Desert Sky Tours

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

Desert Sky Tours operate extended tours with hotel/motel accommodation to Birdsville, Longreach, Innamincka, Flinders Ranges, Gawler Ranges, William Creek, Coober Pedy, Kangaroo Island, Yorke Peninsula, Back O’ Bourke, Wilson’s Promontory, Great Ocean Road and Mungo National Park travelling in a Toyota Landcruiser 100 Series four wheel drive vehicle. Tours depart from and return to Adelaide, and prices include accommodation, touring and all meals.

Facilities

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Services

$1995

Tour highlights include: Travel through the Adelaide Hills to Tailem Bend and Coomandook. Detour to Coonalpyn along the route used by the Gold Escorts in the 1850s, Naracoorte. Visit Alexandra Cave and Bool Lagoon – a large wetlands bird sanctuary and wildlife reserve. Visit a selection of the 20 Coonawarra wineries. Lunch in Penola (in the heart of the Mother Mary MacKillop story). Mount Gambier tour – includes Pumping Station and lakes area. Mount Schank. Little Blue Lake. Port MacDonnell. Nelson.

Visit the Lady Nelson Interpretive Centre for an insight into the history of the Limestone Coast and Shipwreck Coast. Umpherston Sink Hole. Yoey’s Cheese and Gourmet Shop. Carpenter Rocks, Pelican Point and Blackfellow Caves for a spectacular view of the coastline. Tantanoola, Millicent, Robe, Kingston for lunch. Return to Adelaide via the Coorong to Meningie, Wellington and Strathalbyn.

Operates: Departure dates available on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$3150

Travel is via the Flinders Ranges towns of Melrose, Wilmington and Quorn to Hawker – The Gateway to The Flinders, where we continue north through Parachilna to an overnight stay at Copley. The legendary Strzelecki Track passes through the Cobbler Desert and Montecollina Bore our lunch stop. Depending on road conditions we follow either the Old Strzelecki Track past Nappacoongie, or the main Track past Moomba to Innamincka.

Next day we take the 110 kilometre Coongie Lakes Track which closely follows the north arm of Cooper Creek, and skirts treeless grey clay pans, floodplains and dunes. 80 kilometres from Innamincka is Kudriemitchie Outstation, once used to accommodate mustering parties working from the main homestead at Innamincka. The building has been renovated and is an ideal stop for morning tea! A little further we come to Coongie Lakes – a remarkable semi permanent lake system which is high in ecological value, and supports a large number of water birds.

Another day trip is to Camp LXV “The Dig Tree”, and highlights on our return to Adelaide include Cameron Corner, Milparinka (including Depot Glen) , Tibooburra, Sturt National Park and Broken Hill.

Carpark

$3900

Departing Adelaide in a comfortable four wheel drive vehicle, we take the South Eastern Freeway through the Adelaide Hills to Tailem Bend, Bordertown and Horsham. Overnight Grampians National Park before heading to Dunkeld and the Corangamite towns of Penshurst, Mortlake and Colac.

Board the Queenscliff Ferry for a 40 minute crossing to Sorrento. Travel up the Mornington Peninsula through Leongatha to Meeniyan (our base for three nights).

Full day trips include:
Wilson’s Promontory- with attractions Whisky Beach, Squeaky Beach, Loo- Ern Track, Tidal River, Mount Oberon.
South Gippsland – visiting Fish Creek, Walkerville, Waratah Bay and Cape Liptrap. Scenic drive through Tarwin Lower, Venus Bay and Inverloch, including 12 kilometre coastal section through Bunurong Marine Park.
Strzelecki Ranges – visiting Agnes Falls, Tarra Bulga National Park, and The Grand Ridge Road, returning through coastal towns of Yarram, Alberton, Welshpool and Toora.

Leaving Meeniyan, we head to Torquay and The Great Ocean Road with accommodation at Skenes Creek. Visit Port Campbell National Park (12 Apostles) and other attractions next day on our travel though Warrnambool, Portland and Nelson to Mount Gambier.

Our return to Adelaide is via the Coorong, visiting Beachport, Robe, and Kingston.

Carpark

$3800

Leaving Adelaide we head north along Spencer Gulf through Port Wakefield to Port Augusta at the head of the Gulf then down the western side through Whyalla to Cowell, a town recognised for its Jade. An overnight stop in Tumby Bay provides a good departure point next day as we take the White River Road through Poonindie to Port Lincoln.
The scenic Whalers Way provides some spectacular coastline views, cliffs, blowholes, crevasses and beaches!
Drive through Coffin Bay National Park next day and taste of oysters, before heading up the West Coast to Elliston, The Talia Caves, Murphy’s Haystacks and the Seal Colony at Point Labatt. Overnight at Streaky Bay then next day to Ceduna and an interesting detour to Cactus Beach and Fowlers Bay, rejoining the highway at Yalata. The Head of Bight Visitor Centre is a short distance further and is one of the best places to see the Southern Right Whales.
The coastline is spectacular, and we take time next morning to inspect the Bunda Cliffs before heading south to Penong and Ceduna via Denial Bay.

Our return is through Minnipa and the Gawler Ranges National Park to Iron Knob, Port Augusta and Melrose.

Carpark

$2395

This five day tour is an experience in diverse scenery visiting the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay and The Grampians, travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle.

Tour highlights include travel through the Adelaide Hills, Tailem Bend and the Coorong region. Kingston, seaside town, Millicent, Mount Gambier, Nelson and the Glenelg River. Pass through Portland, Port Fairy to Warrnambool. Shipwreck Coast – rugged coastline and towering cliffs. Port Campbell, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Blowhole, London Bridge and the Grotto.

Travel through the Otway Ranges National Park (visit the Otway Fly) Apollo Bay and Skenes Creek coastal villages. Day trip to Lorne and the stunning waters of Loutit Bay. The Angahook – Lorne State Park see beautiful waterfalls, huge tree ferns and towering trees. Travel through hinterland towns of Colac, Camperdown and Mortlake to Hamilton. Dunkeld, gateway to the Grampians National Park drive 65 kilometres through the park to Halls Gap – a wonderful sightseeing experience. Return to Adelaide via Horsham, Dimboola, Nhill, Bordertown, Keith and Murray Bridge.

Operates: Departure dates available on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$1850

Depart Adelaide travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle.

Pass through Melrose and Wilmington to Alligator Gorge with great views of the ranges. Hancock’s Lookout with views over Spencer Gulf. Travel to Quorn and circuit road to Warren Gorge, Proby’s Grave and Simmonston, joining main road to Hawker and overnight Rawnsley Park. Visit Old Wilpena Homestead, Hucks and Stokes lookouts on the way to Willow Springs Station.

There are 40 designated points of interest on this property, and this forms the basis of ‘Sky Trek’, a six hour four wheel drive adventure which culminates in breathtaking views of the eastern side of Wilpena Pound from Upalinna Lookout. We take a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery.

Travel through Wilpena to Bunyeroo Valley and Brachina Gorge to Blinman before taking the scenic gorge road to Parachilna. A short distance past Parachilna is the Moralana Scenic Route, which travels between the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound. This is part of Arkaba Station.

Return through Melrose and the Bridle Track with stunning views of Gulf St Vincent.

Operates: Departure dates available on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$3900

The history of The Birdsville Track comes to life as we leave Marree and head north through Stations including Lake Harry, Clayton, Dulkaninna, Etadunna, Mulka, to Mungerannie and an overnight stop!

Continuing on the Track next day, we stop at Mitta Mitta to view a free flowing artesian bore, then through Clifton Hills and Sturts Stony Desert, Pandie Pandie, to Birdsville.
Attractions include The Birdsville Working Museum, Waddi Trees, “Dingo Caves”, old causeway and Pelican Point. We take an afternoon drive to “Big Red” (Nappanerica Sandune).

Depending on road conditions our travel to Innamincka is via either the Cordillo Downs Road or Arrabury Road.

A loop road through the Innamincka Mesa to Nappa Merrie brings us to Burke and Will’s Camp LXV and the Dig Tree. We return to Innamincka via the Burke and Wills Bridge, visiting Burke’s Marker, and Cullyamurra waterhole. A drive along 15 Mile Track to Kings and Wills Markers completes the history and culture of the Burke and Wills Expedition.

Leaving Innamincka we journey through Cameron Corner and Sturt National Park to Tibooburra, and Milparinka, taking a detour to visit Sturt’s Depot Glen before continuing on the Silver City Highway to Broken Hill and Adelaide.

Carpark

$3900

William Creek and Coober Pedy nine day tour exploring the remote outback of South Australia, travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle. This is a comfortable adventure tour that includes – Marree, the Oodnadatta Track, Lake Eyre, William Creek, Coober Pedy and Woomera. Tour explores the Mound Springs area (part of the Great Artesian Basin) see underground opal mining, tour the magnificent Breakaway country and visit Australia’s first and only rocket launching town. Tour combines the character of the outback with discovery and interest.

Operates: Departure dates available on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$750

Spend two days in the beautiful Clare Valley travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle.

Tour highlights include Riverton, Mintaro and Sevenhill. Scenic drive into historic Terowie for town tour. Peterborough – and opportunity for an evening visit to “Steamtown” where a sound and light show recalls the Railway History of this town. See the Wonna Range. Dares Hill Circuit tour including Pandappa and Ketchowla Stations, and summit for spectacular panoramic views. Hallett, Mount Bryan and Burra.

Operates: Departure dates available on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$1795

Here is an opportunity to see Lake Eyre from the air!

This tour is designed for those wishing to just see Lake Eyre without the cost of add-ons to the itinerary. The package price includes a one and a half hour flight over the lake.

Depart Adelaide travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle. Pass through the Clare Valley to Melrose, Wilmington, Hawker and Leigh Creek to overnight stop at Copley. Travel to Lyndhurst (end of the sealed road) then to Marree in time for an hour and a half flight over Lake Eyre. A totally captivating flight that will return you both visually impacted and educationally enriched.

There is an opportunity to look around the town of Marree before our return through Farina (ghost town) and the Ochre Cliffs.

Leaving Copley we travel to Hawker, Orroroo, Terowie and Burra then through the Gilbert Valley to Adelaide.

Operates: Departure dates available on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$3950

Depart Adelaide travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle.

Travel through coastal towns of Port Wakefield, Port Pirie to Port Augusta. Call into Wadlata Outback Centre and Arid Lands Botanical Gardens. Continue to Coober Pedy with a day trip to the Painted Desert.

Visit the Breakaways and Moon Plain before heading to William Creek. There is an opportunity for an optional air flight over Lake Eyre.

Travel along the Oodnadatta Track to Marree; inspect the ruins of Farina, and on to Copley. South of Parachilna we enter Brachina Gorge which traces the geological history of the area for hundreds of million years. Drive through Bunyeroo Valley where vantage points such as the Razor Back Look Out provide breathtaking views of the eastern side of Wilpena Pound.

Return to Adelaide via Orroroo, Terowie and the Gilbert Valley.

Operates: Departure dates available on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$3900

Follow an old pastoral route from Burra through Quandong, Loch Lilly and Harriedale Stations to Broken Hill. Next day visit Mutawintji National Park enroute to the opal mining town of White Cliffs.

One of the legends of outback New South Wales is The Darling River Run – a track over 300 kilometres running alongside the Darling River, from Wilcannia to Bourke. The track takes us through the tiny townships of Tilpa and Louth to Bourke.

Our accommodation in Bourke is the restored and refurbished old Telegraph Hotel, set in over one hectare of beautiful gardens, and the only motel in town with river frontage!

A day of sightseeing next as we visit the Bourke Exhibition Centre, historic Cemetery and drive to Mount Oxley where there are magnificent views and wedge-tailed eagles.

Leaving Bourke we travel to Brewarrina and Goodooga to Lightning Ridge – a town renowned for its beautiful black opal. Take time to look around the town before heading next day to the Warrambungle National Park and Gilgandra.

After an overnight stop in Cobar, travel through Black Stump country to Ivanhoe Hatfield and Balranald.

Return to Adelaide is through Mildura and the Riverland.

Carpark

$2475

Depart Adelaide travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle.
Pass through Melrose, Quorn and Hawker to an overnight stop at Rawnsley Park. Explore this rugged and picturesque country as the tour heads north through the Flinders Ranges National Park to Stokes Hill Lookout, Bunyeroo Valley and Brachina Gorge then past the Great Wall of China before arriving at the Old Copper Mining town of Blinman. Crossing into the Gammon Ranges travel further north through Balcanoona to Arkaroola Village. Experience the Ridge Top Tour and local attractions including Bolla Bollana, The Pinnacles, and Arkaroola Waterhole. Return route travels through Italowie Gorge, Nepabunna and Copley to Hawker, returning to Adelaide via Kanyaka Ruins, Craddock, Orroroo and Jamestown.

Operates: Departure dates available on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$2250

Discover Kangaroo Island on this all inclusive four day tour, travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle.

Tour highlights include Penneshaw, Antechamber Bay, Cape Willoughby, Windmill Bay, Sunset Winery, Prospect Hill for great views of Pelican Lagoon, rolling hills and the Southern Ocean, Pennington Bay, American River, Kingscote, Flinders Chase National Park – Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks, Vivonne Bay, Little Sahara’s spectacular white sand dunes, Bales Beach, Seal Bay for a guided beach walk amongst the sea lions, Clifford’s Honey Farm, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, scenic trip through Reeves Point, Bay of Shoals and Emu Bay, Snelling Beach, Constitution Hill and Western River Cove.

Operates: Departure dates available on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$1950

Depart Adelaide travelling in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle.

Drive through the Riverland towns of Blanchetown, Berri, Barmera and Renmark. Cross the Victorian border to Lake Cullulleraine and Mildura, then over the Murray/Darling rivers to Wentworth, New South Wales.

Enjoy a full day trip to explore Mungo National Park. The park is part of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage area, Mungo National Park being at its centre. Explore the park and visit the Mungo Woolshed, the Walls of China, the ‘Grand Canyon’ and the ruins of Zanci Station.

Visit Wentworth attractions including the gaol and junction of the Darling and Murray rivers; unwind with a paddle steamer cruise through Lock 11. Visit the Kulkyne and Hattah National Parks.

Return home through Renmark, but this time take a back road to Lake Victoria and Rufus River, passing the state border to Cal Lal and Rotten Lake. Travel the Sturt Highway to Berri, then detour through Loxton to Swan Reach, Walker Flat, Mount Pleasant and Gumeracha to Birdwood.

Operates: Departure dates available on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$3700

Travel through the south-eastern towns of Tailem Bend and Meningie on Lake Albert. Enjoy the scenic drive through the Coorong National Park, then on to Millicent, Mount Gambier, Nelson and Portland – on the shipwreck coast.

Magnificent scenery awaits along the Great Ocean Road, including London Bridge, Loch Ard, The Twelve Apostles. Climb in the Otway Ranges and experience the ‘Otway Fly’ – a tree top walk in the Otways Rainforest!

Back on the coast, travel through Lorne, Anglesea and Torquay to the ferry at Queenscliffe which crosses southern Port Phillip Bay to Sorrento. Travel up the Mornington Peninsula and on to Morwell and Lakes Entrance. Meet the Snowy River at Orbost and visit Mallacoota Inlet before arriving in Eden, on Twofold Bay.

A morning cruise aboard ‘Cat-Balou’ highlights the history of this whaling Port. Explore the coastal towns of Pambula, Merimbula and Bega.

Return is through Victorian coastal towns, including Port Albert and Welshpool to Meeniyan in South Gippsland. Explore the rich volcanic plains around Mortlake, Camperdown and Penshurst. A change of scenery as you travel back to Adelaide through the south-eastern South Australia wine growing district of Padthaway and Coonawarra.

Operates: By arrangement.

Carpark

$4695

Travel The Strzelecki Track to Innamincka and a day to visiting sites significant to the Burke and Wills Expedition. Next day to Windorah – and the Thomson and Barcoo which form the Cooper Creek.

Heading north, we visit Lark Quarry Conservation Park and Winton, birthplace of “Waltzing Matilda”.

Continue to Longreach, The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre and Qantas Founders Outback Museum. Sunset dinner cruise on the Thomson River.

Visit Barcaldine, Tree of Knowledge, before heading to Blackall where we find the only fully intact steam-powered wool washing plant left in Australia.

At Cunnumulla we meet the Adventure Way Eulo,then Hungerford via the Currawinya National Park.

Crossing the New South Wales Border and Dingo Fence, we are on the Dowling Track – passing through Yantabulla and Ford’s Bridge, then North Bourke.

A day in Bourke to discover the Exhibition Centre, a drive to Mount Oxley and a cruise on the Darling River aboard the replica paddle steamer the Jandra.

“The Darling River ” takes us through Louth and Tilpa to Wilcannia and the highway to Broken Hill.

We head south of Broken Hill through the Stations of Harriedale, Loch Lilly and Quandong to Burra and Adelaide.

Carpark

$1650

The Yorke Peninsula – Hit the Trail four day tour explores the heritage of many of the hotels and buildings in towns on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. The history, combined with the cultural contrasts of farming, mining, fishing and wine growing is drawn together in a relaxing informative and scenic experience. All travel is in a comfortable Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive vehicle.

Tour highlights include: Travel along Highway One to Port Wakefield for morning tea. Port Clinton, Price and Ardrossan for lunch. Port Vincent, Stansbury and Wool Bay lime mining towns and Edithburgh. Scenic drive to Troubridge Point, the Clan Ranald anchor and Suicide Point. Visit Marion Bay, Stenhouse Bay and Innes National Park, Inneston and Pondalowie Bay historic site. Corny Point, Galway Bay and Point Turton in Hardwicke Bay. Warooka and Yorketown. Visit Brentwood, Minlaton and Urania, Moonta, Wallaroo, Kadina and Port Broughton. Visit Beetaloo Valley, Alligator Gorge and Melrose. We take the Bridle track with unforgettable views of Spencer Gulf to Port Germein. Return to Adelaide via Gladstone and the Clare Valley.

Operates: Departure dates available on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$2500

The Opal Trail – Five Day Tour is an opportunity to experience many elements of the Australian outback, in four wheel drive comfort.

On this adventure you will discover the world famous opal fields of Coober Pedy and Andamooka. Explore the desert regions of the outback, the great salt lakes and the magnificent Flinders Ranges.

At Port Augusta visit the Wadlata Outback Centre, before continuing to Woomera. The Heritage Museum provides history and information about the town. Visit the town of Roxby Downs and the opal mining area of Andamooka. Continue to Coober Pedy, with a drive out to the Breakaways and Moon Plain.

See the Dog Fence, the longest fence in the world and Anna Creek Station, the largest cattle station in the world. Travel on to William Creek and following the Oodnadatta Track we see the artesian mound springs and Lake Eyre South. Lunch is at the classic Marree Hotel.

In the distance the Flinders Ranges rise up as you travel to the highest town in South Australia, Blinman. Brachina Gorge – a ‘corridor in time’ – leads to Bunyeroo Valley and lookouts such as ‘The Razor Back’.

Operates: Departure dates on application. Complimentary home pick up available.

Carpark

$1995

Travel in the comfort of our four wheel drive vehicle via the northern town of Port Wakefield, to Port Augusta, where we join the Eyre Highway to Iron Knob, then travel through Station properties of Corunna, Siam, Mount Miccollo and Nonning, on our way to Mount Ive in the heart of the Gawler Ranges!

A day trip includes Peters Pillars (a rhyolite outcrop), Lake Gairdner, Kath’s Castle,
The Embankment, Pondana Ruins, Yardea and Hiltaba.

Leaving Mount Ive Station, we head south, passing Mount Nott and Spring Hill before arriving at Paney Station (a recently declared National Park). We visit Pildappa Rock, Tcharkuldu Hill and Minnipa. A little further is Wudinna, where we explore (climb?) Turtle Rock, Polda Rock and Mount Wudinna.

The Eyre Highway takes us through Kyancutta, Kimba and Iron Knob to Whyalla and Port Augusta. We continue through Horrocks Pass to Wilmington and Melrose in the Southern Flinders Ranges.

Our return to Adelaide is through Orroroo and the Gilbert Valley, including Burra and Riverton.

Carpark

$3900

The history of The Birdsville Track comes to life as we leave Marree and head north through Stations including Lake Harry, Clayton, Dulkaninna, Etadunna, Mulka, to Mungerannie and an overnight stop!

Continuing on the Track next day, we stop at Mitta Mitta to view a free flowing artesian bore, then through Clifton Hills and Sturts Stony Desert, Pandie Pandie, to Birdsville.
Attractions here include The Birdsville Working Museum, Waddi Trees, “Dingo Caves”, old causeway and Pelican Point. We take an afternoon drive to “Big Red” (Nappanerica Sandune).

Leaving Birdsville we head east on The Diamantina Development Road to Betoota and Windorah, at the start of The Cooper Creek. A little south of Windorah is Thyrulga, and the homestead of “Kings in Grass Castles” fame. A journey of discovery as we take the ‘Dowling Track” and visit Toompine Roadhouse (The pub without a town!). The Track continues through Hungerford and Ford’s Bridge to Bourke.

Interest next day as we travel the “Darling River Run” – one of Australia’s great outback experiences, through Louth and Tilpa to Wilcannia then Broken Hill.

The “Eastern Road” takes us through the Stations of Harriedale, Loch Lilly and Quandong to Burra and Adelaide.

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