The trip was a 6 day, 4WD trip to William Creek and Lake Eyre from Broken Hill by way of the Flinders Ranges and returning through Coober Pedy. At least that was the idea. It didn’t quite work out that way, but more of that later. I flew up early and spent a few days in Broken Hill first.
The tour operator was Tri State who specialise in small group 4WD tours of Corner Country (the area around the borders of NSW, Queensland and South Australia) and the desert such as the Birdsville and Strezlecki Tracks and Simpson Desert.
We travelled in “The Warrier” which carried 12 people including the driver and pulled a trailer containing luggage etc – not such a good idea as it turned out. The truck was fine, the trailer was more of a problem.
"The Warrier" at Waukeringa Station shearers' quarters
While I would recommend the company I am not a fan of vehicles hauling trailers. Tri State also use standard 4WD vehicles but have the one truck for larger groups to popular destinations. Right now everyone wants to go to Lake Eyre because of the amount of water out there.
The accommodation on the tour was variable but mostly fine. Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay in what would have been the most interesting as we didn’t get to William Creek or Coober Pedy. It was a mix of share facilities and ensuite and we had more share facilities than would normally be the case because of the change of itinerary due to weather conditions.
The only gripe I have with the accommodation is that the shearers’ quarters on Wirrealpa Station, while interesting and atmospheric, were in no way comfortable - although this was no doubt coloured by the fact that it was absolutely freezing, there was no extra bedding, and the blokes managed to overstoke the boiler to the extent that all that came out of the communal showers was boiling water from one tap and steam from the other. I’m sure it would be more enjoyable under different conditions. The owners were welcoming and the food good.