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South Australian Outback Adventure

8 Day Guided Vacation | Adelaide Return

The South Australian countryside dials up natural drama, whether glimpsed from the sky atop prehistoric escarpments, or studied below ground, where opals gleam.

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South Australian Outback Adventure

Best Buys

8 Day Guided Vacation

Adelaide Return

The South Australian countryside dials up natural drama, whether glimpsed from the sky atop prehistoric escarpments, or studied below ground, where opals gleam.

Highlights

Natural Wonders

The landscapes of the Flinders Ranges are ancient, and reveal history through endemic flora and fauna as well as some of the most dramatic geological landscapes imaginable.

Flexible Vacations

South Australia dazzles, whether from the sky on a flight over Lake Eyre, or from below the ground ogling opals in Coober Pedy. Do either – or both.

Time For You

The South Australia countryside is humbling, as you’ll discover when you leave the world behind and hike the Flinders Ranges or gaze at the heavens on an astronomy tour.

Iconic Sites

Tick off ‘only-in-Australia’ locales: the world’s oldest vines in the Barossa, a subterranean community in Coober Pedy, Australia’s largest inland sometimes-lake.

Sustainable Travel

When you check into Indigenous-owned Wilpena Pound Resort, your room rate contributes to a sustainable economic future for the Adnyamathanha people.

Itinerary

image map

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). Make a note to book a table at the Meat & Wine Co tonight – a premium steak restaurant with a unique Afro-centric twist. The city offers plenty of other eateries in which to while away your evening.

  Hotel: Adabco Boutique Hotel

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 Indigenous community owns and manages your base for the night, Wilpena Pound Resort, and they’ll welcome you to Country with spirit and soul.

  Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 Bunyeroo and Brachina 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.

  Hotel: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 Indigenous 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.

  Hotel: Marree Hotel

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Much of the South Australian outback exists 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. How do you fancy sleeping underground?

  Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast

The self-proclaimed ‘opal capital of the world’, Coober Pedy’s many attractions lie primarily below the earth’s surface. Due to the aboveground 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 ancient 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. It has provided the ideal setting for Hollywood blockbusters like Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. 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. That’s one for the record books. Pick up a club to thump balls around the oil-soaked putting green.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

  Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments

  Included Meals: Breakfast

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. The South Australian Company Store 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.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Presented within a rare, heritage-listed Venetian Gothic style building it offers a beautiful mix of old-world charm and modern sophistication. The Hotel is nestled amongst the leafy plane trees of Wakefield Street in Adelaide’s east, and just minutes from the city-centre, cultural attractions, shopping and an array of restaurants, bars and cafes.

    Features

  • TV
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk & chair
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air-conditioning
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Wilpena Pound Resort is spectacularly located within the Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia. Enjoy a haven of outback hospitality, stop and stay awhile as you soak up the incredible beauty of one of the earth’s oldest landscapes.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • TV
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
  • Air-conditioning
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located 600km north of Adelaide in the ruggedly spectacular northern Flinders Ranges, Wilderness Sanctuary was founded by the Sprigg family in 1968 and continues to operate to this day with a strong emphasis on science, education and conservation to enable us, as custodians, to preserve this priceless and unique wilderness and its inhabitants into the future.

Built in 1883, the Marree Hotel has 28 superior ensuite cabins, 12 original hotel rooms. Excellent food, the last stop for a beer on tap as you head north. 

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

For the best in Outback Accommodation and Tours - an experience of a lifetime. The Desert Cave Hotel allows you to experience dug-out style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas - all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy.

    Features

  • Colour TV
  • In-house movies
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wireless Internet access
  • IDD Phones
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Room service
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Majestic Oasis Apartments is perfectly positioned overlooking the waters of the Upper Spencer Gulf in sunny Port Augusta, only 3 hours drive North of Adelaide in South Australia. The property comprises 75 self-contained serviced apartments.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • LCD TV
  • Austar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Guest Laundry
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Electric blankets
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Travel Director and Driver, Local Specialists/Guides
  • • Centrally located accommodations
  • • National Park entry fees
  • • The flight over Lake Eyre & Anna Creek Painted Hills

What to Bring

  • • Comfortable walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle
  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Camera

Fitness Requirements

  • • Wilpena Pound: Bush walk to Hills Homestead and Wangara Lookout - Easy to Medium level of fitness required
    This 6km hike will be suitable for most guests. The Tour Director will offer guest an option to book shuttle bus for part of the trip

Dining

  • • 7 Full Breakfasts
  • • 2 Lunches
  • • 4 Dinners

Flight Information

  • • Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 11.00am into Adelaide Airport
  • • Day 8 – Flights to depart after 5.00pm from Adelaide Airport

South Australian Outback Adventure

Best Buys

8 Day Guided Vacation

Adelaide Return

The South Australian countryside dials up natural drama, whether glimpsed from the sky atop prehistoric escarpments, or studied below ground, where opals gleam.

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

South Australia dazzles, whether from the sky on a flight over Lake Eyre, or from below the ground ogling opals in Coober Pedy. Do either – or both.

Time For You

The South Australia countryside is humbling, as you’ll discover when you leave the world behind and hike the Flinders Ranges or gaze at the heavens on an astronomy tour.

Iconic Sites

Tick off ‘only-in-Australia’ locales: the world’s oldest vines in the Barossa, a subterranean community in Coober Pedy, Australia’s largest inland sometimes-lake.

Sustainable Travel

When you check into Indigenous-owned Wilpena Pound Resort, your room rate contributes to a sustainable economic future for the Adnyamathanha people.

Itinerary

image map

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). Make a note to book a table at the Meat & Wine Co tonight – a premium steak restaurant with a unique Afro-centric twist. The city offers plenty of other eateries in which to while away your evening.

  Hotel: Adabco Boutique Hotel

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 Indigenous community owns and manages your base for the night, Wilpena Pound Resort, and they’ll welcome you to Country with spirit and soul.

  Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 Bunyeroo and Brachina 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 spinifexcovered 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.

  Hotel: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 Indigenous 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.

  Hotel: Marree Hotel

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Much of the South Australian outback exists 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. How do you fancy sleeping underground?

  Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel, 2 nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast

The self-proclaimed ‘opal capital of the world’, Coober Pedy’s many attractions lie primarily below the earth’s surface. Due to the aboveground 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 ancient 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. It has provided the ideal setting for Hollywood blockbusters like Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. 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. That’s one for the record books. Pick up a club to thump balls around the oil-soaked putting green.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

  Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments

  Included Meals: Breakfast

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. The South Australian Company Store 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.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Presented within a rare, heritage-listed Venetian Gothic style building it offers a beautiful mix of old-world charm and modern sophistication. The Hotel is nestled amongst the leafy plane trees of Wakefield Street in Adelaide’s east, and just minutes from the city-centre, cultural attractions, shopping and an array of restaurants, bars and cafes.

    Features

  • TV
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk & chair
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air-conditioning
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Wilpena Pound Resort is spectacularly located within the Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia. Enjoy a haven of outback hospitality, stop and stay awhile as you soak up the incredible beauty of one of the earth’s oldest landscapes.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • TV
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
  • Air-conditioning
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located 600km north of Adelaide in the ruggedly spectacular northern Flinders Ranges, Wilderness Sanctuary was founded by the Sprigg family in 1968 and continues to operate to this day with a strong emphasis on science, education and conservation to enable us, as custodians, to preserve this priceless and unique wilderness and its inhabitants into the future.

Built in 1883, the Marree Hotel has 28 superior ensuite cabins, 12 original hotel rooms. Excellent food, the last stop for a beer on tap as you head north. 

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

For the best in Outback Accommodation and Tours - an experience of a lifetime. The Desert Cave Hotel allows you to experience dug-out style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas - all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy.

    Features

  • Colour TV
  • In-house movies
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wireless Internet access
  • IDD Phones
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Room service
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Majestic Oasis Apartments is perfectly positioned overlooking the waters of the Upper Spencer Gulf in sunny Port Augusta, only 3 hours drive North of Adelaide in South Australia. The property comprises 75 self-contained serviced apartments.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • LCD TV
  • Austar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Guest Laundry
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Electric blankets
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Travel Director and Driver, Local Specialists/Guides
  • • Centrally located accommodations
  • • National Park entry fees
  • • The flight over Lake Eyre & Anna Creek Painted Hills

What to Bring

  • • Comfortable walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle
  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Camera

Fitness Requirements

  • • Arkaroola: The Ridgetop 4WD Tour - Medium Level of Fitness required
    Guests will sit in the back of an open air 4WD. It is wheelchair accessible however due to the roads being quite rough in places, it’s not recommended for pregnant travellers or people with serious back problems
  • • Wilpena Pound: Bush Walk to Hills Homestead and Wangara Lookout - Medium Level of Fitness required
    This 6km hike will be suitable for most guests. The Tour Director will offer guests an option to book shuttle bus for part of the trip however the track up to the homestead has uneven surfaces and is rocky in places. Collapsible hiking poles may be useful.
  • • Coober Pedy and surrounds Full Day Tour - Medium Level of Fitness required
    Part of the tour will include walking down into mine shafts. Areas may have low lighting and ground will be uneven in places.
  • • Anna Creek Painted Hills - Medium Level of Fitness required
    The Lake Eyre flight will touch down at Anna Creek Painted Hills and guests will have the opportunity to have a walk around the area. This is an extremely remote area and ground will be rocky and uneven. Guests with mobility issues may wish to choose to stay closer to the aircraft

Dining

  • • 7 Full breakfasts
  • • 2 Lunches
  • • 4 Dinners

Flight Information

  • • Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 11.00am into Adelaide Airport
  • • Day 8 – Flights to depart after 5.00pm from Adelaide Airport

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