TOUR PACKAGE

Flinders Ranges walk

A guided 6 day Pack Free walk

The Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia is a stunning land of contrasts with its striking centre the enormous crater-like amphitheatre known as Wilpena Pound, an impressive 83sq km in overall land area. This ancient and dramatic landscape features spectacular rocky gorges, towering cliffs, impressive fossil remains and red-weathered peaks over 600 million years old. This tour has been carefully designed to showcase the highlights and the best walks of the region, including Wilpena Pound, sections of the Heysen Trail, and Brachina Gorge, as well as giving guests the opportunity to learn about the Flinders Ranges epic geological story.

South Australia
6 day
Adventure and outdoors, Icons and Scenery
1-12
Walk
A$2599
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Overview

A Pack Free Walking Holiday

Walk with as little as your water and lunch

We have designed this walking holiday so you can enjoy the scenery without the heavy burden of carrying your clothes or a heavy pack. Walk with as little as your camera, lunch and water each day and we will take care of your bags being transported to your accommodation.

Wilpena Pound Resort

3 night stay

Spend 3 nights at the charming Wilpena Pound Resort, the only accommodation located within the boundaries of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Guests stay in resort-style rooms, featuring king or king single beds, with private ensuites.

Luxury Eco Villas at Rawnsley Park Station

2 night stay

Enjoy two nights in Luxury Eco Villa’s at Rawnsley Park Station. Relax on your private verandah with breathtaking views of Wilpena Pound. Stay in two bedroom Eco Villa luxury cabins with spacious living and dining rooms area. Designed to complement the environment these villas feature sustainable design. Each room has its own bathroom as well as guest robes. Guests have the option to upgrade to a 1 bedroom villa at an additional cost.

Scenic flight over Wilpena Pound

The wow factor

Our guests will enjoy a spectacular scenic flight in a fixed wing aircraft over Wilpena Pound, the centrepiece of the region. This is the only way to genuinely appreciate the sheer magnitude and scale of this astounding crater-like formation; an experience you will treasure forever.

Local produce perfectly matched with local wine

included in your tour

Enjoy dinners at both properties in their wonderful restaurants. At Wilpena Pound you will not a la carte dining at Captain Starlights Restaurant featuring local seasonal produce. Whilst at Rawnsley Park Station our dinners will be spent in the charming Woolshed Restaurant. The restaurant features modern Australian cuisine with a focus on a paddock to plate experience featuring lamb from the Station as well as a range of stunning modern a la carte dining. Dinners on all evenings will be accompanied by local South Australian wines from the nearby Southern Flinders and Clare Valley wine-growing region.

Personalised Tours

A maximum of 12 guests

Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people.

Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

We are very proud of our talented team of guides. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative.

Genuinely all-inclusive

You won’t even pay credit card fees

Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive and once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. You won’t need to keep putting your hand in your pocket to pay for additional items not included in the tour. Your meals, wine, activities are all included, there’s even no charge for credit card fees when booking.

What's Included In This Package

Guided tour

Scenic walks lead by professional guides

scenic flight

Scenic Flight over Wilpena Pound

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and snacks provided

Accommodation

Accommodation at Wilpena Pound Resort and Rawnsley Park Station

transfers

Transfers to and from Adelaide

Photo oppotunities

Stunning scenic views perfect for photo opportunities

Daily itinerary

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Day 1: Adelaide - Mambray Creek - Wilpena Pound

PRE-DAY: Book your flights to arrive in Adelaide at least the day prior to your tour.

SUGGESTED PRE-TOUR NIGHT HOTEL: We suggest the ‘Chancellor on Currie’ a 4 star boutique Hotel on Currie Street in the heart of Adelaide or it’s sister property the ‘Grand Chancellor Adelaide’ on Hindley Street a larger 4-5 star hotel only 4 minutes walk from the Chancellor on Currie our meeting spot.

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 3.75 hours to Mambray Creek. Afterwards: 2.75 hours to Wilpena Pound Resort.

TRAIL NOTES: 2.5km circuit, 1.0 hour walking, Easy Grade; the track climbs gently on a compact rocky base, with a short downhill to complete the circuit.

WALK ITINERARY: This morning, our guides will meet you in the foyer of The Chancellor on Currie. We have about 450km to cover to reach Wilpena Pound Resort – we will break up the drive with a short walk along the way. We will stop at Mambray Creek, part of the Mount Remarkable National Park, for an easy 2.5 km hike on the Davey’s Gully track. This grade one walk allows us to meander amongst ancient River Red Gums and native Cypress Pines and offers some spectacular views across the Spencer Gulf to the Eyre Peninsula. During our walk, we will likely witness some of the 117 bird species have been recorded in this area, and encounter Western Grey Kangaroos, Euros (wallaroos) & Emus, who call this area home.  Following lunch here, we drive to our accommodation at the superb Wilpena Pound Resort, nestled at the foot of the giant crater-like Wilpena Pound. Enjoy some time to settle in, before dining at the charming on-site restaurant, which features local produce. Dinner is accompanied by local South Australian wines from the Southern Flinders and Clare Valley regions.

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Day 2: Brachina Gorge Drive (Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies) & Bunyeroo Gorge Walk

TRANSFER TIMES Morning: 2.5 hours to Brachina Gorge (including 3 short stops) then 45 minutes to Bunyeroo Gorge Walk trailhead. Afterwards: 1.5 hours to Wilpena Pound Resort.

TRAIL NOTES: 7.5km return, 3.0-3.5 hours walking with breaks, Easy-Medium Grade; the track follows the broad creek bed, with surfaces alternating between coarse sand to various-sized rocks

FLEXIBLE WALKING: As this is a return walk, guests may choose to opt-out at any point, and wait for the group to make their way back, before completing the walk together.

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before taking a scenic drive to begin our adventures for the day. We travel north and then head west to Brachina Gorge, featuring an expansive winding riverbed and an abundance of geological formations to marvel at. This gorge is home to one of the few remaining colonies of the rare and beautiful Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies, which can often be seen basking on the rocky outcrops or nibbling at native grasses. After morning tea, we proceed to the trailhead of Bunyeroo Gorge Walk, following the iconic Bunyeroo Valley Road, which allows the opportunity to absorb more of the magnificent scenery offered by these magical mountain ranges. Today’s walk will enhance your understanding of this spectacular landscape, the creation of which dates back about 800 million years. Our walk is framed by rugged rock formations as it follows the bed of the charming Bunyeroo Creek; a watercourse that is usually dry, but has remarkably cut its way through the rugged Heysen Range, forming Bunyeroo Gorge over an eternity. This serene gorge is lined with River Red Gums. and provides opportunities for viewing native wildlife, as well as highlighting specific geological features at regular intervals. After an outback cuppa, we return to Wilpena Pound Resort, taking in some amazing outlooks along the way, as we continue to trend generally south on Bunyeroo Valley Road. Back at your accommodation, there’s time to relax before indulging in a sensational dinner in the restaurant, accompanied by wonderful wines from South Australia.

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Day 3: Black Gap Carpark to Wilpena Pound Resort - Scenic Flight over Wilpena Pound

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 1.75 hours to Black Gap Carpark. Afterwards: walk into the Resort.

TRAIL NOTES: 12km one-way, 5.5-6 hours walking with breaks, Medium Grade; the track varies considerably from creek bed to undulating compact path, to steep and loose rocky surfaces, and a gentle decline on a loose rocky pathway, before levelling out.

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy a lovely breakfast before checking out of our accommodation, and transferring to the start of our walk, cruising along the spectacularly beautiful Moralana Scenic Drive. Today’s walk offers remarkable views from the more southerly perimeter of the crater-like Wilpena Pound and forms part of the 1200km Heysen Trail. Our walk begins from the Black Gap Carpark, and initially climbs approximately 300m over about 3km to Bridle Gap, offering spectacular views of the ancient mountain ranges and the surrounding landscape. We will encounter some steep and loose rocky surfaces to navigate to take us to our highpoint on the Pound wall, but we are in no rush. From Bridle Gap, we descend into the Pound itself, and traverse a section of the internal floor, wandering through interestingly diverse landscapes of huge River Red Gums and Native Cypress Pines. We break at Hills Homestead, located inside the Pound, the history of which is a firm reminder of the historical hardships encountered in these remote regions. We then follow the picturesque Wilpena Creek out of the Pound to finish back at the Resort. Afterwards, we enjoy a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound to get a birds-eye view of this immense rocky formation. Enjoy a superb dinner in the Resort’s restaurant accompanied by local wines once again.

 

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Day 4: Tanderra Saddle

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: walk out of the Resort. Afterwards: 30 minutes to Rawnsley Park Station.

TRAIL NOTES: 12km return., 6-6.5 hours walking with breaks.Medium-Hard Grade. The track begins with gentle undulations then climbs consistently on a mostly compact pathway, with some steep & challenging terrain.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: As this is a return walk, guests may choose to opt-out at any point, and wait for the group to make their way back, before completing the walk together.

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we head out on our walk, which today begins right at our back door!! Our target is Tanderra Saddle, one of the iconic walks of the Flinders Ranges, and includes most of the longer and more challenging St Mary’s Peak Hike. The traditional custodians of this region, the Adnyamathanha people request that visitors do not climb St Marys Peak due to its significance in their creation stories; in respect, we only travel as far as the saddle that sits just below. The hike begins on a gently undulating track through native forest, and as we start to scale a northerly section of the external wall of the Pound, the elevation increases considerably. As we proceed, we are rewarded with spectacular views of the Pound, the surrounding salt lakes, and St Mary’s Peak itself. From the saddle (944m), you will be able to appreciate the immense size of the Pound and the surrounding Heysen and ABC Ranges. We retrace our steps, negotiating our way back down, before transferring to our luxury Eco Villa accommodation at Rawnsley Park Station. After settling in here, we can take a short walk to “Alison’s Saddle”, which provides breath-taking vistas across the Elder Range as the sun slowly sets; the verandas of our Eco Villas also offer spectacular views of the Pound and surrounds. Tonight, we dine at the property’s Woolshed Restaurant, which offers rustic charm and paddock to plate dining, featuring local produce accompanied by South Australian wines sourced from local regions.

Afterwards, we head to our accommodation at Rawnsley Park Station staying in Rawnsley Park Station in luxury Eco Villas. Tonight enjoy a superb dinner in the Woolshed Restaurant with local wines; the end of another remarkable day.

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Day 5: Rawnsley Bluff Hike

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 10 minutes to Rawnsley Bluff Hike Trailhead. Afterwards: 10 minutes to your Eco Villas.

WALK TRAIL: 14km return, 6-6.5 hours walking with breaks, Medium-Hard Grade; the track begins with a gentle uphill gradient, then climbs steeply on a mostly solid surface before levelling out onto rock-based surfaces.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: As this is a return walk, guests may choose to opt-out at any point, and wait for the group to make their way back, before completing the walk together. There are also several marked trails on Rawnsley Park Station of varying distances and difficulty that could be completed as an option if you prefer – discuss these with your Guides.

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, a short transfer takes us to start our walk on Rawnsley Park Station itself, climbing to the more south-easterly aspect of the Wilpena Pound escarpment (940m), to deliver stunning views both into the Pound and across nearby ranges. We will encounter some challenging sections but climb gradually, to begin with, taking our time to navigate the steeper sections we encounter along the way. There are several spectacular lookout points, allowing uninterrupted, breath-taking panoramic views – a photographer’s paradise!! The Bluff itself is host to a dry-stone survey cairn, constructed as a trigonometrical survey marker in the late 1850s; ironically its title honours H.C. Rawnsley, who falsely presented himself as a surveyor to the Governor of SA in 1850, and was discharged within 3 months for lack of competency. After retracing our steps, enjoy an afternoon scenic flight over Wilpena Pound, getting a bird’s-eye view of this immense rocky formation, and marvel at the remarkable achievements of having scaled some of this rugged terrain. Tonight, we return to the Woolshed Restaurant for our final dinner together, to chat about the day’s adventures, enjoying a superb dinner accompanied by local wines once again.

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Day 6: Rawnsley Park Station – Alligator Gorge – Adelaide

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 2.25 hours to Alligator Gorge. Afterwards: 4.25 hours to Adelaide (plus lunch break at Melrose and rest stop at Port Wakefield).

TRAIL NOTES: 3km circuit, 1.5-2.0 hours walking with breaks. Easy Grade. A steep series of stairs takes us down to creek level, where we follow both a flat, compact track and do some rock-hopping. A gentle consistent ascent completes the circuit.

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast before we farewell Rawnsley Park Station and begin our journey back towards Adelaide. Along the way, we will enjoy another short walk in the Mount Remarkable National Park, this time on the eastern side at Alligator Gorge, a hidden gem of the Southern Flinders Ranges. Towering cliffs of visually striking pink and white ABC quartzite provide a stunning corridor along which to amble. We take a short side-trip to visit a series of rocky platforms known as ‘The Terraces’, which highlight the impact of long-receded oceans and intermittent waterways, before proceeding “downsteam” along the creek bed. This collective area is home to a multitude of bird varieties, and we will likely see and hear many of these if we are quiet. From here, we make short stops at Melrose and Port Wakefield before we continue to Adelaide, marking the end of a remarkable journey together.

FINISH TIME: Arrive back in Adelaide at approximately 6.30pm.

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