11 Day Flinders Ranges, Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy and Andamooka 4WD Seniors Bus Tour

 DAY 1: Depart Adelaide 7:00AM for Wilpena Pound Resort via Port Pirie, Port Germein and Port Augusta (the crossroads of Australia). After lunch in Quorn we head towards Wilpena Pound via Quorn and Hawker. From Hawker we visit Kanyaka ruins and Death Rock. We spend tonight at Wilpena Resort.

DAY 2: After breakfast we have a peaceful bushwalk to Wangarra Lookouts and the Hill Homestead. We then travel the geological trail through the Brachina Gorge. This gorge traces the geological history of the area for hundreds of million years. Our next stop is the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna where we taste some Aussie tucker. After lunch we head to to Wilpena Resort via Parachilna Gorge and Blinman. Overnight Wilpena Resort.

DAY 3 & 4: Depart Wilpena Resort for Arkaroola  via Wirrealpa, Wearing Gorge, and Balcanoona arriving at Arkaroola Wilderness Resort for lunch. You now join the heart pumping world famous Ridge Top tour, the ultimate 4wd experience across the steep ridges of the ancient Flinders Ranges. Overnight Arkaroola Wilderness Resort.

DAY 5: After breakfast we head to William Creek via Marree and the Oodnadatta Track. At William Creek: the worlds most isolated pub, you can indulge in a well-deserved Australian beer. The most important claim to fame for William Creek is that it is the smallest town in Australia and that it is located on the world’s largest cattle station (Anna Creek Station) which is 32,500 square kilometres. We can walk along the old Ghan Railway Line to the bridge at Breakfast Time Creek This is a land of contrasts. There’s red gibber plains stretching to the horizon, mound springs (we visit Bubbler Springs and Blanche Cup Springs) which create bush oases and wetlands, red gum lined creeks and vast areas of grey salt bush and spiky spinifex. Remnants of the old Ghan Railway are abundant along the Oodnadatta Track. Overnight William Creek Hotel.

DAY 6: After breakfast we join optional flight over Lake Eyre North and South is available (own expense). Lake Eyre North which covers 8430 square kilometres, is 144 kilometres long and 77 kilometres wide is by far the larger of the two lakes. The creek like Goyder Channel joins Lake Eyre South to Lake Eyre North, which at its narrowest is only 150 metres wide. At the lakes lowest point it is 15.2 metres below sea level and drains more than one sixth of the continent before we head to Coober Pedy in the heart of South Australia’s vast outback; it is an opal wonderland. We spend some time visiting mines and interpretive centres which a great insight into the town and its mining operations. There are more than 30 opal shops in Coober Pedy if you like to purchase some opal. The town takes its name from the Aboriginal word Kupa (uninitiated man or white man) and Piti (hole). Overnight underground accommodation.

DAY 7: Today we visit the Breakaway’s Reserve and Moon Plain before we head back to Coober Pedy via the dingo fence ( the world’s longest fence, 5300 km long). Overnight underground accommodation.

DAY 8: After breakfast we head to Woomera for the opal mining town of Andamooka. After lunch we visit Woomera. This outback town was established in 1947 as a site for the launching of experimental rockets. Attractions include Woomera Heritage Centre and Missile Park displaying examples of rockets, aircraft and weapons associated with the testing range. Overnight Roxby Downs.

DAY 9: After breakfast we visit Andamooka we for a tour of this “incredible last frontier town”. The opal is mined 3 to 10 metres down on the ancient sea bed of 1.8 million to 70 million years ago. From 24 separate fields, opalised shells, stones and dinosaur bones are still being brought to the surface. In Andamooka we see how wide the range of opal can be in the many showrooms. We also see the sights of Roxby Downs with an optional tour of Olympic Dam Mine. Overnight Roxby Downs.

DAY 10: Depart Roxby Downs approximately 7:00AM for Adelaide via Port Augusta. We follow the Stuart (Explorer) Highway south revisiting Port Augusta on our return to Adelaide. Arriving at your accommodation approximately 6:00PM.

DAY 11: Depart Port Augusta approximately 9:00AM for Adelaide. At Port Augusta we explore the Flinders Ranges and Outback in Wadlata Outback Centre’s Tunnel of Time. We discover its origins, the Aboriginal Dreaming, European settlement and much more. We head to Adelaide via The Clare Valley Wine Region. After lunch we visit some wineries before a journey back to Adelaide.. Arriving at your accommodation approximately 4:00PM

COST PER PERSON: $4750 ( minimum 6 passengers)

TOUR INCLUDES: Accommodation (twin share), all breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, pick up/drop off at your accommodation.

NOT INCLUDED: Optional tours & mobile phone calls.

TOUR CONDITIONS: “JUST CRUISINreserve the right to alter or modify itinerary if prevailing weather, road conditions or adverse conditions require such change. Tour costs do not include additional accommodation, meals and incidental expenses incurred from flooding, natural delays, unavailable connections or other unforeseen circumstances. It is suggested travel insurance is purchased to cover additional accommodation, meals and incidental expenses resulting from flooding, natural delays unavailable connections or other unforeseen expenses prior to departure. Due to the nature and remoteness of outback travel it is suggested anyone with health problems should seek advice from their doctor if necessary.

BOOKING CONDITIONS: A deposit of 20% is required to confirm your reservation. Balance is payable 21 days prior to departure.

CANCELLATIONS: Must be made 14 days prior to departure or full deposit is forfeited.

DON’T FORGET: Your camera, good walking shoes and hats. Please limit luggage to a small bag, and most of all don’t forget your sense of adventure. It is suggested that appropriate sickness, accident & personal liability insurance be taken out