Flinders Ranges Outback Experience Tour 2

Flinders Ranges Outback Experience - Tour 2 - 11 Days

9th October – 19th October, 2019

Explore the real outback. Stunning, rugged landscapes, nature at its best. We enjoy the famous Arkaroola 4WD Ridge Top Tour – absolutely breathtaking. Ride the Historic Pichi Richi Rail along some of the old original Ghan track. This year we are staying at Rawnsley Park a working sheep station, so this should be a real treat to see behind the scenes of how a working farm operates in the Aussie outback. We also have a look around Mildura and enjoy a cruise on the Murray River. A wonderful outback experience!

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $4,495
Repeat clientele twin share  $4,445
Single supplement room  $610
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • Quality ensuite motel accommodation.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • All meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, lunches and morning teas.

Donald, Mildura - local guide tour, Varapodio Estate, Orange World, Mungo National Park, Renmark, Paringa, Port Augusta, Pichi Richi Rail Journey – Quorn, Kanyaka Homestead, Rawnsley Park Station, Flinders Ranges, Pugilist Lookout, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Gammon Ranges National Park, 4WD “Ridge Top Tour”, Leigh Creek, Clare, Birdwood, National Motor Museum, Horsham, Old Dadswell Town and Ballarat.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

3 nights in Mildura, 2 nights in Rawnsley Park and Arkaroola.

 

CRUISE

PS Melbourne - Murray River.

 

Itinerary

HOME TO MILDURA

 

We have been touring this region for many years and are looking forward to sharing this unique outback experience with you! With personal pick-up from home we board the coach and travel over the Westgate Bridge to Ballarat for morning tea, then via the Sunraysia Highway through the Pyrenees Ranges to Donald for lunch. This afternoon we make our way through the Wimmera-Mallee with an afternoon stop at Sea Lake. We arrive in Mildura with time to freshen up before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Best Western Chaffey Motor Inn, MILDURA

EXPLORING MILDURA

 

After breakfast, we will be introduced to town by our locally based expert for a morning of sightseeing. We’ll hear about the Canadian Chaffey Brothers (George and William Benjamin) who arrived in Mildura in 1886 to establish the first irrigation scheme in Australia and hear about life on the river past and present. Our lunch break will be cruising along the river aboard the PS Melbourne. A unique feature of this cruise is travelling downstream through Lock 11, built to bypass the weir across the river. Back on dry land, we head to a lovely olive oil farm, Varapodio Estate, where we enjoy a tour and tastings of their award winning oils. Our final visit for the day is Orange World - a working 50-acre citrus property situated just 8 minutes from Mildura over the Chaffey Bridge. We will enjoy a citrus tour around the picturesque property of avocado trees, numerous citrus varieties and tree grafting areas. There is also an opportunity to travel on the 70-seat tractor train with undercover seating for an informative commentary on a wealth of citrus information with a juicy sense of humour.    

 

OVERNIGHT:  Best Western Chaffey Motor Inn, MILDURA

MUNGO NATIONAL PARK

 

Today we take a giant leap back in time and enjoy a day exploring the remarkable natural location of Lake Mungo which sits within The Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. A local expert will join us so we can experience all the highlights. The Willandra Lakes preserve the longest continuous record of aboriginal life in Australia from 40,000 years ago to the present. The tour slowly and gently weaves through unique geological formations of rare beauty passing by the ancient evidence of the people that once walked this land. Lunch is included today. After a great day we return to Mildura.  

 

OVERNIGHT:  Best Western Chaffey Motor Inn, MILDURA

MILDURA TO PORT AUGUSTA

 

It’s 140kms from Mildura to Renmark - just inside the border - and just a little closer is the tiny village of Paringa (Paringa is from an Aboriginal word meaning "big bend in the river"). It’s here we have our morning tea stop at Lock 5. Navigating the Murray River wouldn’t be possible without the series of locks and weirs that were built back in the 1920s and 1930s. We will enjoy  morning tea from the coach with some fantastic views of the river. We then cross the Paringa Suspension Bridge which was opened in 1927 and drive into Renmark. From here we travel to the riverport of Morgan and stop for lunch at Mallyons on the Murray before our afternoon drive through to Port Augusta.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Standpipe Gulf Motor Inn, PORT AUGUSTA

PORT AUGUSTA TO THE FLINDERS RANGES

 

Port Augusta is located at the top of the Spencer Gulf. Major transcontinental rail services pass through Port Augusta as do the major east/west and north/south highways. The town was once an important base for arid land explorations to the north and later a busy shipping port. We take a brief look around, then embark on an historical train journey aboard the Pichi Richi Rail. This section of rail line is the original Port Augusta to Alice Springs line which travels through the famous Pichi Richi Pass to the historic township of Quorn. The railway heritage is reflected in the names of some of the old hotels - The Grand Junction and the Trans Continental. After lunch, we continue north stopping at the Kanyaka Homestead just off the main road, 15 kilometres south of Hawker. Our next two night’s accommodation is in the Flinders Ranges at Rawnsley Park Station set below the magnificent Rawnsley Bluff. Dinner tonight will be in the Woolshed Restaurant, an authentic Australian woolshed. The ever-changing menu makes the best of local produce, including Rawnsley’s own lamb (as we’ll find out tomorrow night). 

 

OVERNIGHT:  Rawnsley Park Station, RAWNSLEY PARK

THE FLINDERS RANGES

 

This morning a local expert joins us for an insider’s tour of this stunning National Park. The Flinders Ranges are well known for their wild flowers but it’s the dramatic gorges and spectacular peaks that are the real highlights. We enjoy a packed lunch along the way then return to Rawnsley mid-afternoon. Wrap up warmly as late afternoon we’ll drive to Pugilist Lookout for nibbles and drinks as we enjoy the view. But our day’s not over yet… Back at Rawnsley Park, we can enjoy a lamb roast as there’ll be a Lamb on the Spit for dinner (for those who don’t eat red meat, chicken will be available, along with a Vegetarian option).

 

OVERNIGHT:  Rawnsley Park Station, RAWNSLEY PARK

RAWNSLEY PARK TO ARKAROOLA

 

We tour further into the Flinders today on our way to the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Lunch today is at Blinman – historic, picturesque and the highest town in South Australia. During the copper mining boom of the 1850s more than 1500 people lived in Blinman. Today it’s just over 20! This afternoon we arrive at Arkaroola in the Gammon Ranges National Park, one of Australia’s true tourism gems. Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is blessed with a unique landscape created over 2 billion years ago and is home to the most rugged chain of mountains in the Australian Outback. We have time to settle in and perhaps take ourselves on a self-guided walk before dinner. At night there is a chance to visit Australia’s largest privately owned Astronomical Observatory. Tours of the Universe from this facility and the “star chairs” provide a unique experience for the traveller that is normally only available to scientists and astronomers (entry is at own cost and dependant on local weather conditions).

 

OVERNIGHT:  Arkaroola Tourist Village, ARKAROOLA

ARKAROOLA RIDGE TOP TOUR

 

This morning we take the incredible 4WD ‘Ridge Top Tour’ driving along mine tracks winding through some of Australia’s most rugged mountains. Visit ‘Crystal Candy Mountain’, Mt Painter, Yundnamutana Gorge and Sillers Lookout with awe inspiring views extending more than 80 kms over Lake Frome. We return to Arkaroola for lunch and then the afternoon is free to enjoy the area.  Take a self-guided walk, or the Echo Camp Back Track Tour or a 35 minute scenic flight over the Gammon Ranges, or perhaps just kick back and relax (all touring this afternoon is optional and at own expense).

 

OVERNIGHT:  Arkaroola Tourist Village, ARKAROOLA

ARKAROOLA TO CLARE

 

We have an early breakfast this morning before our travel day ahead. Driving west, we make our way to Copley and Leigh Creek where we stop for a lunch break. Leigh Creek is a modern company town on the edge of the desert built to house the workers and their families who provide the labour force for the huge Leigh Creek open cut coal mine which exists 22km north of the town. Afterwards we re-join the highway and head south via Quorn and then into the picturesque Southern Flinders and Mount Remarkable National Park. The town of Melrose is the oldest in the area and the North Start Hotel, the most prominent building in town, has a licence that dates from 1854. We arrive into our overnight destination of Clare to check in at the delightful Clare Country Club.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Clare Country Club, CLARE

CLARE TO HORSHAM

 

Our drive today skirts the Barossa Valley and takes us to the tiny town of Birdwood. Here we will find the National Motor Museum where we can experience Australia’s motoring history from 1885 to today. With up to 400 vehicles on display as well as a selection of motoring related items, there is something for everyone. We have lunch in town then travel via Tailem Bend and Bordertown and across the border into Horsham for our final overnight stay.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Sundowner Horsham Westlander, HORSHAM

HOMEWARD BOUND

 

This morning we stop at the very Australian Old Dadswell Town, which is full of nostalgia, history, memorabilia and good old Aussie humour. Located at Dadswell Bridge it’s an old style Australian town that has been recreated on the edge of the Grampians. It will be a bit of fun as we take a look at Madam X’s Bordello, Mad Max’s Garage and Robbie’s. We have a couple of hours travelling ahead of us so we board the coach and make our way to Ballarat where we stop for lunch. We arrive back late afternoon where our chauffeurs will be waiting to drive us home, with memories of the stunning natural scenery of the Flinders Ranges.

Flinders Ranges Outback Tour 2 2019

Flinders Ranges Outback Tour 2 2019

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