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Lake Eyre in Flood

South Australia

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Eco
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Tour summary

This tour brings an experience like no other as we take to the skies to witness the majesty of Lake Eyre. After recent rainfall of over 200mls in many outback communities, the creeks have been flooding causing the Neale's River to flood into Lake Eyre providing a good water source. The Warburton Groove has really started to make its way down the lake, now reaching past Dalhunty Island. Pelicans are starting to migrate to the Lake feeding at the top end of Lake Eyre North. Departing from William Creek, the1-and-a-half-hour flight takes us over vast country to Halligan Bay, flying over Silcrete Island and Belt Bay the lowest point in Australia. We then take in Jackboot Bay and Lake Eyre south before tracking over the Iconic Marree Man and landing at Marree.

Departure location:
Adalaide
Return location:
Adelaide
Tour duration:
8
days
Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
Departure dates:

12 June 27 June 24 July

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Lake Eyre in Flood

Tour pricing

Twin Share
$
4850
pp
Sole Use
$
5750
pp
Deposit:
$1000pp
Sole Use:
Plus $900 on Twin Share Price
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot guarantee direct flights or book individual preferences.

Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.
This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Tour inclusions

  • Witness the rare event of Lake Eyre in flood
  • Return economy flights ex Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to Adelaide
  • 2 nights Adelaide
  • Wadlata Outback Centre
  • 1 night Port Augusta; Woomera
  • 1 night Coober Pedy; Breakaways at sunset
  • Dingo Barrier Fence, Town tour of Coober Pedy
  • Umoona Opal Mine tour and fossick
  • Incredible 45-minute scenic flight from Coober Pedy over Painted Hills then land at at Anna Creek Station for ground tour of Painted Hills with drinks and canapés, then flight to William Creek
  • 1 night William Creek
  • 1.5 hour scenic flight over Lake Eyre, Halligan Bay, Silcrite Island, Belt Bay, Jackboot Bay, Lake Eyre south & and Maree Man
  • Flight operator flies more guests over Lake Eyre than any other operator
  • All aircraft are high wing for optimal viewing experience
  • Headsets are provided for all guests for commentary during all scenic flights
  • 1 night Parachilna
  • 1 night Wilpena Pound with 30-minute scenic flight included
  • Jeff Morgan Gallery at Hawker
  • Adelaide city sights tour
  • 20 meals; locally operated comfort plus coach travel

Additional information

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels
Flight included
Flight included
Coach
Coach
Scenic flight
Scenic flight
Heritage
Heritage
Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component
Local guide
Local guide
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Itinerary

Departs
Adalaide
Returns
Adelaide

Day

1

Adelaide

Flight included
Flight included

Flights arrive into Adelaide where we board the coach and make our way to Mount Lofty Summit lookout for a photo opportunity. From here we head into Adelaide CBD to check-in to our city hotel.

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Port Augusta

Heritage
Heritage
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Walking component
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience

Our adventure today begins by heading north breaking for lunch in Port Broughton before continuing on through Port Pirie arriving at Port Augusta where we visit the Wadlata Outback Centre’s ‘Tunnel of Time’. Learn about the origins of the outback; hear Aboriginal stories, tales of pioneer explorers and settlers. We then make our way to our accommodation for an overnight stay.

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Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta
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Coober Pedy

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Departing Port Augusta, we continue on to the Australian Defence Force town of Woomera breaking here for a morning cuppa. Our afternoon trek takes us north via Glendambo to Coober Pedy. Take time to relax before heading out to the Breakaways Reserve and admire the colourful low hills at sunset. We then return to the Desert Cave Hotel to explore its many galleries.

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Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy
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Day

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William Creek

Local guide
Local guide
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Heritage
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Scenic flight
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Eco
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Walking component

This morning we embark on a tour of this quirky underground town with a local guide. Known as the opal capital of the world, supplying 70% of the world’s precious opals, we visit Umoona Opal Mine, do some fossicking and hear the ‘The Story of Opal’. Departing Coober Pedy, we take to the skies on a spectacular 45-minute scenic flight tracking southeast over some of South Australia’s largest copper and gold mines, Cairn Hill and Peculiar Knob, before turning over the famous Dingo Barrier Fence. We then head through the Anna Creek Painted Hills swathed in a variety of earthy outback colours. The flight will be conducted at a height low enough to experience the intricate details of the beautifully eroded shelf that once belonged to the great inland sea. We then make our first descent and land in an area usually only accessible by air. Admire the spectacular Painted Hills from ground level whilst enjoying drinks & canapés where you can truly appreciate their majesty. We then take off again and pass over Anna Creek Station, the largest cattle station in the world, before landing at William Creek.

**Please note: Accommodation in this country region is very limited and basic.

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William Creek Hotel, William Creek
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Day

5

Parachilna

Scenic flight
Scenic flight
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Today brings an experience like no other as we take to the skies to witness the majesty of Lake Eyre. Departing from William Creek, our 1 and a half hour flight takes us over vast country to Halligan Bay, flying over Silcrete Island and Belt Bay the lowest point in Australia. We then take in Jackboot Bay and Lake Eyre south before tracking over the iconic Marree Man and landing at Marree in time for lunch and rejoin our coach for our onward journey. We continue on via Lyndhurst and Leigh Creek before arriving at Parachilna, stopping here overnight. Our hotel is situated on an oasis on the cusp of the rugged Flinders Ranges. Enjoy pre-dinner sundowners and watch a beautiful outback sunset from the veranda of the hotel.

**Please note: Lake Eyre in flood at time of tour release and water is subject to evaporation and cannot be guaranteed.

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Prairie Hotel, Parachilna
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Wilpena Pound

Scenic flight
Scenic flight
Eco
Eco

We farewell the Prairie Hotel and travel via historic Blinman arriving at Wilpena Pound Resort, in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. It is a natural amphitheatre of mountains and is a true representation of real Australian outback. The best way to see Ikara and the grandeur of the Flinders Ranges is from the air. We take to the skies on a 30-minute scenic flight where you will truly appreciate the vastness of this formation and take in the fantastic view of the River Red Gums, Elder Range, Edeowie Gorge, Lake Torrens, the Heysen Range, Brachina Gorge and St Mary Peak.

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Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges
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Adelaide

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Taking to the road we break in Hawker at the internationally acclaimed gallery of local artist Jeff Morgan. His ‘Wilpena Panorama’, a mammoth ‘endless painting’ can be viewed from the ground floor or from an upper landing. Depicting a 360-degree view from the highest point of Wilpena Pound, Jeff has captured the beauty of the Flinders Ranges superbly. Then we continue on to Jamestown, breaking here for lunch before our afternoon travels take us into the Adelaide.

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Hilton Hotel, Adelaide
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Adelaide

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Enjoy a city sights tour this morning en-route to Adelaide Airport for our respective flights home.

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