Day One: Melbourne, Essendon – Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
AAA guests depart Melbourne’s Essendon airport at 0800 tracking over Victoria’s Wheat Belt to Mildura for morning tea. From Mildura, travel on to Balcanoona. Arriving at the airfield, at Arkaroola, you are welcomed by your host Doug Sprigg. Afternoon activities include a very special Ridge Top Tour offering a most spectacular and scenic experience featuring magnificent views of the Flinders Ranges. After dinner you may wish to spend some time viewing the millions of stars through a powerful telescope provided. Conditions here are generally superb for stargazing.
Accommodation is at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary.
Flight time 3.5 hrs total
Day Two: Arkaroola – Wilpena Pound
Rejoin your aircraft and depart southward for Wilpena Pound providing more spectacular views of the Flinders Ranges. Aerial navigation is the perfect way to view the wonder of the natural amphitheatre that is Wilpena Pound. AAA guests are welcomed at the airfield by your hosts. Slow and steady wins the race this morning as guests are guided into the Wilpena Pound trails. You are sure to be amazed by the incredible narrow entrance to this unique land formation which as the name suggests is completely surrounded by mountains. St Mary’s peak stakes claim as the highest landform rising no less than 3800 feet. Returning by sunset, dining is at the rustic Woolshed Restaurant.
Time to rest; accommodation is at the newly refurbished Wilpena Pound Resort.
Flight time 30 mins
Day Three: Wilpena Pound - Lake Eyre (air and ground) - Parachilna, Prairie Hotel
Following breakfast rejoin your aircraft for a scenic flight over Lake Eyre North and South. Land at Marree for a tour right out to the shores of Lake Eyre South with Reg Dodd, a local aboriginal elder. The country is looking better than it has for generations. Following Reg's tour, fly south to the Prairie Hotel in the tiny outpost of Parachilna.
Accommodation is at the Prairie Hotel
Flight time 2 hrs total
Day Four: Parachilna - Brachina Gorge - Parachilna
Today’s adventure includes a full day mountain top tour, exploring Bunyeroo Gorge, Brachina Gorge, the Heysen Trail with spectacular views of Lake Torrens and Mooralana Valley. AAA guests return as the sun sets across the Wilpena Pound.
Accommodation is at the very stylish Prairie Hotel.
No flight today
Day Four: Parachilna – Broken Hill – Essendon, Melbourne
Mornings at The Prairie Hotel are easy on the senses; enjoy breakfast prior to departing for Broken Hill. Broken Hill is renowned for its mining history and more recently chosen by many of Australia’s prominent artists as their home. International visitors will soon learn of the Big Australian, also known as the quiet achiever, BHP Ltd. AAA guests will be escorted on a relaxing tour of the city centre with opportunities to visit Broken Hill’s mining museum and any one of the various art galleries.
In 2006, Australians said goodbye to the late Pro Hart. Highly regarded as one of Australia’s most famous artists, or the people’s artist, Pro Hart leaves behind a legacy of wonderful memories for all to reflect upon and enjoy through his work and that of his children who continue on with his vision today. From the bold brashness of Pro Hart’s gallery, one of the largest private collections in Australia, AAA guests also have the opportunity to view the gentle landscapes of the equally famous outback personality, Jack Absalom, whose inspirational art will enthrall all guests, thus completing an endless buffet of creativity. AAA guides and pilots escort guests back to the aircraft for a special scenic flight tracking homeward to be welcomed at Essendon Airport, Melbourne at 1700.
Flight time 3 hrs total
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