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Sacred Earth Safaris - 10 Day Legendary Outback Tracks Tour- Oodnadatta, Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks
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In 2019 tour departs Adelaide on 1st April and 6th Oct. Min.6 , max 15 passengers.
Adelaide (SA), Birdsville (QLD), Coober Pedy (SA), Flinders Ranges (SA), Innamincka (SA), Oodnadatta Track, Strzelecki Track (SA)
You will be collected from our central Adelaide City pick up (Adelaide Ibis and Adelaide Hilton hotels) at 7am- please be waiting out the front.
Adelaide approx. 6pm
Adults and children over 10 years. Child rate is 10-15 years
Day 1 (L,D)
You will be collected from our central Adelaide pick up at 7am this morning for your 10 day 4WD Safari along the Oodnadatta, Birdsville and Strzelecki tracks.
Our destination today is the opal capital of the world, Coober Pedy and it will take us all day to get here. En-route we’ll stop for lunch and have a look at the salt lakes in the region.
Coober Pedy is as famous for it’s underground homes as it is for it’s opals and 50% of the population live underground (in homes called “dugouts”), as well as using underground shops and churches.
Overnight accommodation- underground motel room with en-suite, Coober Pedy (2 night stay)
Day 2 (B,D)
There’s some free time this morning for you to have a wander through the town, visit the Old Timers Mine and Museum, The Umoona opal mine and museum (also home to the “Footsteps in time” fossil display), visit one of the underground churches in the town or have a look around Crocodile Harry's Underground Nest, one of the weirdest dugouts of Coober Pedy and one of most famous in the world due to it’s use in the movie Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome.
After lunch we take a guided tour through a working Opal Mine, where we get an insight of what it means to be an Opal Miner.
Late this afternoon, we make our way out of town to the nearby Breakaways Reserve, offering a striking & unique example of arid scenery. From the flat - topped mesas to the stony gibber desert, remnants of millions of years provide a wealth of geological interests and breathtaking views. From the lookout, the locally named “Castle” or “Salt & Pepper” can be seen in an easterly direction. This outcrop has been used in a number of films and advertisements and films.As the day goes by, the passing of the sun changes the desert colours, creating photogenic scenes that appear surreal.
Overnight accommodation- Coober Pedy
Day 3 (B,L,D)
This morning we depart Coober Pedy and head across the Moon Plain to the Painted Desert (Arckaringa Hills). The Moon Plain is rich in fossil deposits, evidence of the inland sea that covered this region 120 million years ago and offers a vast expanse of rocky plains unlike anywhere else. The strange lunar landscape has been used for many Hollywood movies including Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome, Pitch Black, Red Planet and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
We’ll cross the Dog Fence numerous times during the trip but the first time is today on the way to the Breakaways. The longest fence in the world, at 5300km’s, it stretches across 3 states, from Queensland to the far west of South Australia.
After viewing the Painted Desert from the lookout, we continue through to Oodnadatta. Famous for it’s pink roadhouse, the town was originally created when the Overland Telegraph Line was laid and then became the northern terminus for the Central Australia Railway.
After lunch we join the 615km unsealed Oodnadatta Track, which follows the Old Ghan Railway line and the Overland Telegraph, after it was originally mapped by the explorer, John McDouall Stuart. The track follows an old Aboriginal trading route through semi-desert country with artesian springs and waterholes along the way.
En-route to William Creek, we stop at Algebuckina Bridge historic site and some of the station ruins.
We arrive at William Creek, the smallest settlement in South Australia with a population of 3 humans and a dog !
Overnight accommodation - motel room with en-suite, William Creek Pub Hotel, middle of nowhere, Outback South Australia
Day 4 (B,L,D)
There’s time this morning for optional scenic flights over Lake Eyre (own expense).
Departing William Creek, we make our way out to Halligan Bay at Lake Eyre North for a look at the magnificent lake with it’s incredible colours and patterns. Lake Eyre is Australia’s lowest point, the largest inland lake in Australia and the largest salt lake in the world ! The Lake contains 400 million tonnes of salt and is 15 metres below sea level. Donald Campbell set a land speed world record of 649 kmh in his turbine car "Bluebird" on its dry bed back in 1964.
We continue exploring the Oodnadatta Track this morning, heading south towards Marree. We stop several times en-route, including the natural artesian springs within Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park. The Blanche Cup and The Bubbler mound springs are created from water deep within the Great Artesian Basin which filters to the surface forming mounds and bubbling ponds.
After stopping at the Lake Eyre South lookout, we pass the famous dingo fence again and then reach Marree, which is situated at the crossroads of the Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks.
After checking into our accommodation, you have some free time to look around the town or visit the Tom Kruse Museum.
Overnight accommodation – motel room with en-suite, Marree Pub Hotel
Day 5 (B,L,D)
Departing Marree, we now travel north on the famous stock route, which is the Birdsville Track. The 517km track, which traverses vast gibber strewn plains and sand dunes, was established in the 1860s as the main stock route to bring cattle from central Queensland to the railway in Marree.
We have a look at the ruins of the Lake Harry Date Plantation and then stop at the Cooper Creek Crossing, before driving through the Natterannie Sandhills and Mungerannie Gap, which is the largest geographical sight along the Birdsville Track (150m).
Crossing into Queensland, we arrive into Birdsville and then take a locally run tour out to “Big Red”, the largest and most famous sand dune in the Simpson Desert. It offers fantastic photo opportunities, especially at sunset.
Overnight accommodation- motel room with en-suite, Birdsville Pub Hotel
Day 6 (B,L,D)
This morning we head south again, through Cattle Country and back into South Australia to Innamincka, made famous by Victorian explorers Burke and Wills and their ill-fated exploration across central Australia.
En-route we enjoy the view at Deon's Lookout and visit The Dreamtime Serpent – a work of art representing a series of pathways travelled through Country to connect the river systems in the Channel Country of the Diamantina Shire.
On arrival into Innamincka, we visit the famous Burke and Wills Dig Tree (camp LXV).
Overnight accommodation- motel room with en-suite, Innamincka Pub Hotel
Day 7 (B,L,D)
We depart Innamincka this morning and head south through the Strzelecki Desert and join the last of our legendary Outback Tracks- the Strzelecki Track. Explorer Charles Sturt named the track after Polish explorer and geologist Paul Edmund de Strzelecki and the 465km track runs north <>south from Lyndhurst to Innamincka.
Our first stop today is the viewpoint at the Moomba oil and gasfields. Natural gas was first discovered in the region in 1966 and was followed by the discovery of oil in 1970.
We continue down the Strzelecki Track and turn off towards the Northern Ikara-Flinders Ranges, heading towards Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary.
Overnight accommodation- motel room with en-suite, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Day 8 (B,L,D)
This morning you’ll take Arkaroola’s famous Ridgetop tour. Learn from your Arkaroola guides about Arkaroolas 1600 million year old geological history as they navigate the steep slopes and hair raising ascents of the Ridgetop Track. Take in the 360 degree panorama as you enjoy morning tea at Sillers Lookout- a lofty pinnacle at the end of the track.
Departing Arkaroola, we make our way today into the central Ikara- Flinders Ranges, known for their unique beauty, indigenous history, ancient geological formations, rich colours and textures and abundant wildlife. The Ikara-Flinders Ranges are home to a huge array of plant species, birds, reptiles and mammals and the vibrant colours of the 800 million-year-old quartzite and limestone outcrop that is the Flinders, are truly spectacular.
Overnight accommodation- Wilpena Pound Resort- motel room with en-suite (2 night stay)
Day 9 (B,L,D)
This morning you have the option of taking a walk into Wilpena Pound or take a scenic flight (at own expense). Walk along the beautiful Wilpena Creek, framed by huge river red gums, into Wilpena Pound. There is a shuttle available to shorten the walk, that can take you up and back again (extra cost- approx. $5 each way).
After lunch we depart for an afternoon of exploring. Our first stop is the Bunyeroo Valley and Gorge, where we stop for photos at the spectacular Razorback Lookout. This leads us through the Heysen Ranges onto the Brachina Gorge Geological Trail, a trail that passes through 130 million years of earth history, including meteorite debris, stromatolites and fossilized plant and animal life. To take us back to Wilpena Pound, we take the Moralana Scenic Drive, which connects the Wilpena and Leigh Creek Roads and is known as one of the best drives through the Flinders Ranges.
Overnight accommodation- Wilpena Pound Resort
Day 10 (B,L)
Departing the Ikara-Flinders Ranges, we head south towards Hawker and after a quick look around the town, we take the RM Williams Highway for a scenic drive through Orroroo, Jamestown and Clare. In Clare, we visit a local cellar door / bakery for tastings and lunch before continuing to Adelaide. We arrive at approximately 6pm and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.
Seat in 4WD with air con and coach seats. Professional driver guide. Most meals, as stated. All accommodation at motels, Outback Pubs and station stays.
Park entry fees, Coober Pedy mine tour.
Ridgetop tour at Arkaroola. Big Red sunset tour.
Pre & Post tour accommodation
Optional activities such as lake Eyre scenic flight,
Single supplement of $655 for own room (solo travelers can request twin share with a person of the same sex but if this cannot be found, they must have own room and pay single supplement ).
average fitness is required for this tour
What To Bring
1L water bottle (to refill along the way)
swimmers and towel
personal medication and toiletries
Single Supplement (if applicable)
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