FROM MELBOURNE G4 33 “LAKE EYRE & BIRDSVILLE EXPERIENCE” – Premium Class – 4 DAYS

The Biggest Ever Floods Since European Settlement - 4WD Travel from Adelaide – Following The Old Ghan Railway – Driving on the Birdsville & Oodnadatta Tracks – 4WD To The Shores of Lake Eyre – A Flight Over Lake Eyre & A Special Flight to the Outback Town of Birdsville in South West Queensland - A True Adventure Tour Code G4 33 -   ()

A JOURNEY FROM MELBOURNE TO LAKE EYRE

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BY 4WD – 4 Days

G4 = minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4X4 vehicle with special Driver/Guide 

The Biggest Ever Floods Since European Settlement – 4WD Travel from Adelaide – Following The Old Ghan Railway – Driving on the Birdsville & Oodnadatta Tracks – 4WD To The Shores of Lake Eyre – A Flight Over Lake Eyre  & A Special Flight to the Outback Town of Birdsville in South West Queensland – A True Adventure

Fly From Melbourne To Adelaide Travel North Direct To Marree Day 1

Fly to Adelaide to arrive at 7.00am for a 7.30am departure from the airport or departure from Adelaide City at 8.00 am. Your journey today will take to direct to Marree, first along the Northern Hwy then cross the Flinders Ranges to Hawker, pass through lots or small settlements, now mainly ruins. Clear evidence of the boom days of the 1880s follow The Old Ghan Railway, see hot springs – maybe a paddle. Pass through interesting and changing scenery which will bring you to Marree at approximately 5.00pm. Settle in to the quaint and refurnished original hotel from the days when Marree was the centre of transport – camels and trains – travelling north to The Alice or north east to Queensland along the Birdsville Track.

*Rain earlier this year has transformed the countryside all ready. The floods have reached a 2 metre depth and there’s lots of water filling the creeks on the western, northern and eastern sides of the lake. The evaporation level is high due to the very dry atmosphere but in spite of this the experts are predicting this will be the ’daddy of all floods!’

Meals:
Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Marree Hotel – Premium = twin share 2.5 star

Discovering The Secrets of Lake Eyre Day 2

What a way to start the day – a dawn flight over Lake Eyre which will amaze you. The pilot will choose the final route which could include Warburton Creek, Goyders Lagoon, the larger watercourses of the Diamantina and the Cooper. After your flight your driver will pick up your picnic lunch and drive to William Creek, a small town on the Oodnadatta Track – just a pub, a house or two and a population of 5. Your driver will seek out the latest road conditions for the next stage which will be a journey to the shores of Lake Eyre – tough 4 Wheel Driving but worth it!

A trackside spot under a shady tree will be ideal for a picnic lunch then you will see first hand the water in Lake Eyre. Maybe a walk out on the salt pan to reach the shores this will depend on the date of your visit, when the water is filling the lake or evaporating out, maybe you will see flocks of pelican nesting abundant bird life and native animals, will certainly be seen on the track and on the water. An amazing experience!

Local weather conditions and access to the lake may be restricted so other sightseeing and 4 wheel driving will be substituted – return to Marree for a great night together.

Meals:
Marree Hotel – Premium = twin share 2.5 star
Accommodation:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

A Day Trip to Birdsville Day 3

Start the day with a brisk walk around the town of Marree, visit the museum and photograph what is left of The Old Ghan Railway Station which was such an important rail head and transit place for 50 years. Later in the morning head off for an exciting flight – the ultimate Australian Outback experience, flying over the majestic Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre before stopping in Birdsville for lunch at the pub or bakery.  The return flight will include part of the Simpson Desert, the famous Birdsville Track and the remote Tirari Desert.

The flight is approx. 5 hours with an hour stop in Birdsville.

Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Marree Hotel – Premium = twin share 2.5 star

Brief Visit and Stops at the Flinders Ranges, Hawker and Burra Day 4

Depart Marree at 7.30am for your journey on a different route to return to Adelaide. Let’s drive a kilometre or two on the Birdsville Track just to say you have done that. Detour into the Flinders Ranges for a drive through this beautiful, outback oasis, that may be your next visit to this region. Travel through the towns of Hawker, Peterborough and Burra – they all played very important parts in the early settlement days of outback South Australia.

Continue to Adelaide passing through the Barossa Valley – your arrival in Adelaide will be at 6.00 pm approximately, for Melbourne clients we suggest a flight from Adelaide after 8.00pm.

Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Accommodation:
Nil

Prices:                          Adult Twin Share:          Child:

Premium Class:         $4595                                 $3675

G4 2 Premium:         $7075                                   N/A

prices are per person, twin share, minimum/maximum four persons.

Prices valid to 31st March 2017

Departs: Daily – May, June & July

you choose your departure date (other months on apply only)

Tour cost includes:

  • Pick Up and Drop Off from your hotel or Adelaide Airport (flight arrival by 7 am).
  • The provision of a modern, top of the range four wheel drive vehicle.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide.
  • The provision of 2.5 star ensuite cabins – twin share basis.
  • Morning and afternoon teas.
  • The provision of breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.
  • Welcome drink prior to evening meal.
  • The payment of all accommodation, scenic Lake Eyre flight, Birdsville day flight, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • Expert interpretation of the natural and cultural environment from a specialist guide

Excludes:

  • Flights to/from Adelaide.
  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.

Special Notes: Travel insurance is highly recommended – refer Bookings/Travel Insurance. Austour Tour special group rates are applicable. Please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel.

Accommodation at Marree is ensuite cabins, limited availability so book early!

Child: up to and including 16 years of age and sharing with two adults.

G4 2 Premium Class: 2 adults minimum / maximum private charter

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

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