A fully guided, pack free 8 day walking tour – 56 kms walking (approx.)
The Flinders Ranges is an amazing and awe-inspiring destination. It’s ancient landscape is spectacular and the hiking is incredible.
Join TrekFit Australia on this eight-day walking tour, a unique and comfortable outback experience. Explore the largest mountain range in South Australia and walk sections of Heysen and Mawson Trails and see a myriad of wildlife. You’ll likely spot large flocks of emu, wallabies and plenty more.
We’ll take you to many renowned landmarks including Wilpena Pound, Mount Remarkable National Park, Brachina Gorge and Alligator Gorge.
Day 1: Travel from Adelaide to Rawnsley Park.
We depart Adelaide and head north, arriving at Port Wakefield for morning tea and a tour briefing at a local coffee shop.
We head further north and stop at Mambray Creek Reserve in the Mount Remarkable National Park for our first walk of the tour. It is only a short 2.5km walk up Davey’s Gully but the views across Spencer Gulf are spectacular. You may spot some local wildlife including emus, euros and kookaburras.
After our walk we will have lunch, and continue on to our place of stay at Rawnsley Park Station. We unpack and relax, and nibbles are served by the campfire followed by a two-course dinner prepared by your guides. Overnight accommodation at Rawnsley Park.
Accommodation: Rawnsley Park
Day 2: Wilpena Pound – 12km
After breakfast and lunch making we travel along the Morolana Scenic Drive, where we pass through magnificent River Red Gum woodland, the habitat of many kangaroos, euros and emus, all with the spectacular Ikara-Flinders Ranges as a backdrop.
We begin our walk on the famous Heysen Trail, leading us into Wilpena Pound. This is one of the very special sections of the Trail, starting with a pretty creek walk through Black Gap, before climbing a section of the Pound Wall to Bridle Gap. Spectacular views of the Elder Range are revealed to the south as we proceed.
We walk along the floor of the Wilpena Pound and pause for lunch at Hills Homestead to gain a better understanding of how challeng-ing life was for the 19th century pioneering farmers. From here it is a pleasant stroll to the Wilpena Pound Visitor Centre. There is an opportunity this afternoon for a scenic flight from Rawnsley Park. Your guides will provide you with this information. Nibbles back at Rawnsley Park are served by your guides followed by a delicious two-course dinner.
Accommodation at Rawnsley Park Station
Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: – 8km – approx. 4 hours walking
After breakfast and lunch making, we depart Rawnsley Park for our days walking.
We begin the day with the Yuluna Circuit at Aroona, where we discover old pastoral ruins and pass through contrasting rock formations and vegetation. The ruins of the old Aroona Homestead, built in the 1850’s, serves as a reminder of the difficult early years of European settlement. This walk affords lovely views of the Heysen and Trezona Ranges.
After lunch, we explore Brachina Gorge which is one of the park’s most popular and spectacular attractions. Brachina Gorge meanders its way through sharp sawtooth ridges of resistant quartzite. This spectacular gorge was once used as a pass through which bullock teams pulled their loads.
After returning to Rawnsley Park Station, guests can take the opportunity to rest, or take part in any of the local walks from the accommodation.
Nibbles are served at Rawnsley Park by your guides followed by a delicious two-course dinner. Overnight at Rawnsley Park
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Rawnsley Park
Day 4 – 12kms walking
After breakfast and lunch making we head off to the outback town of Blinman, before driving to Angorichina village, to start our walk. Today’s walk is a return journey to the beautiful Blinman Pools. The pool makes for a great place to stop and relax under the magnificent river red gums, or have a swim. These pools are bordered by majestic river red gums, and have been popular picnic spots since the 1800s.
In some places on the trail, sheer cliffs rise almost straight up from the creek bed, providing a spectacular backdrop. The two spring-fed creeks keep the pools filled with water all year round.
We finish our walk mid afternoon and return to our accommodation where guests can take part in any local walks from Rawnsley Park or take some time to relax before dinner. Nibbles will be served before dinning out at the onsite Woolshed restaurant.
Meals: breakfast and lunch
Dinner at Rawnsley Park’s onsite restaurant (own expense).
Accommodation: Rawnsley Park
Day 5: 2km walking
After breakfast we pack up and depart for our last day of tour. Today our walk encompasses a gem of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges – Alligator Gorge in the Mount Remarkable National Park. This walk has some of the most visually stunning scenery you’ll come across in the region.
Immerse yourself in the dramatic beauty of high ochre ridges, deep gorges and watercourses lined with river red gums. Alligator Gorge is one of the premier natural attractions in the Southern Ikara-Flinders Ranges, with Alligator Creek cutting through ancient ABC quartzite.
Our lunch stop is in Melrose (at own expense) before continuing south to arrive in Adelaide around 5.00 pm, with an airport drop off available on request.
(For guest flying out of Adelaide – please book flights from 7.00pm)
No bush walking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
No bush walking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.
Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Very experienced bush walkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.
Accommodation is at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Blinman Hotel and Rawnsley Park.
At Rawnsley Station we stay in comfortable two-bedroom cabins for four nights of the tour. These cabins have two bedrooms with the one shared bathroom between the two rooms, and a shared living area.
You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a bedroom, this means you would have one bedroom in the two bedroom cabin and are likely to be
sharing the cabin (and bathroom) with one or two other guests.
A single supplement is available at the time of booking. If you want to have a room to yourself (in a shared cabin, with a shared bathroom and kitchen) the total single supplement amount payable is $650 for the seven nights.