Hop on board for a 4WD Australian Outback adventure to some of the most stunning parts of the Flinders Ranges. Experience the thrill and exhilaration of the famous Ridgetop Tour at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, discover the ancient indigenous rock engravings hidden deep within Chambers Gorge, soak up the luxury of the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna. Enjoy a walk into the spectacular Wilpena Pound, 4WD through Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges in the Flinders Ranges NP, and kick back at Rawnsley Park Station where the view will take your breath away – this tour has it all!
This tour has been designed to take you into remote outback locations where you will experience the beauty and vastness of this country first hand, but at the same time you will stay in great accommodation all the way. So if you really like all your creature comforts, don’t fear, you really don’t have to give them up to travel outback!
Sydney to Broken Hill
Departing Sydney on the Outback Explorer in first class seats. Sit back, relaxing and enjoying the scenery as you are whisked away over the Blue Mountains through the Central West of NSW. As you continue your journey marvel at the ever changing scenery of Western NSW until you arrive into Broken Hill at 7.10pm.
Broken Hill to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Leaving Broken Hill at 8.30am we follow the Barrier Highway to Yunta, where we leave the bitumen and head into the South Australian outback. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the verandah of the abandoned Waukeringa hotel, and wonder how life may have been in this remote outpost in days gone by. Heading north into the Flinders Ranges on our way to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary you will be amazed and delighted by the ever changing landscape. Late afternoon we settle into our motel lodge accommodation for the next 2 nights overlooking the breath-taking vistas around Arkaroola.
Arkaroola Famous Ridgetop Tour
We start today with an experience you will never forget, as we hop on board a specially constructed open-top 4WD vehicle to do the famous Arkaroola Ridgetop Tour! We travel to the top of Sillers Lookout to take in the endless view of this timeless terrain. Your trained local guide will share their knowledge of Arkaroola’s 1600 million year geological history as you enjoy an unforgettable journey through some of the most spectacularly rugged country on earth. Wonder at the beauty of Arkaroola’s crystal Mount Gee, and learn about Reg & Grizelda Sprigg who made it their mission to protect this unique wilderness area.
This afternoon there is time to just sit back and relax as you soak up the stunning scenery, or perhaps you would like to take a walk to see if you can spot some of the resident Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies. Tonight after dinner you have the option to join a star tour where you can learn about the heavens in Arkaroola’s own observatory.
This morning we leave Arkaroola and head through the Gammon Ranges, which are one of many mountain groups that make up the Flinders Ranges. Our first stop is at Chambers Gorge, a magnificent deep canyon eroded into the ancient ranges. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the dry creek bed to a remote gorge where you will see some wonderful examples of Aboriginal rock engravings that are thousands of years and old made by the Adnyamathanha people.
Travelling through massive outback sheep stations on our journey today is a great way to get a glimpse into the enormity of our country. Our next stop is at the little village of Blinman, the highest town in the Flinders Ranges, before we take the spectacular drive through Parachilna Gorge on our way to the iconic Prairie Hotel. Enjoy some luxury tonight in the unique rammed earth deluxe hotel rooms and a great outback dinner, with a slightly ‘feral’ twist – a signature of the Prairie Hotel.
Heading into the Flinders Ranges National Park today we experience more of this wonderful landscape. Both Brachina & Bunyeroo Gorges are highlights of the region, with many great photo opportunities. After a relaxing picnic lunch we visit Wilpena Pound Visitor Centre, the starting point for our afternoon walk into the pound. This area is abundant in bird & wildlife, along with amazing scenery. Tonight’s destination is Rawnsley park station where we will be staying in comfortable cabin style accommodation with a great dinner in the Woolshed Restaurant. There are plenty of opportunities here for walks with spectacular views of Rawnsley Bluff on the southern face of Wilpena Pound.
Depart Flinders Ranges
For those who would like to get an amazing aerial view of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding ranges there is the opportunity to enjoy a scenic flight before we leave this morning – please let us know if you would like to take this option when booking (appx $185pp for 30-minute flight). Heading south we visit the small township of Hawker, home to local artist Jeff Morgan, where you can visit his gallery to purchase one of his outback paintings, or perhaps view his stunning panorama of the Flinders Ranges. Soon we are back into wheat country with the landscape changing constantly along the way. A visit to the quaint township of Orooroo, and a picnic lunch is our last stop, before we head back to Broken Hill.
City Sights and Sunset Sculptures Symposium
This tour covers 50kms of our unique city. Listen as you tour guide tells you of the impact the enormous wealth of the “Silver City” had on the development of our great country. You will visit the Line of Lode Miners Memorial and Visitors Centre, this magnificent new attraction is located at the highest point of the Line of Lode overlooking the city. Hear of the origins of BHP and their eventual departure from the Silver City. See the vast differences from the early miners cottages to the modern homes of today. Your guide will show you the wonderful heritage buildings, churches and hotels. Take note of our green parklands and the magnificent fully grassed Broken Hill Golf Course, something that was just a dream to the early pioneers in this semi-arid climate.
Their free time in the afternoon until approx. 1 hour before sunset. When you head to the Sculptures Symposium. This tour is designed to take advantage of the stunning sunset in this vast land of ours as well as view one of the world’s major sculpture symposia. The site has 360 degree panoramic views enhanced by the colour of the sunset (weather permitting). Put this with the amazing work that 12 of the finest sculptors from all over the world have created and you have a tour that every visitor to Broken Hill must see.ve created.
A free day to explore Broken Hill at your own pace. Time to revisit that special attraction that caught your eye or one of the many other galleries or attractions around the city.
After an early breakfast, you are transferred to Broken Hill Railway Station to depart Broken Hill at 7.45am (CST) on the Outback Explorer in First class seats. Sit back and relax watching Outback NSW speed to Sydney, reminiscing on a wonderful Outback Experience.
|Price Person twin share||First Class From||Economy Class From|
|NSW Pensioner Travel Voucher||$3,176||$3,118|
|Single Supplement||$ 953|
** Adult Seasonal Fare Quoted price may vary