Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Departs: August 26, 2019
Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Reptiles & Amphibians.
Charge your camera and pack your safari gear! Kati Thanda Lake-Eyre has been transformed bringing life to South Australia's parched salt pans and desert country. We're celebrating with this five-day photographic safari led by author of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography, Richard I'Anson on 26-30 August 2019. It's your rare opportunity to capture the surreal beauty of water-soaked Kati Thanda Lake Eyre, Arkaba's prehistoric outback landscape and abundant wildlife in all-inclusive luxury.
About Richard I’Anson
Richard I’Anson is a freelance photographer who has built a career on his twin passions for travel and photography. Over the past 36 years he has travelled the world, amassing a substantial and compelling collection of images of people and places in more than 90 countries on all seven continents. His images are published worldwide in books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, calendars, posters, cards and websites. They have been reproduced from the size of a stamp (literally) to the size of a tarpaulin protecting the contents of a 53-foot truck trailer.
Richard has published thirteen books including five editions of the best-selling Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Photography and the large format pictorials: Australia: 42 Great Landscape Experiences, Nepal and India: essential encounters. Richard is proud of achieving the status of Master of Photography awarded by the A ustralian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). He was honoured to be selected as a Canon Master Photographer by Canon Australia and he features in the National Geographic TV series Tales By Light now screening on Netflix.
Make your way to the General Aviation Terminal at Adelaide airport at 11:00 for check in procedures with your Wrightsair pilot. Your group private charter flight departs at 11:30 arriving Hawker airstrip at 13:00. Enjoy a Wild Bush Luxury welcome ahead of your 20 minute road transfer to Arkaba, a 60,000 acre private property that has been transformed from a working sheep station into a thriving wildlife conservancy.
Lunch will be served on arrival ahead of your introductory session. Your afternoon safari will take you deep into the ranges and creek beds lined with seemingly immortal River Red Gums to capture the late afternoon light. Enjoy a hosted three-course dinner with matching South Australian wine on the terrace overlooking the ranges and overnight at Arkaba Homestead.
On safari today well be on the lookout for Kangaroos, Emus, different reptile species including Shingleback Lizards, Bearded Dragons, Goannas, and a huge variety of birdlife - galahs, parrots, raptors including Wedge-tailed and Little Eagles, Elegant Parrots, Mulga Parrots, wrens, babblers and honeyeaters to name but a few.
You might even get the chance to capture guest sheep shearing in action. Your afternoon session features vast landscapes and is capped off with sundowner drinks on top of the ranges with the scale and grandeur of outback South Australia laid out for miles around. Dinner is hosted by one of Arkaba’s field guides providing an atmosphere more akin to staying with friends in the country, or a private safari lodge rather than a typical luxury hotel.
An early start will have you departing Arkaba at 6:15 heading to Hawker airstrip to photograph the morning light over Wilpena Pound (the jewel in the crown of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges). Your full-day air safari will take you over Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges, passing Parachilna Gorge tracking north above the open-cut coal fields of Leigh Creek, the outback township of Maree and into William Creek for a short stop and aircraft change.
Flying over vast cattle country of Anna Creek Station to the gibber shelf on the Western shoreline of Belt Bay ( the lowest point in Australia), Silcrete Island and some eroded peninsulas that jut out into the salt bed, Jackboot Bay and then follow the Warburton Groove up to the very northern end of the wonder that is Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. It has been transformed thanks to summer rain in Queensland travelling over 1,000km south through the Diamantina System bringing life to South Australia’s parched salt pans and desert country.
Breathtaking aerial perspectives and an array of colours will astound!
This morning you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the morning light as the outback springs back to life and capture wildlife from Arkaba’s new viewing hide carefully carved out close to the confluence of Arkaba and Woolshed creeks. The hide provides an ideal vantage point for all kinds of wildlife coming to drink. Not only a place to see, but to watch wildlife and photograph all the fascinating interactions that occur between species.
We venture into the spectacular Brachina Gorge in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park this afternoon, home to fossils of the unique Ediacaran fauna and once used as a pass through which bullock teams pulled their loads. The scree slope on the western side of the gorge provides the perfect opportunity to capture the beautifully decorated near-threatened Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby endemic to the region.
We know you will have learned a thing or two from Canon Master Richard I’Anson. And we know you’ll remember the beauty and scale of the outback Australian landscape and the knowledge and passion of Arkaba’s field guides who immerse you in the stories that lie behind it. This is what really makes the Wild Bush Luxury experience at Arkaba so special. Return to the Arkaba Homestead and enjoy a farewell celebration dinner before retiring to your Homestead Guestroom for your final night.
Depart Arkaba at 8:30 for your overland transfer to Adelaide through the Clare Valley wine country. The road to Adelaide is pretty. Very pretty. There’s wide streetscapes, and charming heritage buildings, interesting bric-a-brac stores and art galleries. The trip takes you through the historic towns of Quorn, Wilmington, Mount Remarkable, all famous for their nature filled valleys and riverbeds. Melrose is cradled at the base of impressive Mount Remarkable, the oldest town in the Ikara Flinders Ranges and arguably one of the prettiest in Australia.
The pioneering town of Stone Hut began its life as a stagecoach town with Cobb & Co calling in on its way from Clare to Port Augusta. Today the town includes a collection of stone cottages mapped out on a heritage walk. Heading from Melrose into the beautiful Clare Valley, a region world famous for its wine and specialising in Reisling.
You’ll enjoy wine tasting and lunch at Skillogalee winery, the Clare Valley’s first winery restaurant. Continue south through the Adelaide Hills arriving at Adelaide airport at 17:00. Please arrange your onward flights from 18:00 to allow you time for check-in. If you are staying on in Adelaide we’d be delighted to drop you to the door of your Adelaide city hotel.
Your Capturing Arkaba and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre experience will operate with a minimum of six and maximum of just ten guests. It includes a creative five-day photography program led by Richard I’Anson, a private air transfer Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges, returning overland through the Clare Valley wine country.
You’ll enjoy exclusive access to Arkaba’s 60,000 acre conservancy, four night’s luxury accommodation, gourmet meals and beverages at Arkaba Homestead and a full day air safari over Wilpena Pound, the Painted Hills and water-soaked Lake Eyre. Oh, and you’ll get to rub shoulders with the locals over lunch at one of the world’s most remote outback pubs – the iconic William Creek Hotel.