Accommodation: Marree Motel, The Desert Cave Motel at Coober Pedy and The Standpipe Golf Motor Inn at Pt Augusta
Highlights of the tour:
«Relax in the comfort of the coach as you make your way north. Stretch your legs and enjoy morning tea in the pretty town park at Balaklava.
«See the beautiful painted silos at Wirrabara and look for the hidden skull in the trees of the silo. It is one of the artists little quirks. Continue on through the lovely little towns of Melrose and Wilmington to Pt Augusta.
«Visit the ruins of Kanyaka Station, once a busy cattle and sheep station with over 70 families living and working there. It was eventually abandoned due to severe droughts.
«Drive through Leigh Creek which was once a thriving mining town but now only has a population of approximately 200. See the well laid out streets and empty houses that remain there.
«Visit the railway town of Farina, which was once serviced by the Ghan Train. When the railway line was moved the town declined and is now stone ruins, which are being restored by the Farina Restoration Group. See the remains of two hotels, the underground bakery, bank and general store.
«Head west into the outback along the Oodnadatta Track. Stop at Mutonia Sculpture Park and see the bizarre boltings, wacky weldings and peculiar spare parts that have been used to create these quirky sculptures. Drop in to Lake Eyre South and see the immense expanse of this salt water lake, which is currently dry. Be amazed at “The Bubbler” artesian water spring which bubbles out of the dry desert landscape.
«Have a unique lunch experience at The William Creek Hotel located at one of Australia’s most remote towns. Free time is available to enjoy a one hour optional plane flight over Lake Eyre or Anna Creek Painted Hills. Plane flight is at your own expense.
«Relax on the coach as you make your way to Coober Pedy, crossing the world’s longest dog (dingo) fence on the way. It is 5,600 kilometres long.
«Arrive at Coober Pedy and check in to The Desert Cave Motel for the next two nights. Underground or above ground rooms are available.
«Take a tour of Coober Pedy. See the many buildings dug into the side of hills to protect the inhabitants from the extreme Summer heat. Pass by the grass-less golf course, and the opal fields. Stop at The Big Winch Look Out and get a birds eye view over Coober Pedy. Enter the underground Serbian Church with its beautiful glass windows.
«Visit the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum and see how opal is made into jewellery and extracted from the ground in an underground mining tunnel. Wander through an underground house, complete with all modern utilities and be amazed at how dark it is when the lights are turned off.
«Take the short drive to the Old Timers Mine and Museum. Step back in time to 1916 and see how opal mining was done, how the miner’s lived and discover the early days of Coober Pedy.
«See the desert-like moonscape and colourful low hills of the Kanku Breakaways and enjoy champagne and orange juice at sunset.
«Stop at Spuds Roadhouse at Pimba. Another iconic South Australian place.
«We will drive to the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens at Port Augusta. Explore the garden, browse in the gift shop and relax and savour the spectacular views of the Flinders Ranges over coffee in the Bluebush Cafe.
«Enjoy a two course traditional shearer’s roast lunch at Bungaree Sheep Station just north of Clare. It was established in 1841 and is still a working farm. A family member will take you on a guided tour of the wool shed, general store, St Michael’s Church and beautiful gardens and homestead.
« Morning tea provided on Day 1
« Fully cooked breakfast on Day 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
« Lunch provided on Day 1, 3 and 6
« Enjoy two course dinner on Day 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
« Entrance to Museums/attractions
« Fully escorted with Tour Host
« Deluxe coach travel
Optional one hour flight over Lake Eyre or Anna Creek Painted Hills (choose one only) departing from William Creek at own cost: $300 per person per flight.
COMPLIMENTARY HOME PICK AND RETURN TO SELECTED SUBURBS
Twin/Double Share: $1,997 per person Single Supplement: $420 for 5 nights