With 14 of APT’s original dates now fully sold out, the award winning travel operator has announced 18 new departure dates of its 7-day Lake Eyre & Flinders Ranges small group 4WD adventure.
Up to 130mm of rain fell in the Winton and Diamantina region recently and with more wet weather forecast, APT is anticipating continued high levels of demand amongst guests still seeking to book its new tours to the region.
There is now availability on 18 dates between April and July 2016, ensuring plenty of opportunity to witness this rare occurrence.
Located in the deserts of northern South Australia, Northern Territory and South-West Queensland and covering thousands of hectares, the Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre water basin is the lowest natural point in the country at approximately 15m below sea level.
On the rare occasion that it floods it becomes the largest salt lake in Australia, taking on a characteristic pink hue and creating a natural masterpiece that attracts an array of bird life including white pelicans and finches and a vast array of flora.
Travelling aboard one of APT’s custom built 4WD drive coaches in small groups of just 20 people, guests will visit Port Augusta, Lake Eyre, Marree, William Creek, Birdsville, the Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound, Clare Valley and Adelaide.
The first port of call on the tour is a visit to the award-winning Wadlata Outback Centre in Port Augusta, which provides a detailed backdrop to the region.
Then it’s on to Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre via Marree to see the lake in full flood.
Highlights include travelling the rugged and remote Oodnadatta Track; the opportunity to walk on the salt flats; and enjoying an included flight to experience the deepest part of the lake from the air.
Guests also stay at the iconic Birdsville Hotel from where they board a flight to view the Birdsville Track from the air. They also enjoy a return flight to Marree to view even more of the spectacular scenery created by the lake.
Other highlights include an exploration of the fascinating geological site of Brachina Gorge; the chance to admire the Aroona Dam; a drive through the ghost town of Farina; journey through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound; a visit to the Clare Valley to enjoy lunch at Skillogalee Winery; and travelling along the RM Williams Way. The final night includes a farewell dinner and an overnight stay at The Playford Hotel Adelaide.
Priced from $4,495 per person, twin share, included is all accommodation, transport and meals; the services of a dedicated Driver-Guide; all sightseeing, scenic flights, park and excursion fees; and transfers to and from the airport.
Book before 30 April 2016 and save $600 per couple. Terms and conditions apply and offer is subject to availability.