The Oodnadatta Track – Dean’s Special Tour
Eight Days: 1st – 8th June 2019
Twin Share: $2995 per person. Sole Use: $3495 per person.
- Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
- Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
- All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
- Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.
In June, join Dean on his special tour of the Oodnadatta Track, as he follow’s a section of the original Old Ghan Railway between Maree and Oodnadatta. We’ll travel through the Flinders Ranges and explore many highlights along the way including the ruins at Farina, the old railway sidings, the outback sculpture park, the southern end of Lake Eyre, SA’s longest bridge and the Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta. Don’t miss this opportunity to join Dean on some of the road’s less travelled in Outback SA.
Day 1 – SATURDAY 1 JUNE: Departing Adelaide, we travel nearer the coast this morning, quite a contrast to the remainder of our journey! Lunch will be in Port Pirie, situated on the Spencer Gulf, before we head inland through Quorn to Hawker. Once a thriving railway town, Hawker is now a tourist hub for those wishing to explore the Flinders Ranges. We’ll visit the Jeff Morgan Gallery to admire his spectacular panoramic paintings, before meeting our wonderful hosts at the Outback Champanton Motel.
Day 2 – SUNDAY 2 JUNE: This morning we set off for a scenic journey through the Flinders Ranges National Park (weather permitting) where the views of the landscapes are inspiring. We’ll journey through Blinman and Parachilna Gorge before stopping at the famous Prairie Hotel. As we near Leigh Creek we’ll detour to Aroona Dam then continue into town to check into the Leigh Creek Resort.
Day 3 – MONDAY 3 JUNE: We won’t travel for long this morning before we leave the bitumen road behind. Our first stop will be the Lyndhurst Ochre Pits and we are lucky enough to be travelling through Farina when the famous wood fired bakery will be firing! This is a definite morning tea stop with time to also look around the ruins. A short distance on we arrive in Maree, once a major railhead and the starting point for the Oodnadatta Track. We’ll pass the sculpture park–an unexpected site in the outback, Curdimurka and Coward Springs. As we near the southern end of Lake Eyre, we are hopeful that we may see water, but regardless, it’s a spectacular sight. Tonight’s accommodation is at William Creek.
Day 4 – TUESDAY 4 JUNE: Our journey along the track continues today as we head to Oodnadatta. On the way, we pass the Algebuckina Bridge—the longest bridge in South Australia which lead the Ghan train over the Neales River. We’ll stop for lunch at the Pink Roadhouse before making our way south to Coober Pedy. We re-join the bitumen not far from our destination, where we’ll be staying at the Desert Cave Motel.
Day 5 – WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE: Today is a chance to look around the unique opal mining town of Cooper Pedy. For those wishing to do a flight over Lake Eyre (at passengers own expense), today is the best opportunity. We’ll take a tour out to the Breakaways, explore an opal mine and visit some of the lesser know attractions such as the Serbian Orthodox Church, an inspiring structure with rock carvings in the walls, a high roof and stained glass windows.
Day 6 – THURSDAY 6 JUNE: We’ll travel along the Stuart Highway today, admiring the rugged beauty of the landscape. We’ll stop in the outback town of Glendambo for lunch and by mid-afternoon we pass through Pimba and Woomera. We complete our days travelling in the mining town of Roxby Downs, where we stay at the Roxby Downs Motel.
Day 7 – FRIDAY 7 JUNE: Departing this morning, we travel back through Woomera and this time we’ll stop to explore. Established in the 1940’s as a site for weapons testing and tracking spacecraft, the town had restricted access until 1982. We continue to the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, where we’ll enjoy lunch and some time to look around before continuing to Port Augusta and our accommodation for tonight at the Standpipe Gulf Motel.
Day 8 – SATURDAY 8 JUNE: After a memorable tour along the Oodnadatta track, today is our final day of travel. Of course, we’ll take the scenic route, crossing through Horrocks Pass to enjoy the spectacular views before continuing through Wilmington and Melrose admiring views of the Southern Flinders Ranges. We’ll continue south, stopping in the beautiful Clare Valley for lunch. By late afternoon the scenery becomes familiar as we near the outskirts of Adelaide and make our way back home.
**PLEASE NOTE: This is an interim itinerary intended to provide a brief overview of the plans for this tour. A more detailed itinerary will be available shortly.