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Ediacaran Skies Tour
4 Days/3 Nights Self Drive & Self Cater Tour. Tour dates for 2017 are 23-26 June and 22-25 September.
See the 2 biggest attractions in the Flinders Ranges: its world‐class geology and fossils beneath our feet, and the awesome dark skies above our heads. The magnificent Flinders Ranges are one of Australia’s most awe inspiring landscapes ‐ bright and inviting majestic quartzite‐capped peaks during the day, brilliant and enchanting sunsets at day’s end, and absolutely awesome night skies, that make you want to reach up and touch the stars. Join us as we explore the world renowned geology and fossils of the Flinders Ranges by day, and then explore the superb dark skies above our heads at night. The 4 day/3 night self‐drive & self‐catered tour will be packed full of interesting activties, including: - a sound and sight spectacular at the Blinman Underground Mine - tour of a working woolshed - a tour of geologically significant Parachilna Gorge - see the debris layer from the Acraman meteorite impact over 560 million years ago - enjoy sunset drinks with spectacular views to Wilpena Pound and Lake Torrens (nibbles & drinks supplied) - see Ediacaran fossils ‐ evidence of the first large & varied multicellular animals on the planet - explore the awesome night sky with the aid of large computerised telescopes You will meet us at Alpana Station, 5km south of Blinman in the Flinders Ranges. There is a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ.
Accommodation options are:
- Twin share room in shearers quarters with shared bathroom facilities. $400 per adult, $320 per child. Each room is equipped with 2 single beds.
- Single person room in shearers quarters with shared bathroom facilities. $720 per person.
- Twin share powered camp site with its own ensuite toilet & shower. $400 per adult, $320 per child. Please contact us if you want more than 2 people using your camp site.
- Single person on powered camp site with its own ensuite toilet & shower. $720 per person.
You will need to bring your own food/drinks/sleeping gear for all accommodation options. If you booked a campsite you will also need to bring your tent or caravan. Note: If a "twin share" is booked by a single person, we will assume you are willing to share your room (or camp site) if necessary. If you don't want to share your room (or camp site) then book as "single person".
If you don't want to drive to the Flinders Ranges for our Ediacaran Skies tour, let us drive you instead! We have limited seats available on our minibus and can also take your luggage, esky and food hamper. Pick up by arrangement from 7:30am on first day of tour. **Minibus transfer is unavailable for September 2017 tour**