Early morning pick up from Oz Tours selected properties. We travel south on the Stuart Hwy and visit the Henbury Craters, a collection of meteor craters, south of Alice Springs. The Aboriginal name for these craters is ”Chindu Chinna Waru Chingi Yabu”, which roughly means ”Sun Walk Fire Devil Rock”. On our way to our overnight camp at Cadney Homestead. Campground with full facilities.
After breaking camp, we continue south to Coober Pedy ‘Opal Capital of the World’. Opals were first found at Coober Pedy in 1915 and since then, the town has been supplying the world with the majority of gem quality opal. We get a real feel of the lifestyle by spending 2 nights in an Underground Bunkhouse.
This morning includes a tour of the town, visiting the cemetery, the old timer’s museum and underground churches. (Lunch today at own cost) The afternoon is at your leisure to take in the sights of this fascinating mining town.
Today we visit Lake Cabbarrarracanna and Wabma Kadarbu Conservation Park, with its naturally formed, free-flowing thermal springs. We then travel on the Oodnadatta track, from William Creek to Marree. Follow the old Ghan route to our overnight camp at Farina, once a major rail head for the old Ghan. Basic camp with facilities.
Following the Strzelecki track, a well trodden path which owes its existence to the cattle men who worked the Cooper Creek system and now servicing the Moomba gas fields, past the dog fence that excludes dingos from the southern pastoral lands and pay a visit to Talc Alf and his Art before reaching our overnight stay. 2 nights accommodation.
Originally a customs post, taxing the movement of stock between the colonies Innamincka stands at the end of the famous Strez and is today part of a 13,800sq km reserve and nestled beside the Cooper creek. We visit the Dig Tree site of the Burke and Wills demise and Kings rescue along the Cooper Creek.
This morning we take the Cordillo Downs track passing through the Station. Cordillo Downs was first taken up in 1875, when it was known as Cardilla, by John Frazer from Victoria. We visit the shearing shed built in the 1880s, with stands for 120 shearers and the Birdsville race track, on our way to the Birdsville Hotel. 2 nights accommodation.
We spend the day taking in the sights of this town that is so much a part of Australia’s history. Birdsville came to importance in the 1880s when the drovers and station owners in Western Queensland realised that moving cattle through the Channel country and down the Birdsville Track to the railhead at Marree Here we visit Big Red (Sand Dune) on the edge of the Simpson Desert, the Waddi Tree found in only 3 Australian locations and Burke’s marked tree.
Heading south along the Birdsville track, we call into Mungerannie, the site of a government well for watering stock which dates back to 1883 on our way to Clayton Station first settled on the Birdsville Track in 1938. The family has set up a camping ground, in a creek setting on the property complete with a bush shower, bush spa and flushing amenities.
Today sees us travelling to Marree, a fascinating old settlement on the edge of the vast desert area of the centre of Australia. Then through Muloorina Station to Lake Eyre where Donald Campbell’s World land speed record took place in 1963, then via the Oodnadatta track to Coward Springs. On the way we relive the experience of the Old Ghan. Coward Springs is an oasis in the Desert with an Artesian Hot Tub to relax in. Camp with facilities.
We make our way today to William Creek, where you have the choice of an optional scenic flight over Lake Eyre and the Painted Hills, the mysterious Marree man, or relax and enjoy the surrounds of William Creek and its iconic Hotel. William Creek is one of South Australia’s smallest townships and lies on the world’s largest pastoral station, Anna Creek. Accommodation with ensuite facilities.
Today we follow the Oodnadatta track to Oodnadatta, visiting the Peake Telegraph Station ruins and the Algebuckina Bridge and railway museum. Overnight camp at the Pink Roadhouse.
After leaving Oodnadatta, we travel via the Angle Pole Memorial, and the Old Telegraph Line, to the ruins of Dalhousie Station, where we enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the therapeutic heated springs, a desert park on the edge of the Simpson Desert. National Park Facilities.
We move on today heading towards the old Finke Railway siding, which is the half way point of the Finke Desert race, the richest road race in the Southern Hemisphere. From here we head to Lambert centre, the Gravitational Centre of Australia. Bush camp.
Today we head for Kulgura, then onto Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve to view rock formations. We arrive back in to Alice Springs late afternoon. Your adventure ends with a transfer to Oz Tours selected locations.
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