Flinders Ranges Walk – 7 Days

Group-guided

Group-guided

OVERVIEW

Access the heart of the Australian Outback and hike the ancient sun-seared landscape of the remote Flinders Ranges. The Flinder's fascinating geology and red ochre vistas make for unforgettable walking that'll take your breath away.

On the gentler side, walk Wilpena Pound floor encircled by a one-of-a-kind colossal natural amphitheatre. In other valleys, native cypress pines cover gently rounded hills and massive creek beds studded with majestic river red gums. We take care of every last detail so you can relax and fully experience this ancient landscape that once stood taller than the Himalayas.

Highlights

  • The ancient rocks of Alligator Gorge
  • Dutchman's Stern with panoramic views from the summit
  • Hiking from Black Gap over Bridal Gap into Wilpena Pound
  • Unrivalled views from the summit of Rawnsley Bluff and over the Heysen Range
  • 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
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Longer walking distances, up to 20km +. Steep hill sections and rough terrain. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 3695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 715

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.

per person

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
ADELAIDE TO MELROSE AND ALLIGATOR GORGE WALK

Depart Adelaide at 8.30 am. Travel to Melrose in the southern Flinders Ranges. In the afternoon, walk and explore Alligator Gorge  Mount Remarkable National Park—optional trips to Ali’s lookout and Gorge lookout.

Walks: Easy / 4 km / 2 hrs

Elevation Gain –  113m approx

Elevation Loss – 113m approx

Meals: Picnic at Alligator Gorge. Dine at a very authentic Australian outback hotel

Accommodation: Authentic Australian hotel at Melrose with ensuite rooms

DAY 2
MELROSE TO THE NORTHERN FLINDERS VIA DUTCHMAN'S STERN

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.

Walks: Moderate / 10.5 km / 4-5 hrs

?Elevation Gain –  398m

Elevation Loss – 398m

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the pub, lunch pack, and chef-prepared dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 3
BLACK GAP TO WILPENA POUND ON THE HEYSEN TRAIL

Hike from Black Gap over Bridal Gap into Wilpena Pound on the Heysen Trail. There’s an optional side trip to Wangara Lookout. The floor of the Pound offers delightful flat walking. The area was farmed until 1904 by the Hill family leaving historic buildings behind. In the late afternoon, we’ll venture over to a small hill and watch the sunset while sipping champagne.

Walks: Moderate / 14 km / 5 – 6 hrs / short option available

Elevation Gain –  350m approx

Elevation Loss – 175m approx

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack, and dinner and drinks around a campfire

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 4
RAWNSLEY BLUFF WALK

Hike to the summit of Rawnsley Bluff and be treated to unrivalled views over the Chace and Elder Ranges with the added bonus of views inside the Pound. Lunch at the Bluff is a real highlight. An easier option will include a walk to see Aboriginal art and a visit to historic Old Wilpena Station, where there are numerous buildings and relics to explore at a leisurely pace.

Walks: Moderate / 10 km / 6 hrs / short option is available

Elevation Gain –  520m approx

Elevation Loss – 520m approx

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and a chef-prepared dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 5
AROONA RUINS TO TREZONA ON THE HEYSEN TRAIL

Today we explore the park’s remote far north end, walking over the Brachina Formation via beautiful Gorges and wide creeks. Excellent 360-degree views from Brachina lookout are part of the reward, including epic views over the Heysen Range.

It onward past the Golden Spike and 800 million years of fossil history and a rethink to when life actually began. A shorter option will also be on the Yuluna circuit or through Bunyeroo Gorge.

Walks: Mostly easy / 14 km / 6 hrs / shorter 8 km option available

Elevation Gain –  450m approx

Elevation Loss – 400m approx

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and a chef-prepared dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 6
WILPENA POUND COMPLEX TO TANDERRA SADDLE

Today’s climb will take us to rewarding views back over the ABC and Heysen Range and the pound (a huge natural amphitheatre) is one of a kind. We will stop here to have lunch to take real-time to take in the view.

Walks: Mostly moderate to challenging / 12 km / 5-6 hrs

Elevation Gain –  422m approx

Elevation Loss – 422m approx

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and a chef-prepared dinner at the Woolshed.

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station in rooms with ensuites

DAY 7
BACK TO ADELAIDE VIA CLARE AND LUNCH AT A WINERY

Today we travel back to Adelaide via the historic settlement of Orroroo. The next stop is Clare and the stunning Clare Valley, where we have lunch at a winery, a South Australian tradition that can’t be avoided. We arrive back in Adelaide by around 5.30 pm.

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed and lunch on the way back

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • The best of the Flinders Ranges walks
  • Luggage transport
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ comfortable accommodation with ensuites
  • Chef prepared restaurant meals, including 2-course a la carte dinners.
  • Champagne and wine at sunset
  • All transport from Adelaide
  • National Park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

In Melrose (southern Flinders Ranges) you’ll spend a night in the historic Star Hotel. The rooms are ensuite, hotel-style rooms, as well as a couple of converted trucks that are an experience in themselves.

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 with ensuites and enjoy campfires and star gazing at night.

Dinners will be prepared by professional chefs at the Woolshed at Rawnsley, including the camp BBQ dinner. Every day we will wake to a cooked breakfast in the restaurant to ready ourselves for the upcoming day’s walk. The packed lunches complete the circle, ensuring that your appetite is always satisfied. In fact, you can look forward to having lunch daily at some of the most incredible locations this country offers. Walker’s lunches are enhanced by Auswalk’s famous trail mix, ensuring that you’ll never be hungry on the track.

  • Night 1

  • NIGHTS 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

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 - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. 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, so we’ll cover shorter distances on those hikes. 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 and knowledgeable, 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 8.30 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, we advise that you purchase 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 by 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 that you’ll have many more questions even with that in mind. You will receive a detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks from departure outlining all the fine details 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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  1. iand57473

    2 April, 2019 at 7:20 PM
    5

    We have travelled with AusWalk twice – once on a guided walk in the Flinders Range and the second a self guided walk in the Victoria Alps. Both were excellent – well planned, great walking notes, comfortable accommodation and good meals. On the guided walks the guides were knowledgable of the local area – history and environment – and managed the group well. The walks varied from easy to quite challenging and this was clearly explained by the guides and in the notes. There were no surprises when it came to where we were going and what to expect. The AusWalk staff are excellent – they were able to rearrange our self guided walk to take into account some changes to our circumstances. We will certainly use AusWalk again.

  2. sigherring

    2 May, 2018 at 11:20 AM
    5

    I enjoyed a fabulous walking tour in the Flinders Ranges with Auswalk. Encouraging, interesting, competent guides, and plenty of flexibility with the walks that kept everyone participating. Wonderful countryside. Lovely accommodation and scrumptious food.

  3. jjmunck

    10 September, 2017 at 2:20 AM
    5

    This was our second Auswalk, this time to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. It was a great experience – the walking was interesting, and with more than one guide, it’s good that they can sometimes offer harder and easier options. Comfortable accommodation, and great meals – you’ll never go hungry.

  4. dengallagher93

    4 October, 2016 at 9:42 PM
    5

    We did the Flinders Rangers with Auswalk. The guides were excellent and made sure we had a positive experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the walking. We had a lovely bunch of people in our group, and the food and accomodation was great.

  5. Fosco9

    21 April, 2016 at 6:40 AM
    5

    My wife and I very much enjoyed a week of walking through the Flinders Ranges with Auswalk. The guides (Marie and Merrell) were brilliant – helpful, informative and very professional. The accommodation was comfortable, the food provided was very good (and plentiful) and the walks offered were excellent. Highly recommended.

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Access the heart of the Australian Outback and hike the ancient sun-seared landscape of the remote Flinders Ranges. The Flinder's fascinating geology and red ochre vistas make for unforgettable walking that'll take your breath away.

On the gentler side, walk Wilpena Pound floor encircled by a one-of-a-kind colossal natural amphitheatre. In other valleys, native cypress pines cover gently rounded hills and massive creek beds studded with majestic river red gums. We take care of every last detail so you can relax and fully experience this ancient landscape that once stood taller than the Himalayas.

Highlights

  • The ancient rocks of Alligator Gorge
  • Dutchman's Stern with panoramic views from the summit
  • Hiking from Black Gap over Bridal Gap into Wilpena Pound
  • Unrivalled views from the summit of Rawnsley Bluff and over the Heysen Range
  • 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
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Longer walking distances, up to 20km +. Steep hill sections and rough terrain. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 3695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 715

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 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
ADELAIDE TO MELROSE AND ALLIGATOR GORGE WALK

Depart Adelaide at 8.30 am. Travel to Melrose in the southern Flinders Ranges. In the afternoon, walk and explore Alligator Gorge  Mount Remarkable National Park—optional trips to Ali’s lookout and Gorge lookout.

Walks: Easy / 4 km / 2 hrs

Elevation Gain –  113m approx

Elevation Loss – 113m approx

Meals: Picnic at Alligator Gorge. Dine at a very authentic Australian outback hotel

Accommodation: Authentic Australian hotel at Melrose with ensuite rooms

DAY 2
MELROSE TO THE NORTHERN FLINDERS VIA DUTCHMAN'S STERN

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.

Walks: Moderate / 10.5 km / 4-5 hrs

?Elevation Gain –  398m

Elevation Loss – 398m

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the pub, lunch pack, and chef-prepared dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 3
BLACK GAP TO WILPENA POUND ON THE HEYSEN TRAIL

Hike from Black Gap over Bridal Gap into Wilpena Pound on the Heysen Trail. There’s an optional side trip to Wangara Lookout. The floor of the Pound offers delightful flat walking. The area was farmed until 1904 by the Hill family leaving historic buildings behind. In the late afternoon, we’ll venture over to a small hill and watch the sunset while sipping champagne.

Walks: Moderate / 14 km / 5 – 6 hrs / short option available

Elevation Gain –  350m approx

Elevation Loss – 175m approx

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack, and dinner and drinks around a campfire

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 4
RAWNSLEY BLUFF WALK

Hike to the summit of Rawnsley Bluff and be treated to unrivalled views over the Chace and Elder Ranges with the added bonus of views inside the Pound. Lunch at the Bluff is a real highlight. An easier option will include a walk to see Aboriginal art and a visit to historic Old Wilpena Station, where there are numerous buildings and relics to explore at a leisurely pace.

Walks: Moderate / 10 km / 6 hrs / short option is available

Elevation Gain –  520m approx

Elevation Loss – 520m approx

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and a chef-prepared dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 5
AROONA RUINS TO TREZONA ON THE HEYSEN TRAIL

Today we explore the park’s remote far north end, walking over the Brachina Formation via beautiful Gorges and wide creeks. Excellent 360-degree views from Brachina lookout are part of the reward, including epic views over the Heysen Range.

It onward past the Golden Spike and 800 million years of fossil history and a rethink to when life actually began. A shorter option will also be on the Yuluna circuit or through Bunyeroo Gorge.

Walks: Mostly easy / 14 km / 6 hrs / shorter 8 km option available

Elevation Gain –  450m approx

Elevation Loss – 400m approx

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and a chef-prepared dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station with ensuite rooms

DAY 6
WILPENA POUND COMPLEX TO TANDERRA SADDLE

Today’s climb will take us to rewarding views back over the ABC and Heysen Range and the pound (a huge natural amphitheatre) is one of a kind. We will stop here to have lunch to take real-time to take in the view.

Walks: Mostly moderate to challenging / 12 km / 5-6 hrs

Elevation Gain –  422m approx

Elevation Loss – 422m approx

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed, lunch pack and a chef-prepared dinner at the Woolshed.

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station in rooms with ensuites

DAY 7
BACK TO ADELAIDE VIA CLARE AND LUNCH AT A WINERY

Today we travel back to Adelaide via the historic settlement of Orroroo. The next stop is Clare and the stunning Clare Valley, where we have lunch at a winery, a South Australian tradition that can’t be avoided. We arrive back in Adelaide by around 5.30 pm.

Meals: Cooked breakfast at the Woolshed and lunch on the way back

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • The best of the Flinders Ranges walks
  • Luggage transport
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ comfortable accommodation with ensuites
  • Chef prepared restaurant meals, including 2-course a la carte dinners.
  • Champagne and wine at sunset
  • All transport from Adelaide
  • National Park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

In Melrose (southern Flinders Ranges) you’ll spend a night in the historic Star Hotel. The rooms are ensuite, hotel-style rooms, as well as a couple of converted trucks that are an experience in themselves.

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 with ensuites and enjoy campfires and star gazing at night.

Dinners will be prepared by professional chefs at the Woolshed at Rawnsley, including the camp BBQ dinner. Every day we will wake to a cooked breakfast in the restaurant to ready ourselves for the upcoming day’s walk. The packed lunches complete the circle, ensuring that your appetite is always satisfied. In fact, you can look forward to having lunch daily at some of the most incredible locations this country offers. Walker’s lunches are enhanced by Auswalk’s famous trail mix, ensuring that you’ll never be hungry on the track.

  • Night 1

  • NIGHTS 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

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 - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. 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, so we’ll cover shorter distances on those hikes. 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 and knowledgeable, 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 8.30 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, we advise that you purchase 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 by 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 that you’ll have many more questions even with that in mind. You will receive a detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks from departure outlining all the fine details 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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  1. iand57473

    2 April, 2019 at 7:20 PM
    5

    We have travelled with AusWalk twice – once on a guided walk in the Flinders Range and the second a self guided walk in the Victoria Alps. Both were excellent – well planned, great walking notes, comfortable accommodation and good meals. On the guided walks the guides were knowledgable of the local area – history and environment – and managed the group well. The walks varied from easy to quite challenging and this was clearly explained by the guides and in the notes. There were no surprises when it came to where we were going and what to expect. The AusWalk staff are excellent – they were able to rearrange our self guided walk to take into account some changes to our circumstances. We will certainly use AusWalk again.

  2. sigherring

    2 May, 2018 at 11:20 AM
    5

    I enjoyed a fabulous walking tour in the Flinders Ranges with Auswalk. Encouraging, interesting, competent guides, and plenty of flexibility with the walks that kept everyone participating. Wonderful countryside. Lovely accommodation and scrumptious food.

  3. jjmunck

    10 September, 2017 at 2:20 AM
    5

    This was our second Auswalk, this time to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. It was a great experience – the walking was interesting, and with more than one guide, it’s good that they can sometimes offer harder and easier options. Comfortable accommodation, and great meals – you’ll never go hungry.

  4. dengallagher93

    4 October, 2016 at 9:42 PM
    5

    We did the Flinders Rangers with Auswalk. The guides were excellent and made sure we had a positive experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the walking. We had a lovely bunch of people in our group, and the food and accomodation was great.

  5. Fosco9

    21 April, 2016 at 6:40 AM
    5

    My wife and I very much enjoyed a week of walking through the Flinders Ranges with Auswalk. The guides (Marie and Merrell) were brilliant – helpful, informative and very professional. The accommodation was comfortable, the food provided was very good (and plentiful) and the walks offered were excellent. Highly recommended.

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