Lake Eyre Tours & Flights - Spirit Safaris

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Lake Eyre & Birdsville 4WD Tours - BirdsvilleTrack, Birdsville, Simpson Desert, Cooper Creek WetlandsCruise, Lake Eyre 4WD Tour & Flight - 6 daysLake Eyre & Birdsville 4WD TourLake Eyre & Birdsville - Birdsville Track, Simpson Desert, “Big Red”sandhill, Flinders Ranges & Lake Eyre Tour & Flight, WetlandsWalk, Cooper Creek Cruise from Adelaide return to AdelaideMay 24-29 – 6 days / 5 nightsJuly 5-10 – 6 days / 5 nightsHotel upgrade options or luxury campingCooper Creek flowing to Lake EyreFloodwaters pass by Birdsville and head for Goyder Lagoon on the way to Lake EyreLake Eyre & Birdsville - Birdsville Track, Wilpena Pound, Brachina Gorge, Flinders Ranges & Lake Eyre Tour & Flight,Wetlands Walk, Simpson Desert, Big Red, Cooper Creek Cruise from Adelaide return to AdelaideConnection options to Sydney, Broken Hill, Adelaide or Melbourne.Day 1 - From Adelaide city or airport we depart via spectacular mountain scenery adjacent the Flinders Ranges. Travel via the rich wine producingregion of the Clare Valley ((wine tasting optional) and through the rich countryside of rural South Australia. Enjoy picturesque scenery, and rural townstops with lunch and a morning and afternoon teas. We cross the Goyder Line, view the Elder & Heyson Ranges, Wilpena Pound & Lake Torrensand visit the historic and award winning Prairie Hotel at Parachilna with great outback art before arrival at our cosy overnight stop at Copley. Dinner atthe historic 1880’s Leigh Creek Hotel in Copley L, DPage 24 Revised: 22 April 2011


Lake Eyre & Birdsville - Birdsville Track, Birdsville,Simpson Desert, Cooper Creek Wetlands Cruise, Lake Eyre 4WD Tour& FlightWilpena PoundDay 2 – At Marree check out the ancient mosque, Old Ghan railway history and Lake Eyre Yacht Club. From Marree we take a 1 1/2 hour scenic flightover Lake Eyre. (Optional 2.5 hour flight available). We visit the shores of Lake Eyre at Madigan Gulf where Donald Campbell set the land speedrecord In 1963. The flight includes viewing Cooper Creek, Warburton Groove (the major inflows), Elliot Price Conservation Park, Campbell Point,Jackboot, Halligan & Belt Bays, Lake Eyre South, major islands & landmarks. Learn of the Marree Man giant sculpture. The flight gives you a greatperspective of the region we are about to travel up the Birdsville Track.We visit a wetlands by Muloorina Station, a favourite spot for birds (including brolgas) and birdwatchers, and connect with the wonder of the bird andplant life revitalised by recent flooding rains. Overnight Marree with a few yarns in the pub or around the campfire.Big Red Sandhill - Simpson Desert Big Red Sandhill - Simpson Desert Lake Eyre FlightDay 3 – Depart Marree and today we pass through various terrain including harsh red stones of the Sturt Stony Desert to the yellow dunes of theNatterannie Sandhills as we head north to Birdsville. We pass ruins of old sheep and cattle stations, and currently operating stations. Just north of theDog Fence (5,600 km long) are the hot springs of Clayton Creek, near Clayton Station. Another 30 km on is Dulkaninna Station, these namesmade famous in the Tom Kruse film “The Outback Mailman.” We arrive at the Cooper Creek crossing, which depending on water levels may be thepunt (Cooper Creek Ferry) or a water crossing (1.5 km wide in flood time). We stop at Mungeranie Wetlands and check out the birdlife here overlunch. We pass Gypsum Cliffs, Mirra Mitta Bore and Lake Howitt, to Tippipilla Creek campsite, (some bird spotting) near the Warburton River, andarrive Birdsville for overnight BLDPage 25 Revised: 22 April 2011


Lake Eyre & Birdsville - Birdsville Track, Birdsville,Simpson Desert, Cooper Creek Wetlands Cruise, Lake Eyre 4WD Tour& FlightDay 4 - Birdsville is an icon of the outback, attracting outback travellers to connect with the frontier history of this landmark town. Birdsville used to bethe customs post for goods and cattle travelling to and from South Australia before Federation. It was the route used by the great cattle drovers,including S. Kidman & Co, and there's plenty of this history to experience in Birdsville, especially at the local museum, adjacent the tasty treats of theHard Road Cafe. Today we visit Big Red, the Simpson Desert’s biggest sand hill, and see Burke & Wills marked tree on the Diamantina River. Anoptional flight over the Simpson Desert and Goyder Lagoon is available here. After a good look at Birdsville, we head off south on the BirdsvilleTrack following the spectacular Diamantina River past Pandie Pandie station and Goyder Lagoon. for overnight, or alternatively overnight atMungeranie Roadhouse on the Birdsville Track. Travellers willing, some time in the hot spa might be in order. BLDDay 5 – Time and track conditions willing, we visit Kalamurina Station, part of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy on the Warburton River oralternatively a cruise on the Cooper Creek. We also visit the shores of Lake Eyre in the National Park at Level Post Bay, see the Donald Campbellmemorial and enjoy the vitality of the bird and plant life at the permanent Muloorina water hole, a favourite spot for birds (including brolgas) andbirdwatchers. We enjoy the day with memories of life on the track before overnight in Marree with a few yarns around the campfire or at the local pub.Overnight Marree. BLDDay 6 – Today we visit the ruins of the old Ghan railway town of Farina, which once supported 300 people. We view the giant Leigh Creek coal mine,enjoy a break at the Quandong cafe at Copley and travel via old Ghan railway towns to Parachilna, and in the foothills of the Flinders Ranges toHawker and picturesque mountain landscapes to arrive in Adelaide around 6pm, delivered to your accommodation or airport connection. BLLake Eyre & Birdsville - Birdsville Track, Birdsville,Simpson Desert, Cooper Creek Wetlands Cruise, Lake Eyre 4WDTour & FlightIncludes Lake Eyre & Birdsville via Birdsville Track, Flinders Ranges & LakeEyre Tour & Flight, Wetlands Walk, Simpson Desert, Big Red, Cooper CreekCruise from Adelaide return to AdelaidePrice includes all meals, NP park entry fees, professional guide, Lake Eyreflight (less if flight not required), luxury 4WD transport. Price of $2,780 is forcomfy camping OR for 5 nights accommodation upgrade add $495 per room(couple or twin). Rooms are in country hotel or cabins.May 24-29 – 6 days / 5 nightsJuly 5-10 – 6 days / 5 nightsFrom Broken Hill or Adelaide returnBook Now or Call 1300 763 188Burke & Wills Tree BirdsvilleOr Email with any questions to info@spiritsafaris.comFrequent departures from February to October & beyond – please ASKfor Lake Eyre Tours & Flights or see http://www.spiritsafaris.com/lake_eyre_tours_flights.htmOther Outback tours – Kimberley, Kakadu, Uluru etc see www.spiritsafaris.com/tours.htmNOTE - Not all departure dates are shown in tour details that follow – Please ask for your preferred dateTel: 1300 763 188Sydney 02 8213 3225 Melbourne 03 9017 6862 Brisbane 07 3137 1607 Perth 08 6364 3651Adelaide 08 8120 0366 Alice Springs 08 8120 0366Page 26 Revised: 22 April 2011

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