5-Day Lake Eyre in Flood & Wilpena Adventure

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Extraordinary Experiences

  • Soar above the breathtaking Lake Eyre on an exhilarating scenic flight adventure!
  • Stay in a lavish safari tent accommodation, where luxury becomes your untamed sanctuary.
  • Immerse yourself in the legendary charm of the Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, an iconic outback hotel with a fantastic dinner menu.
  • Explore the most intact and significant Ediacara fossil beds in the world.

Overview

Unleash your adventurous spirit on a self-drive journey from Adelaide to Wilpena Pound, where an extraordinary Outback escapade awaits. Soar above the captivating beauty of Lake Eyre, conquer the Flinders in thrilling 4WD expeditions, and luxuriate in safari tent accommodations with mouth-watering meals. Immerse yourself in the legendary Prairie Outback Hotel, where a fossil tour with a local expert will transport you to a bygone era. Get ready for an enticing Outback escapade that will ignite your senses and create memories to treasure forever!

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Destination:

Australia

Start:

Flinders Ranges, Australia

Finish:

Parachilna, Australia

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive to Adelaide and Head North to Wilpena!

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Arrive to Adelaide and Head North to Wilpena!

You will enjoy a scenic drive north today to South Australia's beautiful Outback.

Cradled by ancient mountain ranges on the edge of the desert, Wilpena Pound is the crowning jewel of the Flinders Ranges. Also known by its Adnyamathanha name of Ikara, meaning meeting place, Wilpena Pound rewards the intrepid.

You will stay in a beautiful safari Tent at Wilpena Pound Resort, where luxury becomes your untamed sanctuary.

Day 2

Fly Over Lake Eyre and Visit William Creek for Lunch

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Fly Over Lake Eyre and Visit William Creek for Lunch

Today, you will enjoy excellent views of outback South Australia beginning with a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound and Brachina Gorge. You will pass over Parachilna, the Leigh Creek open-cut coal fields, the township of Marree, Muloorina Station and the awe-inspiring Lake Eyre.

After marvelling at the wonders of Lake Eyre, you will land at the remote town of William Creek for lunch (population of ten at last count). You will return via the beautiful Painted Hills, the Breakaway Country, the Andamooka opal fields and Lake Torrens.

Day 3

Explore Flinders With 4WD

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Explore Flinders With 4WD

The fascinating geological history of the Flinders Ranges is recorded in the world renowned “Corridor Through Time”. Today, you will explore more than 100 million years of this history as well as marvelling at the rugged beauty of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges. You will search for Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies and enjoy sweeping views of Bunyeroo Valley and the eastern wall of Wilpena Pound.

Day 4

Drive on to Parachilna and the Famous Prairie Outback Hotel

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Drive on to Parachilna and the Famous Prairie Outback Hotel

There’s not many outback places that can boast 500 million years of earth history as a talking point at the local hotel. There’s even fewer where you can sit down and chat over breakfast with a world-renown professor of palaeontology. And there’s only one place we can think of where you can dine on a ‘feral’ feast of kangaroo, emu and camel for dinner…all on the one plate.

Day 5

Local Fossil Tour and Return to Adelaide.

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Local Fossil Tour and Return to Adelaide.

Today, you will go on an extended Nilpena fossil tour to the active fossil research site in addition to the two-hour visitor precinct tour. You will experience the earliest evidence of complex, multicellular life on earth, with Nilpena Station pastoralist, Ross Fargher, who discovered the Nilpena fossils in 1986.

Included in Price

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 activities
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed English speaking guides

Not Included in Price

  • Airport transfer
  • Alcohol beverages
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking permits
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Local Designer Reviews

Overall Rating

4.6 out of 5

Eva S.

Jan 14, 2024

We had an amazing experience. We felt that we had someone in our corner at all times just in case something happened and Kate and Jo did exactly that.

Would definitely recommend and be in touch with again in the future.

Francesca L.

Aug 23, 2023

Client Feedback
Sudima Auckland – Wouldn’t stay there again. The staff and location were great but the rooms are very sparse, small and had a very tiny sink area. The first room they gave us was an accessible room which was substandard and seemed to have not been used in a while (there was noticeable dust in the bathroom and the phone was broken). The only other available room which was apparently offered at our rate was on the first floor. We ended paying to upgrade to a better non-accessible room which -- although it wasn’t much money and the front desk gave us a discount – we really should’ve have had to pay to get a decent room off the ground floor on a busy boulevard.
Wellington:
Xplor Tours/Wellington Highlights Half Tour – This was our least favorite of the tours. The guide was over 20 minutes late. The tour van was not ideal for sightseeing – windows were too small. More of a transport passenger van. Guide was just ok. Would give a “so so” recommendation.
Queenstown - Air Milford/Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly – The group was too big for the long bus ride to Milford – spent a long time waiting for a family to arrive and then had to make a diversion to get a baby seat they didn’t bring. A lot of chatter by a group making it hard to hear the tour guide. Must say the driver was very patient, informative and managed to keep us moving on time. Would have preferred a smaller group. However, we were ultimately glad we took a ride to Milford since we were able to stop at places we normally wouldn’t have seen close up by air (e.g., Mirror Lakes). The Milford Sound cruise was fine. The airplane ride back was fantastic! With a smaller group for the bus ride, would highly recommend.
Auckland:
Bush and Beach/Best of Both Worlds – It seems we were put on a different tour than originally on our proposed itinerary (which listed a Time Unlimited small group in a luxury Mercedes van). We were in a bigger group and vehicle rather than in a luxury Mercedes van, and lunch, snacks and refreshments were not provided as indicated on the proposed itinerary; rather we were brought to café/bakery to buy our own. And we had to transfer from one bus/group to another after the morning City tour during the lunch hour rather than getting lunch. (*Can you confirm that our cost was adjusted?) Nonetheless, the morning City tour was fine and the guide was informative (although his driving was a bit jerky). The afternoon beach and rainforest tour was great, and the guides were very informative and considerate. Would highly recommend the beach and rainforest tour, and would recommend the City tour with smoother driving.
Airport Transfers: All transfers were on time and very professional, helpful and friendly, with one slight exception. The Aug 3 pick up from Sudima Auckland for our Rotorua flight was more akin to an Uber ride. The car was a small blue Toyota and the driver wasn’t very friendly. Felt like he was a last minute hire by Hallmark.

Racv E.

Aug 9, 2023

Beyond Expectations: From a Seamless Journey to Stronger Bonds for my daughters

To all at travel design journeys.
Thank you, even that I could not go on the holiday my daughters had a wonderful time,
They even did not want to go back home.
They even said that they even got a lot closer with each other.
Everything went perfectly, you planed it to perfection.
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Hilary N.

Jan 21, 2023

Kate is very knowledgeable about New Zealand. I gave her some ideas for activities that we were interested in and she was able to craft the perfect itinerary for us. We did a ton of fun excursions, but also had time to relax and plenty of time to get from one town to the next. I appreciate that Kate was always quick to respond to my emails. I had tons of questions for her and she never seemed to mind. I highly recommend working with Kate! We are so glad we did.

Ruth M.

Mar 21, 2020

Fast, efficient, knowledgeable

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