Friday, 18 August 2017
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  • Lake Eyre

    Lake Eyre - Kati Thanda South Australia

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  • The Flinders Ranges - SA

    The Flinders Ranges - SA

  • The Wimmera plains - Vic

    The Wimmera plains - Vic

  • Goyder Lagoon

    Goyder Lagoon - South Australia

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Outback icons - Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges & Birdsville

This group wanted to see some of the outback and only had 5 days to do it. Read about their adventure.

DAY 1: Melbourne to ‘The Flinders Ranges’

Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges and Birdsville Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges and Birdsville

We left a blowy and cool Melbourne and headed north west. Our journey initially was over the green hills around Mt. Macedon. We then journeyed towards Swan Hill for a short lunch break. Next we flew along the serpentine Murray river and into the Flinders Ranges. The rugged mountains extend north and south from our stopover point at Rawnsley Park station.

During a sunny afternoon we hired bikes and rode around the winding tree-lined tracks with ochre colored mountain ranges each side of us. Just before the evening we joined a 4WD tour of the station and surrounds - ending up on a hill sipping wine and munching our 'nibblies' overlooking Wilpena Pound as the sun slowly set.

Highlights:

  • A flight along the Murray river
  • An Aerial View of the wonderful Wilpena Pound
  • A bike ride on quiet bush tracks
  • Touring the Ranges by road and seeing the sunset over the mountains while enjoying an wine and cheese

DAY 2: Flinders Ranges to Birdsville

Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges and Birdsville Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges and Birdsville

Today's adventure had us travelling north over the Strzelecki desert. Once the mountain ranges were left behind the land flattened out and the iconic colours of the outback filled our windows. Innamincka passed under our wing and the Cooper creek. We followed the Cooper upstream to the 'Dig Tree' airstrip. Yes there is an airstrip beside the 'Dig Tree' and our lunch break was beside the famous spot where Bourke and Wills tragicly missed their rendezvous by just hours. It's interesting to sit there and ponder what it must have been like to arrive to an empty camp.

Our plane however was waiting and we zoomed over the colourful Coongie Lakes en route to Birdsville. Comfortable accommodation to check into, a cool drink and then a tour of Birdsville. Our evening highlight was wine and cheese on 'Big Red' sand dune on the edge of the Simpson desert. Another spectacular sunset topped off with local stories from Dusty (our tour guide) ended a memorable day.

Highlights:

  • Traveling over the remote and rugged Strzelecki desert
  • Seeing Cooper Creek and Innamincka from the air
  • Lunch at the Bourke & Wills 'Dig Tree'
  • Seeing the Coongie Lakes from the air
  • A tour of Birdsville – from our air conditioned vehicle we saw the iconic town, the 1000 year old living Waddi trees, the race course, the geothermic power station, the water hole and finished with a trip to ‘Big Red’ – the most famous of the Simpson desert sand dunes.
  • Staying overnight at the ‘Birdsville Pub’.

DAY 3: Fly from Birdsville to William Creek

Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges and Birdsville Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges and Birdsville

Our flight today was over the Goyder lagoon and down the Warburton river to Lake Eyre. From Lake Eyre we headed further inland to William creek. Goyder lagoon was a wetland after recent rain. The views over Lake Eyre are stunning. With water, its colours and patterns are spectacular, if you happen to see it empty the textures and vivid whiteness of the salty expanse are quite incredible. After lunch at William Creek we joined a tour to Lake Eyre by road with 'Arid Areas Tours'. This gave us a chance to walk on the salty expanse of the great lake. 

Highlights:

  • Overflying the Goyder lagoon – follow the Warburton river to Lake Eyre
  • Flying over the expansive Lake Eyre
  • Lunch and overnight at William Creek – South Australia’s smallest town
  • The ground tour out to Lake Eyre for dinner. Walking on the massive flat salty surface - an unforgettable experience

DAY 4: Fly from William Creek to Kangaroo Island

Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges and Birdsville Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges and Birdsville

Today's trip was from the rugged inland to the cool coastal Kangaroo Island. We flew past Woomera and tracked beside the lengthy Lake Torrens - 250kms long in total! After a landing a Port Pirie we flew down the Yorke Peninsula and crossed Investigator Strait before landing on Kangaroo Island. Our majestic B & B is called 'Muston Heights'. An aeroplane friendly location with its own landing strip, it sits overlooking American river and is extremely comfortable. Our hosts made us very welcome.

The afternoon was spent driving around and taking in the unique scenery. There is so much to see here, we managed to see just a small part of this extensive island. 

Highlights:

  • A spectacular flight to Kangaroo Island with stunning coastal views
  • The stunning B & B at Johnson river overlooking the inlet at American River
  • A short tour of the island, Penneshaw, beaches and small towns

DAY 5: Following the coast from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne

Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges and Birdsville Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges and Birdsville

Today's trip was a spectacular flight around the entire coast from Cape Jervis South Australia to Melbourne. We saw windswept beaches, rocky points, the green Otway Ranges and many of the popular towns along Victoria's Great Ocean Road. Our route took us over the Port Phillip heads and around the Bay to Essendon airport. 

Highlights:

A memorable coastal flight featuring

  • The Coorong and the Murray River mouth
  • The coast of south east South Australia
  • The shipwreck coast including the 12 Apostles
  • Cape Otway and the Otway Ranges
  • The Great Ocean road
  • Port Phillip bay and the heads at Queenscliff and Pt Nepean
  • Flying past Melbourne at low level - St.Kilda, Station Pier, the CBD

If you were to do this five day trip with 4 people it would cost approximately $3950 per person including everything

If you were to do a three day trip with 4 people (just Birdsville and Lake Eyre) it would cost just $2550pp

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