Gawler Ranges Short Tour
Depart Adelaide between 8-9 am with intent to have coffee and early lunch at the Village Cafe, Pt. Germain. View the the jetty (arguably one of the longest in Australia) the old lighthouse and tidal clock. Moving along we will travel via Pt. Germain Gorge to historical Melrose and onto Alligator Gorge. From here we will travel through historical Wilmington and via Horrocks Pass to Pt. Augusta our stop for the night at Highway One Motel.
Depart Pt. Augusta heading for Iron Knob. If you wish we can make time to stop and look at some of the old mining equipment on display, before taking the road into the Gawler Ranges area. Have a break, some lunch and take photos of Old Poondana Ruins and then on to Mt.Ives station which is our destination for our camp. A quick stretch and locating our accomodation we will mount up and head out to view the organ pipes (rhyolites) and Lake Gairdner. If you’re a keen photographer sunset and sunrise are the best times to visit which can be arranged for the next day if required.
Bid farewell to Mt. Ives station and head towards Skull Camp Tank. (these tanks are an integral part of water storage in the Gawler Ranges area) From here we start heading south past Lake Everard, Hiltaba before turning south at Yardea to enter the Gawler Ranges National Park and visit Kolay Mirila Falls, Old Paney Station, Stone Dam and Pildappa Rock and then to our evening destination of the Minnipa Hotel Motel.
Sadly we start making our way back to Adelaide, with a variety of stops along the way like maybe a photo with the big galah, or view the silo artwork at Kimba, the granite statues at Wuddina, or perhaps an ice-cream at Laura the home of Golden North Ice Cream or a sample of a red at Clare.
Please note this is a budget shared accommodation trip, most locations include continental breakfast. All accommodation can be upgraded if required.
4 days. 3 nights
$295 person per day. Total $1180.
Minimum of 5 passengers.
Based on shared accommodation at nominated motels and station stays and meal allowance for hotel meals and minimum of 5 travellers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people come on tour?
OZTRAX supports small groups of 4 to 5 people. If you’re on your own, we’ll happily match you with other adventurers. You’ll fit right in, forge new friendships and have the time of your life.
What gear do I need? What’s provided by OZTRAX?
Get ready to travel light – the essentials are sorted. All you need is a 50L duffel bag for your personal items. Clothes, undies, toiletries – that kind of thing. Plus, a sleeping bag and pillow – necessary for any good starry-night sleepover.
The rest? We’ve got you covered. OZTRAX provide tents, stretchers, safety equipment, food, water, great convo and commentary.
What about photography expeditions?
Let OZTRAX treat you to the most photogenic (and least photographed) places Australia has to offer. Wildlife, birdlife, native flora, desert panoramas, rock formations, Indigenous art and abandoned towns – your lenses will weep (happy tears).
Our specialty is helping photographers capture unforgettable aussie imagery, pictures that will have everyone asking ‘where were you when you took this incredible shot?’ With OZTRAX, of course.
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