Quorn to Port Augusta
From $3,450 per vehicle
We will travel to South Australia and take 13 days to explore the Flinders Ranges as well as numerous highlights in the South Australian Outback.
Our tour officially starts in Quorn, where we view an amazing Silo Light Show and check out the historic town. During the next 5 days we will take in the dramatic scenery of the Flinders Ranges and look out for wildlife, as we tackle several 4WD tracks. Our accommodation will be a mix of bush camping with limited facilities and Caravan Parks, where more amenities are available. There will be many opportunities to develop 4WD skills as we explore further afield and visit some iconic South Australian towns that are off the usual tourist trail. Farina offers a unique insight into settlement in days gone by and we will also explore the scenic gorges east of Parachilna. We will visit the Tom Kruse Museum in Marree and at Roxby Downs, we can view BHP’s massive Olympic Dam Mine. We will then experience the country hospitality of an outback pub before visiting another station that has designated 4WD tracks and fabulous amenities. To complete our adventure, we will explore the history and geological features of the Gawler Ranges, where wildlife abounds. Our final day’s drive takes us back to Port Augusta.
In 2018, I joined Ken & Ross in a convoy of 7 vehicles to explore the Simpson Desert. It was a fantastic trip, and the landscape was spectacular. We travelled from Birdsville across the Simpson Desert and returned via the lesser-known Madigan Line. I felt totally included in the group and the atmosphere of fun and banter around the campfire each night was memorable. This was a trip I’d been wanting to do for years however I just didn’t have the confidence or the CAN DO attitude to tackle it on my own. Travelling tagalong style, I knew that my safety was never in doubt and that certainly changed my attitude and increased my confidence. The trip was well-organised and informative, and the communication was excellent. When we arrived back in Birdsville to find our original route flooded, the team were quick to plan an alternative so that our adventure could continue. Good onya Ross & Kenny!
We joined the tag-along tour for a Simpson Desert crossing. At first I thought it was just another added expense, as we usually did our own thing. After a very short time we were bogged in a very difficult situation, which with the combined experience, sharing of equipment, and the company and help of the others in the group, disaster was averted. Puncture repairs and tyre changes are certainly made easier with assistance from your fellow travellers, as they normally happen in the most difficult circumstances. Entry to normally closed areas was accessed with preplanned permits and permission to enjoy sites not normally seen. Advice on carrying petrol and alcohol were advised to avoid hefty fines of up to $30,000, and or jail in some areas. Permits are long drawn out affairs, that are expensive, especially for single tourers, and can be explicit on times of arrival and transitioning some lands that have many hidden treasures not accessible to most. The comfort of having experienced guides and support in times of 4WD'ing difficult terrain is fantastic, along with the fellowship in the evening, and discussing the day gone, and the challenges ahead. Providing your own food and meal requirements was important to me, as I have some special medical and dietary requirements. Safety and backup is important when exploring out of the way places, which was well covered by the tour leaders. Would I do another tag-along, yes in a heartbeat, and we have booked two more trip for this year.
To whom it may concern I have known Ross for several years and have accompanied him on a couple of his trips. He was very organised and a great leader, taking me to very interesting places. He has a huge interest in our country and I think him sharing that with everyone would be a fantastic thing for him to do. He is a great person, has a wonderful sense of humour and is heaps of fun to be around. I wish him all the best in his business venture.