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The Other Big Bang tour

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5 days & 4 nights, featuring ancient red landscapes, white salt, starry skies, and one of the world's largest impact craters.

A 4WD tag-along guided tour through the ancient red volcanic landscapes of the Gawler Ranges. See lava columns, granites, the salt expanses of Lake Gairdner, the wreckage of an ancient continental collision, the birthplace of Australia's steel industry, South Australia's oldest known rocks, the world's oldest Jade and Eyre Peninsula's "Wave Rock". And we visit the Lake Acraman Impact Crater, one of the largest exposed craters on Earth.

At night, weather permitting, we explore some of the darkest starriest skies on Earth with our powerful portable telescopes.

This is a self-drive and self-catering tour. Places are limited.

3 nights accommodation at Mt Ive Station, staying in shared shearers’ quarters with well-equipped kitchen, dining room, BBQ and showers. Final night staying in shared cabins in Cowell, with basic kitchen & BBQ facilities (or do a short walk to one of the local pubs for dinner). Bed linen is included on all nights. A single supplement applies if you do not wish to share your room.

Total driving distance ex Adelaide is about 1800km. Petrol & diesel are available at Mt Ive Station and at some of the towns we pass through. This tour through Outback regions requires a 4WD, and good ground clearance is essential on some of the station tracks we use.

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