Tours to Lake Eyre in 2022 - Photo
2022 Lake Eyre holidays - Photo
Lake Eyre tour packages from Adelaide 2022 - Photo
Groups tour packages to Lake Eyre 2022 - Photo


Day 1. Adelaide – Port August Standpipe Golf Motor Inn

Today you will be greeted by our friendly and professional Tour Directors at the time and location specified above. After landing at Adelaide Airport please collect your baggage and make your way to the café located at the bottom of the escalator in the baggage hall where one of your Tour Directors will meet you. We then depart Adelaide and travel north along the Princes Highway, making our way to Port Augusta. We spend the night at the 4-star Standpipe Golf Motor Inn. Overnight: Standpipe Golf Motor Inn (L,D)

Day 2. Parachilna – Marree

This morning we enjoy a visit to the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. Established in 1993 to research, conserve and promote the wider appreciation of Australia’s arid zone flora, the centre is home to thousands of highly evolved plant communities that are specially adapted to thrive in an environment where temperatures are extreme, and drought can last for decades. The garden showcases a diverse collection of arid zone habitats in a picturesque setting of more than 250 hectares. Later this morning we continue our journey north to Parachilna. Enjoy a gourmet lunch under the verandah of the Prairie Hotel before heading on through Lyndhurst and Leigh Creek, arriving in Marree late afternoon. This historic little settlement lies at the junction of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks, and was once one of the busiest towns in Outback Australia! Tonight, we stay at the Marree Hotel in comfortable motel units. Overnight: Marree Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 3. Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre – Goyder Lagoon – Birdsville – Simpson Desert – William Creek (WOWWHAT A DAY!)

Please Note: Today your tour will split into 2 groups. Group 1 will take the scenic flights/tour as per the itinerary below, while Group 2 travels up to William Creek by road following the Old Ghan rail line. On Day 4, group 2 enjoys the scenic flight and tour, while Group 1 travels back down to Marree by road.

This morning we head to the Marree Aerodrome to prepare for our scenic flights. Meet your experienced pilot and board our ‘state-of-the-art’ Cessna Grand Caravan, the most modern turbine aircraft in the area. Once airborne, our morning flight will take us over Lake Eyre South before crossing over to Lake Eyre North, the larger of the two lakes. Fly over Belt Bay, the lowest point on the Australian continent at 15 metres below sea level, and then follow the Warburton Groove right up the middle of the lake and north to Goyder Lagoon on the Diamantina River floodplains. Located at the junction of the Diamantina River and Eyre Creek, this large ephemeral swamp consists mainly of shallow braided micro-channels which look stunning from the air. From Goyder Lagoon we fly further north to Birdsville where we land and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the iconic Birdsville Hotel. Enjoy an informative town tour followed by a trip to the famous “Big Red” where you will enjoy endless panoramic views on top of the first of 1,140 sand dunes in the Simpson Desert. The dune is red from rusting iron particles in the sand and provides a breathtaking sight that has to be seen to believe as it stretches out to the horizon everywhere you turn. This afternoon we take to the skies for our second flight for the day, this time heading south west over the mighty Simpson Desert. Admire the endless red sand dunes that stretch to the horizon, before once again flying over Lake Eyre North. After another close inspection of this breathtaking natural spectacle we’ll head for William Creek, where we rendezvous with the rest of the tour group at approximately 4.30pm. We spend the night here in modern ensuite accommodation and enjoy dinner in one of the most atmospheric outback pubs in Australia – the William Creek Hotel. Overnight William Creek Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4. Old Ghan Line – Coward Springs – Lake Eyre North (Belt Bay) – Marree

Today group 2 enjoys the scenic flights to Birdsville, Kalamurina and Lake Eyre, while Group 1 travels down the Oodnadatta Track to Marree. Later this morning we continue south along the Oodnadatta Track, following the Old Ghan line – one of the great historic railway lines in the world. Construction began in 1878 and it eventually reached Oodnadatta in 1891. The line only reached Alice Springs in 1929, so the journey from Oodnadatta at this time was still made by camel. The old line was eventually closed in 1980, and the new line takes a different route to Alice Springs. Some of the old sidings that refilled the steam engines with water, such as Coward Springs, are incredibly interesting and well preserved. Today we’ll visit a few of them on our way down to Marree. Upon our arrival we’ll rendezvous with Group 2 and check-in to the Marree Hotel for our overnight stay. Overnight: Marree Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5. Marree – Wilpena Pound

After breakfast we farewell Marree and begin our trek south to the Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound. Enjoy the scenic drive through Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges, stopping at several vantage points along the way to admire the views of the Flinders Ranges. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way before arriving at Wilpena Pound Resort early in the afternoon. Wilpena Pound sits in the southern region of the Flinders Ranges National Park. It is characterised by spectacular scenery and is home to nearly half of South Australia’s species of plants. After checking in to your deluxe resort room, we’ll set off on a guided walk through the tranquil Pound Gap into Wilpena Pound (Easy grade, 2-3 hrs return). Follow Wilpena Creek past ancient River Red Gums and pines to arrive at the historic Hills Homestead. For the more energetic, there is an optional extension to the walk that leads to Wangarra Hill lookout, which offers panoramic views of Wilpena Pound (good level of fitness and mobility required). This afternoon we return to the resort. Take some time to freshen up before dinner in the restaurant. Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort (B,L,D)

Day 6. Wilpena Pound – Adelaide

This morning we enjoy a visit to the Old Wilpena Station precinct, one of South Australia’s oldest and best-preserved pastoral settlements. There’s also an opportunity to take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound, priced at approx. $231 for a 30 minute flight (own expense). Later this morning we begin our trek south back to Adelaide. Travel to Hawker before taking the R.M Williams Way down through Carrieton, Orroroo and Burra. Enjoy a quick look around this interesting little village before heading on to Adelaide, arriving late afternoon. We then check-in to the luxurious Stamford Grand Hotel in Glenelg for our final evening together. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel restaurant and reflect upon your adventure into the heart of outback Australia. Overnight: Stamford Grand Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7. Adelaide – Home Ports

Today your adventure concludes. After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flights home. Bon Voyage! (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2022
$5295 $5820 Aug 7 – SOLD OUT
Aug 14 – SOLD OUT
Aug 21 – SOLD OUT
Sep 25 – SOLD OUT

Highlights & inclusions

  • Witness the breathtaking spectacle of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre in flood
  • Enjoy 2 mesmerising scenic flights aboard modern turbine aircraft
  • Fly over Lake Eyre and follow the flood up all the way to Birdsville
  • Marvel at Goyder Lagoon and the Simpson Desert from the air
  • Take a 4WD adventure to the shores of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre
  • Travel the infamous Oodnadatta Track to William Creek
  • Visit Birdsville and enjoy lunch at the iconic Birdsville Hotel
  • Follow the old Ghan Rail Line and visit the historic Coward Springs siding
  • Explore the Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound
  • Small Group Size – 26
  • All meals including all breakfasts, lunches and dinners while on tour
  • 6 nights of excellent hotel, motel and lodge accommodation
  • Two scenic flights aboard a modern Cessna Grand Caravan
  • All attraction and National Park entry fees
  • Travel aboard a 5-star all terrain Mercedes Benz Coach
  • Services of a professional 2-person crew consisting of a Tour Driver and Tour Director
  • Outback Spirit Explorer Pack featuring handy travel items

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