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Cattle Drive Round Up

Tour Code: CD07
4 nights/5 Days
Wednesday 6th June – Sunday 10th June 2007
Price Per Person for tour only: - £1,323

 

Tour highlights

Dawn Cattle Drive On the final tour of the Cattle Drive , you'll meet some most unusual characters... Finniss Springs is home to the Marree Man. This is a geoglyph - a design etched in the ground - and thought to be the world's largest artwork, measuring 4km long and only visible from the air. It depicts a standing aboriginal warrior with a boomerang, and was discovered by air in June 1998. How did such a huge undertaking come into being? No one knows.

As you drove the herd along this final stretch, look out also for strange sculptures left by previous Outback residents. You'll see a giant dog, camels and a bizarre bus. You'll be following the remains of the original Ghan railway track, as well as what's left of the Overland Telegraph line - both critical in the settling of Australia's interior. At Hermit Hill, another natural water source, the history goes further - framed by ancient hills on both sides, this area is home to fossils of rainforest plants. The cattle are heading to Finniss Springs for good reason: water. Here, you'll see a natural wetland as well as the ruins of the Finniss Springs homestead and perhaps a herd of wild horses known to frequent the area.

This marks the official end of the Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive 2007 and there will no doubt be some rejoicing in the nearby town of Marree . You will be welcome to join in the celebration, which will almost certainly be a spirited affair in fine Outback tradition.

You can do as much or as little of this cattle drive as you wish; optional coach tours on Days 3 and 4 are available to show you further regional highlights and histories. Experience the Outback from a unique vantage point and join a scenic flight over Lake Eyre , Anna Creek Station or the Painted Desert at an additional cost.

Your village of superior tented accommodation is Finniss Springs Campsite, located 360km south of Oodnadatta.

Itinerary

Day 1, Wednesday - Arrive 11:00am at Finniss Springs Campsite. Enjoy the official welcome briefing, settle into the camp and have lunch. Transfer to the herd and meet the droving and farrier teams before being matched with your horse. After you get acquainted, you'll spend your first afternoon droving cattle! Return to the camp, where your evening meal will be served. The open fire will be a great place to get to know the members of your group.
(Meals - Lunch and Dinner)

Day 2, 3, 4, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - Each morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the horses where your droving will commence. The cattle will move some 14km each day, so your droving departure and pick-up points will change. Lunch is delivered to you as the cattle rest and feed.

Take the opportunity to chat to the drovers and farriers during the day. Upon returning to Camp in late afternoon, you'll find hot showers, the camp library, and cold drinks at the bar (alcohol is available for purchase). The evening meal will vary from buffet style (served in the on-site marquee) to camp-oven meals cooked on the campfire. Dinner is often accompanied by tales from the Outback - including yours!

On days 3 and 4 you are invited to join a coach tour to take in more of the highlights and history of the surrounding area (optional). Scenic flights are also available for an additional cost. (Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 5, Sunday - Enjoy breakfast then farewell your Outback home of Finniss Springs Campsite at 10:00am . (Meal - Breakfast)

What's included?

  • Superior carpeted tent accommodation at Anna Creek campsite including camp bed, sheets, quilt (duvet), pillow and towel.
  • A fully maintained campsite with bathroom facilities including hot showers, hair dryers and flushing toilets.
  • All meals stated as per itinerary (full breakfast, lunch, two-course dinner). Australian cuisine will be featured. Special dietary requests are catered for, however please confirm this at time of booking.
  • Non-alcoholic drinks, including soft drinks, tea, coffee and unlimited water.
  • Horse riding, including saddle, safety equipment and helmet.
  • Guided coach tours on days 3 and 4 of your tour featuring surrounding attractions and historic points of interest; this is offered as an alternative option to droving.
  • Exposure to Aboriginal and cultural experiences as offered by guides.
  • Experienced staff including doctor and event management staff, professional drovers, farriers, horse tailers and vets.

CAR PARK Will be located adjacent the campsite and will be well sign posted from the Oodnadatta Track.

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