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LAKE EYRE & SURROUNDS
Last year we teamed up with our mates at Park Trek walking holidays to put on a tour of the Lake Eyre region. It was such a cracker of a trip, we are doing it again! Aussie Overlander goes about doing what we do best, showing you to all those off the beaten track locations around Lake Eyre.
Guided by yours truly and supported in the time proven Park Trek way!
5 nights country hotel Accommodation.
Now for the itinerary:
Our guide and coach will be waiting for you at the Adelaide Parklands Terminal for an 7.30am departure. Our day’s destination is Leigh Creek via the Clare Valley. Being a Park Trek trip we’ll take care of the catering and have day packs, bottled water and plenty of trail snacks on hand. We’ll enjoy morning tea, make our lunches and stop off for a walk through Alligator Gorge, arguably the best short walk in the Flinders Ranges. Then we have an afternoon of driving via a coffee stop (OE) at the famous Prairie Hotel in Parachilna, before stopping at the Leigh Creek Motel for a well earned rest. Dinner in the local restaurant tonight. Your evening meal is covered by your Park Trek trip fee.
The rooms at the Leigh Creek Tavern are simple and clean. Each room has it's own ensuite, tv and tea/coffee making facilities. They are also quiet.
This morning we’ll swap from the road coach the well appointed Aussie Overlander 4wd expedition vehicle, ideal for making sure we can take you to all of the obscure hard to get to places. And it’s hello to our guide Carl who’ll be your host for the next 4 days whose knowledge of the area and outback experience ensures that you get the best out of your time away. First stop is the ruins of Farina, a testimony to the pluck and tenacity of those who arrived over 130 years ago to try and forge a life in this harsh environment.
Then its lunch in the small town of Marree and then it’s on to the outback station of Muloorina, right against the southern shoreline of Lake Eyre. Depending on the way the wind is blowing (despite it being a large body of water the wind actually pushes the water around) we could be looking straight into Lake Eyre. You have the chance to walk out onto the salt flats if there is no water present.
Late afternoon is the time we settle into our surrounds of the lovely Marree Hotel whose owners Phil and Maz offer nothing less than a genuine friendly welcome. Ofcourse there’ll be plenty of healthy Park Trek fare as we get dinner underway around their poolside BBQ.
The accommodation in Marree is in demountable cabins. Each room has its own ensuite along with two single person beds and tea/coffee making facilities. The nights can be very cold so make sure you rug up!
Breakfast and then time to wander around Marree. Perhaps a visit to the Lake Eyre Yacht Club and the chance to meet the clubs commodore. By mid morning we'll have you onboard our people mover and settled in for a day’s touring of the Oodnadatta Track heading towards William Creek. There are lots of diversions along the way such as Coward Springs where you can enjoy a warm mineral infused spa immersion. There's history pertaining to the establishment of the Overland Telegraph Line and views of Lake Eyre. Late afternoon we’ll be arriving into William Creek where we have cosy cabins awaiting our arrival plus damper from our campfire and a welcome cuppa in the well provisioned Park Trek bush kitchen. Of course across the road is the iconic William Creek pub so feel free to avail of their hospitality while we get dinner under the stars and around the campfire underway.
We stay in the best accommodation at William Creek, the Pelican suites. They to are demountable cabins with their own ensuite and tea/coffee making facilities.
Perhaps an early morning wander before breakfast just to get your legs warmed up as today we climb aboard a lightweight plane for a 2 hour flight over Lake Eyre. We’ll see the Warburton Creek and its wetland habitat plus the inlet of Cooper Creek. Then it’s a return via the eastern side of Lake Eyre and back to William Creek.You may feel like relaxing in your surrounds at William Creek or perhaps a little more touring later in the afternoon. Dinner is in the William Creek hotel tonight and is included.
Farewell to the region, it’s now time to head out towards Coober Pedy where you’ll lunch and explore the town and it’s unique character. First stop is the amazing Old Timers Mine where opal exploration throughout the ages is revealed. Then time for a decent coffee or tea before we swap from the 4 x 4 coach that has so comfortably escorted you through some challenging terrain to the more conventional road coach as you begin your journey heading south. Your overnight place of stay will be at the Eldo Hotel in Woomera. Dinner in their restaurant tonight is at your own expense (OE). The restaurant and dining facilities are the best of the entire trip.
Being an army base each room has exactly the same configuration. The rooms are very comfortable and clean but also very simple. There are two rooms with a double bed in one and two single beds in the other.
Breakfast in the restaurant then it’s on to Port Augusta for morning tea and a stretch of the legs at the Arid Lands Botanical Gardens. Typically the folks here welcome us with an excellent morning tea follows by a guided walk with one of the park locals. Back on the road and finally lunch at the lovely Mambray Creek Reserve and a delightful two hour break from the coach including a walk up the creek that only six days earlier you were exploring from the opposite side of the Mount Remarkable Range. By late afternoon we’ll be on the outskirts of Adelaide, looking at a 6.30pm return to the CBD.
If you are flying out that night please book a flight that departs after 8.30pm.
Price: $2450 Twin share