5 Day Flinders Ranges Experience
|Northern & Central Flinders RangesDuration: 5 days, 4 nightsDeparture Time: 8.00am Day 1
Arrival Time: 5.30pm Day 5
Departure and Return Point: Adelaide CBD: Other areas POA
Tour Code: FR005
Cost: $2500 AUD per person twin share (All Inclusive).
Note: Additional 1.5% fee to pay via credit card: Visa & Mastercard accepted. Cheaper packages can be negotiated by changing accommodation level and meal options. BTA reserves the right to include a Fuel Surcharge to allow for excessive fuel rises.
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Travel north from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges.
Enjoy morning tea on the Port Augusta foreshore. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre for hands on interpretative displays about the history and culture of the Flinders Ranges.
Lunch in Wadlata or at Port Augusta or Quorn.
Pass through the historic town of Hawker to experience the vast and diverse landscapes of the Aussie outback. Pass through the outback towns of Leigh Creek and Copley.
Visit the Quandong Cafe for an afternoon drink (at guests own expense).
Check in and relax in your choice of accommodation. Motel accommodation in Leigh Creek or Nepabunna Aboriginal Community stay.
Leigh Creek Township
Leigh Creek is a company coal mining town on the edge of the desert. It is a new township because the original settlement at Leigh Creek, located 13 km north of the present site, happened to be under the coal seam. It is a modern township with a modern shopping center, a series of neat modern roads and small, housing that has been built to house the workers and their families who provide the labor force for the huge Leigh Creek open cut coal mine which exists 22 km north of the town.
Nepabunna is an Aboriginal community situated approximately 60km east of Copley along the Copley to Balcanoona Road. At Nepabunna community you experience a genuine spontaneous Adnyamathanha Aboriginal cultural experience right in the middle of the Nepabunna township. Located in the now closed Nepabunna Aboriginal School, the school camp offers modest dorm styled accommodation in the old classrooms. A newly renovated school hall offers a dining area with decking providing views of the surrounding mountainside.
Walk through the scenic creek bed and marvel at ancient artwork dating back many thousands of years. Enjoy your bush foods morning tea in this peaceful location.
Learn about the early history of the Adnyamathanha people. See the remnants of Mineruta a former location of an Aboriginal community.
After lunch, we visit an Aboriginal site renowned for its timeless cave paintings. Hear interpretations of the artwork and reflect on the teachings of an Aboriginal creation story.
Return to accommodation for dinner and some company for the evening.
Stop for morning tea in a gum tree lined creek bed.
Tour to Ithala Awi (Italowie Gorge) and learn about native bush foods.
Visit Balcanoona Rangers’ Headquarters.
Visit a beautiful gorge to experience remote yet timeless ancient Aboriginal engravings and rock etchings, and hear a creation story that explains geographical features of the surrounding area. Picnic lunch.
Leave for a scenic tour on a drive through breath-taking Gorges and view magnificent geological rock formations and look for the endangered yellow-footed rock wallabies and other wildlife.
Arrive at Wilpena Pound Resort, settle in and dine at the restaurant before retiring to the resorts deluxe accommodation.
Choose either ~ peaceful walk to Wangarra Look-Out for a spectacular view inside Wilpena Pound, or ~ Consider a scenic flight for views of Wilpena Pound and surrounding ranges. (additional cost of $165 pp for 30 mins.)
Enjoy lunch in the Wilpena Restaurant.
Take a tour to “Old Wilpena Station” and enjoy the ‘Living With Land’ interpretative trail. (approx.1 or 2 hr return easy walk)
Return to the resort for free time to relax, have a swim, enjoy a drink in the bar or visit the Information Centre.
Dine at the Wilpena Resort Restaurant.
Visit local Aboriginal rock art site depicting the creation of Wilpena Pound (1.5 hr moderate walk) or have a sleep in with a later breakfast and relax in the Wilpena Resort surrounds and visit the Information Centre.
Depart for the historic town of Hawker and have lunch. Visit the Wilpena Panorama Gallery in Hawker and see a magnificent 360° degree painting of Wilpena Pound and locally produced art, craft and food.
Depart for Adelaide visit a Cellar Door for a quick wine tasting in the Clare Valley on the way home (time permitting).
Note: Accommodation may vary according to availability.