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Bookabee Tours

Thursday, November 22, 2007

National Tourism award winning Bookabee Tours is Aboriginal owned and operated. The tours are all-inclusive, chauffeured 4WD tours, specialising in Aboriginal cultural experiences. Within the Flinders Ranges, tours go to locations where entry is permitted only when accompanied by an Adynyamathanha guide.

Haydyn Bromley, a teacher with 20 years experience, is the owner and operator of Bookabee Tours. He worked as a guide for his father's tour company which operated between 1995 and 2002. He now teaches visitors about the cultural sites of the Flinders and share creation stories of how the sites were made.

There are ancient paintings and engravings to see amongst the beautiful landscape of rugged mountains, scenic gorges and ruins of early settlement. There is also abundant wildlife to enjoy.

Haydyn is a descendant of the Adnyamathanha, Yarluyandi and Narrunga groups of people. Bookabee was his grandfather's traditional name. The company logo, a yellow footed wallaby, was the totem given to Haydyn by his grandfather.

You will see bush food growing, and a bush tucker morning tea of scones with native jams, pepper berry and relished is enjoyed on the way.

Pichi Richi Camel Tours is owned by Graham Cannard, a fourth generation cameleer. Australia's camel population originated in the Flinders Ranges in 1866 when they were used as transport between outlying runs. The first shipment of 122 camels came complete with Afghan camel drivers. The expert handlers gave The Ghan railway its name.

Graham's property is between Devils Peak and the Dutchman Range escarpment. He has one-hour rides around 105 hectares of native bush land. Riders relax in comfort as the camel pads over rocky terraces, through native casuarinas, mallee and yuccas. There are views over the township of Quorn, the vast Willochra floodplain and Horseshoe Range. In season wildflowers give a spectacular display, and the native fauna is not disturbed by the passing camel train.

For over 35 years Graham has travelled Australia and the world breaking and training camels for all purposes — riding camels, pack camels, wagon camels and racing camels. Graham's travels finally bought him to the magnificent Flinders Ranges in South Australia where he has settled and opened Pichi Richi Camel Tours. All rides, tours and safaris depart from Pichi Richi Camel Farm, Devils Peak Road Quorn.

If you fancy something really different, Pichi Richi Camel Tours offers Camel to Candlelight dinners, sunset or moonlight rides. There a half-hour, one-hour, half- and full-day tours and even two-, four- and seven-day safaris.

Location

South Australia's Flinders Ranges.

Cost

Bookabee Tours has package tours to the Flinders Ranges from Adelaide starting at $875 per person. All travel, motel or self-contained unit accommodation, meals, bush food morning teas and entry fees are included.

Virgin Blue has flights to Adelaide.

From fare
Melbourne
$95
Hobart
$119
Brisbane
$129
Sydney
$135
Perth & Cairns
$199
Darwin
$255

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at November 22, 2007 and are subject to change.

For more information

Bookabee Tours Australia
Ph/Fax: (08) 8235 9954
Mobile: 0408 209 593 or 0434 161 421
Website: www.bookabee.com.au
Email: haydyn@bookabee.com.au

Pichi Richi Camel Tours
Devils Peak Road
Quorn 5433
Ph/Fax: (08) 8648 6640
Mobile: 0429 998 044
Website: www.pichirichicameltours.com
Email: tours@pichirichicameltours.com

Flinders Ranges National Park
Wilpena Visitor Centre
Ph: (08) 8648 0048
Fax: (08) 8648 0092
Website: www.parks.sa.gov.au/flinders_ranges

Flinders Ranges and Outback
Phone: 1800 633 060
Website: www.flindersoutback.com

SA Visitor and Travel Centre
18 King William Street
Adelaide 5000
Phone: 1300 764 227
Website: www.southaustralia.com

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