Follow in the footsteps of RM Williams, creator of the iconic clothing brand which still bears his name, on this 3-day outback adventure through the Flinders Ranges.
Bushman, poet, entrepreneur, camel driver, horse trainer, and above all, outback legend, RM Williams is an important figure in the Australian bush landscape. Not only did he create the famous clothing brand R.M.Williams, but he became an example of what it meant to be a ‘true blue’ Aussie battler, making something from nothing in the outback.
In tribute to the great man, The Tailor in conjunction with R.M.Williams has created the ultimate 3-day journey tracing the personal history of RM Williams, and hearing the stories of how a simple idea thought up by a campfire, become the internationally recognised clothing brand that it is today.
Journey through the life and legend of RM, visiting the original R.M. Williams Workshop and Percy Street store, leaving with your very own pair of RMs boots, taking a scenic flight over breathtaking Lake Eyre, exploring the ancient and rugged landscape of the Flinders Ranges, and even staying at an iconic Australian pub – The Prairie Hotel. Fly in style in a private charter plane and meet a whole host of quintessentially Australian outback characters along the way.
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In RM’s Footsteps begins in Adelaide meeting at a CBD located hotel, before then travelling to the original R.M.Williams Workshop where the great man launched his clothing empire. The visit to the workshop includes morning tea, a private tour, and an exclusive opportunity to witness the intricacies behind the famous RM boots, which undergo 80 separate processes using but 1 piece of leather. At the flagship Percy Street store, you will be personally fitted for your very own pair of Craftsmen Boots, providing you with a valuable memento of your amazing outback adventure.
Following a private charter flight up to the ancient landscape of the Flinders Ranges, you will be met by station owner Ross Fargher and local guide Dean Rasheed, who lead you through the ruggedly beautiful Parachilna, and onto Brachina Gorge. Brachina Gorge is not only a fascinating example of earth’s geological changes and an insight into the evolution of early life forms, but also a haven for native wildlife such as the rare Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby, Wedge Tailed Eagle, and numerous species of reptile.
For your 3-day journey you are accommodated at an authentic Australian outback pub, and in fact, Australia’s most awarded gourmet outback pub – The Prairie Hotel. The Prairie Hotel offers an eco-luxury experience, providing guests with an authentic taste of outback life without sacrificing the comforts of modern city living.
Day 2 of your outback adventure sees you fly over Australia’s largest inland lake and lowest point – Lake Eyre. Lake Eyre is a vast salt pan covering 9,500 square kilometres (3,668 square miles) and providing some of the most spectacular aerial views in Australia. Although usually dry, Lake Eyre does occasionally experience dramatic floods – but it has only completely filled three times in the past 160 years.
Continue flying towards the Dig Tree, located a short distance over the Eastern South Australia and Queensland border. The amazing channel country will astound you with its beauty and abundance of birdlife. Behind the Dig Tree is a significant Australian pioneering story which your guide will explain upon landing and exploring the surrounding area.
Land at the tiny outback town of Innamincka and enjoy a classic pub meal, before either a private Cooper Creek cruise (depending on the season), or a tour of the Innamincka township including a visit to the Australian Inland Mission Museum.
The final day of this extraordinary journey involves a visit to the historic Nilpena Station and heritage listed Ediacaran fossils, made famous by the likes of Sir David Attenborough.
Approximately 555 million years ago most of Eastern Australia lay under warm, shallow waters inhabited by soft-bodied organisms, similar to jellyfish. Some of the organisms became trapped in fine silt in tidal flats and were fossilised as the silt turned to stone. This site is regarded as one of the most important of its type and offers a fascinating look into the past.
After one last hearty outback lunch, a 4WD tour through the rugged yet striking landscapes of Nilpena, you will once again board your private charter aircraft headed back to Adelaide.
Departures are available specific dates or upon request mid-week for a private group. The tour starts on Friday morning at Mayfair Hotel Adelaide and concludes on a Sunday at the Adelaide General Aviation terminal at approximately 5:00pm.
**Applicable costs are noted above unless otherwise advised.
**Travel Insurance is highly recommended to ensure that you are covered in the unlikely event that your arrangements are disrupted.
Conditions apply – Minimum passenger requirements of 6 people for a trip to operate.
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