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Flinders Rangers & Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

10 Days  |  Departing Thursday 9th September 2021 and returning Saturday 18th September 2021

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Highlights

  • Magpie & Stump Hotel
  • Martindale Hall
  • The Mad Bastard Winery Cellar Door
  • Bungaree Station
  • Australian Arid Lands Botanical Gardens
  • Wadlata Outback Centre
  • Pichi Richi Railway
  • Historic Outback Railway Township of Quorn
  • The Jeff Morgan Gallery Panorama
  • Flinders Ranges Highlights
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Great Wall of China
  • Historic Copper Mining Township of Blinman
  • Railway Township of Parachilna
  • Arkaroola Ridge Top Tour
  • Leigh Creek & Aroona Dam Sanctuary
  • Moralana Scenic Drive
  • Meldonfield Miniature Display & The Burg
  • Historic Copper Mining Town of Burra
  • Barossa Museum
  • Menglers Lookout & Barossa Sculpture Park
  • The South Australian Company Store
  • Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
  • Seppeltsfield Wines Heritage Tour & Tastings
  • Barossa Chateau Antique Museum, Rose Garden & Cellar Door
  • Whispering Wall
  • Adelaide Central Market and much more!

Inclusions

Fully Escorted by a Sisterhood Tour Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one!
Return Economy flights Melbourne / Adelaide Return (other departure cities available upon request)
9 Nights quality hotel accommodation
Luxury coach travel whilst touring
Breakfast, lunch & dinner as per Itinerary 
All entry fees, attractions & guides as per itinerary
Meet and Greet subject to minimum numbers attending
Willing to Share Option

Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday 9 September 2021

Melbourne - Adelaide (L,D)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Meet your Sisterhood Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at Melbourne Airport for our flight to Adelaide. On arrival into Adelaide we meet up with our local coach captain before boarding our coach and making our way up into the delightful Clare Valley region of South Australia. The Magpie and Stump Hotel provides the perfect stop for lunch before touring through the imposing Martindale Hall. A Georgian styled Italianate influenced sandstone mansion has significant heritage value in South Australia. Built in 1879 – 1880 at a cost of £30,000 it boasts 32 rooms and large cellar of some 7 rooms. Our next port of call at The Mad Bastard Winery will be quite an experience, by name and by nature, it’s not surprising that Mark Barry (son of the legendary Jim Barry) is known as MB. Throughout his long involvement in the wine industry, Mark has developed a well-known reputation not only as a talented winemaker, but also for his wicked sense of humour and, some would say, his often unconventional way of doing things. The Mad Bastard label represents Mark’s return to the industry as a one-man operation with a determination to do things differently (as he always has), with an emphasis on quality and distinctive wines.

Following our tasting and visit we proceed to our Clare Valley accommodation for check-in followed by dinner in the motel restaurant.

Overnight: Clare Valley Motel (or similar)

Day 2 - Friday 10 September 2021

Port Augusta (B,L,D)

After breakfast our journey continues north to Port Augusta via  for a tour followed by morning tea. Established in 1841, Bungaree Station became the headquarters of an extensive sheep station with 100 thousand merino sheep by the 1880s. It was like a small village, with its beautiful sandstone Homestead, Woolshed, Shearers Quarters, Stable Yard, Station Store, Managers House, staff cottages and even the District Council Chambers and a Church. Today, some 160 years later, it is an efficient mixed farm run by the descendent of the original founder, G.C. Hawker. Consequently Bungaree Station is not a museum, but rather a living record of rural Australia since 1841. It's then onto Port Augusta where we call into the Australian Arid Lands Botanical Gardens for lunch.

Afterwards we enjoy a relaxing stroll through a range of natural and themed gardens and soak in the sounds and scents of Australia’s arid heart. See one of Australia’s most significant collections of the ‘desert-loving’ Eremophila. Then take a walk through the innovative and award-winning Arid Smart Garden. We’ll discover how easy it is to create a stunning water-wise garden at home using Australia’s beautiful arid zone flora.

Our next stop is at the multi award winning Wadlata Outback Centre showcasing displays depicting the history of the Flinders Ranges and the Outback of South Australia from 15 million years ago to modern day. Experience and learn about the Dream Time of the Aborigine, European Settlement and Explorers, outback transport and mining, School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Leigh Creek Coal, Olympic Dam Mine and the Moomba gas fields.

It’s now time for check-in at our accommodation with time to relax before dinner.

Overnight: The Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta (or similar)

Day 3 - Saturday 11 September 2021

Port Augusta - Pichi Richi Railway - Flinders Ranges (B,D)

This morning after breakfast and checkout we make our way to the Port Augusta Railway Station to board the historic Afghan Express for our Pichi Richi Rail journey out through Woolshed Flat and onto Quorn. The Afghan Express is the name railwaymen gave to the passenger train that ran from Terowie to Oodnadatta, through Quorn, in 1923. In time, this was abbreviated to the Ghan. Our journey will include a stop at Woolshed Flat for morning tea before watching the ancient Flinders Ranges landscape as we continue along the old Ghan route over red earth and bluebush plains before entering the Pichi Richi Pass with its rocky outcrops, dry riverbeds and beautiful hilly scenery before arriving in the historic outback railway township of Quorn.

Quorn has been used as a backdrop for many famous films including Gallipoli, The Shiralee, The Tracker and most recently Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner. After time spent in Quorn we continue up to the scenic Flinders Ranges via Hawker stopping at the Jeff Morgan Gallery to view his amazing works especially the two magnificent giant panoramas, 30 x 3 metre Wilpena Panorama and 46 x 5.5 metre Arkaroola Panorama.

Late this afternoon we arrive at the award winning Rawnsley Park Station for check in and then dinner across in the Woolshed Restaurant. Located in an authentic Australian Woolshed, the restaurant serves delicious modern Australian cuisine. The setting for our self-contained accommodation and restaurant is at the foot of Rawnsley Bluff, offering amazing views at sunset and sunrise.

Overnight: Rawnsley Park Station, Flinders Ranges (or similar)

Day 4 - Sunday 12 September 2021

Flinders Ranges (B,L,D)

Today, with our local guide on-board we begin our drive through the scenic Flinders Ranges travelling along the Blinman Road. We pause at the famous Cazneaux Tree, which is a must take snap for all those keen photographers. Harold Cazneaux, renowned photographer photographed this tree in 1937 and the photograph titled “The Spirit of Endurance”, won international recognition. Next stop is at Stokes Hill Lookout, which provides an expansive panoramic view of the surrounding landscape including Wilpena Pounds eastern escarpment. Another feature of the lookout is a cast model of Wilpena Pound featuring the main landmarks and the shape and size of this unique formation. Our drive continues into the breathtaking Brachina Gorge, which meanders its' way through giant sharp saw tooth ridges. This spectacular gorge was once used as a pass through for bullock teams but is now a favourite spot for walkers and campers. The Aroona Valley flanked by the Heysen Range was where Sir Hans Heysen completed some of his most inspiring and famous works. The drive down into the valley offers spectacular views south of the Pound Range and the area along the Bunyeroo Creek is a favourite location for kangaroos and euros.

After our drive through the ranges we arrive at the Wilpena Pound Information Centre for lunch. This afternoon we have the opportunity to take in a leisurely walk along one of the walking tracks or take the shuttle into the Pound for the longer walk that will allow us to see the Hill Homestead and Wangarra Lookouts. The Wangarra Hill is located behind the Hill Homestead and offers two great lookouts giving wonderful panoramic views of the amazing Wilpena Pound.

Late afternoon we arrive back at our accommodation after a delightful day out before gathering for a Lamb Spit Roast dinner in the restaurant.

Overnight: Rawnsley Park Station, Flinder Ranges (or similar)

Day 5 - Monday 13 September 2021

Blinman - Parachilna - Leigh Creek - Arkaroola (B,L,D)

This morning we begin our drive up to the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary via Blinman, Parachilna and Leigh Creek. We take in the Great Wall of China before arriving in the historic copper mining township of Blinman where in the mining era from 1862 – 1910 the mine delivered a large amount of copper to the London Metal Exchange.

After a cuppa we take a look around the historical buildings in town including North Blinman Hotel. Leaving Blinman our journey continues along the Parachilna Gorge Road which takes us out to the small railway township of Parachilna, home to the famous Prairie Hotel. Heading north along the Outback Highway has us arriving in the former “Open Cut Mining Township” of Leigh Creek for lunch.

Travelling a little further north to the little township of Copley where we set out along the Gammon Range Road travelling east through the settlement of Nepabunna and then through the Gammon Range towards Balcanoona Station. We then head north along the Arkaroola Road which takes us into the 61,000-hectare wildlife sanctuary of Arkaroola for check into our accommodation before enjoying dinner together.

Overnight: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Arkaroola (or similar)

Day 6 - Tuesday 14 September 2021

Arkaroola Ridge Half Day Tour (B,D)

This morning we board our four-wheel drive for the famous half day Ridge Top Tour. Travelling in our specially constructed open top 4WD’s, our tour takes in some of the most spectacularly rugged country on earth. Our specially trained guides share their knowledge of Arkaroola’s 1600-million year geological history as they navigate the steep slopes and hair raising ascents of the famous Ridge Top Track. Inspiring images of red granite mountains and golden spinifex covered hillsides give way to a breath-taking view across the Freeling Heights, Lake Frome and the desert beyond. After a wonderful day we meet for dinner in the Native Pine Restaurant.

Optional Extra Tours (at own cost):

Astronomy Tours: Arkaroola provides a rare opportunity to tour the universe from a location that provides some of the best viewing conditions in Australia. Combining one of Australia’s largest privately owned astronomical observatories with the new-age Star Chairs, and under the expert tuition of Arkaroola’s guides, makes for the type of intergalactic experience that normally isn’t available to anyone but astronomers and scientists.

Waterhole Tours: Guided Waterhole Tours along the Arkaroola Creek are designed to provide the best chance of seeing native birds and animals, including the elusive and endangered Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby.

Scenic Flights: Arkaroola offer 4 different scenic flights - Full information please visit - www.arkaroola.com.au

Overnight: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Arkaroola (or similar)

Day 7 - Wednesday 15 September 2021

Arkaroola - Leigh Creek - Parachilna - Flinders Ranges (B,L,D)

This morning we depart Arkaroola early and travel back across to Copley and onto the Leigh Creek for our morning tea stop. With our local guide on-board we enjoy an informative drive around Leigh Creek then out to the Aroona Dam Sanctuary. After bidding our guide farewell we depart Leigh Creek and continue south to Parachilna for lunch at the famous Prairie Hotel. The hotel is renowned for innovative dishes with Australian native and ‘Flinders feral food’ twists, and a focus on local and South Australian produce. From Parachilna we continue south before taking the Moralana scenic drive back into Rawnsley Park Station for check in and dinner across in the Woolshed Restaurant.

Overnight Flinders Ranges: Rawnsley Park Station

Day 8 - Thursday 16 September 2021

Flinders Ranges - Petersborough - Tanunda (B,L,D)

Our day takes us down through Hawker and Orroroo to the historic railway township of Peterborough home to the intriguing Meldonfield. This miniature world of yesteryear in Petersburg (Peterborough) has been lovingly created by Eldon and Mary Zimmermann. These scale miniatures reflect the true pioneers of the bush and include much of the horse drawn transport of a previous era. The miniature horse drawn vehicles were individually hand crafted by Eldon

Day 8. Continued…

and Mary to the style that the wheelwrights and coach builders used in the 1800s. A scale model of the original Petersburg Railway Station circa 1885, was constructed using the original stone and bricks from remains of which are out on a creek bed north west of Peterborough. Across at The Burg see a working 1:148 model scale of the Peterborough rail yards as it was in the late 1960s, including 70 buildings, 50 lights and over 15,000 hours construction time. Also be inspired by the 19 metre mural and history on display. Further south the historic copper mining town of Burra provides for another interesting tour and lunch stop. The copper mines were first discovered in 1845 and were operated by Cornish and Welsh miners until 1877. Our guided tour takes in the heritage buildings, lookouts and other major sites including the Red Ruth Gaol, which featured in the movie Breaker Morant. From Burra it’s a drive of approx 90 minutes down into the beautiful Barossa Valley wine district for check in and dinner.

Overnight Tanunda: Weintal Resort

Day 9 - Friday 17 September 2021

Barossa Valley (B,L,D)

This morning wake to the crisp air of the Barossa Valley enjoying a delicious hot breakfast before beginning our day of touring. The Barossa Museum is dedicated to the German and Barossa heritage and settlement of the region. One of the highlights of the museum is the organ which was built in 1863 and which is a rare example of the Silbermann-style positive organs built in Australia by German expatriates. We then take in the panorama across Angaston, Nuriootpa and Tanunda from Menglers Lookout and Barossa Sculpture Park. The South Australian Company Store nestled amongst picturesque vineyards, in an idyllic and tranquil setting is unsurpassed in the Barossa Valley and offers the best of South Australia’s Gourmet and Regional Foods. Artwork by local artist Marilyn Renshaw are just some of the other interesting treasures we will find. We then travel around to the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company for wine and chocolate pairing followed by a light lunch and a chance to walk through the chocolate facility to find that decadent souvenir. At the historic Seppeltsfield Wines we enjoy a “heritage tour and tastings”, which includes a behind the scenes look through the estate’s treasure trove of historical buildings and spectacular surroundings. Learn of the Seppelt family history and their profound influence on the Australian wine industry. Explore the homestead veranda, elm walk, distillery and underground blending cellar. Our last stop for the day is at the magnificent Barossa Chateau, showcasing a spectacular rose garden that was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the 28 February 2002. It also contains the stunning antique collection, which contains a private collection of antique furniture and porcelain from some of the great porcelain houses of the world including Meissen, Sevres, Worchester, Chelsea and Stinton. The collection is considered one of the most valuable and important in the world. We also browse the Wine and Rose Gift Shop and then finally taste the exclusive wines in the Cellar Door. Later afternoon we return to our accommodation before dinner.

Overnight Tanunda: Weintal Resort

Day 10 - Saturday 18 September 2021

Tanunda - Adelaide Central Market - Melbourne (B)

This morning we check out and travel back across to Adelaide via the Whispering Wall, set in the Barossa Reservoir just outside of Williamstown. Erected over three years between 1900 and 1903, the wall was intended to act as a back-up water supply for the township of Gawler. However, it isn’t its age that makes it famous, but its unusual acoustic phenomenons. Arriving back in Adelaide we stop by the Adelaide Central Market with over 80 artisan food stalls, cafés, and wine stores. Established in 1869 this grand old girl is South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction. Our Guided Market Tour will fill us in on some of the markets rich history and take us on a sensory interactive gourmet experience. After our tour, we take some time to wonder the stalls on our own and purchase a bite to eat and anything that might have caught our eye, or just grab a seat and enjoy a cuppa amidst the buzz of the markets. Late afternoon it’s time to make our way to Adelaide Airport for check in and flight back to Melbourne. 

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