Flinders Ranges Highlights – 5 Days

Group-guided

OVERVIEW

Auswalkers have been calling out the Flinders Ranges (Ikara) as one of Australia's best walking destinations for decades. On this Flinders Ranges walk, revel in unique access to the very heart of the Australian Outback with pack-free walks that take you to all the best bits of the Flinders Ranges.

Experience the red ochre vistas, abandoned homesteads that pepper the landscape, eagles soaring overhead in thermal winds that sweep off the Pound and so much more.  You can only truly get a feeling for this magical place by walking here. There's also a gentler side of this unique destination walking the Pound floor, avoiding the territorial emus and roos as you traverse the native cypress pines and massive creek beds studded with majestic river red gums.

With two experienced guides looking after you, you'll have the option to shorten or add to some walks if you so desire.

Highlights

  • The ancient rocks of Alligator Gorge
  • Hiking from Black Gap over Bridal Gap into Wilpena Pound
  • Unrivalled views from the summit of Rawnsley Bluff over the Chace and Elder Ranges
  • The historic settlement of Orroroo
  • All meals, including a campfire dinner one night and winery lunch on your last day

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Walks that are longer than 12km with varied terrain. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2895

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 595

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

DAY 1
ADELAIDE TO NORTHERN FLINDERS VIA ALLIGATOR GORGE

Depart Adelaide at 7.00 am. Travel to the northern Flinders Ranges, but not before walking the most stunning of all the gorges in the Flinders Ranges, Alligator Gorge. It’s a leisurely meander along the creek through millions of years of history; it’s mostly flat, with just one step of stairs.

Walks: Easy / 4km / 2 hrs

Elevation: 274m

Meals: Picnic at Alligator Gorge and 2-course dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Award-winning Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 2
BLACK GAP TO WILPENA VIA BRIDAL GAP

Hike over Black Gap into Wilpena Pound on the Heysen Trail. The walk once over the wall through the Pound is the gentler side of the Flinders we refer to. There’s also an optional side trip to Wangara Lookout where you can get a full appreciation of the grandness of the Pound. The area was farmed until 1904, leaving historic buildings behind. In the late afternoon, we walk to a small hill to admire the setting of the sun over Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range with champagne in hand.

Walks: Moderate / 16 km / 5 – 6 hrs / short option available

Elevation: 156m

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and a 2-course dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 3
RAWNSLEY BLUFF

Hike to the top of Rawnsley Bluff and be treated to unparalleled views over the Chace and Elder Ranges. The easier option will include a walk to see more Aboriginal art and a visit to the historic Old Wilpena Station where there are numerous buildings and relics to explore at a leisurely pace.

Walks: Moderate / 11 km / 5 hrs / short option is available

Elevation: 469m

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and 2-course dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

 

DAY 4
TANDERRA SADDLE OR BUNYEROO LOOP

Today’s walk is the most strenuous of the trip, but with the biggest payoff. Walking to the top of the Pound wall, you will enjoy superb views over the Heysen and ABC Ranges and, once at the top, also back into Wilpena Pound.  Once we reach the saddle, we will have lunch at one of Australia’s most stunning locations.

The shorter walk on the Bunyeroo Loop is beautiful and avoids any severe elevation.

Walks: Moderate / 16 – 12 km / 5 – 6 hrs / short option available

Elevation: 422m -600m

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and a 2-course dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 5
HELICOPTER RIDE AND BACK TO ADELAIDE

Today we take a helicopter ride over the Wilpena Pound after breakfast.  There is also an opportunity to do a lovely walk on the property. We then head back to Adelaide, but not before we have lunch at a stunning winery in Clare, arriving in Adelaide by around 6.00 pm.

Walks: Easy / 2km / 1 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and lunch

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 4 nights’ comfortable accommodation with ensuites
  • Chef prepared restaurant meals
  • Scenic helicopter flight at Rawnsley Park (*please note flights are subject to weather conditions)
  • Champagne and wine at sunset
  • All transport from Adelaide and luggage transport
  • National Park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

For the four nights, we’ll base ourselves at Rawnsley Park, near Wilpena Pound. We’ll stay in studio-style motel rooms with ensuites at this outback accommodation. There will also be an opportunity to stargaze at night and to sit around a campfire if the weather allows.

Professional chefs at the Woolshed at Rawnsley will prepare the 2-course a la carte dinners. Every day we wake to a cooked breakfast in the restaurant to prepare ourselves for the upcoming walks. The packed lunches complete the circle, ensuring that your appetite is always satisfied. More importantly, you can look forward to having lunch daily at some of the most incredible locations in the Flinders Ranges. Walkers lunches are enhanced by Auswalk’s famous trail mix, ensuring that you’ll never be hungry on the track.

  • NIGHTS 1, 2, 3 & 4

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

ROCKY TERRAIN

Whilst preparing for walking on rocky terrain, you must focus on the development of balance, strength, and agility.

Integrate targeted strength exercises, such as lunges, squats, and step-ups, to strengthen your leg muscles, with a particular emphasis on improving stability on uneven surfaces. Balancing exercises are essential. Undertake core strength activity, coupled with exercises such as planks and Russian twists to enhance balance. As you progress, include hikes on progressively rougher terrain if you can. Additionally, the appropriate footwear with good ankle support and tread for grip are essential. Stay mindful, watch your step, and use trekking poles for added stability.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

GENERAL INFO

Some tracks are rough and rocky and on those hikes, we’ll cover shorter distances. Full-day walks average 13-18 km. There are great opportunities for fit walkers to challenge themselves as there are rugged peaks to climb and remote gorges to explore.  This trip operates with two experienced, knowledgeable and fun-loving guides so we can offer easier and more challenging walk options along the way.

You’ll enjoy dining at the Woolshed Restaurant – they also have an exclusive range of boutique wines to try. Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

Pre and post-tour accommodation: There are many hotels in Adelaide. We pick up from and drop off at the Terrace Hotel, 208 South Terrace, Adelaide.  The tour starts at 7.00 am at the Terrace Hotel. We arrive in Adelaide by around 5.00 pm on the last day.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

See the Bureau of Meteorology for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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REVIEWS

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  1. Geraldine D

    14 May, 2024 at 1:39 PM
    5

    Right from the beginning, I was pleased I had chosen to go with Auswalk. The walks were challenging (for me), the guides inspired confidence, accommodation was good, meals were great. My only complaint is that I seem to have brought home an extra couple of kilos. Georgie and Bec are great guides. They balanced their roles as leaders and friends with our group very well. I had total confidence in their knowledge and advice and they are both excellent drivers.

  2. Bev M

    14 May, 2024 at 1:05 PM
    5

    The walk was amazing and so wonderfully beautiful and full of surprises.
    The two guides Georgie and Bec were incredible, funny and knowledgeable. They looked after everyone so well, including me big time.
    Organisation was exceptional, on time, full of yummy food and the company of the others on the walk was easy and relaxing.

    I would absolutely recommend it, once in a life time experience.

  3. Emma P

    25 July, 2022 at 1:34 PM
    5

    I really loved this trip, I knew nothing about the flinders ranges prior to this trip and was blown away with the incredible views. The scenery was amazing As with my previous walks with Auswalk the guides are awesome- they go out of their way to make sure everyone is happy. The option for “shorter” walks is also a great opportunity for more people to have access to the incredible Australian outdoors

  4. David P

    25 July, 2022 at 1:00 PM
    5

    Thank you Auswalk for another wonderful experience. The scenery and walks were magnificent and the food and accomodation was also of a very high standard. Everything has been thought of and planned so you simply have to turn up and enjoy yourself! A thoroughly professional and well run tour and we are already looking forward to our next Auswalk adventure.

  5. Juliette F

    25 July, 2022 at 1:37 PM
    4

    This is my second walk with Auswalk (Flinders Ranges, 5 day, group guided) and I loved it. The guides were experienced and interesting and the food at Rawnsley Park Station was exceptional. However, the best thing about the trip was the magnificent walks we did. Every one of them was different and spectacular. They were a little more challenging than I would venture on my own, but with the group and guides I accomplished them all and felt a real sense of achievement at the end. Thanks Auswalk. I will be back!

  6. Kevin H

    23 May, 2019 at 12:52 PM
    5

    A fantastic experience for seven friends over five days of walking. Each day was amazing and over differing terrain with brilliant views as the reward. The walks were challenging but achievable with the encouragement and assistance of our professional guides Katie and Bec who were able to offer alternatives and changes to suit our group. Nothing was too much trouble. The Woolshed restaurant provided great meals. The other experiences provided, sunset drinks and nibbles and helicopter flight over the area added that extra enjoyment to our visit. Would definitely walk again with Auswalk.

  7. Denise U

    24 September, 2018 at 4:33 PM
    5

    My 3rd guided walk with Auswalk and not the last. Ably led by experienced guides/drivers/cooks Katie and Bill. The walks all require a reasonable level of sure footedness and agility, so make sure you actually enjoy being in a rugged remote location before you commit to this walk. The trip itinerary gives an accurate description of daily walking options and both easier and harder were available each day. The trails are rocky so good soled boots essential. The views are spectacular. We saw many emus, kangaroos, birds, goats and a couple of shinglebacked(?) lizards. No flies on us. Beautiful wildflowers, majestic gums and dry dry creek beds. The Auswalk team consistently maintains a high standard on all their walks and I am always delighted with their choices of accommodation and the abundance and quantity of food available. I’ll be back.

  8. Andrew S

    24 September, 2018 at 4:41 PM
    4

    Our sixth walk with Auswalk was to the Flinders Ranges, 200 km NW from Adelaide. The walks were spectacular, the guides wonderful and everything was organised extremely well. We can also recommend walks to Snowy Mountains, Kangaroo Island, Timeless North (Kakadu, Litchfield, Catherine in NT), Canarvon Gorge and Gold Coast Hinterland. Most days there is an easier option and the group dynamics are generally very good.

  9. Colin P

    17 September, 2018 at 7:25 AM
    5

    We decided to go to the Flinders Ranges on an organised tour and were very pleased with the outcome. Having trained and enthusiastic guides made this more challenging and more fun than what we would have attempted on our own. The fully catered concept and cabin accommodation was perfect as was the modest size of the group. We saw the area from a number of vantage points and and the terrain was as spectacular as the post cards show. The food was great the company and guides great and we were able to see the Ranges in better depth and some places that I would not have expected to have visited. Thoroughly recommend Auswalks and we are now looking at other places to do this style of active holiday.

  10. Peter F

    10 September, 2018 at 11:12 AM
    5

    “Just like the three previous reviewers of Colin, Andrew, and Denise, who were amongst my fellow wonderful tour walkers, I also had a great time for all the reasons they have given, including praise of Katie and Bill. Some additional highlights for me included learning about ‘Goyders Line’ and watching the green vegetation change to an arid landscape as we progressed north through Goyders Line; the stay in Melrose, including my accommodation in a truck; the history of Quorn and Hawker, lunch at the summit of St. Marys Peak with one of those views of a life time, Rawnsley Park accommodation, and especially its Woolshed Restaurant with its great meals, friendly staff and comfortable sofas, which were great for a chat or read whilst sipping a quiet Bundy Rum and coke.
    This was my third AUSWALK trek and I am looking forward to my fourth in a few months’ time”

  11. Coleen D

    4 September, 2018 at 1:56 AM
    5

    Have always wanted to visit the Flinders Ranges and to get up close and chose a walking holiday with Auswalks. The organisation communication and attention to detail could not be faulted. The accommodation meals , the other hikers and the guides Katie and Bill could not have been better. Newbies and old hands were made welcome and everyone’s needs and abilities catered for. I would recommend not only the Flinders Ranges as a destination but will be seriously considering doing more Auswalks holidays. The highlights were the scenery and the ability to to see the ranges from the air( an optional extra).

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Auswalkers have been calling out the Flinders Ranges (Ikara) as one of Australia's best walking destinations for decades. On this Flinders Ranges walk, revel in unique access to the very heart of the Australian Outback with pack-free walks that take you to all the best bits of the Flinders Ranges.

Experience the red ochre vistas, abandoned homesteads that pepper the landscape, eagles soaring overhead in thermal winds that sweep off the Pound and so much more.  You can only truly get a feeling for this magical place by walking here. There's also a gentler side of this unique destination walking the Pound floor, avoiding the territorial emus and roos as you traverse the native cypress pines and massive creek beds studded with majestic river red gums.

With two experienced guides looking after you, you'll have the option to shorten or add to some walks if you so desire.

Highlights

  • The ancient rocks of Alligator Gorge
  • Hiking from Black Gap over Bridal Gap into Wilpena Pound
  • Unrivalled views from the summit of Rawnsley Bluff over the Chace and Elder Ranges
  • The historic settlement of Orroroo
  • All meals, including a campfire dinner one night and winery lunch on your last day

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Walks that are longer than 12km with varied terrain. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2895

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 595

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

DAY 1
ADELAIDE TO NORTHERN FLINDERS VIA ALLIGATOR GORGE

Depart Adelaide at 7.00 am. Travel to the northern Flinders Ranges, but not before walking the most stunning of all the gorges in the Flinders Ranges, Alligator Gorge. It’s a leisurely meander along the creek through millions of years of history; it’s mostly flat, with just one step of stairs.

Walks: Easy / 4km / 2 hrs

Elevation: 274m

Meals: Picnic at Alligator Gorge and 2-course dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Award-winning Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 2
BLACK GAP TO WILPENA VIA BRIDAL GAP

Hike over Black Gap into Wilpena Pound on the Heysen Trail. The walk once over the wall through the Pound is the gentler side of the Flinders we refer to. There’s also an optional side trip to Wangara Lookout where you can get a full appreciation of the grandness of the Pound. The area was farmed until 1904, leaving historic buildings behind. In the late afternoon, we walk to a small hill to admire the setting of the sun over Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range with champagne in hand.

Walks: Moderate / 16 km / 5 – 6 hrs / short option available

Elevation: 156m

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and a 2-course dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 3
RAWNSLEY BLUFF

Hike to the top of Rawnsley Bluff and be treated to unparalleled views over the Chace and Elder Ranges. The easier option will include a walk to see more Aboriginal art and a visit to the historic Old Wilpena Station where there are numerous buildings and relics to explore at a leisurely pace.

Walks: Moderate / 11 km / 5 hrs / short option is available

Elevation: 469m

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and 2-course dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

 

DAY 4
TANDERRA SADDLE OR BUNYEROO LOOP

Today’s walk is the most strenuous of the trip, but with the biggest payoff. Walking to the top of the Pound wall, you will enjoy superb views over the Heysen and ABC Ranges and, once at the top, also back into Wilpena Pound.  Once we reach the saddle, we will have lunch at one of Australia’s most stunning locations.

The shorter walk on the Bunyeroo Loop is beautiful and avoids any severe elevation.

Walks: Moderate / 16 – 12 km / 5 – 6 hrs / short option available

Elevation: 422m -600m

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and a 2-course dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 5
HELICOPTER RIDE AND BACK TO ADELAIDE

Today we take a helicopter ride over the Wilpena Pound after breakfast.  There is also an opportunity to do a lovely walk on the property. We then head back to Adelaide, but not before we have lunch at a stunning winery in Clare, arriving in Adelaide by around 6.00 pm.

Walks: Easy / 2km / 1 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and lunch

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 4 nights’ comfortable accommodation with ensuites
  • Chef prepared restaurant meals
  • Scenic helicopter flight at Rawnsley Park (*please note flights are subject to weather conditions)
  • Champagne and wine at sunset
  • All transport from Adelaide and luggage transport
  • National Park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

For the four nights, we’ll base ourselves at Rawnsley Park, near Wilpena Pound. We’ll stay in studio-style motel rooms with ensuites at this outback accommodation. There will also be an opportunity to stargaze at night and to sit around a campfire if the weather allows.

Professional chefs at the Woolshed at Rawnsley will prepare the 2-course a la carte dinners. Every day we wake to a cooked breakfast in the restaurant to prepare ourselves for the upcoming walks. The packed lunches complete the circle, ensuring that your appetite is always satisfied. More importantly, you can look forward to having lunch daily at some of the most incredible locations in the Flinders Ranges. Walkers lunches are enhanced by Auswalk’s famous trail mix, ensuring that you’ll never be hungry on the track.

  • NIGHTS 1, 2, 3 & 4

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

ROCKY TERRAIN

Whilst preparing for walking on rocky terrain, you must focus on the development of balance, strength, and agility.

Integrate targeted strength exercises, such as lunges, squats, and step-ups, to strengthen your leg muscles, with a particular emphasis on improving stability on uneven surfaces. Balancing exercises are essential. Undertake core strength activity, coupled with exercises such as planks and Russian twists to enhance balance. As you progress, include hikes on progressively rougher terrain if you can. Additionally, the appropriate footwear with good ankle support and tread for grip are essential. Stay mindful, watch your step, and use trekking poles for added stability.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

Some tracks are rough and rocky and on those hikes, we’ll cover shorter distances. Full-day walks average 13-18 km. There are great opportunities for fit walkers to challenge themselves as there are rugged peaks to climb and remote gorges to explore.  This trip operates with two experienced, knowledgeable and fun-loving guides so we can offer easier and more challenging walk options along the way.

You’ll enjoy dining at the Woolshed Restaurant – they also have an exclusive range of boutique wines to try. Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

Pre and post-tour accommodation: There are many hotels in Adelaide. We pick up from and drop off at the Terrace Hotel, 208 South Terrace, Adelaide.  The tour starts at 7.00 am at the Terrace Hotel. We arrive in Adelaide by around 5.00 pm on the last day.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

See the Bureau of Meteorology for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Departure Dates

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Reviews

REVIEWS

Customer Reviews

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  1. Geraldine D

    14 May, 2024 at 1:39 PM
    5

    Right from the beginning, I was pleased I had chosen to go with Auswalk. The walks were challenging (for me), the guides inspired confidence, accommodation was good, meals were great. My only complaint is that I seem to have brought home an extra couple of kilos. Georgie and Bec are great guides. They balanced their roles as leaders and friends with our group very well. I had total confidence in their knowledge and advice and they are both excellent drivers.

  2. Bev M

    14 May, 2024 at 1:05 PM
    5

    The walk was amazing and so wonderfully beautiful and full of surprises.
    The two guides Georgie and Bec were incredible, funny and knowledgeable. They looked after everyone so well, including me big time.
    Organisation was exceptional, on time, full of yummy food and the company of the others on the walk was easy and relaxing.

    I would absolutely recommend it, once in a life time experience.

  3. Emma P

    25 July, 2022 at 1:34 PM
    5

    I really loved this trip, I knew nothing about the flinders ranges prior to this trip and was blown away with the incredible views. The scenery was amazing As with my previous walks with Auswalk the guides are awesome- they go out of their way to make sure everyone is happy. The option for “shorter” walks is also a great opportunity for more people to have access to the incredible Australian outdoors

  4. David P

    25 July, 2022 at 1:00 PM
    5

    Thank you Auswalk for another wonderful experience. The scenery and walks were magnificent and the food and accomodation was also of a very high standard. Everything has been thought of and planned so you simply have to turn up and enjoy yourself! A thoroughly professional and well run tour and we are already looking forward to our next Auswalk adventure.

  5. Juliette F

    25 July, 2022 at 1:37 PM
    4

    This is my second walk with Auswalk (Flinders Ranges, 5 day, group guided) and I loved it. The guides were experienced and interesting and the food at Rawnsley Park Station was exceptional. However, the best thing about the trip was the magnificent walks we did. Every one of them was different and spectacular. They were a little more challenging than I would venture on my own, but with the group and guides I accomplished them all and felt a real sense of achievement at the end. Thanks Auswalk. I will be back!

  6. Kevin H

    23 May, 2019 at 12:52 PM
    5

    A fantastic experience for seven friends over five days of walking. Each day was amazing and over differing terrain with brilliant views as the reward. The walks were challenging but achievable with the encouragement and assistance of our professional guides Katie and Bec who were able to offer alternatives and changes to suit our group. Nothing was too much trouble. The Woolshed restaurant provided great meals. The other experiences provided, sunset drinks and nibbles and helicopter flight over the area added that extra enjoyment to our visit. Would definitely walk again with Auswalk.

  7. Denise U

    24 September, 2018 at 4:33 PM
    5

    My 3rd guided walk with Auswalk and not the last. Ably led by experienced guides/drivers/cooks Katie and Bill. The walks all require a reasonable level of sure footedness and agility, so make sure you actually enjoy being in a rugged remote location before you commit to this walk. The trip itinerary gives an accurate description of daily walking options and both easier and harder were available each day. The trails are rocky so good soled boots essential. The views are spectacular. We saw many emus, kangaroos, birds, goats and a couple of shinglebacked(?) lizards. No flies on us. Beautiful wildflowers, majestic gums and dry dry creek beds. The Auswalk team consistently maintains a high standard on all their walks and I am always delighted with their choices of accommodation and the abundance and quantity of food available. I’ll be back.

  8. Andrew S

    24 September, 2018 at 4:41 PM
    4

    Our sixth walk with Auswalk was to the Flinders Ranges, 200 km NW from Adelaide. The walks were spectacular, the guides wonderful and everything was organised extremely well. We can also recommend walks to Snowy Mountains, Kangaroo Island, Timeless North (Kakadu, Litchfield, Catherine in NT), Canarvon Gorge and Gold Coast Hinterland. Most days there is an easier option and the group dynamics are generally very good.

  9. Colin P

    17 September, 2018 at 7:25 AM
    5

    We decided to go to the Flinders Ranges on an organised tour and were very pleased with the outcome. Having trained and enthusiastic guides made this more challenging and more fun than what we would have attempted on our own. The fully catered concept and cabin accommodation was perfect as was the modest size of the group. We saw the area from a number of vantage points and and the terrain was as spectacular as the post cards show. The food was great the company and guides great and we were able to see the Ranges in better depth and some places that I would not have expected to have visited. Thoroughly recommend Auswalks and we are now looking at other places to do this style of active holiday.

  10. Peter F

    10 September, 2018 at 11:12 AM
    5

    “Just like the three previous reviewers of Colin, Andrew, and Denise, who were amongst my fellow wonderful tour walkers, I also had a great time for all the reasons they have given, including praise of Katie and Bill. Some additional highlights for me included learning about ‘Goyders Line’ and watching the green vegetation change to an arid landscape as we progressed north through Goyders Line; the stay in Melrose, including my accommodation in a truck; the history of Quorn and Hawker, lunch at the summit of St. Marys Peak with one of those views of a life time, Rawnsley Park accommodation, and especially its Woolshed Restaurant with its great meals, friendly staff and comfortable sofas, which were great for a chat or read whilst sipping a quiet Bundy Rum and coke.
    This was my third AUSWALK trek and I am looking forward to my fourth in a few months’ time”

  11. Coleen D

    4 September, 2018 at 1:56 AM
    5

    Have always wanted to visit the Flinders Ranges and to get up close and chose a walking holiday with Auswalks. The organisation communication and attention to detail could not be faulted. The accommodation meals , the other hikers and the guides Katie and Bill could not have been better. Newbies and old hands were made welcome and everyone’s needs and abilities catered for. I would recommend not only the Flinders Ranges as a destination but will be seriously considering doing more Auswalks holidays. The highlights were the scenery and the ability to to see the ranges from the air( an optional extra).

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