Lake Eyre Tours
The tour will begin early on Friday morning and drive north to the 'Opal Capital of the World', Coober Pedy. After lunch, the tour will continue to William Creek, a small town on the world's largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station. You will then take to the skies with a scenic flight over Lake Eyre. Next morning, the tour will travel along the famous Oodnadatta Track, before arriving for lunch at the Afghan town of Marree. Finish the day at the Prairie Hotel, Parachilna. On route south, not before driving through the spectacular scenery of the Flinders Ranges, you can try a few wines in the Clare Valley before arriving in Adelaide on Monday afternoon. Includes accommodation, transport and meals.
|Locations:||Adelaide, Woomera, Coober Pedy, Breakaways, William creek, Oodnadatta track, Marree, Ochre Pits, Parachilna, Flinders Ranges, Clare Valley wine region|
|Duration:||4 Days, 3 Nights|
|Cost:||$2250.00 (minimum 4 persons) or $2500.00 fly to Coober Pedy|
|Departure Point:||Adelaide CBD|
|Includes:||All meals, some beer and wine, transport, accommodation, and flights|
My name is Brian Roberts and I was lucky enough in the June publication of THE SENIOR paper, to win the competition for a trip for two, for four days, three nights, Lake Eyre adventure package. This was made available through Tom Noonan of Lake Eyre Tours.
WOW what an experience!!!!! My wife Helen and I were picked up from our motel at Glenelg in Adelaide at 6.15am on Friday 28th September in a 16 seater coach. We then proceeded to pickup 4 other like minded adventurous couples from various hotels in Adelaide. After all 10 of us were aboard, we set off and for the next four days, for a once in a lifetime experience. This small intimate group became very friendly and interacted with each other. Three other couples from Queensland and one couple from Sydney. Helen and I are originally from South Australia.
This tour went via Coober Pedy, where we stayed overnight in an underground motel room (fantastic). The second day was out to William Creek (overnight) where we boarded light planes for a 2 hour flight over Lake Eyre. This was the ultimate experience - we knew Lake Eyre was huge, but until you fly over it in a light plane you do not realise just how big it is. There was quite a bit of water still in it with various bird life inhabitants. The Warburton, Diamantina and Cooper Creek were still flowing and still depositing a large volume of water into the Lake. From the air we could see the curvature of the earth and it gave the feeling of being out of this world, looking down on another planet.
My pilot was a young female named Talia, flying a 4 seater plane and she had to sit on two cushions to see out of the front of the plane - but what an experienced pilot!!!! She has been doing these flights for the past 3 years. At present she is undertaking her helicopter training in Adelaide and her ultimate dream job, she advised, would be to fly for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The third night we stayed in Leigh Creek. All of the overnight accommodation was outstanding and the food exceptional, with typical, huge, outback servings. One of the highlights was breakfast at the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna on day 4 - certainly a breakfast to be remembered - a must for anyone visiting this area.
I won this trip because I had stated that I wished to view the area in which my late father used to work in the 1920's, so that I could experience and view the hard, arid country that early pioneering workers had to endure. I still can not really put into words my feelings, experienced on this trip. All I can say to anyone who thinks they know Australia - this trip is a must; just to experience the vastness of our wonderful country and also to really experience what a true AUSSIE Tour Operator is like. An added bonus of winning this trip was that Helen and I, many years ago, tried to follow the old Ghan Railway Line from Oodnadatta to Marree in our car and caravan, with the intention of having a beer at the William Creek Hotel, but we became bogged halfway to William Creek and had to turn back. Now we can say - mission accomplished - that first beer there tasted so much better than just going down the street to the local. After dinner a marvellous night was spent socialising with the local Manager of Anna Creek Station and his rouseabouts. Anna Creek is the largest cattle station in the world.
Other than the flight, some highlights were, Woomera, the underground motel bedroom at Coober Pedy, the Opal Mine tour, The Break-aways, Brachina Gorge, where we were lucky enough to spot large flocks of emus with numerous chicks, the Artesian Blowhole water soak and Jeff Morgan's Gallery at Hawker.
Tom, our host, was outstanding and his knowledge and commentary regarding the country that we travelled through was exceptional. Helen and I are eternally grateful to THE SENIORS paper and TOM NOONAN LAKE EYRE TOURS for this adventure. Congratulations Tom you conduct a marvellous touring company with no expense spared. This adventure needs to be crossed off everyone's bucket list - make sure you contact Tom.
Eternally grateful adventurers Helen and Brian Roberts.