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FLINDERS RANGES & THE CLARE VALLEY AUTUMN FESTIVAL
17 – 25 APRIL 2021

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ITINERARY
The Flinders Ranges is some of Australia’s most dramatic landscapes. Journey from Adelaide, through the Clare Valley for the SA Autumn Festival, and into the outback. See towering ancient cliffs, spectacular gorges, outback stations, Wilpena Pound and Lake Eyre.
DAY 1
Saturday 17 April 2021
Sydney – Adelaide (D)

Arrive in Adelaide where you meet your tour leader. Our destination this afternoon is the picturesque Clare Valley. Here, a patchwork of farmland seamlessly blends, rows of vines, elegant eucalypts and natural bushland. Check into your hotel and soak in the bucolic rural setting. Welcome dinner together tonight.

Accommodation:  Clare Country Club, Clare

DAY 2
Sunday 18 April 2021
South Australia Autumn Garden Festival (B/D)

The SA Autumn Garden Festival was South Australia’s first gardening festival. Over 80 exhibitors are nestled under magnificent eucalypts in the Clare Showground. This afternoon is a garden that is pure romance. Lovingly tended by owners Walter and Kay Duncan, the Heritage Garden overflows with roses and perennials. The rose selection is outstanding, reflecting the passion of award-winning author, grower and rose exhibitor Walter. Dinner together tonight at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Clare Country Club, Clare

DAY 3
Monday 19 April 2021
Clare to Marree (B)

Travel north through the beautifully sparse landscapes to the desert oasis of Parachilna. First licensed in 1876, the award-winning Prairie Hotel is today one of Australia’s most iconic outback destinations and renowned for its innovative menu. As today’s lunch spot, it’s the perfect spot to soak up this extraordinary landscape and meet some locals. At the historic railway town of Lyndhurst are the remarkable Ochre Cliffs. An important site for local Adnyamathanha people and protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, the Ochre Cliffs are a quarry where, for thousands of years, local people quarried ochre then trading it as far north as the Northern Territory and Queensland, and south to the coast. The cliffs are a visual feast of red, yellow, white and brown. Continue your desert journey to Marree your home in the outback for the next two nights. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation:  The Marree Hotel, Marree.

DAY 4
Tuesday 20 April 2021
Marree (B/D)

At the junction of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks and surrounded by vast deserts is the outback town of Marree. Nearby is Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre. At 144 kilometres long and 77 kilometres wide, it is Australia’s largest salt lake, an important indigeneous cultural site and a natural wonder. The best way to appreciate Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre’s incredible colours and patterns is from the air. For a truly unforgettable experience, there’s the option this morning to take a scenic flight – at own expense – over the lake. You’ll also see the Dingo Fence and mysterious Marree Man, the world’s largest work of art. Maree is a fascinating town to explore, full of local history including the small reconstruction of a mosque to commemorate the first mosque in Australia, built in 1861 by Afghan camel drivers. Weather permitting, we’ll drive a little of the famous Birdsville track. Dinner included tonight. Accommodation: The Marree Hotel, Marree

Accommodation: The Marree Hotel, Marree.

DAY 5
Wednesday 21 April 2021
Marree to Wilpena Pound (B/L/D)

Today, journey into the scenic gorge country of the Flinders Ranges. At Parachilna Gorge, giant river red gums line the creek bed at the bottom of the rugged gorge. It’s a magnificent sight and the gums offer a shady spot to enjoy a picnic lunch. The historic copper mining town of Blinman beckons as our journey continues, the road winding up out of the gorge passing through dramatic scenery changes. Heading to the Wilpena Pound Resort, stop to see Australia’s own Great Wall of China. These unusual formations rise up from the earth and look a little like the Great Wall of China. Head into Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia’s largest mountain range and check into your hotel for three nights. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges

DAY 6
Thursday 22 April 2021
Flinders Ranges(B/L/D)

Today, a local guide from the historic Willow Springs Station joins us to explore the majestic Flinders Ranges. This vast and ancient landscape with its amazing landforms, unique geology and wildflowers has inspired artists including Sir Hans Heysen. See the iconic Wilpena Pound, a phenomenal natural amphitheatre. At Bunyeroo Valley and Brachina Gorge mallees, native white cypress and wildflowers dominate the rugged scenery. Scenic Brachina Gorge was once used as a pass through which bullock teams pulled their loads as they traversed the ranges. Today it’s an important refuge for the elusive Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby which we’ll endeavour to sight. Lunch included. See the famous Cazneaux Tree, a solitary river red gum made famous by Australian photographer Harold Cazneaux who captured it’s image in 1937. We should see Australia’s National Floral Emblem, the Golden Wattle, Acacia pycnantha, in full bloom. Dinner included tonight. Accommodation: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges

Accommodation: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges

DAY 7
Friday 23 April 2021
Wilpena Pound(B/D)

Taking a scenic flight – at your own expense – is the ultimate way to experience Wilpena Pound and the Ikara-Flinders Ranges. This optional morning flight takes you over the Wilpena Pound, the ranges and gorges that make up this spectacular national park. From the air, you’ll get a bird’s eye view and see how the two Ranges form a backbone on the landscape below. It’s a truly unmissable experience. On the ground, there’s much to see today at Old Wilpena Station one of South Australia’s oldest and best preserved pastoral settlements. Stroll under magnificent river red gums as you take in stunning views of Wilpena Pound. Later, head to Rawnsley Park Station, a working sheep farm for dinner in a woolshed. With views overlooking the southern edge of Wilpena Pound, this dinner is outback Australia at it’s best! Accommodation: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges

Accommodation: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges

DAY 8
Saturday 24 April 2021
Wilpena Pound – Adelaide(B/D)

This morning we journey south via the charming historic town of Quorn. Once an important town at the junction of the Sydney-Perth and Adelaide-Darwin railway systems, Quorn is today a popular film location. It’s beautiful heritage-listed sites and dramatic landscape has seen the making of productions as diverse as Wolf Creek, Gallipoli, The Shiralee, The Sundowners, The Lighthorsemen, Sunday Too Far Away, The Last Ride and Robbery Under Arms. Leaving the desert behind, we continue onto Adelaide stopping in Snowtown, on the South Australian Silo Art Trail. Arriving in Adelaide, check into your deluxe hotel in the centre of the city. Farewell dinner together tonight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Pullman Adelaide Hotel

DAY 9
Sunday 25 April 2021
Adelaide – home(B)

After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

HOW TO BOOK

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CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.
Cancellations must be sent in writing.
Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.
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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
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  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Delux accommodation in for 5 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 3 Lunches
  • 8 Dinner
  • Entrance fees to all gardens, sightseeing and national parks on tour including; SA Autumn Festival, The Heritage Garden, Lyndhurst Orche Cliffs, Parachilna Gorge, Wilpena Pound, Blinman, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge, Old Wilpena Station, Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre
TOUR PRICE

Twin share, per person, including airfares $3,995
Tour only $3,650
Single supplement $395

All prices in Australian dollars
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
Price is based on departure ex Sydney

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird $150. Book and pay before 11/12/20
Previous Traveller discount $50
Garden Clinic Member discount $25

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