29th April to 6th May, 2022

Arkaroola and Flinders Ranges Trek

$2,950.00

Our 8-day fully accommodated trip includes all transport, meals and two trek guides. We stay at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Blinman Hotel and Rawnsley Park and enjoy all the creature comforts after a hard day’s hiking but have the added benefit of outdoor fires to relax and enjoy the shared company of our group. Enjoy the Flinders Ranges in comfort with us.

Strictly limited to 10 trekkers!!

Single supplement is available at $650 per person.

10 in stock


Description

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.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Travel from Adelaide to Blinman

We depart Adelaide at 7.30am with our departure from the centrally located Chifley Hotel on South Terrace. By mid-morning we arrive at Point Wakefield and stop at a local coffee shop for morning tea.

We continue on our journey stopping at the historical town of Quorn. If our timing is right, we might get to see the historical steam train leave the station. Then it is on to our place of stay at Blinman Hotel.  Here we unpack and relax and nibbles are served by the campfire followed by a two-course dinner prepared by your guides.

Today is a long day of travel, but with regular stops we will see some amazing parts of South Australia.

Meals: lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Blinman Hotel

Day 2: Blinman to Arkaroola – 7.5km

Today’s walk is quite varied and allows us to discover the geological story of Arkaroola as we explore the different rock surfaces and gorges with a magnificent hike through Bararranna Gorge.  The terrain starts off uphill on a rocky path, athough it’s not too strenuous. Once we reach the highest point you can see where the trail contours around the mountain side. There is a lot of slate which looks like perfectly made tiles, it’s quite fascinating.
The trail starts heading down hill and there are some incredible views of distant mountain ranges. We start to walk through some vegetation and soon head down a small creek and into the actual gorge. We take care climbing down here as the path goes over some very awkward and large boulders. We continue following this creek bed. The path is rocky, sand and sometimes on slabs. Once you get down into the gorge the path weaves in and out through large boulders. The steep sides of the gorge come into view and its spectacular.
We follow the gorge for a little while and come across Stubbs waterhole. This is a scenic area with huge walls of the gorge directly behind it make it a photographers dream. The track continues around through the creek bed and there are some large boulders to maneuver over and around. Near the end of the trail we walk up a steep hill and over the other side and can then see where we started. There is such a variation in this walk, you get to see a lot and walk on all different types of terrain which is fascinating.

Optional extra: Tonight there is an opportunity to join on an astronomy tour. (Guest expense $60 approx.)

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

 

Day 3:  – 6km – approx. 4 hours walking
After breakfast and lunch making we head out of Arkaroola to the beginning of our days walk.  From the trailhead, we climb up the gradual grade to the summit, with some rocky sections. As the trail climbs up you will be surrounded by rolling hills and natural flora.
We will stop at the summit lookout, where you can see the Mulga and Dead Finish in abundance. From the summit the trail then continues downhill along the acacia ridge, providing glorious views of the Arkaroola Village, the local dam, and the surrounds. Later in the afternoon there is some spare time to relax about town or partake in an optional 4×4 Ridgetop Tour. This tour is on the must-do list for any one visiting the area.

Optional extra: This afternoon there is an opportunity to join 4×4 Ridgetop Tour, must be booked in advance.
(Guest expense $190 approx.)

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

 

 

Day 4 – Arkaroola to Rawnsley Park

Day 4
Arkaroola to Rawnsley Park.

Today we will drive to Rawnsley Park Station and settle into our accommodation for the next few days. There is time today to explore this historical cattle station.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Rawnsley Park

Day 5: 12km

After breakfast and lunch making we depart Rawnsley Park for our day’s walking. Today we some shorter walks that offer great variety and spectacular views of the Flinders Ranges.

We start with an 8km walk of 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 1850s, serves as a reminder of the difficult early years of European settlement. The risk of failure through adverse seasons and native hostility to their intrusion was an ever-present factor in the pastoralists survival. This walk affords lovely views of the Heysen and Trezona Ranges.

Our second walk is the 3km Trezona loop walk where we can see some of the earliest life forms on earth in the Trezona formation.

We finish up today’s activities by exploring 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.  The ‘Corridors through Time’ Geological Trail has been established through this Gorge which interprets the geological history of the area.

Two-course dinner prepared by your  Trek guides at Rawnsley Park

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park

 

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park

Day 5: 12km

Track Grading: Level 4

After breakfast and lunch making we head off. Today’s walk is a 12km return journey to the beautiful Blinman Pools. The last pool makes for a great place to stop and relax under the magnificent river red gums or a swim if you’re game! The Blinman Pools, with their pretty waterfalls, have been popular picnic spots since the 1800s. Wildlife abounds as you wind your way through the rocky creek bed to the Pools. There are cascading waterfalls, majestic river red gums and wedge-tailed eagles.

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 first pool filled with water all year round. The second pool is low in summer, but after big rains it can fill up to 3 metres. At these times, the cool green waters stretch about 20-30 metres across.

We finish our walk mid afternoon and then take a short drive through Parachilna Gorge, past the trailhead of the Heysen Trail.

We have the option to spend some time in the outback town of Blinman before heading back to Rawnsley Park

Meals: breakfast and lunch (dinner guest own expense)

Dinner at Rawnsley Park’s onsite restaurant (own expense)

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park

Day 6:  2km

Track Grading: Level 2

After breakfast and lunch making, we head off on what is our last day of tour. Today our walk encompasses a gem of the Flinders Ranges – Alligator Gorge back 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 Flinders Ranges. This spectacular gorge, cut through ancient quartzite by the Alligator Creek.

We head off and stop for lunch in Melrose (at own expense) before heading south to arrive in Adelaide (via airport) at around 5.30pm.

Meals: Breakfast

For guest flying out of Adelaide – please book flights from 7.00pm.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions:

  • Two Trek guides, who will drive, cook and care for you.
  • Return transport from Adelaide to start of the trek. We use a comfortable 12 seater mini coach with a trailer attached for luggage.
  • All meals as outlined in the itinerary. Plus trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits / cake.
  • 7 nights accommodation on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expense).
  • All national park entry fees

Exclusions:

  • Transport to and from Adelaide.
  • Pre and post-trek accommodation in Adelaide
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks or soft drinks

What to bring

  • Clothing for the duration of the trip
  • A comfortable pair of walking shoes (runners or flat-soled shoes will not suffice except as something you can wear after a day’s activity)
  • Toiletries and any personal medication.
  • Walking poles with a telescopic arm (if you are comfortable with using these).
  • Other items relevant to specific trips will be detailed in trip notes sent to you prior to travel.

Track Gradings

Track Gradings:

Grade 1:

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.

Grade 2:

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.

Grade 3:

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.

Grade 4:

Bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Grade 5:

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

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.