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South Australia Outback Adventure

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South Australia Outback Adventure

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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 Silo Art 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
2024-04-30
Days
10
Capacity
12
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.
  • Drive into the remote South Australian Outback and bounce along the famous Oodnadatta Track to William Creek where you can enjoy a cold beer and check out the unique "museum" of memorabilia across the street.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Country Needs People. Donations help them support Indigenous land and sea management in Australia. Intrepid will double your impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Itinerary

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 fees 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 group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome 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 group leader or local representative 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. 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's 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, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL EXPERIENCES & COMMUNITIES First Nations people have complex community obligations, and at times activities or experiences may be cancelled at late notice due to cultural commitments. In the case that we are unable to include planned activities with First Nations communities, we will endeavour to find a suitable alternative in the same or another destination on your trip.

Day 1 - Adelaide / Port Pirie / Port Augusta
Your adventure begins in Adelaide (Tarntanya in the language of The Kaurna people, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Adelaide is now located). Your tour starts at 8:00 am with a group meeting at our start point hotel. Then head out of town towards Port Augusta. Stop at pretty pink Lake Bumbunga on the way to Snowtown. After a look around Fourth St and Railway Terrace, continue your journey to Port Pirie for a tour and lunch, hopefully at Solomontown Beach if the weather is good. On arrival at Port Augusta, you may like to enjoy an optional visit to the Wadlata Outback Centre or the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. This evening, enjoy a relaxing night in Port Augusta.
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 Museum & Visitor Information Centre. There is time for lunch before the short drive to Lake Hart Rest Area for views of one of the region’s salt lakes. When you arrive in Coober Pedy, perhaps 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 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 opal 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 - Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park / William Creek
This morning head out 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
This morning 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 getting back on the road. If the group fancies it, you can stop off at Coward Springs, home to a charming museum and a natural spa – a welcome reprieve among the desert landscape. Continue to Marree, where on arrival you’ll 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 / Iga Warta
Perhaps enjoy an early morning scenic flight to see the Outback from a different angle. Your leader will be able to help you book a flight if you are keen (subject to availability), but please consider the carbon emissions of choosing this activity. After breakfast, drive to Farina Town. A once booming oasis on the edge of the desert, Farina Town boasted a population of around 600 towards the end of the 19th century, but things look a little different today – the town has a year-round population of just two people. Despite its ghost town status, Farina is home to a popular underground bakery which is opened once a year by the Farina Restoration Project Group to raise funds to rebuild the town. If your visit lines up with its opening, stop by this unique bakery and take a wander around the town where stone ruins remain. Then, head to Iga Warta where you will spend the day and evening learning about Adnyamathanha culture and gaining a deeper appreciation of Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park. Lunch is followed by a tour of an ancient painting site with a Traditional Owner and a cultural cookout dinner where you will enjoy a meal along with music and Adnyamathanha Yura Muda (cultural stories and language).
Day 7 - Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park / Iga Warta
After breakfast at Iga Warta, head out into the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park and join your leader for a bush walk. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way and take in the scenery of the dry ochre-coloured Outback. In the afternoon drive 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 - Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park / Wilpena Pound
After breakfast at Iga Warta, continue driving to the famous Ikara-Wilpena Pound, the centre piece of the Flinders Ranges and home to the Adnyamathanha people for thousands of years. Along the way stop at Nilpena Ediacara National Park for a guided tour learning about the fossils of the area. On arrival at Ikara (Wilpena Pound), join your leader for a walk around Old Wilpena Station. Operating between 1851 and 1985, this former pastoral settlement provides a special glimpse into what rural life once looked like within the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing evening at the resort.
Day 9 - Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park / Wilpena Pound
After breakfast, join your leader for another bushwalk in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. The rest of the day is completely free for you to choose your own adventure. 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 wine region. Stop for lunch en-route and check out the silo art at Farrell Flat before arriving at a vineyard for an included wine tasting at the cellar door of a prominent local wine maker. In the afternoon continue to Adelaide where your journey will come to an end.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
13-06-202422-06-2024AUD $ 3,281-
27-06-202406-07-2024AUD $ 3,500-
11-07-202420-07-2024AUD $ 3,344-
25-07-202403-08-2024AUD $ 3,344-
08-08-202417-08-2024AUD $ 3,184-
22-08-202431-08-2024AUD $ 3,184-
05-09-202414-09-2024AUD $ 3,184-
19-09-202428-09-2024AUD $ 3,184-
03-10-202412-10-2024AUD $ 3,184-
17-10-202426-10-2024AUD $ 3,184-
07-11-202416-11-2024AUD $ 3,344-
13-03-202522-03-2025AUD $ 3,980-
27-03-202505-04-2025AUD $ 3,980-
03-04-202512-04-2025AUD $ 4,175-
01-05-202510-05-2025AUD $ 4,390-
15-05-202524-05-2025AUD $ 4,595-
29-05-202507-06-2025AUD $ 4,595-
12-06-202521-06-2025AUD $ 4,595-
26-06-202505-07-2025AUD $ 4,595-
10-07-202519-07-2025AUD $ 4,595-
24-07-202502-08-2025AUD $ 4,595-
07-08-202516-08-2025AUD $ 4,390-
21-08-202530-08-2025AUD $ 4,390-
04-09-202513-09-2025AUD $ 4,390-
18-09-202527-09-2025AUD $ 4,175-
02-10-202511-10-2025AUD $ 4,175-
16-10-202525-10-2025AUD $ 4,175-
28-10-202506-11-2025AUD $ 4,175-
26-03-202604-04-2026AUD $ 4,175-
07-04-202616-04-2026AUD $ 4,175-

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night),Cabin (2 nights),Underground hotel (2 nights),Tents or Cabins with shared facilities (2 nights),Resort (2 nights)

Transport

Private Vehicle

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