Lake Eyre and Outback Tour
The Tour Description:
The Lake Eyre and Outback Tour is a 6 day air tour to Lake Eyre and the iconic towns of outback Australia. Departing Archerfield, Brisbane, the trip overflies four states and a minimum of 4,200km.
Try your hand at Opal fossicking.
This tour starts with a visit to Lightning Ridge an iconic opal mining town renowned for Black Opal. Try your hand at fossicking for opals, visit a working mine and the sights of Lightning ridge. Departing Lightning Ridge we stop in Bourke before proceeding to Broken Hill. Yes you can say you have been back of Bourke now.
Broken Hill heritage city
Broken Hill is an entire heritage city with history reflecting it’s place as the birthplace of BHP. We stay at the iconic Royal Exchange Hotel, surrounded by the museums and buildings that showcase the city’s development and mining history. Enjoy a tour of the cities highlights and the Pro Hart art gallery before visiting a couple of the local hotels for a drink and meal.
Flinder Ranges, Leigh Creek, Maree Man, Southern Lake Eyre, William Creek, what a day!
From Broken Hill we fly via Arkaroola in the Flinders Ranges, with awe inspiring scenery, landing in Leigh Creek for lunch. From there we head towards Southern Lake Eyre in the afternoon light. There are actually a number of lakes making up the Lake Eyre system and they fill with water from Queensland and the Northern Territory roughly once every 10 years depending on the severity of cyclones to the north. Will it fill this year? As a result of rains in March, there is water in the north lake. We overfly both ends of the lake system, at different times of the day resulting in the best photography options. Check out Lake Eyre’s water status here courtesy of the Lake Eyre Yacht Club! Regardless of whether wet or dry, the lake is visually stunning.
The stars are fabulous viewing
We spend the night in William Creek staying at the William Creek Hotel, truly the middle of no where. Try your hand at star Photography while here as this is the best location for minimal external light interference.
Birdsville Pub, Big Red, the heart of dinosaur country in Australia
En route to Birdsville marvel at the “Channel Country” and the hardship of the Birdsville Track. Once in Birdsville enjoy a wine and cheese sitting atop Big Red, no hardship required. Drink a beer at the iconic Birdsville pub with time to reflect on all you have seen. Flying on to winton be amazed at the past dinosaurs at the Age of Dinosaurs Museum. Explore the past history of the song Waltzing Matilda at the newly opened Waltzing Matilda Museum, just across the road from the North Gregory Hotel.
Iconic Longreach and the Fraser Coast
The Stockmans Hall of Fame Museum and iconic Qantas Museum are must see attractions in Longreach. While in Longreach we stay at the Saltbush Resort or the Albert Park Motor Inn and enjoy that evening on a paddle steamer with dinner by a camp fire. Contrast the outback landscape with the Fraser Coast and the beautiful moving sands of the coastal waterways as we head home on our final day, finishing with a view of Brisbane City.
The Lake Eyre and Outback Tour includes the following towns and attractions.
Archerfield – Lightning Ridge – overnight at the Wallangulla Motel
Lightning Ridge – Bourke – Broken Hill – overnight at The Royal Exchange Hotel
Broken Hill – Arkaroola – Leigh Creek – Maree – Southern Lake Eyre – William Creek – overnight at the William Creek Hotel
William Creek – Northern Lake Eyre – Simpson Desert – Poeppel Corner – Birdsville – overnight at the Birdsville Pub or in Winton North Gregory Hotel depending on availability of accomodation in Birdsville.
Birdsville – Winton – Longreach – overnight at the Saltbush Resort or Albert park Motor Inn
Longreach – Queensland Fraser Coast, Brisbane City.
This trip includes light walking.
$4,200 per person
July: 26th July 2021
August: 9th August 2021 – Full!
September: 13th September 2021 – Only 4 seats remaining!
All meals, accommodation, ground transport, entry tickets and air travel. Alcohol is not included with the exception of “Big Red” excursion.
Maximum of 8 passengers.
It gets very hot in outback Australia which is why we only run this tour in winter. Daytime temperatures can still be quite warm at up to 28C while the nights can be crisp and chilly at 5C. Pack that jacket!
Images courtesy of https://southaustralia.com/travel-blog/kati-thanda-lake-eyre
Publications of interest:
More information on Lake Eyre and the surrounding outback can be found at https://www.landscape.sa.gov.au/saal/news-resources/publications/exploring-the-outback.
For those interested in the history of the region check out https://webarchive.nla.gov.au/awa/20040915120112/http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/42990/20040718-0000/www.environment.sa.gov.au/heritage/pdfs/surveys/birdsville/sections_1-2.pdf
for a very good study of the Heritage of the Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks, produced by Department for Environment and Heritage. Skip to page 20 to start.