The Flinders Ranges provide the ultimate Australian Experience.
Rugged ridges and ancient gorges lined with massive gum trees, through to the unending expanse of the Australian Outback.
Add to this an abundance of Australian wildlife and you have everything that is Australia!
Your adventure takes us north into the fine wine region of the Clare Valley.
On the way, you will travel through historic towns with quaint cottages and historic buildings, and in Clare, you have opportunity to visit one of the wineriesof the region.
The legendary lilac haze of the Flinders Ranges, loom ever closer in the distance. We are now in the habitat of Australia's famous wildlife - not only kangaroos and emus live here in abundance, but also many species of birds and reptiles.
We continue in to the heart of the Flinders Ranges through vast sheep station country, and there is opportunity to stop at one of the Ghost Towns for some stories and photos.
We have a short break at Hawker, the Gateway to the Flinders before entering the Moralana Scenic Route to Parachilna and the Prairie Hotel for the night.
This outback hotel is well known for its Australian feral food menu (other food also available).
O/N The Prairie Hotel Parachilna
After a hearty breakfast, we travel via the historic semi-ghost town of Beltana, then travel further north to Leigh Creek and Copley.
Just north of Copley is the Leigh Creek Coalfield where we view the open cut coal mining.
Arriving in Copley, there is opportunity to sample a quandong pie from the local bakery before heading into the Gammon Ranges, which offer a variety of scenery.
We pass through the Aboriginal township of Nepabunna, Italowie Gorge and on to Balcanoona - the National Parks Ranger headquarters and old woolshed.
A little further is the Arkaroola boundary and Mt Painter Sanctuary.
This is some of the oldest landscape on earth. Arkaroola is renowned for its 4WD tracks, some of which we will explore. On a clear night, which is most nights, the jewels of the southern sky can be viewed not just with the naked eye, but also through the best privately owned telescopes in the southern hemisphere at the Arkaroola Observatory.
O/N - Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Our day starts with the famous Ridgetop Tour, which will give you some of the most breathtaking views imaginable of rugged peaks towering above outback plains.
Cool creeks and mysterious waterholes sparkling within jagged gorges.
After lunch experience some of the other attractions around Arkaroola as we drive to The Pinnacles, Bolla Bollana and Nooldoonooldoona.
O/N - Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Leaving Arkaroola, we enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Gammon Ranges, as we head to Blinman,an old Copper mining town for lunch.
It is a Journey in time as we explore Brachina Gorge where fossils more than 600 million years old have been found.
One of the most impressive drives is through Bunyeroo Gorge, which rises to the Razorback Lookout and views to Wilpena Pound.
Another view of the Pound is seen from Hucks lookout and Stokes Hill.
O/N Rawnsley Park Station Eco Villa
Our return towards Adelaide is through the northern towns of Cradock, Carrieton and Orroroo, to the old railway town of Peterborough.
The journey through the towns of the Gilbert Valley provides an opportunity to reflect on the richness of the surrounds which are a stark contrast to the arid lands we have just been into. Your adventure will have taken you through the extremes of the Australian Outback.
5 days escorted 4WD touring
1 night each at Rawnsley Park (Eco Villa) , Prairie Hotel, and 2 nights Arkaroola (all DB&B)
Ridgetop Tour at Arkaroola
All morning teas and lunches
All park entry fees
Complimentary pick up and set down in Adelaide metropolitan area
SPECIAL NOTE :
LUGGAGE IS RESTRICTED TO ONE OVERNIGHT BAG PER PERSON.
Total PAX for departure: 2
Per person twin share : AUD $3825