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Ediacaran Expedition

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Includes: Arkaroola | Brachina Gorge | Ediacaran Hills | Parachilna

Tour Highlights

  • Board your own private plane the Outback Jet, bound for the Flinders Ranges and experience this globally significant fossil region
  • Access one of the most significant fossil sites in the world, accompanied by the global leaders in ediacaran research, Professor Mary Droser
  • Explore fossil sites thought to be over 550 million years old
  • Slowly drive through Brachina Gorge, also known as 'The Corridor Through Time' with leading geologist Dr Jim Gehling, Senior Research Scientist from the Museum of South Australia
  • Join the renowned 'Ridge Top Tour' through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Flinders Ranges
  • Be hosted by life long local, Ross Fargher, a fourth generation grazier and co-owner of the Prairie Hotel
  • Stay at the stylish Prairie Hotel in Parachilna and experience their native inspired cuisine using indigenous and locally sourced produce
  • Dine in a heritage stone woolshed, built in the 1800's

"Surpassed all expectations. Great company & a wonderful experience."

M. Silagy, Caulfield, Vic

4 days

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Day 1 Arkaroola Depart Melbourne on board the Outback Jet bound for Balcanoona airfield in the Flinders Ranges. This afternoon join the knowledgeable guides at Arkaroola for the Ridge Top Tour through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Flinders Ranges to Siller's Lookout. This evening, if skies are clear, you will join a guided tour of the galaxy in the observatory. 

Accommodation: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Day 2 Brachina Gorge Following breakfast, return to the Outback Jet for the brief flight across the ranges landing in the high country at Blinman. From here you will be guided by Dr Jim Gehling, Senior Research Scientist from the Museum of South Australia who will interpret the so called 'corridor through time' as you pass through eons of sedimentary stone. Driving through Brachina Gorge is often likened to driving through a text book. There is also the odd Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby hiding in the caves. Once out on the western plains you will arrive at the stylish Prairie Hotel, your home for the next two nights and a destination within itself. 

Accommodation: The Prairie Hotel, Parachilna

Day 3 Ediacaran Hills Today you will be guided by the owner of Nilpena Station and fourth generation grazier, Ross Fargher. Ross was the one who located the current site of Ediacaran fossils. This trip is timed to coincide with the annual visit of Professor Mary Droser - the world's leader in research into the Ediacaran fossils. While on site you will be able to tap into Mary's vast knowledge as well as assist in identifying new finds. Mary will also deliver a presentation highlighting her life's work. 

Accommodation: The Prairie Hotel, Parachilna

Day 4 Ediacaran Hills - Melbourne Following another great morning in the field with Professor Mary Droser, enjoy lunch at the Prairie Hotel and then a scenic drive back up through Parachilna Gorge, you will reunite withe the Outback Jet for the flight back to Melbourne, with a scenic orbit of the impressive Wilpena Pound on the way and returning to Melbourne by approximately 1730. 

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What's included in the tour price when you fly with Air Adventure?

In a word, everything! 

We make our tours as inclusive as possible so there are no hidden or unexpected surprises along the way, or a hefty credit card statement awaiting your return.

 

Included in the price for all air safaris is:

  • All private charter flights in the Air Adventure Outback Jet (where applicable) crewed by an experienced, Commercially Licensed Captain

  • All accommodation - the best available at every stop - from 5 star luxury to comfortable remote accommodation

  • All meals - cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner ranging from 2 courses to a 5 course degustation. We always aim to showcase quality and fresh, local produce at every destination

  • An experienced Air Adventure Tour Leader to ensure everything 'just happens' plus local and expert guides at each destination. These can be cattle station owners, indigenous elders, artists, conservationists, winemakers, artisans, geologists and many more authentic characters!

  • Wine is also included with dinner, carefully selected to complement the cuisine

  • All entry fees and permits to National Parks and Restricted Aboriginal Lands

  • All sightseeing and wildlife viewing drives, cruises and guided walks and tours

  • Complimentary DVD of photos from your tour

  • Complimentary Air Adventure drink bottle which also helps to reduce the impact on the environment along the way

Once you meet us at the airport for departure, there's nothing to do but sit back, relax and enjoy your adventure!

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