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FLINDERS RANGES
28 August – 5 September 2023

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ITINERARY
The Flinders Ranges is a treasure of ancient dramatic landscapes. Travel from Adelaide, through the Clare Valley into The Flinders Ranges. Experience spiritual, 800-million-year-old Wilpena Pound. At this time, networks of channels, streams and floodplains have converged in Lake Eyre National Park, bringing an abundance of wildlife, and stunning natural beauty.
DAY 1
Monday 28 August 2023
Home – Clare (D)

Meet your Ross tour leader at Adelaide airport. Board our luxury coach headed for the picturesque Clare Valley, a patchwork of crops, vineyards and bushland. Check
into your hotel for two nights. Welcome dinner included tonight.

Accommodation:  Clare Country Club, Clare

DAY 2
Tuesday 29 August 2023
Bungaree Station (B/D)

Bungaree Station is our destination today for lunch, established by George Hawker and his brothers in 1841. It became headquarters of an extensive sheep station
with 100 thousand merino sheep by the 1880’s: a self-sufficient village, with church, store, blacksmith, and District Council Chambers. At the heart is a
beautiful sandstone homestead, wool shed, shearers quarters and stable yards.

Accommodation:  Clare Country Club, Clare

DAY 3
Wednesday 30 August 2023
Clare to Marree (B/L/D)

Travel north this morning to the desert oasis of Parachilna. The Prairie Hotel is an iconic destination, dating to 1876, perfect for lunch. The Lyndhurst Ochre Cliffs and extensive diggings, are classified as a site of significance to Yantruwanta People and protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988. Quarried for thousands of years, the ochre was traded far north to the Northern Territory and Queensland, and south to the coast. Continue to Marree for the next two nights. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation:  The Marree Hotel, Marree.

DAY 4
Thursday 31 August 2023
Marree (B/D)

Marree is a fascinating historic watering hole and railway town on the edge of the vast desert area of Central Australia. To the north lie the Simpson and Sturt’s
Stony Deserts and to the north-east is the Strzelecki Desert. Marree is a true desert settlement receiving an average annual rainfall of 125 mm. Nearby is Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest salt lake. The best way to appreciate its incredible colours and patterns is from the air. Option this morning to take a scenic flight over the lake (at own expense). Later we’ll drive a little of the famous Birdsville track. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation:  The Marree Hotel, Marree.

DAY 5
Friday 1 September 2023
Marree to Wilpena Pound (B/L/D)

Parachilna Gorge is our destination for a picnic lunch today in the shade of giant river red gums that line the creek at the bottom of the rugged gorge.
Dramatic landscape changes as we take the winding road out of the gorge to the historic copper mining town of Blinman. We are heading into Ikara- Flinders Ranges
National Park, South Australia’s largest mountain range. Check into our hotel for three nights. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges

DAY 6
Saturday 2 September 2023
Flinders Ranges (B/L/D)

Explore the vast ancient landscape of Flinders Ranges: rugged landform, unique geology and ephemeral wildflowers. Travel into Wilpena Pound, (known by its Adnyamathanha name of Ikara, meaning meeting place), a phenomenal natural amphitheatre. Wildflowers, Mallees and White Cypress dominate the rugged landscape in Bunyeroo Valley and Brachina Gorge. See the famous Cazneaux Tree, a solitary river red gum made famous by Australian photographer Harold Cazneaux. Dinner included at Wilpena Resort.

Accommodation: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges

DAY 7
Sunday 3 September 2023
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.

Accommodation: Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges

DAY 8
Monday 4 September 2023
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: InterContinental, Adelaide

DAY 9
Tuesday 5 September 2023
Adelaide – Home (B)

Free morning in Adelaide. Early afternoon transfer to Adelaide airport for our flight home.

HOW TO BOOK

To secure your booking and make your deposit, please complete our online booking form. You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment.

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.
Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
LIBBY CAMERON
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Delux accommodation in for 8 nights, including a full breakfast every day
  • 4 Lunches & 8 Dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens, sightseeing and national parks on tour including Bungaree Station, Lyndhurst Orche Cliffs, Parachilna Gorge, Wilpena Pound, Blinman, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge and Old Wilpena Station.
TOUR PRICE

Twin share, per person, including airfares $4,695
Tour only $4,195
Single supplement $850

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

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird $150 (Pay in full by 30th April 2023)
Previous Traveller discount $100
Garden Clinic Member discount $50

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