South Australia - need to know
The lowest fare to Adelaide from Dublin with Qantas in low season is €1,069 (return), including all taxes and surcharges. Departures are April 16-June 20, 2010.
I travelled around with Banksia Adventures (banksia-adventures. com.au; 0061 884 319 311) who offer small and large group tours in all regions of Australia.
The Wilpena Pound Resort offers a selection of packages for those who don't want to camp.
A two-night escape costs from AUS$529pps (€368) with a scenic flight and 4X4 half-day trip. A night at the resort costs from AUS$90pp (€63), room only. For information on camping, contact 0061 8868 0004; wilpena pound.com.au.
A night in one of Rawnsley Park Station's eco villas costs from AUS$350 (€243) (0061 886 480 030; rawnsleypark.com.au).
The Prairie Hotel has doubles from AUS$145 (€100) in the hotel, with other accommodation options and packages on offer (0061 886 484 895; prairiehotel.com.au).
In Clare, we stayed at Clare Country Club, which overlooks the adjacent golf course. See countryclubs.com.au.
See trailtrails.org.au for information on routes including the Clare Valley Riesling Trail. For more information on the Flinders Ranges, see tourism.australia.com. Visitaustralia.com has useful tips on how to get to Australia, events and accommodation listings, as well as itinerary ideas.