Painted Desert Discovery

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7 days | Departs 7 Aug 2019 –
Visit the incredible Painted Desert on a journey that will also take you to Coober Pedy, the Flinders Ranges & the Oodnadatta Track.

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  • See the former home of Sid Sidney Kidman in Kapunda
  • Enjoy the award-winning Steamtown Sound & Light Show
  • Travel through the spectacular Flinders Ranges
  • Follow the old Oodnadatta Track to Lyndhurst & Marree
  • Travel past Lake Eyre South to William Creek & Coober Pedy
  • Explore the unique town of Coober Pedy
  • Visit an interesting Opal Interpretive Centre & Museum
  • Explore the Tirari Desert’s mysterious group of hills
  • See sandstone in a mixture of beautiful colours
  • Travel to Mt Willoughby & Cadney Homestead
  • Follow the Stuart Highway to Port Augusta
  • Visit the Wadlata Outback Museum
  • Explore the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
  • Gourmet Clare Valley winery cellar door lunch with wines
  • Return flights from your homeport to Adelaide
  • 7 days of luxury touring
  • 6 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) & 6 dinners (D)

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Pre-Tour Arrangements for Interstate Travellers

Fly from your homeport to the city of Adelaide, South Australia on the day before your tour begins. A transfer will take you to your hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of your day is at leisure for you to explore the city.

There’s plenty to see and do in Adelaide – why not take a tour of the famous Adelaide Oval, a stroll down Rundle Mall or take a short tram ride to the seaside suburb of Glenelg. If you are arriving in Adelaide in the morning, you may also wish to take a half day tour to the McLaren Vale wine region or to the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Tonight, we recommend dining at one of the many restaurants in the city or in the seaside suburb of Glenelg.

❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or similar (1 night)

Day 1 – Adelaide to Peterborough via the Flinders Ranges (D)

Travel via Adelaide’s northern suburbs including Elizabeth, home of Australia’s Holden Cars. At Kapunda we can still see the former home of Sir Sidney Kidman “Eringa” which was built by the famous “Cattle King” himself. It now serves as a building for the Kapunda High School. After morning tea we continue via the old outback townships of Marrabel and Saddleworth to the old copper mining township of Burra.

Burra is often referred to as ‘Little Cornwall’ and is one of the prettiest towns in the land. We continue to the old railway town, Peterborough, once an important stop for the Steam Trains on the way to Sydney.

This evening, enjoy the award-winning Sound & Light Show at the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre. You will sit comfortably in a restored 1916 historic rail carriage which is placed on an 85 foot long, 3 gauge turntable. Move through the tunnels of time to learn about Peterborough, about railways in South Australia and about the many fascinating personal stories associated with it.

❱ Hotel stay: Roundhouse Motel (1 night)

Day 2 – Peterborough to Marree (BLD)

After breakfast, we begin our tour into the Flinders Ranges. We travel to Orroroo before entering the Southern Flinders Ranges to Hawker and continuing to Wilpena situated in the Flinders Ranges National Park. After a short stop for morning tea we tour through the beautiful Valleys and Gorges to Blinman, Parachilna then onto Leigh Creek.

On our arrival at Leigh Creek we stop for after lunch before we continue North to join the old Oodnadatta track at Lyndhurst. After visiting Talc Alfs unique Outback Sculpture Gallery we continue for our overnight stop to the township of Marree. Marree is steeped in history as it served as a base for the workers employed to build the first Overland Telegraph line and later the laying of the historic Ghan railway track which ran from Adelaide to Alice Springs.

❱ Hotel stay: Marree Motel (1 night)

Day 3 – Marree to Coober Pedy via William Creek (BLD)

After leaving Marree, we continue negotiating our way along the famous Oodnadatta Track passing Lake Eyre South to William Creek Hotel for our lunch stop. The basin here can change dramatically after floods and heavy rains. In the dry years the area becomes a shimmering white salt pan or alternatively in wet seasons it becomes an inland garden. After lunch, we set off deeper to the remote outback wilderness passing Anna Creek before crossing old Dog Fence and through the ‘Breakaways’ Range to Coober Pedy.

❱ Hotel stay: Mud Hut Motel (3 nights)

Day 4 – Coober Pedy’s Brilliant Colours of Opal (BD)

Today, we begin to explore one of the world’s most unique towns – Coober Pedy. Most of the population here live in underground dugouts to be insulated from the intense summer heat which rises to the high forties most of the summer.

We visit an interesting Opal Interpretive Centre and Museum. Here a craftsman’s will cut and polish beautiful black opals unique to area, as well one of the extensive displays of opal can be seen. After lunch we take a local tour which includes the unique underground church, local dug outs and places of interest.

Day 5 – The Incredible Painted Desert (BMLD)

Today we set off into the Tirari Desert where we discover an amazing and mysterious group of hills and sandstone in a mixture of beautiful colours which have taken over 80 million years to create. We tour into an area near Mount Barry Cattle Station and the ‘Moon’ Plains. This area has been used by Australian film makers for many feature films, due to the beauty and clear sky’s here. Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided for you while in the area.

Later, we travel to Mt Willoughby and then to Cadney Homestead. After time for refreshments here we travel back to our accommodation at Coober Pedy. Tonight, we visit a popular local restaurant for dinner.

Day 6 – Coober Pedy to Port Augusta (BD)

Today we begin travelling South along the famous Stuart Highway which extends all the way from Adelaide to Darwin at Australia’s Top End. The tour makes its way between two of Australia’s biggest deserts – the Simpson and Great Victoria Desert before we arrive at the remote township of Glendambo. Later, we continue South to Port Augusta for our overnight stop.

❱ Hotel stay: Standpipe Motor Inn (1 night)

Day 7 – Port Augusta to Adelaide (BL)

After breakfast this morning we visit Wadlata Outback Museum and passengers will have the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding multi-million-dollar exhibition including outback history and the time tunnel. The time tunnel allows you to step back 15 million years!

Join the early explorers Eyre, Sturt, Giles and Stuart on their brave treks to open up the vast inland. The Wadlata exhibition is world class and is a great highlight you can enjoy.

Later, we continue to the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens situated on 250 hectares of native bushland. Here you can view of native plants that will survive and thrive in our harsh climate. The area is also a haven for species of native birdlife.

Continue on your journey back to Adelaide via the beautiful Clare Valley. The area is famous throughout the world for the fine wines produced here. A special lunch awaits for you along the way. We enjoy a delicious winery lunch which includes fine wines from the area served to you at a historic local Wine Cellar Door Restaurant. After your special lunch, we continue our travels through Gawler back to Adelaide.

Post-Tour Arrangements for Interstate Travellers

You will be dropped off at your hotel in Adelaide at the end of your tour for your overnight stay.

The next day, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Adelaide and South Australia. Ask us about optional tours that are available today including day tours to the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills or the McLaren Vale wine region. Alternatively, you may wish to take a stroll down Rundle Mall or visit the Adelaide Zoo and the Botanic Gardens. Later today, a chauffeured car will take you from your hotel to Adelaide Airport in time for your flight back to your homeport.

❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or similar (1 night)


The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Virgin Australia ‘Q’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    31 to 60 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
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