• Pricing From $5,300pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Sydney
  • Duration 4 Days
  • Max Group Size 16
  • Activity Level Easy Going
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Experience this incredible opportunity to see Lake Eyre in flood

Join us for a memorable 4 day journey to discover the miracle of Lake Eyre. With the enormous rains and flooding of the channel country, central and southern Queensland, Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda) is set to undergo a remarkable transformation that is testament to the restorative powers of mother nature. When water flows in to part-fill the lake via great inland rivers including the Diamantina, Cooper Creek and the Warburton, the spectacle is breathtaking and is best viewed in Bill Peach Journeys style while ‘Flightseeing’. Rapid growth and fertility follow the floods; long dormant marine creatures multiply and large flocks of waterfowl arrive to feed and raise their young before the waters evaporate once more. Spend 2 nights at Wilpena Pound Resort in the Flinders Ranges and 1 night at the iconic Birdsville Hotel where the Diamantina has changed this harsh environment into a natural paradise. We will also tour Broken Hill including the new Royal Flying Doctor headquarters. We will enjoy a cruise from yesteryear aboard the Paddle Vessel Jandra in Bourke and explore the fascinating ancient Flinders Ranges.

Designated an easy programme, this journey is ideal for those travellers wanting to experience this incredible opportunity to see Lake Eyre in Bill Peach Journeys style. Don’t delay seats are limited!

Highlights

  • Enjoy incredible ‘flightseeing’ of the rugged ancient landscapes across western New South Wales, Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound and flooding Lake Eyre
  • Touring of Broken Hill, the Flinders Ranges, Birdsville and Munga-Thirri National Park
  • Cruise the mighty Darling River leaning its fascinating history on the Paddle Vessel Jandra
  • Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service which recently celebrated its 90th year of invaluable outback service
  • Spend 3 nights in iconic Australian outback locations
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Enjoy this Lake Eyre discovery with new friends while enjoying your own room with no single supplement charge
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code LE1902
Departs 31 May 2019
Returns 3 Jun 2019
Price From $5,300 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Tour Code LE1900
Departs 7 Jun 2019
Returns 10 Jun 2019
Price From $5,300 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Tour Code LE1901
Departs 28 Jun 2019
Returns 1 Jul 2019
Price From $5,300 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Tour Code LE1903
Departs 5 Jul 2019
Returns 8 Jul 2019
Price From $5,300 pp
Single Supplement Waitlist
Tour Code LE1904
Departs 28 Jul 2019
Returns 31 Jul 2019
Price From $5,300 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Tour Code LE1905
Departs 28 Aug 19
Returns 31 Aug 19
Price From $5,300 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Day 1: Sydney - Broken Hill - Ikara Flinders Ranges

This morning check-in at the Execujet Centre at Sydney Airport for the start of our 4 day sojourn. Flying across central New South Wales we land in Broken Hill. We visit the new RFDS headquarters and also embark on a tour of this historic mining town which was established over a century ago. The fine old buildings of the main street are typical examples of colonial architecture, while the mine itself looms in the background.

Mid afternoon we re-board our aircraft for our flight to the Ikara Flinders Ranges. On arrival we transfer to Wilpena Pound Resort, which is built on the banks of Wilpena Creek just outside an entrance to Wilpena Pound. In this natural bush setting, native flora and fauna abound. The Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in South Australia. The park is world renowned for its geological history, including impressive fossil remains. There will be a Welcome group dinner tonight at the Resort.

Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort

Day 2: Ikara Flinders Ranges

Today the group will explore more than 800 million years of geological history in the “Corridor Through Time”. Marvel at the rugged beauty of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges. Search for Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies and enjoy sweeping views of Bunyeroo Valley and the eastern wall of Wilpena Pound.

After lunch join an Aboriginal guide for an informative stroll to Old Wilpena Station, one of South Australia’s oldest and best preserved pastoral settlements. Walk along Wilpena Creek past magnificent river red gums with stunning views of Wilpena Pound in the distance. Learn about the landscape and bio-diversity from the perspective of the Adnyamathanha people.

Later today we set off to Stokes Hill lookout overlooking the magnificent Ikara Flinders Rangers, which offers spectacular panoramas of Wilpena Pound, Mt Patawarta, and the Druid, Chace, Elder, Heysen and Bunker Ranges. There will be a group dinner tonight at the Resort.

Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort

Day 3: Wilpena - Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre - Birdsville

After breakfast we depart Wilpena Pound. Our flight today will include extensive flightseeing over Kati Thanda Lake Eyre to include South Lake Eyre National Park and North Lake Eyre National Park following Warburton Creek to Birdsville. Your private aircraft will provide breathtaking views of the remote landscape of  Kati Thanda Lake Eyre. The massive Kati Thanda Lake Eyre system covers an area of 9,690 square kilometres, or roughly the size of Holland.

We land at Birdsville and enjoy lunch at Australia’s most remote outback bakery. Proclaimed a town in 1887, Birdsville was located at the border of South Australia and Queensland to collect tolls from the droves of cattle being moved interstate. Birdsville is considered the gateway to the Simpson desert. Now known as Munga-Thirri National Park, it is Queensland’s largest protected area and covers nearly a million hectares.

You will understand why this desert has long held an allure to adventurers and explorers wanting to camp under the stars and immerse themselves in its harsh, rugged beauty Many of Australia’s pioneering European explorers travelled through the Birdsville district. Monuments to acknowledge the feats of Captain Charles Sturt, Burke & Wills, Madigan and others are located throughout the town.

This afternoon there will be a sunset tour of the Munga-Thirri National Park. Surprisingly, the desert teems with life and is home to rare mammals, reptiles, and more than 180 species of bird. There will be a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Birdsville Hotel

Day 4: Birdsville - Bourke - Sydney

After breakfast we continue flightseeing on our way to Bourke to include Birdsville surrounds and parts of the Cooper Creek river system. Cooper Creek is one of the most famous and yet least visited rivers in Australia. It is one of three major Queensland river systems that flow into the Lake Eyre Basin.

The flow of the creek depends on monsoonal rains falling months earlier and many hundreds of kilometres away in eastern Queensland. At 1300 km in length it is the second longest inland river system in Australia after the Murray-Darling system.

We land in Bourke and transfer to the PV Jandra paddle boat for a cruise along the Darling River. The whole Murray-Darling river system, one of the largest in the world, drains all of New South Wales west of the Great Dividing Range, much of northern Victoria and southern Queensland and parts of South Australia. Its meandering course is three times longer than the direct distance it traverses.

We reboard our aircraft mid afternoon and our estimated time of arrival into Sydney is 5pm.


About Sojourns

Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from cruising New Zealand’s North Islands to world-class sporting events and unique experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About Single Traveller Journeys

We recognise the specific requirements of single travellers and that’s why a number of our journeys are single supplement free, affording you the benefit of your own single room, without any, or with significantly reduced extra cost. In fact, over 40% of our guests travel alone and return to Bill Peach Journeys again and again. In this way, you can enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travellers during the day, along with the safety and security of travelling with an escorted group, but still retire to your own personal room in the evening.  Note: The single supplement free offer cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.

Fully inclusive

This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers, services of a dedicated Journey Director.

Coaches

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre Tour

Flights from your home port to Sydney are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Sydney, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Sydney, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of Fitness Required – Easy Going

These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 500 metres unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)