* RIDGE TOP TOUR * SCENIC FLIGHT OVER GAMMON RANGES * WENTWORTH * FLINDERS RANGES NATIONAL PARK * WILPENA POUND * PORT AUGUSTA * BIG PICTURE * MT. PAINTER * ARKAROOLA GAMMON RANGES * PICHI RICHI TRAIN RIDE * KANYAKA RUINS * BURRA * WHITE’S MINERAL ART & MINING MUSEUM * BROKEN HILL * WILPENA PANORAMA * SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM – LIVING DESERT * BLINMAN
DAY 1 – Monday 3rd October ’22 SWAN HILL - WENTWORTH (D)
All aboard for a real outback adventure tour. Today travel along the Murray Valley Highway to Echuca for our first morning tea break (Note: Be aware of Fruit Fly Zones throughout this tour), then we continue on to Swan Hill for lunch. After lunch we travel through Robinvale and Euston crossing the Murray River making our way to Wentworth, where we settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Wentworth Grande Resort.
DAY 2 – Tuesday 4th WENTWORTH - BROKEN HILL (B,D)
Today we travel the Silver City Highway to the isolated town of Broken Hill, created to serve the miners in the incredibly rich silver, lead and zinc mines of the Barrier Range. We enjoy an interesting guided tour of Broken Hill. After lunch visit the Silver City Art Centre, where we see the Big Picture. Visit White’s Mineral Art & Mining Museum. This afternoon see the Sculpture Symposium, 13 sandstone sculptures situated on one of the highest points in the area. We enjoy our Overnight Stay at Desert Sand Motel, Broken Hill.
DAY 3 – Wednesday 5th FROME DOWNS - ARKAROOLA (B,D)
This morning we head west along the Barrier Highway crossing over the border and into South Australia (No Fruit to be taken across) to Yunta where we stop for lunch. Then our journey takes us right on the very fringe of the Australian outback as we head north through Frome Downs Station, some abandoned settlements and sparse paddocks to Arkaroola and the spectacular Gammon Ranges National Park. We settle in for the next Two Nights in the Greenwood Lodges- Arkaroola. (Facilities are less elaborate in this remote area).
DAY 4 – Thursday 6th RIDGE TOP TOUR - SCENIC FLIGHT (B,L,D)
An exciting day as we discover the heart of ARKAROOLA, see this rugged outback country, incredible quartzite ridges, deep gorges and rich mineral deposits. We enjoy the spectacular Ridge Top Tour as we travel aboard open 4 wheel drive vehicles across this rugged mountain country. We see towering granite peaks and razor backed quartzite ridges, visit Mt. Painter, Yudnamutana Gorge and the breathtaking Sillers Lookout, enjoy awe inspiring 360 degree views extending more than 80 kilometres over the famous Salt Lake Frome. An absolutely unique tour - don't forget your camera's. We return to Arkaroola this afternoon and we enjoy a Spectacular Scenic Flight with breathtaking views of Northern Flinders and Lakes. Tonight we experience a view of the skies from the Observatory.
DAY 5 – Friday 7th ARKAROOLA - NEW LEIGH CREEK - WILPENA (B,D)
This morning we farewell Arkaroola as we travel through the Gammon Ranges and the spectacular Italowie Gorge with many ancient and majestic Red gums, we pass through the Historic Balcaroon Station to the small town of Copley. Continue on to the New Leigh Creek where we discover what happened to old Leigh Creek. We explore Aroona Dam an Oasis of green shrubs and trees surrounding the Tranquil Waters that provide New Leigh Creek with a good permanent water supply. Then we head south to Parachilna, and see Australia’s no. 1 outback pub, The Praire Hotel. We travel through the scenic Parachilna Gorge to Blinman, an old copper mining settlement. Continue through the Central Flinders Ranges past the Great Wall of China. We enjoy the Next Two Nights at the Wilpena Pound Resort.
DAY 6 – Saturday 8th SOUTHERN FLINDERS RANGES (B,D)
Today is a day never to be forgotten, as we explore the Southern Flinders Ranges. A relaxing morning with time to walk into Wilpena Pound, or for the more adventurous perhaps a scenic flight (at own expense). This afternoon we travel down to Hawker to visit Jeff Morgan’s Gallery and the Wilpena Panorama before continuing onto the Kanyaka ruins, once a gracious homestead dating back to the 1850’s. Then it’s back to the resort to freshen up before dinner.
Day 7 – Sunday 9th WILPENA – PORT AUGUSTA (B,D)
The excitement continues, after a hearty breakfast we travel down to Quorn for a short town tour then morning tea before boarding the Pichi Richi explorer, an old beautifully restored steam train taking you on a journey along the Great Northern Railway through Pichi Richi Pass to Woolshed Flat where you will be met by your coach. Then onto Port Augusta for lunch. This afternoon we visit Wadlata outback centre an informative, interactive display of outback history. We settle in for our overnight stay at The Standpipe Motor Inn.
DAY 8 – Monday 10th BURRA – MILDURA (B,D)
A day of contrasting country side as we travel through Peterborough as we make our way to the Historic Mining town of Burra. We see the 'Dug-Out' Houses made in the creek banks, along with the Paxton Square Cottages and the Redruth Goal Location for the film 'Breaker Morant'. Continue along the River land country of Morgan past the tranquil Lake Bonney to Renmark a for our Overnight Stay at the Citrus Valley Motel Renmark.
DAY 9 – Tuesday 11th MILDURA - HOME (B)
This morning we make our way through Manangatang to Swan Hill. Continue along the Murray Valley Highway then homeward bound after a great experience exploring the Flinders Ranges and Outback South Australia.
PRICE $3175 per person, based on Twin Share
Single Supplement $730