Outback South Australia & Eyre Peninsula

19 Days | Get a taste for Aussie adventure on a trip that explores it all from the Outback to the ocean 

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This 19-day trip will take you into the heart of the South Australian Outback and then turn around and show you the best of the Eyre Peninsula and its wild coastline. From Adelaide, head toward the centre and visit the opal capital of Australia, see Silo Art and watch stars sparkling above Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park as you hear traditional stories of the Adnyamathanha people. Then, swap the desert landscapes for coastal vistas and explore Port Augusta, discover the diversity of the Gawler Ranges National Park, look out for southern right whales at the Head of Bight, snap pictures of the iconic Lake Macdonnell and dine on freshly shucked oysters in Coffin Bay. This trip takes you on an epic adventure across some of the most iconic South Australian scenery with a local guide to give you the inside scoop on everything along the way. 

Trip overview

Map of Outback South Australia & Eyre Peninsula including Australia
Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Australia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
PZSLC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Watch the night sky come alive as you enjoy a campfire dinner and learn about the stories and traditions of the First Nations Adnyamathanha people who are the traditional custodians of the Flinders Ranges. 
  • Enjoy a subterranean stay in Coober Pedy, the opal capital of Australia, in underground accommodation, which is cool, comfortable and unique to this part of the South Australian outback. 
  • Uncover the diverse flora, fauna and formations of the Gawler Ranges National Park, from salt pans to mountains, gorges and the spectacular Organ Pipes. 
  • Marvel at the pink and blue hues of Lake Macdonnell, watch the locals catch waves at the surf mecca of Cactus Beach and chill out in the laidback seaside town of Streaky Bay. 
  • Experience a working oyster farm with a local farmer, including a hands-on shucking lesson, and taste the freshest oysters you’ve ever tasted, straight out of the water. 

Is this trip right for you?
  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
  • This trip includes time spent travelling in a private vehicle with your group. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates and ensure you pack light.

Itinerary

Map of Outback South Australia & Eyre Peninsula including Australia

Inclusions

Meals

12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, 4WD, Ferry

Accommodation

Motel (7 nights), Underground hotel (2 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Permanent tented camp (2 nights), Resort (2 nights), Cabin (with shared facilities) (2 nights)

Activities
  • Woomera - Lake Hart Rest Area
  • Woomera - Heritage Museum & Visitor Centre
  • Coober Pedy - Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Coober Pedy - Underground Home, Church & Historic Mine Visit
  • Coober Pedy - Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park & Dingo Fence
  • Marree - Leader-led Local History Walk
  • Stuarts Creek - Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park
  • Lake Eyre - Picnic Lunch
  • Iga Warta - Cultural Cookout Dinner & Campfire
  • Iga Warta - Adnyamathanha Cultural Activities
  • Farina - Restoration Project
  • Wilpena Pound - Welcome to Country by Adnyamathanha Local
  • Wilpena Pound - Bushwalk
  • Clare Valley - Wine Tasting
  • Port Augusta - Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens guided tour
  • Kimba - Big Galah
  • Penong - Windmill Museum
  • Bookabie - Aboriginal Community Stay
  • Head of Bight - Whale Watching Centre
  • Penong - Point Sinclair & Cactus Beach
  • Penong - Lake Macdonnell (Pink Lake)
  • Streaky Bay - Murphy's Haystacks
  • Point Labatt - Sea lion colony
  • Coffin Bay National Park - Yangie Bay or Point Avoid
  • Coffin Bay - Oyster farm experience
  • Tumby Bay - Silo Art
Add on activities
  • Port Augusta - Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens guided tour - Free
  • Port Augusta - Wadlata Outback Centre 'Tunnel of Time' - AUD23
  • Coward Springs - Museum & Natural Spa - AUD2
  • Wilpena Pound - Sunset Spectacular Tour - AUD60
  • Wilpena Pound - Mountain Bike Hire (half day) - AUD35
  • Wilpena Pound - Time Travel & Gorgeous Gorges 4WD Tour - AUD150
  • Wilpena Pound - Yura Udnyu 'Our Culture, Your Culture' Tour - AUD45
  • Wilpena Pound - Sacred Canyon Yura Mulka Cultural Walk - AUD85
  • Wudinna - Big Farmer - Free
  • Wudinna - Climb Mt Wudinna - Free
  • Ceduna - Arts Centre (entry by donation) - Free

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Important notes

START & END TIME
This trip start in Adelaide on day 1 at 8.00 am and and finishes in Adelaide on day 19 at approximately 6pm.

COMBINATION TRIP
As this is a combination of two smaller trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change in Adelaide. Please note tat the night in Adelaide on day 10 is unaccompanied by your leader.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. The price of the single supplement does not include the following nights, where a single room does not form part of the package:
- Days 6-7 Iga Warta
For those nights you will be matched up with other travellers of the same gender. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option for you to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night. Please also note that there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

REMOTE TRAVEL & ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS
This trip travels to the remote Outback of South Australia. There will be extended periods of time with no phone reception. Choices of where to eat will be limited and not all dietary needs may be able to be met. Road conditions may be affected by weather such as rain, extreme heat or wind particularly from Coober Pedy onwards, and on the Oodnadatta track. Our leaders will check forward conditions in Coober Pedy and make alternative arrangements if the road conditions are not safe for our vehicle to continue. Safety will always come first. This does mean that at times groups will not be able to complete the itinerary as planned. For example, we may need to backtrack from Coober Pedy to Port Augusta and travel from there into the Flinders Ranges. Please also make sure you have access to your emergency funds in case this is needed. Please also note that some sites, restaurants, cafes, tours & attractions may be closed during the off season summer months.

HEAT
Departures during summer months can expect extreme heat. Customers will need to be prepared with sun protection, including wearing light, long sleeves and carry at least 2 litres of water at all times. Our vehicles are air conditioned, but even this may struggle at higher temperatures. In hotter months we may have earlier or adjusted departure times to beat the heat, rest at our accommodation during the hottest hours of the day and then explore again in the late afternoon/early evening.

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Outback South Australia & Eyre Peninsula
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AUD $8,290