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Legendary Outback Track Safari in South Australia and Birdsville
Commences Adelaide 07 October and ends Adelaide 19 October 2021

  • Birdsville Hotel
    Birdsville Hotel
  • Famous Roadhouse, Oodnadatta
    Famous Roadhouse, Oodnadatta
  • Underground Hotel, Coober Pedy
    Underground Hotel, Coober Pedy
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price $6,290
  • Single Supplement $970
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader David Mobbs

Tour Itinerary

  • 12 Nights
    • 1 Adelaide 
    • 1 Port Augusta
    • 2 Coober Pedy 
    • 1 William Creek
    • 1 Marree
    • 1 Birdsville
    • 1 Innamincka
    • 1 Arkaroola
    • 2 Wilpena Pound
    • 1 Adelaide

Commences Adelaide 07 October and ends Adelaide 19 October 2021

 Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy leisure time in cosmopolitan Adelaide, with its world class wine and incredible gourmet produce
  • Spend 2 nights in Coober Pedy at the Desert Cave Hotel and explore the opal capital of the world
  • View the incredible colours and patterns of Lake, Eyre, the world’s largest salt lake, which is right now filling in a way not seen for 45 years
  • Travel the Birdsville Track, one of Australia’s famous desert tracks from Maree to Birdsville in Queensland
  • Discover the real beauty of Australia’s Outback at Innamincka and spend a night in this tiny but famous and strategic outpost town, where we also visit the famous Burke and Wills Dig Tree 
  • Overnight at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and discover the ancient beauty of the Flinders Ranges. On a clear night, be amazed with Arkaroola’s astronomical observatory  
  • Spend 2 nights at Wilpena Pound, a geological wonder with some of the best bush walks and 4WD experiences in the country

Tour Overview

Follow in the footsteps of early explorers and pioneers along the three famous Outback tracks of Oodnadatta, Birdsville and Strzelecki. All are remote, harsh but beautiful 4WD Tracks steeped in history. Be transported back in time as you hear tales of the people who opened up this great vast country with stories of hardship, strength, family values and the Australian pioneering spirit. Sleep in the unique Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy and experience perhaps the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a while.

We also overnight at William Creek, the smallest settlement in South Australia with a population of 3 humans and a dog. It is part of the largest cattle station in the world – Anna Creek, approximately the land area of England. We venture to the magnificent Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest inland lake. Also included is the not to be missed spectacular champagne sunset on top of “Big Red”, a 40 metre sand dune at the edge of the great Simpson Desert. Explore the Outback town of Birdsville, just across the QLD / SA border and stay at its historic 133-year-old famous, Birdsville Hotel. Hear the tragic story of explorers Burke & Wills and view the “Dig Tree” in Innamincka, discover the ancient beauty of Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and the famous Ridgetop tour and explore the unforgettable Flinders Ranges, including the geological wonder of Wilpena Pound.

Comfort is the key to this amazing, in-depth journey. Our transportation is a purpose built 6WD tour coach. All accommodation is en-suite and most meals are included.

This fascinating program is restricted to 15 participants.

Tour Inclusions

    • 4 nights in en-suite hotel accomodation
    • 8 nights in en-suite motel accomodation
    • Breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
    • Touring by comfortable and modern 6WD tour vehicle
    • Transport and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees including national park permits
    • Services of a Professional driver/guide
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet

David Mobbs

David Mobbs is a Territorian, with 30 years of tour guiding experience. He grew up on cattle stations and in Aboriginal communities and gained a respect and understanding of the land and culture from an early age. He was one of the first to lead Kakadu tours, had 4 years guiding in Central Australia and has been taking Kimberley safaris to the region for over 25 years, so he’s likely to be the most experienced guide in Northern Australia. With extensive knowledge in Aboriginal rock art and culture, bush tucker, flora, fauna, natural history and geology, David has assisted in the making of several documentary programs, including ‘The World Around Us’ on such networks as CNN and the BBC. He has also been an advisor for several books on the Top End.


This program includes places which can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Make an Enquiry

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.