Taste of the Outback 3 days
This three-day air tour is the perfect introduction to the great Australian Outback.
Innamincka, Birdsville, Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges. Names from another world. They elicit such strong images of remoteness, dramatic landscapes, explorers, red dirt and quintessential Australia. Meet the people, hear their stories and experience the outback’s great expanses on this unforgettable tour.
Tour Itinerary: Taste of the Outback 3 days
Your three-day outback air safari kicks off early, with a flight bound for the tiny outback town of Innamincka in South Australia’s remote north east. On the way in, your pilot will fly low over the Dig Tree, where the explorers Burke and Wills famously set up camp. On the ground, learn more about this pioneering pair and their ill-fated expedition. Enjoy a cruise on the Cooper Creek aboard the ‘Kingfisher’ before lunch at the Innamincka Hotel, a true outback pub.
Then, it’s on to Birdsville. On touchdown, embark on a stunning 4WD tour to Big Red, the 40 metre sand dune on the edge of the Simpson Desert. Drink in the views as the sun sets while enjoying refreshments. Return to Birdsville for a cleansing ale, dinner and chat with fellow travellers at the famous outback pub.
Overnight: Birdsville Hotel
Take a low-level flight down the Diamantina River, Goyder Lagoon and the Warburton River, before flying over Lake Eyre North. Lake Eyre is an incredible destination, magnificent whether in its usual dry, flat, salt-plain state, or during those rare periods when rains in the gulf have filtered down to create an oasis in the desert. Fly low and slow over the lake for some amazing photos. Land near the lake for a refresh.
Then fly over the Flinders Ranges, where the late afternoon sun exposes the vibrant palette of colours on the mountains. A 30-minute drive brings you to Arkaroola Wilderness Resort. After dinner, enjoy awesome views of the stars and constellations in the clear night sky at the resort’s observatory.
Overnight: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Mawson Room
Begin the last day with the famous Ridgetop Tour in an open-air 4WD vehicle to Sillers Lookout where you’ll experience the ruggedness and beauty of the Northern Flinders Ranges. The area is home to over 160 species of birds and the shy and endangered yellow-footed rock-wallaby, along with craggy mountains, towering granite peaks, magnificent gorges and mysterious waterholes.
In the afternoon it’s time to head home. Fly over Lake Frome en-route, arriving in the evening.