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Lake Eyre Encounter

Tour Code: CD06
4 nights/5 Days
Friday 1st June – Tuesday 5th June 2007
Price Per Person for tour only: - £1,323

 

Tour highlights

Dawn Cattle Drive The salt lakes of the Australian interior were the scourges of the early cattlemen. When you first lay eyes on Lake Eyre you'll know why. The enormity of Lake Eyre is overwhelming. It covers nearly 9,000 square kilometres, but it's the vista of a shimmering white expanse - including the deathly mirage - that both fascinates and appals. You'll skirt the edges of Lake Eyre South, seeing how eons of flooding and evaporation have left a skin of glittering mineralization. You'll learn about its infrequent flooding and the ecosystem that moves to this curious timetable; and if you get a chance to go out onto its surface, you'll see why your herd will be steering well clear...

Running south of the lake are 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. You'll hear the stories of the settlers, their successes and failures along with historical accounts by descendants from original inhabitants, the indigenous people.

You'll also see the Dog Fence. One of the world's most bizarre structures, the fence runs 5,400km from the Great Australian Bight to Queensland 's Bunya Mountains . Regarded as man's longest structure, it divides cattle country from sheep country - protecting the latter from dingos.

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 , or the Painted Desert or discover Coward Springs oasis on a camel tour at an additional cost.

Your village of superior tented accommodation is Lake Eyre Campsite, located 328km south of Oodnadatta.

Itinerary

Day 1, Friday - Arrive 11:00am at Lake Eyre 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, Saturday, Sunday, Monday - 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 and camel tours are also available at an additional cost. (Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 5, Tuesday - Enjoy breakfast then farewell your Outback home of Lake Eyre 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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