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Dust Storm Arkaroola
Two trips for 2009
Coach Tours 2010
Personalised 4WD trips 2010
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Issue: 7 October 2009
Dear Subscriber,

The last couple of months have been very busy,with trips
to Birdsville, The Flinders Ranges, and even an overnight
visit to Terowie for a book launch - "Terowie Institute 130 years" by Marina Gray and Philip Wood.

The book was launched by Peter Goers of ABC 891, and despite the rather wet weather a large crowd attended.

Being the AFL Grand Final that Saturday, we were able to watch the game in the front bar of the Terowie Hotel, then moved outside for the opening of the restored C B Nourse Garage - which is now a museum housing many automotive related items.

In the forward to the book, Peter says "I love the grand old Terowie Institute. It's a focus of the town still and ever useful. It's spirit has endured for 130 years because of volunteers and they are the spirit not only of Terowie, but our nation."

Terowie concert ticket
The Whyte Yarcowie Players entertained us for an hour and half, then followed......supper!

The Whyte Yarcowie Players feature true vaudeville style production numbers, solo acts, song & dance routines, and comedy sketches. There are 12 members including 3 piece band, and ages range from 14 to 92.
They have been performing over 20 years from Roxby Downs to Kadina to Morgan to Hahndorf. The troupe opened in Pt Pirie with Keith Michell Theatre's Morning Melodies 2006 season.
Director Judy Lewis commenced herprofessional career with Bobby Limb & Winifred Atwell & continued theatre later.
It is a non profit group, with nominal fee to cover costs -Judy Lewis 86591132
Pictured below is 94 year old Ron Wenham on the saxaphone!
White Yarcowie Band
The September Desert Sky Newsletter (6 pages!) included news on the last trip to Birdsville, and a copy can be found on our website

Weather pics!

The September trip to The Flinders Ranges left Adelaide in overcast but mainly fine weather, with an overnight stop at Rawnsley Park. Next day was almost 4 seasons - a rain shower in Wilpena Pound, a thunder (and lightning) storm on top of Stokes Hill, and fine conditions through Bunyeroo Valley and Brachina Gorge.  In Blinman, the threat of a hail storm had us leave quickly for Arkaroola, but we only experienced  strong winds which eventually turned to a dust storm.

We arrived at Arkaroola around 4.30 pm, and could see the dust storm approaching from the west. The light soon changed to an eerie orange, and there were many people
out taking photos.

Dust Storm ArkaroolaDust Storm Arkaroola

(photos Eugene McEwen)

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Remaining trips 2009

We have two more trips this year:

Tumby Bay and Eyre Peninsula
This 5 day trip departs Wednesday 18th November, and our "base" for the 4 nights is the Tumby Bay Marina Motel.
Among places visited are Port Lincoln, Cummins, Point Drummond and Coffin Bay. There is even a Clydesdale horse trolley ride!

View the itinerary here!

The package is $845 per person and we have 3 seats available!

Christmas on Kangaroo Island
 Our 2009 Christmas trip is to Kangaroo Island.
  The package includes:
  • Sea Link Ferry
  • 4 nights accommodation in the Wisteria Lodge Motel Kingscote, with rooms overlooking Nepean Bay.
  • All meals - including a sumptuous Christmas Lunch.
  • Sightseeing - Remarkable Rocks, Admiral's Arch, Seal Bay, Vivonne Bay, Snelling Beach, Stokes Bay, Western River Cove and the Honey and Eucalyptus farms.

Coongie Lakes

There is also likely to be a Guest Appearance by a Gentleman in a red suit!!

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Coach Tours  2010.
The following are departures in our BUS vehicle:

Wilson's Promontory & The Great Ocean Road           Itinerary
(9 days) - $1895pp            Monday 1st March   

Kangaroo Island                                                 Itinerary
(4 days) - $975pp             Thursday 18th March    

Mungo & Hattah Kulkyne National Parks                  Itinerary
(5 days) - $995pp              Saturday 10th April

Back O'Bourke                                                    itinerary
(9 days) - $1875pp             Saturday 24th April

Oodnadatta Track & The Painted Desert                 itinerary
(9 days) - $1895pp             Saturday 15th May

Cooper Creek and Innamincka                               itinerary
(7 days) - $1675pp             Thursday 24th June

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Personalised. 4WD trips
These trips are in a Toyota Landcruiser vehicle with a maximum of 4 passengers:

(9 days) - $2925pp                
Wednesday 11th August

Marree, The Birdsville Track, Mungerannie, Birdsville, Big Red, Cordillo Downs, Innamincka, Camp LXV, Cameron Corner, Sturt NP, Tibooburra, Broken Hill, Loch Lilly & Quandong Stations, Burra.

Coongie Lakes and The Cooper Creek
(7 days) - $2045pp                 
Sunday 18th July

Old Strzelecki Track, Innamincka, Coongie Lakes, Camp LXV, Cameron Corner, Sturt NP, Tibooburra, Broken Hill, Loch Lilly & Quandong Stations, Burra.

Flinders Ranges & Skytrek
(5 days) - $1350pp                  
Thursday 26th August

Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound, Willow Springs Station,
Arkapena Scenic Adventure & Chace Range Spectacular,Arkapena 4WD Moralana Scenic Drive.

Flinders Ranges & Arkaroola

(5 days) - $1650pp                  
Monday 6th September

Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge,
Blinman, Arkaroola,  Ridgetop Tour,  Nooldoonooldoona Waterhole,
Gammon Ranges, Moralana Scenic Drive.

Yorke Peninsula & Southern Flinders Ranges
(5 days) - $995pp                     
Saturday 16th October

Ardrossan, Edithburgh, Innes National Park, Warooka, Wallaroo, Alligator Gorge, Melrose, "Bridle Track", Pt Germein.

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Thanks for your continued interest in Desert Sky Tours

Howard Humby
Desert Sky Tours
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