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Dawn of the Cattle

Tour Code: CD01
4 nights/5 Days
Saturday 5th May – Wednesday 9th May 2007
Price Per Person for tour only: - £1,323


Tour highlights

Dawn Cattle DriveThe beginning of an historic journey, a unique journey - your journey.

In time-honoured tradition, the Cattle Drive will be given a rousing send-off from Oodnadatta. The outpost town lies on the road to Alice Springs and is named from the Aboriginal 'Utnadata' meaning 'blossom of the mulga tree'. Between 1891 and 1929, Oodnadatta was a busy railhead on the train journey from Adelaide to Alice Springs. It's little changed from its origins. The heritage listed sandstone railway station has been converted into a museum. It provides great tales of yesterday.

On your first afternoon, you'll be a part of the 'handover and counting of cattle', the official start of the Drive. At night, join the celebrations in the town, where you can expect plenty of traditional Outback festivities!
Next morning it's down to business. You'll join the herd near Oodnadatta on the first tour of its 390km push southeast to Marree. The scenery is spectacular with colourful rocky landscapes framed by hazy blue hills; and though the creeks are dry, seasonal rains often leave the desert vibrant with plants and animals. 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. 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 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 Dalhousie Springs at an additional cost.

Your village of superior tented accommodation is North Creek Campsite, located 27km south of Oodnadatta.


Day 1, Saturday - Arrive 11:00am at North Creek 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; those who wish can join the night time celebrations in Oodnadatta.
(Meals - Lunch and Dinner)

Day 2, 3, 4, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday - 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 complimentary coach tour to take in more of the highlights and history of the surrounding area (optional). Scenic flights are also available at an additional cost. (Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 5 Wednesday - Enjoy breakfast then farewell your Outback home of North Creek Campsite at 10:00am. (Meal – Breakfast)

What's included?

  • Superior carpeted tent accommodation at North 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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