Lake Eyre Alice Springs to Adelaide via Coober Pedy Oodnadatta Track Tour and Flight 4 Days
- Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
- Product code: 30LSO4
Follow the Overland Telegraph Line & Old Ghan Railway Track and visit historic Coward Springs & Curdimurka Railway Sidings and history plus much more. Includes all fees, flight, most meals, ensuite accommodated at Marree William Creek & Coober Pedy.Our tours aim to show you the best this unique region has to offer, including the amazing mound springs, iconic landmarks and Ghan and pioneer history. Lately, our travellers have been impressed with their Lake Eyre flight also incorporating the Painted Hills, a nearby desert region with awesome multi-coloured ochre hills.
We look forward to seeing you on your journey soon and will be showing you the wonderful aspect of Lake Eyre and the region.
Itinerary - Lake Eyre Tours and Flights from Alice Springs ( Uluru or option) to Adelaide 4 days
Day 1 - Pick up at 8 am at your Uluru or Alice Springs accommodation. Travel to Coober Pedy via the Stuart Hwy, the route pioneered by Australia’s greatest explorer John McDouall Stuart. View memorials to his achievements at various stops including NT / SA Border, and roadhouses including Kulgera & Marla. Depending on time & interests we visit some local landmarks and sightseeing, with 'at source" opal buying opportunities in Coober Pedy. Arrive Coober Pedy for a local meal (own cost) before a comfortable underground sleep in our dugout motel room. L Dinner own purchase at a restaurant
Day 2 – After a hearty breakfast, we explore fascinating Coober Pedy. Visit an underground chapel, and mining museum display to experience the life of the opal miners, view ancient opalised giant fish fossils, and take a tour to the Big Winch lookout to view this extraordinary landscape. We leave Coober Pedy, and enter the desert and cross the Dog Fence – the largest man-made structure in the world. The 5,300km Dog Fence separates the sheep-growing areas in the south from the dingoes of the north.
We meet the Oodnadatta Track and arrive at William Creek for our (optional) Lake Eyre scenic flight. A flight allows us to see the enormous expanse of Lake Eyre, often with reflective cloud patterns, plus the Warburton Groove, the main inflow channel to Lake Eyre, the Elliot Price Conservation Park, Halligan & ABC Bays, Lake Eyre South and if an extended flight, the Marree Man ( a giant sculpture in the landscape). A Painted Desert flight option is also available if pre-arranged. See images or link for flight options.
William Creek is on Anna Creek Station, once an S. Kidman & Co station, and larger than Belgium. Enjoy the quirky pub, town history and Woomera rockets museum park. Overnight William Creek BLD
Day 3 - Today we follow the Old Ghan Railway track via various picturesque rail bridges and sidings from the Ghan heydays. We aim to find where the best water and wildlife viewing experiences are at the time, and we visit highlights such as Mound Springs ( including “The Bubbler”) in the Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park and the old Afghan created palm grove of the old Ghan town of Coward Springs with great railway heritage and a chance for a swim in the warm springs. View Lake Eyre South from a high vantage point and appreciate the extent of the great Artesian Basin, underlying the region. We have a chuckle and wonder at the giant desert dog, hover bus and other desert sculptures of Mutonia Sculpture Park
Arrive in Marree and see some of the sights of this once thriving Ghan Railway town where the 2 gauges met. Marree is caretaker for some interesting railway relics, plus the old mail truck used by legendary outback mailman Tom Kruse on his run from Marree to Birdsville. The Birdsville track commenced in Marree. Plus the Lake Eyre Yacht Club. Overnight in Marree with yarns around a campfire or the famous Marree Hotel, or just take it easy. BLD
Day 4 – Today we visit the Old Ghan ghost town of Farina, view the giant Leigh Creek coal mine (now closed), the fascinating and colourful Ochre Pits and travel via old Ghan railway towns including Parachilna, Hawker, Wilson, Woolshed Flat via the Flinders Ranges to Hawker and stunning mountain landscapes. We visit the impressive Kanyaka Station & view stone woolshed ruins (time permitting) as we follow the Old Ghan Line via Quorn, through the Pitchi Ritchie Pass and the breathtaking view of Spencers Gulf & Port Augusta to arrive Adelaide around 6 pm, delivered to your CBD accommodation or Adelaide airport.
- Small group luxury 4WD travel (usually 4-6 / vehicle) with professional and experienced driver / guide
- Scenic Flight over Lake Eyre optional - see options in booking process
- All delicious meals, including vegetarian, unless noted in the itinerary.
- Comfortable motel or cabin accommodation.
- All World Heritage and National Park entry and accommodation fees, hotel pickups
- Contributions of tour price supports Outback Kids and nature care programs.