TRAVEL GUIDES embarks on the Flinders Ranges adventure tonight on Channel 9
This week, our travel guides are heading to the Flinders Ranges for a high-octane outback holiday, but will this part of South Australia float its boats? Or will our Guides run out of steam?
Departing from Renmark, the houseboat mecca of the mighty Murray, our guides take to their houseboats and discover that driving a boat as big as a house is as hard as it sounds. After brushing past nearby boats, a waterside restaurant and a tree, our guides manage to find an anchorage and relax in all that life on the water has to offer, including onboard hot tubs .
The Murray River is the birthplace of high-octane water sports, so our guides try to get towed behind a ski-boat on a sea-biscuit. For even more tricks, they try a Dinghy Derby boat, a death-defying dash around the bends of the river.
Back on dry land, this trip kicks into 6th gear at the Loveday 4×4 Adventure Park where our guides go into battle mode. On the largest frost blast field in the country, they are unleashing on the locals with semi-automatic frost blasters.
Leaving Riverland and Murray River behind, our guides swap river for road, heading north towards the beautiful Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound. It’s all about outback luxury here, as they stay in eco-friendly villas at Rawnsley Park Station, a sprawling sheep estate with a swimming pool voted one of the most Instagrammable in the world. Our Guides are put to work with the sheep but some need to take the herd out.
A short drive from Rawnsley Park, our guides bring their appetites to the small town of
Parachilna and the famous Prairie Pub. The signature dish is the Feral Mixed Grill, a cornucopia of emu, kangaroo and camel, which some of our guides love and others find hard to swallow.
To truly appreciate the beauty of the Flinders Ranges, our helicopter guides over the enormous Wilpena Pound, landing on a remote airstrip inaccessible by land. But it’s the mad rush back to base that has some of our guides wondering if they’ll ever fly back in a helicopter.
Our guides end their journey in the historic town of Quorn, where a ride on the Pichi Richi Railway, a 100-year-old diesel train, gives them time to decide how they will rate their Flinders Ranges Outback vacation out of five stars .
All of our favorite travel critics are back: The Adorable Fren Familytwin cowgirls Pile and Melposh retirees Kevin and Janetbest buds Kev, Dorian and Tengand travel addicts and longtime couple Matt and Bret.
In every episode of travel guidesour five groups of reviewers visit the same place for the same vacation week, reviewing food, accommodation, activities and sights.
Opinions always diverge, leading to brutally honest and often outrageous reviews, as our guides explain exactly how they see it and rate every stay out of five stars.
Narrated by a popular Australian comedian Dennis Scott, travel guides is produced by Nine.