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The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive

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The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive

 

 The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive

Friday 30 July – Sunday 29 August 2010 

The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive is on the move again. Five hundred head of cattle and a swag of adventure stories on one of the most evocative desert trails in Australia, the Oodnadatta Track.

You'll be riding with some of Australia's finest horsemen to re-live a very real part of Australian history, the droving of cattle through the Outback. And whether you're an experienced rider, a happy hacker or someone who has never been in a saddle, you'll be matched with a horse to suit your abilities.

You can join one (or more) of six tours. Each lasts four nights and five days and each has its own distinct highlights. Each evening you'll return to a village of superior tent accommodation. Enjoy excellent facilities including a bar, a library, hot showers and flushing toilets, superb catering and most importantly the roaring campfire beneath a canopy of desert stars.

Saddle up for 2010 and be part of the ultimate outback experience!

 

Dawn of the Cattle Drive
Tour 1
4 nights/5 Days
Friday 30 July – Tuesday 3 August 2010
 
The beginning of an historic journey, a unique journey - your journey. Get ready to sit back and be a part of an historical re-enactment, moving a real herd through real outback wilderness.

Located on Anna Creek Station, you have the rare opportunity to enter the world’s largest cattle station, measuring some 26,000 square kilometres (5.5million acres), which is roughly the size of Belgium. The station has been continuously occupied since it was located in 1872, resisting the effects of drought, flood and adverse economic conditions - the only property in the region to have done so.

On your first afternoon, you'll be a part of the 'handover and counting of cattle', the official start of the Drive. Next morning it's down to business. The scenery is spectacular with sandy dunes & wide flat corridors covered with native plants such as hopbush and horse mulga. You will follow the remains of the original Ghan railway track as well as what’s left of the Overland Telegraph line - critical in the settling of Australia’s interior. Hear stories of the settlers, their successes and failures along with historical accounts by descendants from original inhabitants, the indigenous people.

You'll do as much or as little of this cattle drive as you wish; optional coach tours on Days 3 and 4 are available to show you further regional highlights and histories. Experience the Outback from a unique vantage point and join a scenic flight at an additional cost. Your village of superior tented accommodation is Anna Creek Campsite, located 26km from William Creek

INCLUSIONS

• Superior carpeted tent accommodation at Anna Creek campsite including camp bed, sheets, quilt (duvet), pillow and towel.

• A fully maintained campsite with bathroom facilities including hot showers, hair dryers and flushing toilets.

• All meals stated as per itinerary (full breakfast, lunch, two-course dinner). Australian cuisine will be featured. Special dietary requests are catered for, however please confirm this at time of booking.

• Non-alcoholic drinks, including soft drinks, tea, coffee and unlimited water.

• Horse riding, including saddle, safety equipment and helmet.

• Guided coach tours on days 3 and 4 of your tour featuring surrounding attractions and historic points of interest; this is offered as an alternative option to droving.

• Exposure to Aboriginal and cultural experiences as offered by guides.

• Experienced staff including doctor and event management staff, professional drovers, farriers, horse tailers and vets.

 

Drovers Crossing
Tour 2
4 nights/5 Days
Wednesday 4 August – Sunday 8 August 2010

 HIGHLIGHTS

Located on Anna Creek Station, you have the rare opportunity to enter the world’s largest cattle station, measuring some 26,000 square kilometres (5.5million acres), which is roughly the size of Belgium. The station has been continuously occupied since it was located in 1872, resisting the effects of drought, flood and adverse economic conditions - the only property in the region to have done so.

Cattle droving is thirsty business. So the outpost of William Creek - complete with roadhouse, campsite, racetrack, airport and ‘rocket park’ will make for a very special stop. With a population of less than 10, it’s often claimed to be Australia’s smallest town. What’s beyond dispute is the fact it’s home to one of Australia’s most isolated pubs. What can we say about the William Creek Hotel? It’s probably best left as a surprise - but suffice to say, it’s like no other!

Over your 50-odd-kilometre journey you will experience diverse landscapes. Watch as the scenery changes from gravely clays with scattered river red gum and coolibah above lemon scented grass to undulating stony tableland and then into deep red to yellow sand dunes with sandy clay swales.

You can do as much or as little of this cattle drive as you wish; optional coach tours on Days 3 and 4 are available to show you further regional highlights and histories. Experience the Outback from a unique vantage point and join a scenic flight at an additional cost.

Your village of superior tented accommodation is Anna Creek Campsite, located 26km from William Creek.

Kidman Country
Tour 3
4 nights/5 Days
Monday 9 August – Friday 13

HIGHLIGHTS

Located on Anna Creek Station, you have the rare opportunity to enter the world’s largest cattle station, measuring some 26,000 square kilometres (5.5million acres), which is roughly the size of Belgium. The station has been continuously occupied since it was located in 1872, resisting the effects of drought, flood and adverse economic conditions - the only property in the region to have done so.

Begin your tour in a town home to one of Australia’s most isolated pubs- William Creek. With a population of less than 10 it is often claimed to be Australia’s smallest town. Departing from William Creek you will have an opportunity to explore the land that makes up the world’s largest cattle station, Anna Creek. As you travel across deep red sandy dunes keep you eyes out for historic farm relics left by the drovers of the past. Although the creeks are dry, seasonal rains often leave the desert vibrant with plants and animals.

You will be crossing the historical Oodnadatta Track following the remains of the original Ghan railway track as well as what's left of the Overland Telegraph line - both critical in the settling of Australia's interior. You'll hear the stories of the settlers, their successes and failures along with historical accounts by descendants from original inhabitants, the indigenous people. Their stories will be told - stories of survival, stories of trade and stories of the sacred Dreaming.

You'll do as much or as little of this cattle drive as you wish; optional coach tours on Days 3 and 4 are available to show you further regional highlights and histories. Experience the Outback from a unique vantage point and join a scenic flight at an additional cost.

Your village of superior tented accommodation is Anna Creek Campsite, located 26km from William Creek.

Cattle Kings
Tour 4 (same route as Tour 1)
4 nights/5 Days
Sunday 15 August – Thursday 19 August 2010
 
 
Ringers Run
Tour 5 (same route as tour 2)
4 nights/5 Days
Friday 20 August – Tuesday 24 August 2010
 
Cattle Drive Round Up
Tour 6 (same route as tour 3)
4 nights/5 Days
Wednesday 25 August – Tuesday 24 August 2010

ITINERARY

Day 1, Friday - Arrive 11:00am at Anna Creek Campsite. Enjoy the official welcome briefing, settle into the camp and have lunch. Transfer to the herd and meet the droving and farrier teams before being matched with your horse. After you get acquainted, you'll spend your first afternoon droving cattle! Return to the camp, where your evening meal will be served. The open fire will be a great place to get to know the members of your group..

(Meals - Lunch and Dinner)

Day 2, 3, 4, Saturday, Sunday & Monday - Each morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the horses where your droving will commence. The cattle will move some 14km each day, so your droving departure and pick-up points will change. Lunch is delivered to you as the cattle rest and feed.

Take the opportunity to chat to the drovers and farriers during the day. Upon returning to Camp in late afternoon, you'll find hot showers, the camp library, and cold drinks at the bar (alcohol is available for purchase). The evening meal will vary from buffet style (served in the on-site marquee) to camp-oven meals cooked on the campfire. Dinner is often accompanied by tales from the Outback - including yours!

On days 3 and 4 you are invited to join a complimentary coach tour to take in more of the highlights and history of the surrounding area (optional). Scenic flights are also available at an additional cost. (Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 5 Tuesday - Enjoy breakfast then farewell your Outback home of Anna Creek Campsite at 10:00am. (Meal – Breakfast)

Ride Ability: All

Suitable for Non-Riders: No

Departure Dates: 30th Jul, 4th, 9th, 15th, 20th, 25th

August 2010

Cost: From £1750

Single Supplement: £100 for hotel

Accommodation: Superior tented accom , all meals, soft drinks,

Meeting Point: Anna Creek Station

Transfer: Not included but can be arranged

Hours In Saddle: 2-6 per day

Max Weight: 90kg

Group Size: Alot!

Call us on +44 (0)1256 773564 or email contact@redlandsequestrian.com to check the ride availability and dates, once we have confirmed availability you can download and fill in a booking form:

Each rider in the party must also complete a riding ability questionnaire before we can complete the final confirmation of your holiday booking.

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