Flinders Ranges Outback Adventure

Join CFT as we explore the ancient rugged landscape of the Flinders Ranges including the iconic Wilpena Pound. Marvel at the wonder of God’s creation as we spend time in this incredible area of remote beauty – this is an Outback Adventure not to be missed.
Duration
11 Days
Departs
4 October 2018
From
$3,750
Brochure

TOUR INCLUDES

A Christian Tour Leader throughout your holiday plus Daily Devotions and time for worship.

Domestic return economy airfares to Adelaide.

Quality accommodation with private facilities.

10 breakfasts
7 lunches
10 dinners

Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees included.

Luggage assistance at airports and hotels.

“I could just enjoy each day and know it was all taken care of.”

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1
Thursday 4 October 2018
Travel to Adelaide

Your Outback adventure begins in Adelaide, “City of Churches.” Flights will be arranged to arrive in the afternoon, where you will be transferred to our central Adelaide hotel.

Your afternoon is at leisure so why not wander inner city Adelaide or just relax before we gather to enjoy our first meal together.

DAY 2
Friday 5 October 2018
Hahndorf – Peterborough

Our day begins with a drive through the Adelaide Hills to historic Hahndorf, a beautiful little village established in 1839 by German Lutherans fleeing religious persecution.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore this delightful settlement with its traditional German history and culture, wander the picturesque main street and perhaps visit the beautiful St Paul’s Lutheran Church. Take time to browse through the interesting boutiques, galleries and craft shops and savour some delicious food from one of the many cafés, bakeries or restaurants.

After lunch, we will drive north through pastoral landscapes to Burra, a historic mining town, past Mount Bryan and onto Peterborough. Today Peterborough has a population of only 1700 but its streetscape of grand architecture alludes to its former importance as the crossroads of a growing nation; over 100 steam locomotives used to pass through the town before heading to all corners of Australia as it sat at the intersection of the East-West railway, the North South railway and later the Trans- Australian railway.

After dinner, we will visit the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre to enjoy the award-winning Sound and Light Show – celebrate the legacy of this important period whilst sitting comfortably in a restored 1916 historic rail carriage which is placed on an 85-foot-long, 3 gauge turntable.

DAY 3
Saturday 6 October 2018
Peterborough – Arkaroola

Today we enter the semi-arid regions, driving to Yunta before we leave the sealed road behind us and head north, skirting the 100 km long, 40 km wide salt pan that is Lake Frome before travelling along the eastern escarpment of the Flinders Ranges into the Gammon Ranges. We will be surrounded by dramatic and spectacular Outback scenery as we climb through rugged mountains on the road into South Australia’s first legally protected wilderness sanctuary, Arkaroola Wilderness Lodge. Established in 1967 by the geologist Reg Sprigg and his wife Griselda, with the intention to preserve the unique environment by removing feral animals and re-introducing native fauna and plants, Arkaroola is now a multi-tourism award winner that offers Advanced Ecotourism accredited guided tours. Reg & Griselda’s dream has been kept alive by their children, Doug and Marg Sprigg, and fifty years on Arkaroola is at the forefront of Eco Tourism in Australia.

DAY 4
Sunday 7 October 2018
Arkaroola activities – Optional flight – Astronomy tour

This morning we will worship the Lord in this incredible location; marvel at the beauty of God’s creation – the unique geography and geology of rugged mountains, towering granite peaks and magnificent gorges and the varied wildlife and birdlife – and reflect on how truly we have been blessed.

Today is a day at leisure so why not take the time to do one of the numerous self-guided walks available providing spectacular views and wildlife spotting opportunities. Arkaroola is beloved by birdwatchers as it supports over 160 species of birdlife including a population of restricted-range short-tailed grass wren as well as the pied honeyeater, chirruping wedgebill, and cinnamon quail-thrush. The area is also home to the shy and endangered Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby. Why not do a 35 minute scenic flight over the wilderness sanctuary? Enjoy breathtaking views as you learn about the area’s geology and listen to Aboriginal stories.

After dinner, we will look to the heavens as we do a tour of one of the largest private observatories in the country; Arkaroola has three fully equipped astronomical observatories on site and offers two 14-inch telescopes amongst its collection. The remote location offers incredible viewing with little light pollution to detract from the millions of stars that we will see. Prepare to be awe-struck by the enormity of the universe.

DAY 5
Monday 8 October 2018
Arkaroola – 4WD Ridgetops Tour

Arkaroola is famous for its spectacular 4WD Ridgetops Tour – travel in a specially constructed open-top 4WD vehicle from the depths of ancient seabeds to climb up and across the razor-back ridges and peaks of the Flinders Ranges to the magnificent climax at Sillers Lookout.

Trained tour guides share their knowledge of the region’s 1600-million year geological history as they navigate the steep and rugged slopes of the famous Ridgetop Track where the magnificent panoramic views are sure to impress.

We will return in time for lunch with the afternoon free for you to enjoy some of the many well marked self -guided walking tracks. Other optional tours are also available on demand including Yata Nukuntha (looking at the ground), a walking tour with a local Adnyamathanha guide – learn about
bush food and medicine, listen to creation stories and gain understanding into the Adnyamathanha people's deep connection with the land.

DAY 6
Tuesday 9 October 2018
Arkaroola – Parachilna – Wilpena Pound

This morning we farewell Arkaroola and journey south again, driving through stunning river gorges such as the Italowie Gorge as we head towards Copley and drive through the former mining town of Leigh Creek.

We head south to Parachilna to stop at the famous Prairie Hotel for lunch – Australian Traveller Magazine lists sampling the “feral food” menu of kangaroo, emu, camel as 1 of 20 “ultimate outback experiences” (don’t worry, other food options will be available as well). From Parachilna, we drive to historic Blinman through one of the most scenic gorges in Outback South Australia; Blinman is South Australia’s highest town (alt. 615m) and is the only survivor of numerous copper towns in the Flinders Ranges.

We are now in the upper Flinders Ranges and as we skirt the folded cliffs of Wilpena Pound it is only a relatively short drive until we arrive at the Wilpena Pound Resort, our home for the next three nights.

DAY 7
Wednesday 10 October 2018
Wilpena Pound – 4WD Tour

The extraordinary landscape of Wilpena Pound is 800 million years old and has been home to Adnyamathanha people for tens of thousands of years.

These traditional owners call it Ikara which means “meeting place”, and it is certainly a wonderful place for us to join together for devotions and celebrate the incredible beauty of one of earth’s oldest landscapes.

Today we will enjoy a 4WD tour that takes us along “Corridors through Time” on a geological journey in the Flinders Ranges National Park – we will explore the Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges, and hopefully catch a glimpse of the rare Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby. The largest population in
Australia, an estimated 2000, live in the Flinders Ranges, and the scree slopes of Brachina Gorge are home to many of these vulnerable creatures.

We will also drive through the long open valley between the Heysen and ABC Ranges that is the Aroona Valley; considered to be the most beautiful place in the Flinders Ranges its scenery has inspired many artists including Sir Hans Heysen.

DAY 8
Thursday 11 October 2018
Wilpena Pound – Optional Scenic Flight

Today we have time to relax and soak up the extraordinary beauty of the Flinders Ranges – spend time at the resort, do an easy guided walk (your choice and cost) or, for the more energetic, a hike up St Mary Peak offers wonderful views across the Pound (1,189 metres high).

We also offer an optional scenic flight over the ranges – up in the air you can really appreciate the uniqueness of the region’s topography. Enjoy a 30 minute flight that completes a circuit of Wilpena Pound showing you how the Flinders Ranges appear to be a backbone on the landscape. An extraordinary sight and great for
photographers.

DAY 9-10
Friday 12 October 2018
Sightseeing Adelaide

This morning we leave Wilpena Pound and follow the Heysen Trail, passing through small villages such as Quorn, Wilmington, Gladstone and Clare, as we make our way back to Adelaide.
You may get a feeling of déjà vu as we
drive through historic Quorn as the township has been used as the backdrop for several major films, including The Shiralee, Sunday Too Far Away, Gallipoli, Wolf Creek, The Sundowners, The Lighthorsemen and Last Ride.

We travel through the farming community of Wilmington, where new olive groves are starting to replace the traditional staples of sheep, wheat and barley, and onto Gladstone which has the largest inland grain storage facility in the Southern Hemisphere. From Gladstone, we pass through Clare and travel our final leg onto Adelaide.

Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour that takes us southwards to the seaside resort town of Victor Harbour on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Victor Harbour has been a favourite seaside holiday destination since the late 1800s and with the town overlooking the beautiful turquoise waters of Encounter Bay it is not hard to see why. We will ride the historic Horse Drawn Tram across The Causeway to Granite Island – the tramway commenced in 1894 and is one of two remaining in the world that still operates daily. On our return wander around this small, picturesque town and grab a bite to eat. After lunch, we will take the historic “Cockle Train” to Goolwa, a stunning coastal journey along the Fleuriu Peninsula with nothing separating you from the beach below and the ocean – keep an eye out for the Southern Right Whale who swim these waters between May and October.

Goolwa is at the mouth of the Murray River on Lake Alexandrina; here we will see the famous barrages, an engineering marvel, that hold back the waters of the Southern Ocean from entering the mouth of the river.

A really interesting day full of history and natural beauty.

DAY 11
Sunday 14 October 2018
Adelaide – Home

Our last morning together and a wonderful opportunity to give thanks for our many blessings. We will visit Holy Trinity Church where we will enjoy Sunday worship and reflect on God’s many natural wonders that we have seen on our journey together.

Holy Trinity Church was the first Anglican church built in South Australia, with the first service recorded 180 years ago, and this lovely church is one of the oldest buildings in the City of Adelaide. After church we say farewell to our new friends, feeling very blessed that we have shared so many new experiences and sights in the company of likeminded people.

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Location
Highlights
Flinders Ranges
Arkarola Astronomy Tour
Flinders Ranges
Hahndorf
Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges
Horse Drawn Tram To Granite Island
Rock Wallaby
Cockle Train To Goolwa
Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Arkarola Astronomy Tour
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Hahndorf
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Horse Drawn Tram To Granite Island
  • Rock Wallaby
  • Cockle Train To Goolwa
  • Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre
Experience
The CFT Difference
Travel and fellowship with other Christians.
The care of a Christian Tour Leader.
Relax. Everything is taken care of. 
Daily devotions and organised Sunday service.
Fully escorted from Australia.
Flinders Ranges Outback Adventure Pricing
All Inclusive Fares
Description
Sydney Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$3,750
Single
$4,600
Description
Melbourne Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$3,750
Single
$4,600
Description
Brisbane Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$3,800
Single
$4,650
Tour code:
SA1810CFT
Departing:
SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE
Departs:

Thursday
4 October 2018

Returns:

Sunday
14 October 2018

OPTION: INDIAN PACIFIC - GREAT SOUTHERN RAIL. Departs Wednesday 3 October 2018. Price on application.

Category
Description
Twin PP
Single
SYDNEY
Sydney Domestic Airport
$3,750
$4,600
MELBOURNE
Melbourne Domestic Airport
$3,750
$4,600
BRISBANE
Brisbane Domestic Airport
$3,800
$4,650
Tour code:
SA1810CFT
Departing:
SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE

OPTION: INDIAN PACIFIC - GREAT SOUTHERN RAIL. Departs Wednesday 3 October 2018. Price on application.

Departs:

Thursday
4 October 2018

Returns:

Sunday
14 October 2018

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