This morning we are ready to head into the far north of SA – beyond the famed Goyders Line. We stop at Kanyaka Homestead just off the main road, 15 kilometres south of Hawker. After a pub lunch at Hawker we travel west of the Flinders Ranges with the magnificent Range rising up on our right hand side. We pass through Parachilna, Copley and Lyndhurst before arriving in Marree. Marree is situated where the Oodnadatta Track meets the Birdsville Track.
DAY 2: LAKE EYRE AND THE PAINTED HILLS
We have an early start this morning before setting out before setting out on our adventure along the Oodnadatta Track. Not far out of Marree we will stop at the Mutonia Sculpture Park. The park contains the remarkable Plane Henge and the Giant Dingo sculptures and many more. At William Creek we enjoy lunch at the iconic pub – the William Creek Hotel. This afternoon, we join local operator Wrightsair for a sensational site seeing flight over Lake Eyre. We also fly over Anna Creek Station to the Painted Hills, an area swathed in a variety of earthy outback colours and are only accessible and visible by air. We’ll catch a glimpse of Oz Mineral’s largest copper and gold mine, Prominent Hill before returning to William Creek.
DAY 3: WILLIAM CREEK TO COOBER PEDY
Today we continue on our way through the outback to arrive in Coober Pedy. First time visitors, in particular, will be fascinated by this iconic town. About 80 per cent of the population lives underground.
DAY 4: COOBER PEDY
Our touring today begins at the famous Old Timers Mine which offers visitors a window in to the opal mining of yesteryear with a self-guided tour through an original opal mine, hand dug in 1916. This afternoon we take a tour around Coober Pedy with Yanni from the Umoona Opal Mine. Highlights will be an opal cutting demonstration, the tour of an underground house and a mine tour. From the Big Winch Lookout we will enjoy some sensational views of Coober Pedy.
DAY 5: COOBER PEDY TO PORT AUGUSTA
We have an early start today as we travel south on the Stuart Highway to Woomera for a late lunch. Woomera is home to the testing site of long range missiles and rockets and remains the largest land based range in the world. We also visit the Woomera Heritage & Visitor Information Centre showcasing an amazing collection of peace and wartime relics. From here we continue on to Port Augusta arriving in time to freshen up for dinner.