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Flinders Ranges Walking Tour – 5 days

5-day wildlife walking tour exploring the spectacular and unique Flinders Rangers in South Australia

Located just over 350kms north of Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges includes several well-known national parks and walking trails. Enjoy guided walks through many renowned landmarks including Wilpena Pound, the Heysen Trail, Brachina Gorge and Alligator Gorge.

You’ll see plenty of native flora and fauna in their natural habitats, from Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies in Brachina Gorge to the Sturt’s Desert Pea (the floral emblem of South Australia) growing freely throughout the bushland. This five day fully accommodated trip includes all transport, meals, two experienced guides and beautiful accommodation at Rawnsley Park for all the creature comforts after a hard day’s hiking.

Eco Tour Highlights:

  • Walking in Mount Remarkable National Park
  • Hiking the famous Heysen Trail into Wilpena Pound
  • Yuluna Circuit and Trezona loop walk, finishing up at the spectacular Brachina Gorge
  • Blinman Pools waterfalls and Parachilna Gorge’
  • Comfortable 3.5 star accommodation at Rawnsley Park
  • See iconic South Australian wildlife in the wild
  • Small and personalised tour experience

Duration: 5 days /4 nights
Departs: 7.30am Adelaide 1 June | 29 August – Limited spots available 

Price: from $1,950 AUD per person
Tour inclusions as noted below

Itinerary

Flinders views

Day 1 Mount Remarkable National Park – Rawnsley Park Station
3kms approx 1 hours walking (easy)

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 head further north and stop at Mambray Creek Reserve in Mount Remarkable National Park for our first walk of the tour. It is only a short 3km walk up Davey’s Gully but the views across Spencers Gulf and Whyalla are spectacular. Keep a look out for local wildlife including emu, Euros and kookaburras.

After our walk, we continue on to our place of stay at Rawnsley Park Station. Here 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. Meals: lunch and dinner

Day 2 Heysen Trail – Wilpena Pound
12kms, approx 6 hours walking including breaks (moderate to hard)

After breakfast and lunch making we head out on the Morolana Scenic Drive, where we enjoy the sights of majestic River Red Gums and spectacular scenery. We begin our walk on the famous Heysen Trail for a section that brings us into the Wilpena Pound. This is one of the very special walks of the Trail, starting with a pretty creek walk through Black Gap, before climbing the Pound Range to Bridle Gap, where a look back provides spectacular views of Elder Range.

We walk to the floor of the Wilpena Pound and stop off at Hills Homestead to gain a better understanding of how challenging life was for the 19th century pioneering farmers. Entering the Flinders Range National Park, it is a pleasant stroll across Wilpena Pound to complete the day. There is an opportunity this afternoon for any guests who would like to take part in a scenic flight which can be booked onsite and departs from Rawnsley Park.

Return to our accommodation for nibbles around the campfire followed by a delicious two-course dinner prepared by your guides. Overnight accommodation at Rawnsley Park Station Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 Yuluna Circuit – Trezona loop walk – Brachina Gorge
12kms approx 5 hours combined walking across 2 walks (moderate to hard)

After breakfast and lunch making we depart Rawnsley Park for our day’s walking. Today we go on 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 guides at Rawnsley Park. Overnight at Rawnsley Park. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 Blinman Pools Walk – Parachilna Gorge
12kms approx 6.5 hours walking including breaks and swim (moderate to hard)

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. Dinner at Rawnsley Park’s onsite restaurant (own expense). Meals: breakfast and lunch (dinner guest own expense)

Day 5 Alligator Gorge Walk Mount Remarkable National Park – Adelaide
2kms approx 1.5 hours walking (easy)

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. For guest flying out of Adelaide – please book flights from 7.00pm. Meals: breakfast (lunch at guests own expense)

This walking tour is operated in partnership with ParkTrek.

Grade

This program is graded Medium. The tour involves bush walking from 2 up to 12kms each day.

Group Size

  • Maximum 10 people per group
  • Minimum age for participation is 14
  • Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
  • Departure is guaranteed, subject to 4 people travelling

Conservation Impact

The Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby inhabits rocky outcrops and caves in semi-arid country. They were once found throughout the Flinders Ranges, extending through  north-west NSW and south-west Queensland in the Grey Ranges. In South Australia the population is estimated to be around 2,000 individuals, while in New South Wales there are as few as 20 to 250 animals remaining in the wild. The Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby was subject to intensive hunting in the past which had a major impact on population numbers, particularly in the Flinders Rangers. Habitat destruction is still currently a threat to wild populations due to grazing by domestic stock and feral herbivores such as goats and rabbits. This tour supports our conservation efforts in the Flinders Ranges including habitat restoration and monitoring efforts for the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby and other local species.

Location and Transportation

You will be transported in a 10-seat air-conditioned mini van.

Accommodation

Rawnsley Park is situated just outside of Wilpena Pound and is the perfect base for exploring the area. Here we stay in basic two-bedroom cabins for five nights of the tour. These cabins have two bedrooms with the one shared bathroom between the two, 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.

Prices

All prices are for 5 days, per person.

Twin/Double room: $1,950 (usually $2,050) per person

Single Room: 2,250 (usually $2,350) per person

Inclusions:
Experienced guides who will drive, cook and care for you, return transport from Adelaide in a 12 seater air conditioned mini coach, 3 dinners, 4 lunches, 4 breakfasts, trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit and tea, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages, 4 nights’ accommodation, National Park fees.

Exclusions:
Alcoholic beverages • travel to the departure point • travel insurance

Departure Dates

Departs: 7.30 am Adelaide City- Chifley Hotel on South Terrace
Returns: Approximately 5.30pm Adelaide city and airport

Mon 11 – Friday 15 June 2018 BOOK NOW – ONLY 1 SPOTS LEFT

Sun 17 – Thurs 21 June 2018  BOOK NOW  – ONLY 1 SPOTS LEFT

Wed 29 August – Sun 2 September 2018 BOOK NOW – ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT

 

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