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Flinders Ranges & Arkaroola

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

  • Stay at Rawnsley Park Station

  • Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

  • 4WD Ridge Top Tour - Arkaroola

  • Oodnadatta Track

  • Mining Town of Roxby Downs

  • Andamooka & Olympic Dam

  • Woomera Heritage Centre

  • Magnificent Martindale Hall

 

 


 

 

Day 1

Albury - Wentworth Tuesday 25th May 2021
Welcome aboard Martins touring Coach for departure from Wodonga Plaza, Smythe Street 6.45am, Albury Rail 7.00am, Lavington Shopping Centre, Griffith Road Bus Stop at 7.15am and Corowa River Street Bus Stop at 8.15am for our special Outback Adventure Tour to South Australia. Travel via Berrigan and Finley to Deniliquin, the hub of a rice and wool growing district for morning tea and a journey through time at The Depot Historic Collection full of nostalgia and discovery.
From here it’s onto Moulamein where we stop for lunch at the Moulamein Hotel and time to look at the historic wharf nearby. Back on the coach this afternoon, pass through Balranald and arrive in Wentworth where we spend the first night of our tour.
Accommodation: Wentworth Grande Resort, Wentworth PH: 03 5027 2225

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Day 2

Wentworth - Barmera Wednesday 26th May
Our touring today takes us into South Australia’s Riverland region and we arrive into Renmark late morning stopping at the Renmark Paringa Visitors Centre and the Paddle Steamer Industry, which is moored here. Commissioned in 1911, the Industry once worked for South Australian Water keeping the Murray River open to traffic. Following a hectic work life the steamer was retired in 1969. There is a delightful short river bank walk to the Renmark Club where lunch is arranged. Nearby is Angoves Winery, the largest privately owned
winery in Australia. Established in 1886 and commencing operation in 1910, it is noted for its large variety of premium wines and brandy. Today, the fifth generation of the winemaking family carries on the business. Enjoy a talk and a taste before making our way to Barmera and our accommodation located overlooking the Barmera Golf Course.
Accommodation: Comfort Inn & Suites Riverland, Barmera Ph: 08 8588 2888

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Day 3

Barmera - Rawnsley Park Station Thursday 27th May
Farewell our hosts and depart Barmera, following the Murray river to Morgan and then make our way to Bungaree Station. Located 12 kilometres north of Clare, it was established in 1841, becoming the headquarters to an extensive sheep station with 100 thousand merino sheep by the 1880s. Today, some 160 years later, it is an efficient mixed farm run by the descendants of the original founder, G.C. Hawker. We enjoy a guided tour with a member of the family who will give us a wonderful insight into 19th century station life followed by lunch. From here we head north far into the Southern Flinders Ranges. On arrival in Hawker stop at Jeff Morgans Gallery, where we not only see, but experience the “Wilpena Panorama”. This is a 360° view as seen from St Mary’s Peak, highest point of Wilpena Pound. This “endless” painting will have us mesmerised. From Hawker it’s only a short drive to the Rawnsley Park Station. This will be our base for the next 2 nights as we explore the Flinders Ranges National Park.
Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station Ph: 08 8648 0700

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Day 4

The Flinders Ranges Friday 28th May
This morning a local guide joins us for an insider’s tour of this stunning National Park. The Flinders Ranges are well known for their wildflowers but it’s the dramatic gorges and spectacular peaks that are the real highlights of this beautiful part of Australia. We’ll stop at a lookout for stunning vistas (a good opportunity for a group photograph) and visit some of the gorges (subject to weather and road conditions). We enjoy a packed lunch along the way then return to Rawnsley mid-afternoon. Wrap up warmly as late afternoon we’ll drive to Pugilist Lookout at Sundowners – nibbles and drinks as we watch the sunset.

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Day 5

Rawnsley Park - Arkaroola Saturday 29th May
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning before we begin our touring. The Northern Flinders are not as well known and are a little more difficult to get to than Wilpena Pound – but the effort is well worth it! Travel north out of the Flinders Ranges National Park to Blinman, for our early lunch. From here make our way via Chambers Gorge to Balcanoona. Later this afternoon arrive at Arkaroola in the Gammon Ranges National Park. Largely unknown, Arkaroola is one of Australia’s true tourism gem. Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is blessed with a unique landscape created over 2 billion years ago. The area is an ancient uplifted seabed and now is home to the most rugged chain of mountains in the Australian Outback. Now, in the heart of this area there is quality accommodation and services in a truly remote location. We have time to settle in before dinner. At night there is a chance to visit Australia’s largest privately owned Astronomical Observatory. Tours of the Universe from this facility and the new “star chairs” are quite extraordinary and provide an experience for the traveller that is normally only available to scientists and astronomers
Accommodation: Arkaroola Tourist Village Arkaroola Ph: 08 8648 4848

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Day 6

Arkaroola Sunday 30th May
This morning take the incredible 4WD ‘Ridge Top Tour’ driving along mine tracks winding through some of Australia’s most rugged mountains. Visit ‘Crystal Candy Mountain’, Mt Painter, Yundnamutana Gorge and Sillers Lookout with awe inspiring views extending more than 80 kms over Lake Frome. The scenery from this pinnacle is so breathtaking that many have compared it to the grandeur of the Grand Canyon! Return to Arkaroola for lunch and then the afternoon is free to enjoy the area.
Take a self-guided walk, or the Echo Camp Back Track Tour, or a 35-minute scenic flight over the Gammon Ranges, or perhaps just kick back and relax (all touring this afternoon is optional and own expense).

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Day 7

Arkaroola - Marree Monday 31st May
A slightly earlier start this morning as we travel through to Copley to stretch our legs and have a break. From here it’s onto the historic remains of the township of Farina. The town is no longer inhabited, but a small group is restoring parts of Farina to reflect its past and ensure that it is retained in the history of Australia's outback. Time to read the various storyboards and look at the ruins. Enjoy our picnic lunches here and have a look at the Anzac memorial before travelling onto Marree. Originally Heggot Springs in the camel train days, Marree is situated where the Oodnadatta Track meets the Birdsville Track and is our next overnight stop. From its earliest days Marree provided a base for the Afghans and their camels and in 1872 - a vital link in the Overland Telegraph Line, connecting Adelaide with London and the rest of the world. When it became a railway terminal in 1884, Marree provided most of the transport services along the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks. In 1981 the last train departed from Marree and the railway line has long been removed. Dinner tonight is in the Tom Kruse Room of the Marree Hotel, a room dedicated to the long serving mailman of the Birdsville Track between 1936 and 1963
Accommodation: Marree Hotel Motel, Marree Ph: 08 8675 8344

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Day 8

Marree - Roxby Downs Tuesday 1st June
This morning take a look at Marree and learn all about the history, culture and amazing stories of how residents live in this isolated outback community. There are no power lines or mains water in the town, so the entire town is reliant on the water from the Great Artesian Basin and power supplied by the main town generator. Did you know the town was home to Australia's first mosque, which was made of mud brick and built by the Afghan cameleers employed at Marree's inception. At one time the town was divided in two, with Europeans on one side and Afghans and Aboriginals on the other. BBQ lunch at Marree Hotel. This afternoon continue our adventure along the Oodnadatta Track, passing by Mutonia Sculpture Park. Mechanic, turned artist, Robin Cook has created a unique attraction in this isolated area. The park contains the remarkable Plane Henge & the Giant Dingo sculptures and many more. This afternoon arrive in Roxby Downs for our next two nights’ accommodation.
Accommodation: Roxby Downs Motor Inn, Roxby Downs Ph: 08 8671 0311

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Day 9

Andamooka & Olympic Dam Wednesday 2nd June
This morning, we take in the sights of Roxby Downs with the help of a local. Of course, the township was established to house the workers at Olympic Dam, one of the most “hi-tech” mining operations in the world. The plentiful supply of water, which is piped in from the Great Artesian Basin, has enabled the local residents in Roxby to establish some fine gardens. Although lawns are very difficult to grow and maintain, the Roxby Golf Club proudly boasts a number of permanent greens in addition to the “scrapes” which are much more common in arid areas like this. The town has a magnificent indoor stadium with indoor tennis and basketball, a swimming centre with palm trees trucked in from Queensland around its perimeter - and even a race course! We also stop at the Roxby Cultural Precinct for a short film about Olympic Dam followed by a guided tour on the mine site. Back in town there’s some free time for lunch before heading out to the opal mining town of Andamooka, and you’ll agree that the contrasts between Roxby Downs and Andamooka, only 32 kilometres away to the east, are astounding. Our local guide will join us and show us how the miners and their families live in this ramshackle town in the "middle of nowhere". See and hear about opal, stop at the restored historical cottages on the side of the creek where opal was first discovered and see some of the creative ways the current residents of Andamooka improvise when building their accommodation.

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Day 10

Roxby Downs - Clare Thursday 3rd June
Our first stop this morning is in Woomera, home to the testing site of long-range missiles and rockets. It remains the largest land-based range in the world and we have a chance to discover its interesting history at the Heritage Centre. Early afternoon, arrive in Port Augusta and stop for lunch at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens followed by a chance to look through the gardens. Heading south via Port Pirie, arrive in Clare with some time to relax before dinner.
Accommodation: Clare Country Club Clare Ph: 08 8563 2303

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Day 11

Clare - Mildura Friday 4th June
Our destination today is Mildura but first take a look at a couple of interesting spots near Clare. The little village of Mintaro is worth a look and we have arranged a brief guided tour of Martindale Hall – a country mansion that was known as Appleyard School in the film “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. Now make our way to Morgan for lunch before we cross over the border to Mildura for our final night on tour.
Accommodation: Best Western Chaffey International Motor Inn , Mildura Ph: 03 5023 5833

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Day 12

Mildura - Albury Saturday 5th June
Unfortunately, our adventure will come to an end today. After breakfast head back to Albury stopping en-route for lunch. We arrive home late afternoon with some fantastic memories of our sensational Outback South Australian Adventure!

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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel

  • Accommodation on basis as booked

  • Meals as indicated on itinerary    

  • Entrances to attractions as per itinerary

  • Goods & Services Tax

 

DEPOSIT & BALANCE DUE         

A non-refundable deposit of $600.00 per person is required within 7 days of reservation.   Balance of payment is due on or before 12th April, 2021

  

LATE BOOKINGS  

Bookings made after 12th April 2021 will be subject to availability of all services and will require full payment on confirmation.

                        

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel Insurance should be considered compulsory for this tour and is available through our office.  Please ask for a Product Disclosure Statement (Insurance Policy Brochure).  Travel Insurance should be taken at the time of paying deposit to ensure adequate coverage and our staff can assist your choice of appropriate cover.

 

WHAT TO BRING

We recommend casual, comfortable clothing. Carry a waterproof warm jacket or jumper as weather can change rapidly.  Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sun screen, insect repellent, any medication – enough for the trip, camera, film and a sense of humour. 

 

LUGGAGE

Passengers are restricted to one case per person (20kg) and hand luggage (7kg). Please ensure all luggage is labelled and can be locked.

 

cancellation

Martins Travel Group may cancel this tour and refund all monies if we do not achieve the minimum number of necessary bookings.

 

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Albury Rail Albury Railway Station, Railway Parade, Albury
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Corowa, River St River Street Bus Stop, Corowa
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Lavington Shopping Ctr Lavington Shopping Ctr, Griffith Road, Lavington
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Martins Albury Martin's Albury, 66 Fallon Street, Albury
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Wodonga Plaza, Smythe St Wodonga Plaza, Smythe Street Wodonga
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