomes an inland garden. In 2019, the area was transformed into the world’s largest desert oasis when waters flooded both Lake Eyre North & South.
After lunch, we set off deeper to the remote outback wilderness passing Anna Creek before crossing old Dog Fence and through the ‘Breakaways’ Range to Coober Pedy. On arrival, we check into the Desert Cave Hotel, the only international class hotel in Coober Pedy. Tonight, indulge in a special welcome dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.
❱ 3 nights: Desert Cave Hotel
Today, we begin to explore one of the world’s most unique towns – the opal mining capital of Coober Pedy. Most of the population here live in underground dugouts to be insulated from the intense summer heat which rises to the high 40s most of the summer.
We visit an interesting Opal Interpretive Centre & Museum during our town tour. Here, you can watch craftsmen cut & polish beautiful black opals unique to the area, as well as see one of the extensive displays of opal in the world.
After lunch, we take a local tour which includes the unique underground church, local dug outs and places of interest. You’ll soon discover why Coober Pedy is one of the most interesting towns to visit!
We set off into the Tirari Desert to discover an amazing & mysterious group of hills & sandstone. This truly amazing sight features a unique mix of beautiful colours which have taken over 80 million years to create. Bright sunlight brings out vivid colours such as ochre yellow, oxide red & deep rich brown which contrasts with crisp whites & jet blacks.
We tour into an area near Mount Barry Cattle Station and the ‘Moon’ Plains. This area has been used by Australian film makers for many feature films, due to the beauty and clear sky’s here. Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided for you while in the area.
Later, we travel to Mt Willoughby and then to Cadney Homestead. After time for refreshments here we travel back to our accommodation at Coober Pedy. Tonight, we visit a popular local restaurant for dinner.
We begin our journey south along the famous Stuart Highway – a highway which extends all the way from Adelaide to Darwin in the Tropical Top End. Our tour makes its way between two of Australia’s biggest deserts – the Simpson and Great Victoria Desert before we arrive at the remote township of Glendambo. Later, we continue south to Port Augusta for our overnight stop.
❱ 1 night: Standpipe Motor Inn
After breakfast, we visit the Wadlata Outback Centre where you will have an opportunity to enjoy its multi-million dollar exhibition. Travel through a “Tunnel of Time” – a journey that will take you back 15 million years! Join the early explorers Eyre, Sturt, Giles and Stuart on their brave treks to open up Australia’s vast inland. Take time out to watch and listen to the tales of the early settlers, of bullockies, wheat, drought and disasters in the three-screen theatre. The Wadlata exhibition is world-class and is a great highlight you can enjoy!
Later, we continue to the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden.
Established in 1993, the Botanic Garden researches, conserves & promotes the wider appreciation of Australia’s arid zone flora whilst offering spectacular views to the ancient Flinders Ranges. The lands are home to thousands of highly evolved plant communities that are specially adapted to thrive in an environment where temperatures are extreme and drought can last for decades. Thanks to its coastal location, the garden also features a unique biologically rich marine environment which is dominated by grey mangroves. This rare side-by-side combination of arid and marine environments, together with a fascinating regional and cultural history, makes this botanic garden very special.
Later, we continue on your journey back to Adelaide via the beautiful Clare Valley. The area is famous throughout the world for the fine wines produced here. A special delicious winery lunch awaits you along the way in the stunning Clare Valley wine region. Your lunch which includes fine wines from the area served to you at a historic local Wine Cellar Door Restaurant.
After lunch, we follow the Horrocks Highway to Gawler on a journey that will take us past the small towns of Sevenhill, Watervale, Rhynie & Tarlee. We then continue on our journey south, arriving in Adelaide in the late afternoon. Adelaide travellers will be met on arrival at the Adelaide Central Bus Station and transferred home by chauffeured vehicle.
Stay the night on return to Adelaide and fly home the following day.
On our tour’s return to Adelaide, you will be taken to your hotel in the city centre. The next day, enjoy some time at leisure to explore Adelaide. Ask us about optional tours that are available today. Later, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight.
❱ 1 night: Grosvenor Hotel or similar