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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group guided

Highlights:

  • 8 day group guided trip
  • An opportunity to climb the highest peak in the Flinders, St Mary Peak
  • Easy walking on the floor of spectacular Wilpena Pound
  • See Indigenous shelters with ochre paintings
  • Explore remote gorges in the southern Flinders Ranges
  • Enjoy relaxing around a campfire in the evenings
  • Experience amazing outback sunsets from your accommodation

Overview:

What strikes you most about the Flinders Ranges is the amazing geology of the place, an ancient landscape that once stood taller than the Himalayas. Dutchmans Stern juts dramatically from the surrounding plains, with providing commanding views from the summit. The rock walls in narrow Hidden Gorge have been weathered to a striking red-orange colour.

Walk through Bunyeroo Gorge, one of many gorges carved through the mountain ranges. Majestic ramparts such as Rawnsley Bluff surely inspired great artists such as Sir Hans Heysen, after whom the long distance Heysen Trail is named.

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the terrain

A walking holiday is the ideal way to experience the region. Hike to the rim of Wilpena Pound, a huge natural amphitheatre that resembles stock enclosures used by early pastoralists. Prior to white settlement, the indigenous people hunted here and the place holds tremendous cultural significance to them. The Aboriginal word Wilpena means “cupped hand” and you’ll learn the creation story that explains this unique geological feature and see fine examples of rock painting sites.

There is also a gentler side of the Flinders. The floor of Wilpena Pound is flat, making it a delightfully easy way to finish a day’s walking! In other valleys, native cypress pines cover gently rounded hills and meandering streams are studded with majestic river red gums. Nestled amongst the magnificent Elder, Heysen, ABC and Chace Ranges, our base at Rawnsley Park is an idyllic place to relax, enjoy a campfire and admire the sunsets.

With two guides looking after you, we can offer a choice of easier or harder walking options along the way.

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More Details

Location

Starts and finishes in Adelaide.

Grading

Some tracks are rough and rocky and on those hikes we’ll cover shorter distances. Full day walks average 13-18km. Great opportunities for fit walkers to challenge themselves and, as usual, easier options are available. This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.

Accommodation

In Melrose (southern Flinders Ranges) you’ll spend two nights in the historic Star Hotel. There are hotel style rooms as well as a couple of converted trucks that are an experience in itself!

For the remaining five nights we’ll base ourselves at Rawnsley Park, near Wilpena Pound. At this outback accommodation we’ll stay in studio style motel rooms and enjoy campfires and star gazing at night.

What’s included

Two guides, 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, all transport from Adelaide, entry to Old Wilpena Station, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case and info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

Spring and autumn offer the best weather for hiking in the Flinders Ranges.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Regional food and wine

You’ll enjoy dining at the Woolshed Restaurant – they also have an exclusive range of boutique wines to try.

The Itinerary

Let's Review

Day 1

Departs Adelaide at 8.30am. Travel to Melrose in the southern Flinders Ranges. Afternoon walk to explore Alligator Gorge and the Terraces.

Accommodation: Melrose

Day 2

Today there’s a full days hike in the Mt Remarkable National Park in the southern Flinders Ranges. There’s a harder option of hiking to Hidden Gorge and also an easier option at a slower pace which gets you into one end of Hidden gorge.

Accommodation: Melrose

Day 3

Heading further north, we hike in the Dutchman’s Stern section of the Flinders Ranges. This circuit walk includes an outstanding variety of flora and panoramic views from the summit area. A late afternoon visit to Yourambulla Caves includes a walk to see several Aboriginal art sites. Finish the day with a short drive to Rawnsnley Park where we’ll be accommodated for five nights and enjoy a campfire in the evenings.

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park

Day 4

Hike over Black Gap into Wilpena Pound on the Heysen Trail. There’s an optional side trip to Wangara Lookout. Kangaroos abound today. Late afternoon we’ll all go trekking to a small hill and watch the sun set while sipping champagne.

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park

Day 5

Hike to the summit of Rawnsley Bluff and be treated to a birdseye view over Wilpena Pound. An easier option will include a walk to see more Aboriginal art and a visit to historic Old Wilpena Station where there are numerous buildings and relics to explore at a leisurely pace.

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park

Day 6

Explore remote Bunyeroo Gorge before hiking another section of the long distance Heysen Trail, heading south towards Wilpena Pound.

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park

Day 7

A challenging option today of climbing the highest mountain in the Flinders Ranges – St Mary Peak. This involves some scrambling and a good head for heights. But what a reward that view provides! As always, an easier option will be available.

Accommodation:: Rawnsley Park

Day 8

Today we travel back to Adelaide via the historic settlement of Burra. We should arrive in Adelaide by around 5.00pm.

Enjoy a Flawless Experience

Traveller’s Tales

Janet Gunn – September 2015, Flinders Ranges

Keep doing what you’re doing!!
Great company to deal with, great team, great combination of walking and luxury. THANKS.

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$ 2995 per person twin/double share
$ 655 Single Supplement (private room)

(A $100 Early Bird Discount is applicable for all bookings made 6 months prior to the the selected departure date.)

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