Lake Eyre & Surrounds in depth

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You may be in the middle of Australia but you won't be roughing it in this 7 day tour (and flight) that cuts no corners.

There's water in the lake for the first time in years. It's a rare phenomenon that could be gone in the blink of an eye. While this itinerary will explore the lake and surrounds in depth (and in relative style) we also have a one day air safari option if time is not you're friend. All the details of that one here... Lake Eyre & Birdsville in a Day


Take To The Skies
Experience the rare moment of seeing Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre’s landscapes on a scenic flight after recent rainfall.
Walk on the dazzling salt flats of Kata Thanda-Lake Eyre, South Australia.

Walk Along The Salt Flats
There’s nothing like being on Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, giving you a unique perspective of this natural wonder.
Panoramic View of Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, South Australia.

Flinders Ranges
Explore the national park that houses this iconic range, including the dramatic landscapes of Wilpena Pound.


  • All-inclusive experiences in 8 locations    
  • Small group travel with a maximum of 24 guests    
  • Expert Driver-Guide    
  • Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle    
  • 18 meals, sightseeing, national park fees and airport transfers


Day 1 - Arrive Adelaide, Wadlata Outback Centre, Port Augusta
Be met at Adelaide airport, where you will meet your Driver-Guide and board your 4WD vehicle. Travel to Port Augusta, situated at the head of Spencer Gulf. This iconic town sits at the crossroads of Australia, where the Sydney-Perth and Adelaide-Alice Springs railway lines intersect. Today you’ll also visit the award-winning Wadlata Outback Centre, where a walk through its ‘Tunnel of Time’ provides the perfect introduction to this magnificent region.
  • Stay: Port Augusta, Standpipe Motel
  • Meals:  Lunch Dinner 

Day 2 - Port Augusta, Marree
Traverse the Pichi Richi Pass, a heritage steam railway line. Stop for lunch at Parachilna’s famous Prairie Hotel, a family-owned pub that was first licensed in 1876. Continue to the stunning Aroona Dam and admire the spectacular colours of its ochre pits, then call in at the ghost town of Farina before arriving at Marree.
  • Stay: The Marree Hotel
  • Meals:   Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

Day 3 - Marree, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, Birdsville
Set off along the Oodnadatta Track towards Lake Eyre South, where you’ll walk on the dazzling salt flats subject to weather conditions. Explore the surrounding natural artesian mound springs, created from water deep within the Great Artesian Basin. The water filters to the surface, forming mounds and bubbling ponds out of the desert. 
Afterwards, enjoy a pub lunch at William Creek and then board an included scenic flight over Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, where you will be able to gain a bird’s-eye view and true appreciation of this magnificent sight, especially after rare rainfall that has occurred recently. 
Keep an eye out for unusual creatures including the Lake Eyre dragon, as well as a variety of birdlife including corellas and wild emerald budgerigars. You will fly over an amazing area where, prior to entering Lake Eyre, The Warburton Creek opens up to a plain that resembles a birdlife filled playground when the area has seen recent flooding. 
From here you will gain an appreciation of how it cuts an amazing track though the Simpson Desert all the way from Queensland as you head for Poeppels Corner and the Big Red sand dune prior to landing at Birdsville. You will spend the night in Birdsville at the famous Birdsville Hotel.
  • Stay: Birdsville Hotel
  • Daily :    Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

Day 4 - Birdsville, Wilpena Pound
Depart Birdsville for the lush green Goyder Lagoon area and follow the Diamantina River before returning to Marree via the Eastern side of Lake Eyre North, the Cooper Creek and Lake Eyre South. Fly over the Marree Man, the largest geoglyph and work of art in the world, to this date little is known about its origin. Upon arrival, drive through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound and enjoy dinner at your hotel later this evening.
  • Stay: Two Nights, Wilpena Pound Resort
  • Daily :    Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

Day 5 - Wilpena Pound
Venture into Flinders Ranges National Park and follow in the footsteps of Douglas Mawson as you spend the morning in the geological site of Brachina Gorge, an important refuge for the endangered Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby. After lunch, the afternoon is at your leisure to explore. Perhaps embark on a guided walk to the spectacular Wilpena Pound, a spectacular natural amphitheatre of mountains in the heart of the National Park. Alternatively, take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound to gain a true appreciation of this natural wonder (additional expense).
  • Daily :    Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

Day 6 - Wilpena Pound, Clare Valley, Adelaide
After breakfast, drive to the world-renowned wine growing district of the Clare Valley. Here, enjoy lunch at Skillogalee Winery, showcasing the exceptional locally grown produce and wines of the region. Later, return to Adelaide, where you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel.
  • Stay: The Sebel Playford Adelaide Hotel
  • Daily :    Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

Day 7 - Depart Adelaide
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
  • Meals:    Breakfast 


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