Corner Country Tours via Birdsville & Innamincka

Corner Country Tours – via Birdsville, Cooper Creek, Strezlecki Track, Innamincka, Arkaroola

4 day Corner Country – from Sydney, Broken Hill, Tibooburra, Cameron Corner, Moomba, Innamincka

4 day Corner Country – from Broken Hill, Tibooburra, Cameron Corner, Moomba, Innamincka

6 Day Arkaroola Wilpena Flinders Ranges Lake Eyre Tours

8 Day Corner Country tours via Birdsville Track, Birdsville, Cooper Creek, Strezlecki Track, Innamincka, Arkaroola & Lake Eyre – Details below… 

9 Day Corner Country with Coober Pedy & Oodnadatta, Birdsville Track, Birdsville, Cooper Creek, Strezlecki Track, Innamincka, Arkaroola & Lake Eyre –  see dates below ..

Next Corner Country Lake Eyre tours dates 2017 …

March 26-April 2, September 7-15, October 23-3, April 15-23, 2018

(9 days with Coober Pedy added, or  8 days including Coober Pedy but excluding Wilpena Pound)

 8 days / 7 nights –  Small Group Luxury 4WD Tour Hotel upgrade options or camping

  • September 7-15, 2017 + April 15-23, 2018 – 9 days including Coober Pedy, overnight at William Creek not Marree then as 8 days as below.

8 Day Corner Country tours, via Birdsville Track, Birdsville, Cooper Creek, Strezlecki Track, Innamincka, Arkaroola & Lake Eyre – details follow…

Burke & Wills Tree

Burke & Wills Tree

From Broken Hill or Adelaide to Birdsville, Cooper Creek, Lake Eyre via Strzelecki Track, Arkaroola, Wilpena Pound, Coongie Lake wetlands area (now need to bypass due to road damage), Outback NSW, Moomba, Innamincka, Birdsville, Burke & Wills Dig Tree, Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges to Adelaide or Broken Hill.

March 26-April 2, September 7-15, October 23-31 2017

April 15-23 2018

(9 days with Coober Pedy added), or October 9-16 including Coober Pedy but excluding Wilpena Pound)

 8 days / 7 nights

  Small Group Luxury 4WD Tour Hotel upgrade options or camping

Corner Country tour via Arkaroola, Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, Birdsville & Lake Eyre – From Adelaide or Broken Hill to Birdsville,  via Strzelecki Track, Arkaroola, Wilpena Pound, Lake Eyre (flight included), Flinders Ranges to Adelaide or Broken Hill. Cooper Creek, Lake Eyre via Coongie Lake wetlands,(now need to bypass due to road damage), Moomba, Innamincka, Birdsville, Burke & Wills Dig TreeLake Eyre (Optional Lake Eyre flight available), Flinders Ranges to Adelaide. Connection options to Sydney, Broken Hill, Adelaide or Melbourne.

 

Lake Eyre floods water Corner Country tour
Floodwaters pass by Birdsville and head for Goyder Lagoon on the way to Lake Eyre

Day 1 – From Adelaide pickup (or Broken Hill option) approximately 8 am from airport or your accommodation for departure via spectacular mountain scenery as we travel via Clare Valley wine country, then the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound. Our journey takes us through rural SA to enjoy picturesque roadside stops for lunch and a morning and afternoon teas. Visit historic Quorn & Hawker before arrival at Wilpena Pound resort for our comfy overnight stop. Enjoy a sunset walk with the kangaroos amongst the ancient Red River Gums and a relax at the bar before dinner. L, D

 

 Day 2 – This morning we recommend the spectacular optional scenic flight over the pound. There’s time also to enjoy the Wangarra Lookout & Hills Homestead walk into the Pound. We leave Wilpena and pass by traditional sheep stations and the impressive Lake Frome, into the Gammon Ranges National Park to Arkaroola.  Overnight Arkaroola Resort. B,L,D

Day 3 – There’s plenty to do here in this remote,  rugged area, including scenic flights or relaxing walks in the paths by nearby creeks, but the highlight is the Ridge Top Tour.  The 4.5 hour Ridge Top Tour showcases the magic of the Northern Flinders Ranges timeless terrain and unique natural beauty of the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Witness some of the most spectacularly rugged country on earth as you travel through Arkaroola’s 1600-million year geological history, as the inspiring images of red granite mountains and golden spinifex hillsides give way to a breath-taking view across the Freeling Heights, Lake Frome and the desert beyond. After a spectacular day, relax by the fireside and share your experiences. Overnight Arkaroola BLD

Arkaroola Resort Ridge Top Tour Arkaroola

 Day 4 – Today we pass by desert sand dunes, gibber plains and hot springs as we heading north to Innamincka. We pass by Lake Callabonna, where Diprotodon and numerous Australian megafauna roamed in swampy terrain when this was the eastern most shore of Australia. There are many remains of ancient beasties here, and the country makes it easy to imagine this other world of many millions of years ago. At Mt Hopeless (aptly named) we join the Strzelecki Track, we pass Merty Merty homestead and on via the vast oil and gas fields of Moomba and the Delta gas fields to enter the Innamincka Regional Reserve area, and famous Innamincka township on the banks of the notorious Cooper Creek.  A Cooper Creek cruise is in order before dinner at the Innamincka pub.

Day 5 – Today we visit the Burke & Wills dig tree, were the ill fated explorers arrived too late for their support party, and did not respond to the message on the tree to dig, where supplies were buried that could have saved their lives. We do though enjoy the prolific birdlife near here and unique flora before heading up the track, passing the largest shearing shed in Australia and the ruins of Cadelga Downs station, (alternatively via Haddon Corner, depending on road conditions) over the Queensland border to arrive Birdsville for overnight. BLD

Day 6Birdsville is an icon of the outback, attracting outback travellers to connect with the frontier history of this landmark town. Birdsville used to be the 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 the Hard Road Cafe. Today we visit Big Red, the  Simpson Desert’s biggest sand hill, and see Burke & Wills marked tree on the  Diamantina River. An optional flight over the Simpson Desert and Goyder Lagoon is available here. We head off south on the Birdsville Track following the spectacular Diamantina River past Pandie Pandie station and Goyder Lagoon. Time and track conditions willing, we visit Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary &  Station, part of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy for overnight, or alternatively overnight at Mungeranie Roadhouse on the Birdsville Track. BLD

Day 7 – Arriving in Marree, explore this once thriving railway town that helped save Darwin during WWII with 56 trains per week ! Marree is at the junction of the Birdsville and Oodnatta Tracks, and the path of the Great Northern  Railway / Old Ghan for over 100 years, so lots of history here including Aboriginal museum and history, Tom Kruse (Outback Mailman from “Back of Beyond”) and Donald Campbells Bluebird story. Take an optional take a 1 hr 30 min scenic flight over Lake Eyre to see the Warburton Groove, the main inflow channel to Lake Eyre, Elliot Price Conservation Park, Halligan Bay, Lake Eyre South and the Marree Man (a 4 km long, giant engraving in the landscape). On return to base, we see some of the sights of Marree, this once thriving Ghan Railway town. Marree is caretaker for some interesting railway relics, plus  the old mail truck used by legendary outback mailman Tom Kruse on the run from Marree to Birdsville. We visit the shores of Lake Eyre and Lake Eyre National Park and connect with the wonder of the bird and plant life revitalised by recent flooding rains in a permanent waterhole. Overnight in Marree with a few yarns around the campfire or at the local pub. BLD

Lake Eyre Flight
Big Red Sandhill – Simpson Desert Big Red Sandhill – Simpson Desert Lake Eyre Flight

Day 8 – Today we visit the restored 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 to Hawker and picturesque mountain landscapes to arrive in Adelaide around 6pm, delivered to your accommodation or airport connection. BL

Cooper Creek flowing to Lake Eyre

Corner Country, Birdsville Track &
Lake Eyre Tours

8 day tour from Broken Hill or Adelaide to Birdsville, Cooper Creek, Lake Eyre via Strzelecki Track, Arkaroola, Wilpena Pound, Coongie Lake wetlands, (bypass) Moomba, Innamincka, Birdsville, Burke & Wills Dig Tree, Flinders Ranges to Adelaide or Broken Hill.  Price includes all meals, NP park entry fees, professional guide, Optional Lake Eyre flight available, luxury small group 4WD  transport. Price of $3,995 is for comfy camping OR for 7 nights accommodation (with hotel meals) upgrade add $895 per person. Ie $4,890 is for 8 days/7 nights accommodated

9 day tour with Coober Ped& Wilpena Pound and as above (1 night William Ck in leiu of Marree) add extra $595 per person. ie $5485 per person. Rooms are in local hotel or ensuite cabins.

Big Discount available for groups of 4 or more

March 26-April 2, September 7-15, October 23-31 2017

April 15-23, 2018

From Broken Hill or Adelaide options return to Adelaide or BH

Call 1300 763 188 or email with any questions to info@spiritsafaris.com

Other Corner Country Tours options – please ask

  • Lake Eyre Tours & Flights – Its flooded again – see it in its beauty BOOK NOW
  • Darling River Run Tour via Bourke to Broken Hill – from Sydney -4 days – Explore Outback NSW Rivers and Wetlands – Departs Sydney to Nyngan, Bourke, Gundabooka National Park, Darling River, Louth, Tilpa, White Cliffs, Broken Hill.
  • April 18-21Darling River Run Tour via Bourke to Broken Hill – from Sydney -4 days – Explore Outback NSW Rivers and Wetlands – Departs Sydney to Nyngan, Bourke, Gundabooka National Park, Darling River, Louth, Tilpa, White Cliffs, Broken Hill.
  • April 18-20 –  Mungo National Park Tours from Sydney to Broken Hill – Meets some Cameron Corner Country tours

    mungo national park wall china

    Discover Outback NSW and this ancient landscape, travel the Darling River Run and explore Burke & Wills camp and wetlands at Menindee Lakes on this Mungo National Park Tours from Sydney to Broken Hill (or reverse option)

Day 1 – Depart from Sydney – travelling via the famous “Dog on the Tucker Box” over the Great Dividing Range to Wagga Wagga, and on to Narranderra in the Heart of Australia food bowl, the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, then Hay to see the Shearers Hall of fame at Shear Outback and learn of the rich life in the wool industry in early NSW. Overnight Balranald for a hearty local meal and overnight stop.

  • Cameron Corner Country 4WD Tour -NSW / QLD  / SA Corner -4 Day Corner Country from Broken Hill return to Broken Hill via Tibooburra, Milparinka, Moomba, Innaminka, Dig Tree, Cameron Corner – Explore in the footsteps of Burke & Wills (visit the Dig Tree) this remote and fascinating area around the junction of the NSW, QLD & SA borders. 4 days from Broken Hill (or Sydney Adelaide or Melbourne by rail, fly or coach options available) – ask for details
  • Cameron Corner Country 4WD Tour -NSW / QLD  / SA Corner -4 Day Corner Country from Broken Hill to Alice Springs via Tibooburra, Milparinka, Cameron Corner, Moomba, Innamincka, Birdsville, Boulia – Explore in the footsteps of Burke & Wills (visit the Dig Tree) this remote and fascinating area around the junction of the NSW, QLD & SA borders. 5 days from Broken Hill (or Sydney, Adelaide or Melbourne by rail, fly or coach options available) – ask for details