SA Eco Tours
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Flinders Ranges and Outback Eco 4WD Safaris and Tours! Touring the Flinders and Outback since 1989 we are proudly South Australian owned and operated. It is our pleasure to take international and local travellers into rarely visited desert regions, so passengers can truly say they have been introduced to Aboriginal culture and experienced the real outback. The company is an accredited tourism business.
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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Dirk M
Berlin, Germany31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We, eight experienced Australian friends, wanted to explore the Ikara-Flinders Ranges NP in the outback of South Australia. To make this part of the trip a success, we put the organisation in the hands of Mick's "Sa Eco Tours", which turned out to be a very good choice.
Mick himself picks us up from the hotel in a small bus with a trailer for our luggage. We set off from Adelaide and travelled a long way through wheat and bean fields, olive plantations, rapeseed fields and vineyards. Here, on the outskirts of Adelaide, there is still plenty of water and we can see why Australia is one of the world's biggest grain exporters.
It's a long way to the outback, so we choose the Clare Valley for a cosy overnight stop. Here we taste delicious wine, visit Sevenhill Cellars and cycle through the beautiful wine region on a disused railway line.
Now we enter South Australia's driest region. The road becomes increasingly isolated. We pass a few mini-villages (former mining towns or places along the former Ghan railway line), now supply points for adventurous outback visitors. We meet perhaps only 7 cars on the whole route.
Wilpena Pound Resort is our home for the next three days. From here we explore the Flinders Ranges with Mick. We walk to Wilpena Pound - an elevated natural basin of ancient quartz rock. From the lookout, Mick explains the stratification and folding of the range - geology at its best.
The big highlight of this part of the trip: Nilpena Ediacara NP - here we are allowed to visit the site of the first animal life on earth on a former sheep farm. Ross Fargher (farm owner and now boss of the whole thing) takes us on a personal tour of the site, explaining the circumstances of the finds and showing us the locations and excavations of the first fossils. A multimedia presentation at the end of the tour illustrates all the connections very well.
Afterwards there is more geological history in Brachina Gorge. Mick guides us through the 20 kilometre long gorge, where we can experience the history of the Earth from 350 million years ago to almost 1 billion years ago - even without studying geology!
On the way back to civilisation we walk to Arkaroo Rock, stop in Quorn (almost a town with 1300 inhabitants) and Melrose and walk along the salty beach of beautiful pink Lake Bumbunga.
We would like to thank Mick for this great part of the trip. Everything was well organised and our wishes were fulfilled. We felt well looked after at all times. Mick drove us everywhere safely and his careful driving saved the lives of several kangaroos at night.
We had a wonderful time!
Falk Group
Written 23 February 2024
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Dearest Falk Group Reading this fills our heart with pure joy. Thank you so much for taking the time out to write such an articulated review of your travels to the Flinders & the Outback with SA Eco Tours. We are rapt to hear that you enjoyed your time in this beautiful area of South Australia with Mick as your guide & that all your needs & expectations were met. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Kind Regards, Deborah & the team
Written 27 February 2024
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Ron Pam B
Kewarra Beach, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Wow! We have just finished a 5 day Flinders Ranges trip with SAECO TOURS and I have never seen the Flinders Ranges looking better! Not only was it lush and green after recent rains but the wildlife was prolific - Wedge-tail Eagles, Green Ring-neck parrots, flocks of emus, echidnas, kangaroos and with Mick’s (the tour guide) help, we even spotted dozens of the endangered Yellow Footed Wallabies. A very special experience for both Australians and overseas visitors alike.
The trip was well organised and Mick Murdoch went out if his way to make everyone enjoyed themselves. The 4WD vehicle was very comfortable even over unsealed sections of the outback and well equipped with lots of little extras including a beautiful basket of fruit that was a hit with everyone.
Highlights for me were Mick’s extraordinary knowledge of the area, the outstanding accommodation, which exceeded everyone’s expectations and then there was the unforgettable landscape! Wilpena Pound, Brachina Gorge, and the Ridgetop Tour at Arkaroola were just a few of my favourites. And the return drive back through Wilmington, Melrose and the Clare Valley was the icing on the cake. So much better than trying to do it ourselves - learnt so much, saw so much and especially enjoyed the company of the other travellers. P Birkett
Written 7 September 2023
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That's amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to share these incredible experiences you had from your recent Flinders & Outback Eco tour with us. It's hard to believe just how magnificent these areas of South Australia are. To experience this with a guide such as Mick, who knows these regions like the back of his hand, is what sets our tours apart. We'd love to see you again, soon! Cheers, Deborah
Written 11 September 2023
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Beverley J
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Bucket list trip that exceeded expectations. Perfect weather, excellent company and great organisation by our bushman and guide Mick! Unsurpassed scenery with many sightings of the shy yellow footed bush wallabies, kangaroos, echidna and emus. The accommodation at the resorts was most comfortable and the meals hearty. A highlight of the trip was the 4x4 ridge top drive from Arkaroola. Informative commentary by the knowledgeable Mick both entertained and educated us throughout. I can highly recommend this trip.
Written 5 September 2023
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How wonderful! Sounds like your trip ticked all the boxes. It's pretty amazing the abundance of wildlife you encounter on these tours & that Mick was able to create such an amazing experience for you. Thank you for your positive feedback. We hope to welcome you back again, sometime soon. Cheers, Deborah
Written 11 September 2023
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Navigate784841
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Aug 2023 • Solo
Thank you SA Eco Tours. What a delight to deal with a company that has integrity and delivers on what it promises. The weather was perfect, and the conversations with Steve were stimulating and informative. The days just seemed to pass by so quickly. The Flinders Ranges shone in all their glory and to drive in gorges that were millions of years old was amazing. The accommodation and meals were absolutely fabulous. Thanks, Steve, for looking after every detail and for your company as we drove, walked, ate, or drank tea. Thank you Mick for providing a wonderful tour.
Written 1 September 2023
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the 5 Day tour of the magnificent Flinders Ranges & the Outback, with Steve as your guide. Exploring the region where the season offers an abundance of new flora & fauna & brings it to life. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Cheers, Deborah.
Written 11 September 2023
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George W
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Aug 2023 • Couples
This was an outstanding experience. Steve took myself and my wife and one other person on the 3 day Flinders Ranges tour. Every aspect was superb, including the itinerary, the descriptions, humour, accommodation at Wilpena Pound, and the overall experience. Strongly recommended as a unique and fascinating part of Australia.
Written 19 August 2023
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Thanks so much for your positive review, we're glad you and your wife had a great time on your tour and that Steve was able to make this a memorable experience for you. We hope to see you again some day! Cheers, Mick.
Written 10 September 2023
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Olga H
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The trip was very well planned and our tour guide/driver Steve was very knowledgeable and fun. Flinders ranges did not disappoint . The 4WD trip at Arkaroola station was a highlight . Thank you SA Eco Tours for a fantastic adventure.
Written 19 June 2023
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G'day, we're very glad that you enjoyed your tour with us and that Steve was able to make it so much fun for you. Thanks very much for your lovely review. We hope to see you again some day! Cheers, Mick.
Written 21 June 2023
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randlhicks
Perth, Australia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Steve definitely made our trip memorable! His great sense of humour, kind nature
and flexibility made for a great trip. The scenery was breath-taking and Steve's knowledge of the areas he took us to extensive. Certainly a lot to see in a short space of time but well worth it. Maybe an extra day to take in Oodnadatta might be worth considering (Lynette says an extra few hours for shopping in Coober Pedy!!).
Written 23 May 2023
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Thanks for your lovely review! We're glad that Steve was able to provide you and Lynette with such a memorable experience. Thanks also for your suggestions re Oodnadatta and Coober Pedy!! We hope to see you again someday. Cheers, Mick.
Written 31 May 2023
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dalbymiles
Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Off to what I'd call an unprofessional start. Guide went to the wrong pickup place (didn't check his notes); had to drop off some documents enroute (30 minutes in a different direction); then an early stop to refuel the car. Arrived at Wilpena at least an hour later than we could have. The Flinders Ranges are fantastic, and my stay at Wilpena Pound, and flight was great. However, I could have done it all in my own vehicle, organised everything without a guide (and you can too) I didn't feel that having the guide added any value, and frustrated me at times with his lack of caring. The guide had plenty of stories to tell, but mostly hearsay from other guests. He offered very little information about where we were and what we were seeing. Small companies don't have to be unprofessional, and this company is small and unprofessional - in my experience.
Written 5 April 2023
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Thank you for your feedback re your recent 4-day tour with us. We appreciate all comments from our customers, both positive and negative. Our tours are discussed at monthly meetings with management and drivers and our team are always keen to learn how we can improve the tour experience so that we can meet - and hopefully exceed - the expectations of our passengers. The guide who took your tour has 25 years of experience and usually receives very good reviews. He did mention that your accommodation was not within the CBD and is therefore not a normal pick-up location for us. Instead of asking you to meet at the central bus station, he decided that he would pick you up from your accommodation in the suburbs. Though done with good intentions, this was a deviation from our normal operating procedure, which may help explain why it resulted in some disruption. So we will try and avoid this in future. There is no designated time to arrive at Wilpena Pound; our tours are run with flexibility and are not restricted by a specific time schedule. In most cases, our passengers enjoy and prefer this type of travel, but we do understand that you would have preferred to arrive sooner. I hope this goes some way to addressing your concerns and that you may consider travelling with us again one day. As you can see, the reviews from our passengers are generally very positive and we pride ourselves on providing a great experience. Cheers, Mick.
Written 10 April 2023
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Jennefer
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The three-day Flinders Ranges Tour was worth the money and the wait. There were three things that made the tour wonderful. First, the well-curated sites to visit for each day. Second, and as a result of the first, the presence of a mix of culture, wildlife, and wilderness (as stated in its description) in the entire tour experience. Finally, a knowledgeable, open-minded, and lively guide with good choices of music. Personally, the trip generated a congratulatory feeling towards myself for deciding to be in this tour. #saecotours
Written 12 October 2022
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Many thanks for your detailed and positive review! We are glad you enjoyed your trip (and the guide's music choices!) - our travellers' satisfaction means the world to us. We hope to see you again someday. All the best from everyone at SA Eco Tours.
Written 14 October 2022
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Alison B
New South Wales, Australia37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
7 Day Eco Tour Flinders
I was looking forward to a much needed break-
We are well travelled nationally and internationally-
What we experienced was quite unique.
Our driver and Guide Steve was exceptional.
He cared,he was funny, he was highly skilled driver and he knew so much about our Journey and the special world we were travelling in.
It was a grass roots experience and I highly recommend.
Written 26 July 2022
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