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Wine tasting and wildlife in the Outback

Spend 10 days exploring the best of South Australia’s Outback in on a culturally rich and deliciously different small group adventure. From Adelaide, visit the opal capital of Australia, see the Silo Art Trail and watch stars sparkling above Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park as you hear traditional stories of the Adnyamathanha people. You will also immerse yourself in the beauty of Arkaroola, a 610 sqm wildlife sanctuary, and taste fine wines in the Clare Valley. With First Nations experiences, comfortable accommodation, a knowledgeable leader and numerous included activities, this Outback adventure is the whole package.

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Travel local with peace of mind - $99 deposits, the ability to change your dates or to cancel up until 24 hours before departure.

Terms & Conditions

Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Code
PZSA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 11

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.

  • Soak up the scenic beauty of the Clare Valley, one of Australia’s most famous wine regions, and sample Rieslings and other fine wines.

  • Explore the Silo Art Trail and watch the Quorn Silo Light Show, a colourful audio-visual celebration which highlights the local stories, history and heritage of the surrounding region.

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.

Itinerary

Welcome to Adelaide! Your tour starts at 8:00 am with a group meeting followed by a scenic drive to Auburn, a village on the edge of the Clare Valley wine region. Along the way, stop for a wine tasting at a winery which is housed in an old railway station. Grab lunch at one of the cafes in Auburn before the 2.5-hour drive to Port Augusta. On arrival, you may have time for an optional visit to the Wadlata Outback Centre, Curdnatta Artist Platform Gallery or Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. This evening, join your group for a takeaway dinner while watching the Quorn Silo Light Show, an audio-visual celebration under the stars which highlights the local stories, history and heritage of the surrounding region. Head back to Port Augusta for the night.
Included Activities
  • Auburn - Wine Tasting
  • Quorn - Silo Light Show
Optional Activities
  • Port Augusta - Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens - Free
  • Port Augusta - Curdnatta Artist Platform Gallery - Free
  • Port Augusta - Wadlata Outback Centre 'Tunnel of Time' - AUD22
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Total drive time today is approximately 4.5 hours. It’s very important that you meet the group at 8 am this morning in the hotel lobby to begin your tour. Find more details in the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ section of your Essential Trip Information. If you are going to be late, we recommend spending a night before your tour begins in Adelaide. If so, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Enjoy breakfast at a café in town before the drive to Woomera, a town that was purpose-built for testing rockets in the 1940s. Learn about nuclear and non-nuclear rocket testing and more at the Woomera Heritage and Visitor Information Centre. There is time for lunch before the short drive to Lake Hart, one of the region’s salt lakes. When you arrive in Coober Pedy, you could stroll around town, search out some street art, find a bar or buy jewellery as a souvenir. You are in the opal capital of Australia, after all. Tonight, you may choose to join your tour group for dinner at a local bar that offers up incredible views of the Breakaways and Coober Pedy.
Included Activities
  • Woomera - Lake Hart
  • Woomera - Heritage & Visitor Information Centre
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 6 hours.
Spend your day exploring in and around Coober Pedy including a tour of an underground home, an underground church and a historic mine. In the late afternoon, visit Josephine’s Gallery which specialises in Aboriginal art and also doubles as a kangaroo orphanage. Here you can meet kangaroos and other native wildlife such as wombats and birds which are looked after by wildlife carers.
Included Activities
  • Coober Pedy - Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage
  • Coober Pedy - Underground Home, Church & Historic Mine Visit
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Head to Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park which is a registered Aboriginal heritage site and see the dog fence, also know as the dingo fence, before travelling back to Coober Pedy for optional lunch at a local café. Drive into the remote South Australian Outback proper, along a rough dirt road to William Creek where you can enjoy a cold beer and check out the "museum" of memorabilia across the street. Tonight, you may choose to join your tour group for dinner at the local pub.
Included Activities
  • Coober Pedy - Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park & Dingo Fence
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 3 hours. Please note that today's drive is on an unsurfaced gravel road. Some sections are corrugated so it may be a bumpy ride.
Perhaps enjoy an early morning scenic flight to see the Outback from a different angle, or sleep in before breakfast. Continue your drive deeper into the remote desert landscape to Lake Eyre via the legendary and famous Oodnadatta Track, with a stop at Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park along the way. Stop at Lake Eyre for a picnic lunch before you continue to Marree. Stroll around town to see historical sites such as the old Afghan Mosque and remnants of the Historical Ghan Railway. Your leader will give you the background on local history.
Included Activities
  • Marree - Leader-led Local History Walk
  • Stuarts Creek - Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park
  • Lake Eyre - Picnic Lunch
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 2.5 hours.
After breakfast at the Marree Hotel, drive to Farina where you will explore a ghost town and maybe have the chance to visit an underground bakery if it is operating at the time. Head to Iga Warta where you will spend the day and evening learning about Adnyamathanha culture and gaining a deeper appreciation of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Lunch is followed by a painting class and a cultural cookout dinner where you will enjoy a traditional meal along with music and Adnyamathanha Yura Muda (cultural stories and language).

Included Activities
  • Iga Warta - Cultural Cookout Dinner & Campfire
  • Iga Warta - Adnyamathanha Cultural Activities
  • Farina - Restoration Project
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please note that depending on the group size rooming in Iga Warta for the next two nights will be twin or triple share cabins or safari tents.
After breakfast at Iga Warta, join your leader for a bush walk at Arkaroola. Choose from hikes such as the Baranna Gorge Walk, Loop Walk, or the four-hour Mawson Spriggina Walk. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way and take in the scenery before driving back to Iga Warta. After dinner, sit around the campfire for a night of storytelling, singing and a damper supper served with quandong jam and billy tea.
Included Activities
  • Arkaroola - Bushwalk & Picnic Lunch
  • Iga Warta - Adnyamathanha Cultural Activities
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast at Iga Warta, stop at Copley Bush Bakery or the Quandong Café then continue driving to the famous Wilpena Pound, the centre piece of the Flinders Ranges. After lunch, join your leader for a walk around Old Wilpena Station before a Welcome to Country ceremony. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing evening at the resort.
Included Activities
  • Wilpena Pound - Welcome to Country
  • Wilpena Pound - Bushwalk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 3 hours.
After breakfast, join your leader for another bushwalk. You may decide to hike to the Wangara Lookout, take a shorter walk to Hills Homestead or spend the day swimming in the pool or enjoying other activities around the resort.
Included Activities
  • Wilpena Pound - Bushwalk
Optional Activities
  • 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
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, depart for the Clare Valley where you may choose to have lunch at a brewery. See the Silo Art at Farrell Flat and Owen before continuing to Adelaide where your journey will come to an end.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 5 hours. Your arrival back into Adelaide this afternoon will be at around 5 pm. Please take this into consideration when planning your onward travels.

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Motel (1 night), Underground hotel (2 nights), Hotel (2 nights), Cabins/Tents (2 nights), Resort (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Auburn - Wine Tasting
  • Quorn - Silo Light Show
  • Woomera - Lake Hart
  • Woomera - Heritage & Visitor Information 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
  • Arkaroola - Bushwalk & Picnic Lunch
  • Wilpena Pound - Welcome to Country
  • Wilpena Pound - Bushwalk

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Important notes

From 01 September 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips will be required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Excludes Australia, New Zealand and Cook Islands tours. Read details here.

START & END TIMES
This trip start in Adelaide on day 1 at 8.00 am and finishes in Adelaide on day 10 at approximately 5 pm.

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. In this case 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:
- Days 6-7 Iga Warta
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.

Essential trip information

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