South Australian Outback Adventure

Adelaide
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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.

Availability

From 21/09/2024 to 26/10/2024

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Sep Sat 21 2024 to Sep Sat 28 2024
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  • Sep Sat 21 2024 to Sep Sat 28 2024
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    $6,029*
  • Sep Sat 21 2024 to Sep Sat 28 2024
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  • Sep Sat 21 2024 to Sep Sat 28 2024
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  • Sep Sat 21 2024 to Sep Sat 28 2024
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    $6,029*
  • Sep Sat 21 2024 to Sep Sat 28 2024
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  • Oct Sat 05 2024 to Oct Sat 12 2024
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    $6,029*
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  • Oct Sat 05 2024 to Oct Sat 12 2024
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    $6,029*
  • Oct Sat 05 2024 to Oct Sat 12 2024
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  • Oct Sat 19 2024 to Oct Sat 26 2024
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  • Oct Sat 19 2024 to Oct Sat 26 2024
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  • Oct Sat 19 2024 to Oct Sat 26 2024
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    $5,519*
  • Oct Sat 19 2024 to Oct Sat 26 2024
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    From
    $5,519*
  • Oct Sat 19 2024 to Oct Sat 26 2024
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  • Oct Sat 19 2024 to Oct Sat 26 2024
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What's included

Highlights.
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.
Explore Farina, one of Australia’s most famous ghost towns, and enjoy a tour of Coober Pedy where 70% of the population live underground.
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.
See prehistoric river systems as you fly over Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest inland lake.
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• Comfortable accommodation with easy access to city centres • National Park entry fees • 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.
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 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 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 with spirit and soul.
  • Day 3 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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