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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a city sights tour this morning en-route to Adelaide Airport for our respective flights home.
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Escape for Christmas travelling in style on board the Great Southern. Departing Adelaide we traverse South Australia through the magical Adelaide Hills on to Canberra and Coffs Harbour. Christmas Day is celebrated on board the Great Southern in the morning before stopping at the small station of Uranga, where we take in spectacular coastline views and the Great Dividing Range before travelling to Coffs Harbour. Ending our rail experience in Brisbane where we celebrate the grand finale of the tour - Feasting on seafood and traditional fare for Christmas dinner and enjoying the river views at night.
Take a Great Australian Bight out of this tour to the Eyre Peninsula staying in Port Lincoln and Streaky Bay and tasting local seasonal seafood. Discover maritime history, learn about aquaculture industries and unveil the secrets of Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa as our guided tour takes us behind the scenes to look through the estate’s treasure trove of historical buildings.
Take your taste buds on a journey of discovery in stunning South Australia. Delve into the Barossa Valley with visits to Seppeltsfield Estate, Chateau Tanunda, Maggie Beer Farm Shop, and the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company. Get back to nature on Kangaroo Island seeing sea lions and birds of prey, and tasting an abundance of local produce.
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Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.
Each of our tours has a fitness rating which describes the level of physical activity involved with the tour. These ratings are very important when choosing your tour to ensure it's right for you. Our fitness ratings are:
Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.
In most cases, yes we can. We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking, and we can confirm with our suppliers and restaurants.