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Oodnadatta & Beyond

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TOUR NAME

Oodnadatta & Beyond

DEPARTING

Monday 15th June 2020

COST

$4997.00pp twin share

Oodnadatta & Beyond

This holiday travels the Oodnadatta Track and part of the Old Ghan Line to the edge of the Simpson Desert. Travelling to Nyngan, Broken Hill and Quorn before arriving in the outback town of Marree. See remnants of the Old Ghan and the cameleers of the time. View Lake Eyre and spend a couple of nights at William Creek before moving on to Oodnadatta. Visiting the old rail stations, sidings and the Algebuckina Bridge, the longest in South Australia. Mt Dare Station is our next stop and a visit to Dalhousie Springs. Visit the town of Finke and stand in the geographical centre of Australia. We then divert to the highway and visit Woomera before spending 2 nights in the opal town of Coober Pedy. Homeward bound with overnight stays in Port Augusta, Renmark , Hay and Harden.

The finer details

Tour Price: $4997.00 per person twin share (Land Content Only)
Single Supplement: additional $1175
Deposit: $300.00 per person within 7 days of booking.
Balance: is due and payable 40 days prior to departure.
Travel Insurance: is a condition of Travel as areas visited are remote and cancellation fees do apply.

Tour Price Includes: 

  • Home pick-up and return Central Coast & Newcastle 
  • Purpose built 4WD travel
  • Experienced and informative driver/guide
  • Two course dinners & breakfasts each day
  • 10 x Lunches
  • All sightseeing, attractions, cruises and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Bottled water on board
  • 16 nights varied accommodation
  • Accommodation on this tour is the best available at each destination.

Tour price does not Include:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Optional sightseeing tours
  • Beverages other than specified

Luggage: Luggage to be packed in a soft sports bag or similar (no wheels or hard-sided bags allowed) A small backpack for inside the vehicle is recommended as this is to be stored under your seat when the vehicle is moving. Luggage to weigh no more than 17 kg backpack 5 kg.

ITINERARY

Day 1. Central Coast – Nyngan (B)

Central Coast & Newcastle passengers are collected from your home and transferred to our 4WD coach. Travel today takes us out through the Upper Hunter Valley to Merriwa. Continue west through Dunedoo & Dubbo to Nyngan for overnight.

Stay: Country Manor Motel

Day 2. Nyngan – Broken Hill (BLD)

Travelling the Barrier Highway today we visit the township of Cobar and the once thriving river port town of Wilcannia. Destination today is Broken Hill for overnight.

Stay: Crystal Motel

Day 3. Broken Hill – Quorn (BLD)

From Broken Hill today we travel to Cockburn where we cross the border into South Australia. The colours in the surrounding countryside have a unique look about them as we will see as we travel through the old railway township of Olary & Mannahill. Peterborough is the town that has 3 different rail gauges. This afternoon we travel through wheat country and the start of ’The Goyder Line’. Crossing the Flinders Ranges to Quorn where we start our adventure along sections of the Old Ghan Line.

Stay: Austral Inn

Day 4. Quorn – Marree (BLD)

After our town tour of Quorn our journey takes us to the Kanyaka ruins and then into Hawker, the main township in the Flinders Ranges. Time to view the Wilpena Panorama, a spectacular 30 metre 360 degree view painted by local artist Jeff Morgan. Drive parallel with the coal railway through Parachilna to the coal mining town of Leigh Creek. With the magnificent Flinders Ranges beside us we continue our journey with a visit to the historic settlers ruins at Farina before making Marree our home for tonight.

Stay: Marree Motel cabins

Day 5. Marree – William Creek (BLD)

The small township of Marree was once a bustling railhead with camel trains carrying supplies inland along the Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks. Passing through the Dingo Fence we are now on the Oodnadatta Track to William Creek. View the ruins and reminders of the Old Ghan Rail as we see relics of the past. Visit the old water tanks at Curdimurka and Mound Springs as we travel the Southern shores of Lake Eyre.

STAY: William Creek Hotel /motel

Day 6. William Creek (BLD)

William Creek is known to be the smallest settlement in South Australia with a permanent population of 6 humans and a dog. William Creek sits in the centre of Australia and on one of the world’s largest cattle station. Anna Creek Station, once a SK Kidman property. Today you have the opportunity to take an optional flight (own expense) over Lake Eyre or the Painted Hills, a spectacular way to view the countryside and appreciate the scale of our Outback.

Day 7. William Creek – Oodnadatta (BLD)

Early start today as we travel to the shores of Lake Eyre to view this massive Salt Lake. Today we pass some of the more important historical sites along the track. These include the ruins of Peake Telegraph Station, the Giles memorial and the Algebuckina Bridge, the longest bridge in South Australia. We will cross small rivers and creeks and be on the lookout for camels as we make our way to Oodnadatta for overnight.

Stay: The Pink Roadhouse Cabins

Day 8. Oodnadatta – Mt Dare (BLD)

Oodnadatta is an aboriginal word meaning “blossom of the mulga.” The town has a population of around 150 people. We will visit the railway Station and you may like to visit the historic general store. Oodnadatta was also home to Australia’s first inland mission under the control of Rev. John Flynn. The township of Oodnadatta is an historic centre that was once a crossroad thronged with drovers, cameleers, goldminers and Aboriginal people. This afternoon we travel out of Oodnadatta and make our way to Mt Dare. Once a cattle station it is now owned by the National Parks and forms the Witjira National Park.

Stay: Mt Dare Hotel

Day 9. Dalhousie Springs & Surrounds. (BLD)

Today we explore the National Park and visit Dalhousie, famous for its unique thermal springs where underground water ’vents’ into deep wide 37 degree thermal pools. Date palms surround the ruins there is an abundance of bird life. A swim in the water is a great way to relax for a while. Returning to Mt Dare we pass the ruins of Dalhousie and the magnificent sand dunes of the remote Simpson Desert.

Stay: Mt Dare Hotel

Day 10. Mt Dare – Kulgera (BLD)

From Mt Dare today we make our way through Charlotte Waters and New Crown to the small Community of Finke (Apatula). Finke is a remote Indigenous community, best known for our greatest desert race from Alice Springs. Continuing we travel to Lamberts Centre, the geographical centre of Australia. Cross the Newland Ranges passing the Kulgera Railhead to Kulgera our home for tonight. Kulgera Roadhouse the southernmost permanent settlement and Pub in the Northern Territory with a population of around 50.

Stay: Kulgera Roadhouse

Day 11. Kulgera—Coober Pedy (BD)

Travelling the Stuart Highway today we cross the border at Mt Cavanagh back into South Australia travelling through Granite Downs to Marla for a stop at the roadhouse. A pleasant drive through magnificent Outback scenery to the opal town of Coober Pedy. With time this afternoon to take a stroll through the town. Our accommodation for the next two nights is at the Desert Cave Inn with underground rooms and above ground. ** please advise at time of booking if you prefer above ground.

Stay:Desert Cave Inn

Day 12. Discover Coober Pedy (BD)

Coober Pedy a unique and special place. Today we take a guided Tour of the town, hear about its history, about their precious water supplies and power generation. Every element of life is hard-won in Coober Pedy. At Umoona – we venture down a former working mine to see opal trace embedded in the sandstone it includes an underground home including a description of opal formation. View the Breakaways, a range of colourful exposed sandstone outcrops with spectacular views over the Moon Plain which was once an inland sea. This dramatically beautiful area has been the set for many internationally known movies. Lastly we visit the amazing Serbian Underground Church before more free time to explore.

Stay: Desert Cave

Day 13. Coober Pedy—Port Augusta (BLD)

Farewell to Coober Pedy as we continue down the Stuart Highway. Today we will visit Woomera. Woomera was established in 1947 as a joint project with the British for testing and launching of experimental rockets and missiles. We make a stop at the Heritage Centre Museum full of interesting memorabilia and facts about the area. Port Augusta on the shore of the Spencer Gulf is our destination for overnight.

STAY: Standpipe Motor Inn

Day 14. Port Augusta—Renmark (BD)

Some beautiful scenery today as me travel to Renmark. Touching on the Southern end of the Flinders Ranges, We travel through Orroroo and Peterborough to the historic town of Burra for our luncheon stop. Burra is a beautiful town in Bald Hills full of history from the days of copper mining. Our afternoons drive will take us through the towns of Morgan and Barmera into Renmark for overnight.

Stay: Citrus Valley Motor Inn

Day 15. Renmark—Hay (BD)

Back into NSW today along the Sturt Highway to Mildura, Robinvale and Balranald before crossing the Hay Plains to Hay for overnight.

Stay: Cobb Inlander

Day 16. Hay—Harden (BD)

Travel through the Riverina district today visiting Narrandera, Coolaman and Junee. At Junee we take time to visit the Liquorice and Chocolate factory to stock up on those yummy delights. A short distance away is Cootamundra and then Harden, our overnight stay.

Stay: Harden Motel

Day 17. Harden—home (B)

Joining the Hume Highway this morning we make our to Goulburn for morning tea, then a stop for lunch before arriving back to the Central Coast. Transfer to your mini bus for return to your home.
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