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8 Day Flinders Eco Safari

  • Discover the famous outback of South Australia
  • Uncover the beauty of Lake Eyre, Port Augusta & more
Travel by 4WD departing Adelaide

The Outback. How can two little words say so much? Rugged mountain ranges and dusty desert highways, epic lookouts and landscapes that look surprisingly like a certain nearby planet. Sound like a destination worth exploring? This eight day Flinders Ranges eco safari visiting Wilpena Pound, Lake Eyre and beyond will make you feel like you’ve bought an express ticket straight to Mars.

Beginning in Adelaide, this incredible outback adventure will see you visit remote salt lakes, venture deep underground in Coober Pedy, stop for a beer at the famous William Creek Hotel, enjoy a picnic at the edge of Lake Eyre, walk along the Dingo Fence, and even follow in the footsteps of the 19th century Afghan cameleers who led camel trains through the desert. Marvel at outback icons like Wilpena Pound, stay within the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and more. After your outback odyssey is complete, round it off with a visit to the beautiful Clare Valley Wine Region on the way back to Adelaide. As if that wasn't enough, this amazing package also includes seven night quality accommodation, professional local guide and 4WD transport, 11 meals and more.

ITINERARY

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Early this morning you will be met by the tour guide who will provide a brief on the exciting journey ahead over a coffee, before setting off. Follow the Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf, stopping at historical coastal towns. Learn our rich maritime history and maybe take a walk down the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at Port Germain. This was once a bustling port for sail ships sea farers. During the safari, your Tour Guide will introduce you to a remarkable and resilient history of both Aboriginal and white settlements in S.A. See the Southern Flinders Ranges, 600 million-year-old mountain peaks with spectacular views over this incredible landscape. Spend the afternoon strolling around the award winning Wadlata Outback Centre at Pt Augusta.

Please Note: The tour operator will be in contact after purchase to confirm pick up/meeting locations and times for the morning of Day 1. They provide a pick up service from most Adelaide CBD Hotels. As Day 1 is an early start we recommend arriving at least 1 day or more prior to the tour start date.

Overnight: Port Augusta Motel, Port Augusta or similar
Meals included: Lunch

Travel up the Explorer Highway to Woomera visiting the old rocket range and Military Base. As you head further North, East of the A.P.Y. Aboriginal lands take a break at the Lake Gairdner lookout to see this huge expanse of salt lakes. Onto Coober Pedy the largest opal mining field in the world. Heading into town pass the extensive mining operations that help make this place so unique. Coober Pedy is a town where people live underground to escape the harsh desert conditions. Watch a magical sunset over the desert at Kanku-Breakaways before following the painted hills back to Coober Pedy.

Overnight: The Desert Cave underground Accommodation, Coober Pedy or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Spend a leisurely morning visiting underground churches, opal shops and displays. Next, learn about the area on a guided mine tour to see how these hardy folks live. After lunch depart Coober Pedy crossing the famous dingo fence (The longest man-made structure in the world)this helps to keep the wild dogs up north away from the sheep stations further down.) Travel alongthe red sand hill tracks through Anna Creek station to William Creek. This remote town stands out like an oasis in the desert, halfway between Adelaide to Alice Springs. Enjoy an ice-cold beer at the bar of this famous Outback Pub that has a rich history of stockman, camels, and life in the bush.

Overnight: Overnight: William Creek Cabin, William Creek Station or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Continue your epic journey down the famous Oodnadatta Track, following the historic route of the Cameleers. This area has a rich history of Aboriginal culture and pioneering settlements. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the edge of Lake Eyre South National Park. This is where Sir Donald Campbell broke the land speed record in 1964 in the Blue Bird. Visit thermal springs that have been the life blood of this arid land for centuries. Arriving at Marree late afternoon, check out the old Afghan mosque and relics of the pioneering days. This historic town is where Outback legend Tom Kruse left on his epic mail run deliveries to Birdsville and beyond.

Overnight: Overnight: Maree Cabins, Maree or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Venturing further east into the remote outback of Australia, cross ancient creek beds that meander out to Lake Frome. Witness a stunning change in the landscape from spectacular deserts to the ancient mountains of the Gammon Range. Arriving at the Arkaroola Village around lunch time you will have time to relax and take in this world renowned area of stunning beauty. Alternatively take the exhilarating 4wd ridge top tour to the top of Mt Siller or maybe a scenic flight over this breathtaking land.
Optional extra: The Famous Arkaroola 4wd Ridge Top Tour
Optional extra: Flights over the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Optional extra: Night sky observatory

Overnight: Overnight: Arkaroola Wilderness Lodge, Arkaroola or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

This morning travel south along the top of Lake Frome which can been seen in the distance from advantage points that early explorers once stood. See the Red Sandhill country that holds thousands of years of sacred beliefs to the Adnyamathanha aboriginal people. Have lunch at the old copper mining town of Blinman, the highest town is SA. A local guide will drive you on a wonderful journey through the secluded and ever-changing creek beds of Brachina Gorge, known as The Corridors Through Time. This is an area alive with wildlife and boasts a remarkable geological history including Ediacaran fossils. World-renowned South Australian painter, Sir Hans Heysen, was inspired by this country and painted many of his landscapes here. Take that special photograph or just enjoy some of the most spectacular outback scenery there is.

As the sun becomes low in the sky follow the road through a landscape of absolute beauty. Wildlife including Kangaroos, Emus and Wedge-tailed Eagles are prolific in this rugged terrain and are usually spotted in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort, Wilpena Pound or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy an early morning walk, breathe in the fresh air while listening to the unique sounds of the Australian Bush. Afterwards, spend a relaxing morning travelling back to Adelaide along the eastern side of the magnificent Flinders Ranges with its mighty red gum forests. The land will change into lush expanses of natural rural beauty as you head south. Enjoy a break in the world-famous Clare Valley wine region. No doubt you will leave with life-long memories to share with family and friends about your journey to the Flinders Ranges & Outback Australia! This evening arrive back in Adelaide and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Sage Hotel, Adelaide or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out and making your own onwards travel arrangements.


Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover the famous outback of South Australia
  • Enjoy an eco safari trip by A/C 4WD vehicle
  • Experience the spectacular Flinders Ranges
  • Enjoy a coastal drive by the Spencer Gulf
  • See the Wadlata Outback Centre at Port Augusta
  • Take a photo break at the salt Lake Gairdner
  • Discover Coober Pedy an underground town
  • Enjoy a Coober Pedy guided Mine tour
  • Travel along the famous Oodnadatta Track
  • Visit underground churches and opal shops
  • See the Dingo Fence, the longest man-made structure
  • Stay in Wilson Creek, a remote town like an oasis in the desert
  • Visit the William Creek Hotel, an iconic outback pub
  • Enjoy a picnic at the edge of Lake Eyre
  • Follow the historic route of the Cameleers
  • See the old Afghan mosque and relics of pioneering days
  • Witness the ancient mountains of the Gammon Range
  • Stay in Arkaroola Village, within Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
  • Travel along the top of Lake Frome
  • Stay in the outback’s unique icons, Wilpena Pound
  • Enjoy sunset at the Breakaways
  • Explore the ancient mountain ranges of Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges
  • Spot the Wildlife of the outback at sunset
  • Travel through the Flinders Ranges national park
  • Enjoy a break in the world-famous Clare Valley wine region
  • Stay in the vibrant city of Adelaide
  • 7 nights quality accommodation
  • Enjoy 12 meals including daily Breakfast
  • Professional local guide
  • All activities, national park fees and GST
  • Air-conditioned 4WD vehicle

Important info

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On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
  
Booking Guarantee:
Booking is subject to final confirmation from the tour provider. If you do not receive an email from the tour provider within 7 Business Days please contact TripADeal. If the selected dates cannot be secured an alternative date can be selected. In the event no available dates are suitable, a full refund will be provided. 
  
Please refrain from booking travel arrangements prior to final email confirmation from the accommodation provider.
  
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 8th of March 2022.
  
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
  
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $150 applies.
  
Departure Dates 
2020
December: 1
  
2021
*February: 9
*March: 9
April: 13
May: 11
June: 8
July: 13
August: 10
*September: 14
*October: 12
*November: 9
December: 14
   
2022
January: 11
*February: 8
*March: 8 
  
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a land high season surcharge of $100 per person.



Accommodation Used


3-4 Star (self-rated)

Port Augusta: Port Augusta Motel or similar

Coober Pedy: The Desert Cave underground Accommodation or similar

William Creek Station: William Creek Cabin or similar

Maree: Maree Cabins or similar

Arkaroola: Arkaroola Wilderness Lodge, or similar

Wilpena Pound: Wilpena Pound Resort or similar

Adelaide: Sage Hotel or similar

 

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

  

Extra Nights
Not Available
  
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people (subject to availability).
  
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 5 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
  
Triple Share
Not available
  
Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability).
  
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available. 
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 5
4 hour Arkaroola Ridge Top 4WD Tour: $180 per person
   
Observatory Night Sky - Stargazing in the Flinders Range $55 per person 
 
Scenic flight 1:
35 minute flight over Arkaroola. Take in spectacular views of the ancient granite peaks, secluded waterholes and gorges of the Ridge Top, the remote wilderness of the Mawson Plateau and the surrounding area - $195 each (min 2 people), $145 p/child
 
Scenic flight 2:
45 minute flight over Lake Frome. A 100 kilometre long salt lake which is consistently the whitest salt lake in the Southern hemisphere, featuring ancient salt encrusted sand islands and mobile dune systems at the lake’s edge - $235 each (min 2 people), $175 p/child 
 
Scenic flight 3:
75 minute flight Arkaroola and Lake Frome. A combination of Scenic flights 1 and 2, showcasing the best of Arkaroola and the surrounding landscapes - $355 each (min 2 people), $270 p/child
  
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.


Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 16 per vehicle.


- Visa fees and requirements (Not required if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Domestic flights
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary 
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Autumn (March - May)
Travellers can expect warm days averaging 17-27c, and cool evenings that range from 12c at the start of the season, to 5c towards the end of the season. Trekkers should be adequately prepared with warm clothing for the late autumn months. Coming out of the summer months, the landscape is covered with stunning hues of orange, reds and browns.
  
Winter (June - August)
June, July and August are the prime trekking months in the Flinders Ranges, when warm days of around 15c provide ideal walking conditions. During winter there is a higher likelihood of rain, which fill the creeks and waterbeds with fresh water, attracting wildlife to the waterholes. Keep a look out for yellow-footed rock wallabies, flocks of galahs, dingoes, emus, euros and western grey kangaroos, which become much more active during the day. Winter is a beautiful time to capture spectacular sunrises and sunsets, which can colour the sky vivid hues of reds, pinks and yellow. Be sure to bring your winter warm clothes for the early mornings and evenings, as temperatures can drop to 3c.
  
Spring (September - November)
The season of wildflowers, spring is undeniably one of the most beautiful times to visit the Flinders Ranges. Thanks to the winter rains, the wildflowers are out in abundance during the springtime months, colouring the landscape in bursts of red, yellow, white and purple patches of wildflowers and native plants. With daily temperatures averaging around 20-25c, days start to heat up and evening temperatures hover around 19-27c. For this reason, we trek in September when the temperatures are still relatively mild, and stop trekking from October, through the hot summer months until March. Visitors during spring may catch sightings of emu chicks and migratory birds such as wedgetail eagle chicks, so keep an eye out if you are a bird lover.
  
Summer (December - February)
Summer months are hot with lots of sunshine.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals :
12 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage :
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Tipping is optional and at the customers discretion. 
  
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or an similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).


A tourist visa is not required when travelling domestically in Australia.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

  

·   1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event, TripADeal is unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.
  
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·   If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.