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South Australia Outback Adventure

South Australia Outback Adventure

From $ 3,370 AUD

Description

Spend 10 days exploring the best of South Australia’s Outback in on a culturally rich and deliciously different small group adventure. From Adelaide, visit the opal capital of Australia, see the Silo Art Trail and watch stars sparkling above Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park as you hear traditional stories of the Adnyamathanha people. You will also immerse yourself in the beauty of Arkaroola, a 610 sqm wildlife sanctuary, and taste fine wines in the Clare Valley. With First Nations experiences, comfortable accommodation, a knowledgeable leader and numerous included activities, this Outback adventure is the whole package.

Trip Name
South Australia Outback Adventure
Last Updated
2021-09-25
Days
10
Capacity
11
Highlights
  • Watch the night sky come alive as you enjoy a campfire dinner and learn about the stories and traditions of the First Nations Adnyamathanha people who are the traditional custodians of the Flinders Ranges.
  • Enjoy a subterranean stay in Coober Pedy, the opal capital of Australia, in underground accommodation which is cool, comfortable and unique to this part of the South Australian outback.
  • Soak up the scenic beauty of the Clare Valley, one of Australia’s most famous wine regions, and sample Rieslings and other fine wines.
  • Explore the Silo Art Trail and watch the Quorn Silo Light Show, a colourful audio-visual celebration which highlights the local stories, history and heritage of the surrounding region.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL EXPERIENCES & COMMUNITIES Due to cultural sensitivities, entry to particular parts of local First Nations communities may be unavailable. Where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides are unavailable in the Red Centre an Intrepid leader will lead the interpretive cultural walk. Top End cultural experiences are only available during the dry season (May-Oct) as sites are subject to flooding. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Intrepid reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.

Day 1 - Adelaide / Auburn / Quorn / Port Augusta
Welcome to Adelaide! Your tour starts at 8:00 am with a group meeting followed by a scenic drive to Auburn, a village on the edge of the Clare Valley wine region. Along the way, stop for a wine tasting at a winery which is housed in an old railway station. Grab lunch at one of the cafes in Auburn before the 2.5-hour drive to Port Augusta. On arrival, you may have time for an optional visit to the Wadlata Outback Centre, Curdnatta Artist Platform Gallery or Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. This evening, join your group for a takeaway dinner while watching the Quorn Silo Light Show, an audio-visual celebration under the stars which highlights the local stories, history and heritage of the surrounding region. Head back to Port Augusta for the night.
Day 2 - Woomera / Coober Pedy
Enjoy breakfast at a café in town before the drive to Woomera, a town that was purpose-built for testing rockets in the 1940s. Learn about nuclear and non-nuclear rocket testing and more at the Woomera Heritage and Visitor Information Centre. There is time for lunch before the short drive to Lake Hart, one of the region’s salt lakes. When you arrive in Coober Pedy, you could stroll around town, search out some street art, find a bar or buy jewellery as a souvenir. You are in the opal capital of Australia, after all. Tonight, you may choose to join your tour group for dinner at a local bar that offers up incredible views of the Breakaways and Coober Pedy.
Day 3 - Coober Pedy
Spend your day exploring in and around Coober Pedy including a tour of an underground home, an underground church and a historic mine. In the late afternoon, visit Josephine’s Gallery which specialises in Aboriginal art and also doubles as a kangaroo orphanage. Here you can meet kangaroos and other native wildlife such as wombats and birds which are looked after by wildlife carers.
Day 4 - Coober Pedy / William Creek
Head to Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park which is a registered Aboriginal heritage site and see the dog fence, also know as the dingo fence, before travelling back to Coober Pedy for optional lunch at a local café. Drive into the remote South Australian Outback proper, along a rough dirt road to William Creek where you can enjoy a cold beer and check out the "museum" of memorabilia across the street. Tonight, you may choose to join your tour group for dinner at the local pub.
Day 5 - Oodnadatta Track / Marree
Perhaps enjoy an early morning scenic flight to see the Outback from a different angle, or sleep in before breakfast. Continue your drive deeper into the remote desert landscape to Lake Eyre via the legendary and famous Oodnadatta Track, with a stop at Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park along the way. Stop at Lake Eyre for a picnic lunch before you continue to Marree. Stroll around town to see historical sites such as the old Afghan Mosque and remnants of the Historical Ghan Railway. Your leader will give you the background on local history.
Day 6 - Farina / Flinders Ranges / Iga Warta
After breakfast at the Marree Hotel, drive to Farina where you will explore a ghost town and maybe have the chance to visit an underground bakery if it is operating at the time. Head to Iga Warta where you will spend the day and evening learning about Adnyamathanha culture and gaining a deeper appreciation of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Lunch is followed by a painting class and a cultural cookout dinner where you will enjoy a traditional meal along with music and Adnyamathanha Yura Muda (cultural stories and language).
Day 7 - Flinders Ranges / Iga Warta
After breakfast at Iga Warta, join your leader for a bush walk at Arkaroola. Choose from hikes such as the Baranna Gorge Walk, Loop Walk, or the four-hour Mawson Spriggina Walk. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way and take in the scenery before driving back to Iga Warta. After dinner, sit around the campfire for a night of storytelling, singing and a damper supper served with quandong jam and billy tea.
Day 8 - Flinders Ranges / Wilpena Pound
After breakfast at Iga Warta, stop at Copley Bush Bakery or the Quandong Café then continue driving to the famous Wilpena Pound, the centre piece of the Flinders Ranges. After lunch, join your leader for a walk around Old Wilpena Station before a Welcome to Country ceremony. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing evening at the resort.
Day 9 - Flinders Ranges / Wilpena Pound
After breakfast, join your leader for another bushwalk. You may decide to hike to the Wangara Lookout, take a shorter walk to Hills Homestead or spend the day swimming in the pool or enjoying other activities around the resort.
Day 10 - Clare Valley / Adelaide
After breakfast, depart for the Clare Valley where you may choose to have lunch at a brewery. See the Silo Art at Farrell Flat and Owen before continuing to Adelaide where your journey will come to an end.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
17-12-202126-12-2021AUD $ 3,370-
21-01-202230-01-2022AUD $ 3,470-
18-02-202227-02-2022AUD $ 3,470-
18-03-202227-03-2022AUD $ 3,470-
08-07-202217-07-2022AUD $ 3,470-
05-08-202214-08-2022AUD $ 3,470-
02-09-202211-09-2022AUD $ 3,470-
30-09-202209-10-2022AUD $ 3,470-
28-10-202206-11-2022AUD $ 3,470-
25-11-202204-12-2022AUD $ 3,470-
23-12-202201-01-2023AUD $ 3,470-
20-01-202329-01-2023AUD $ 3,470-

Accommodation

Motel (1 night),Underground hotel (2 nights),Hotel (2 nights),Cabins/Tents (2 nights),Resort (2 nights)

Transport

Private Vehicle

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