Probus Tours
Day 7. Continued  We explore the Elliston township, jetty, silos and the famous murals scattered throughout the streets. The drive from Elliston to Streaky Bay takes us through Port Kenny and past the remarkable inselberg rock formation known as Murphy’s Haystacks before arriving in Streaky Bay for check in and dinner.
Overnight Streaky Bay: Streaky Bay Hotel Motel

Day 8. Fri 18 Sept: Streaky Bay - Port Augusta Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning we visit the Streaky Bay National Trust Museum, which showcases the treasures from regions past and venture to the historic Pug and Pine Cottage. Departing Streaky Bay we make our way across to Minnipa, home to “The Concrete Crappa” and also Pildappa Rock. Pildappa Rock is an impressive granite outcrop baring a slightly pink tinge to its colouring. It is the highest and longest wave formations on the Eyre Peninsula, challenging its cousin “Wave Rock” in Western Australia. Leaving the rock we travel back out to the Eyre Highway and continue across to Wudinna, home to ‘The Australian Farmer’ giant granite sculpture. We stop for lunch at the Wudinna Hotel Motel before continuing our drive across to Iron Knob. Iron Knob is said to be the birth place of the Steel Industry in Australia and has certainly played a prominent role in the life of South Australia. After nearly 100 years, mining at Iron Knob ended in April 1998, when the last ore was taken from the Iron Monarch open cut pit. Though some stock piles are still evident at Iron Monarch and, if commodity prices are favourable in the future, there still is ore to be extracted from these locations. We take a tour of the Iron Knob Mine which sits directly behind the town. The views are fantastic from the top, with the varying colours of the ore, it provides an excellent photo opportunity. Leaving Iron Knob we continue through to Port Augusta arriving at our accommodation late afternoon for check in and dinner.
Overnight Port Augusta: Acacia Ridge Motor Inn

Day 9. Sat 19 Sept: Port Augusta - Arkaroola Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning we board the famous Pichi Richi Railway’s Afghan Express. See the ancient Flinders Ranges landscape unfold before us on the Afghan Express from Port Augusta Railway Station to the historic outback town of Quorn. Travelling the old Ghan route over red earth and bluebush plains from Port Augusta, we’ll watch the ranges creep ever-closer before entering the Pichi Richi Pass with its rocky outcrops, dry riverbeds and beautiful hilly scenery. The Afghan Express is the name railwaymen gave to the passenger train that ran from Terowie to Oodnadatta, through Quorn in 1923. In time, this was abbreviated to the Ghan. The railway was ultimately extended to Alice Springs by 1929. The Ghan used the Pichi Richi Railway route until 1956 when a new standard-gauge railway from Stirling North to Brachina bypassed the narrow gauge railway through the Pichi Richi Pass. After arriving in Quorn we make our way up through Hawker, Parachilna and Leigh Creek enjoying a stop for lunch along the way. We travel across to Arkaroola, taking us past the Nepabunna Aboriginal Community and the boundary to the Gammon Ranges National Park. Upon arrival in the 61,000-hectare wildlife sanctuary of Arkaroola, we check into our accommodation before dinner.
Overnight Arkaroola: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Day 10. Sun 20 Sept: Arkaroola Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning we board our four-wheel drive vehicles for the famous Ridge Top Tour. Travelling in our specially constructed open top 4WD’s, we are taken on a guided tour of some of the most spectacularly rugged country on earth. Our trained guides share their knowledge of Arkaroola’s 1600-million year geological history as they navigate the steep slopes and hair raising ascents of the famous Ridge Top Track. Inspiring images of red granite mountains and golden spinifex covered hillsides give way to a breath-taking view across the Freeling Heights, Lake Frome and the desert beyond. After a wonderful day we meet for dinner in the accommodation restaurant.

Overnight Arkaroola: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Day 11. Mon 21 Sept: Wilpena Pound Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning we bid Arkaroola farewell as we travel back across to Copley and Leigh Creek passing Italowie Gorge. After a comfort stop at Aroona Dam, we travel through the Parachilna Gorge to Blinman for lunch before arriving at the Wilpena Pound Information Centre. This afternoon, those willing can make the trek into the Hill Homestead and Wangara Lookouts. The Wangara Hill is located behind the Hill Homestead and offers two great lookouts, giving wonderful panoramic views of the amazing Wilpena Pound. Later in the day we check into our accommodation before dinner in the restaurant.

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