Flinders Ranges 6 Days with Upgrade to Eco Villas

Self-guided

Self-guided

OVERVIEW

This walk provides a wonderful taste of the arid heart of the Australian Outback, but without all the hassle.  The Heysen Trail runs for 1200 km all the way from the Parachilna Gorge to Cape Jervis. We have selected 4 of the best walks the Northern Flinders has to offer. The walk traverses an unforgettable rust coloured landscape, one of the oldest geological landscapes in the world with its many hidden secrets that can only be discovered on foot.

This is a world-class walking experience, with just a light day pack where you will be supported all of the way. At the end of each day, you’ll have the luxury of staying in the beautifully appointed Eco Villas. At Wilpena we stay at the excellent Ikara Glamping Resort. At the end of the day you can stretch out and relax, have a hot shower, a chef-prepared dinner and breakfast (see inclusions) and a good night’s sleep ready for the nest days walking.

Highlights:

  • Walk the from the Heysen Track to Black Gap from Yanyanna Huts
  • Walks to Rawnsley Bluff and Tanderra Saddle/St Mary’s Peak
  • Seamless baggage transfers from accommodation  to accommodation
  • Outback hospitality and the comfort of luxury eco villas at Rawsley; all rooms have ensuites
  • Chef-prepared 2-course dinners
  • Excellent accommodations in stunning locations, including the Eco Villas

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2355

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 835

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

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

DAY 1
RAWNSLEY PARK

Start at Rawnsley Park in the late afternoon where you can relax in your villa or take a short stroll around the property. There may be time to explore the various walks around the station that are available.  Rawnsley Park Station is located right at the foot of the mountains.

Walking: Easy walking around Rawnsley Park Station/ 3km or more

Meals: Dinner at Rawnsley Park Station

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station in the Eco Villas with an ensuite

DAY 2
YANYANNA HUTS TO WILPENA POUND ON HEYSEN TRAIL

Today’s walking is characterised by a great variety of landscapes, beautiful forest and gullies, including an exploration of the beginnings of Bunyeroo Gorge. Take in great views of the Heysen Range and St Mary Peak. The Flinders Ranges is also home to more than half of South Australia’s 3100 plant species, and famous for the wildflowers that carpet the plains and foothills during spring.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / mostly flat terrain / 24km / 6 hrs

Meals: Continental breakfast, walkers lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Ikara Safari Camp in luxury safari tents with ensuites

DAY 3
ST MARY'S PEAK OUTSIDE AND INSIDE TRACK

Today’s walk is the most demanding of the week, as it involves traversing up the edge of the pound wall on a steep trail that winds back on itself again and again. But the pay off is worth it. The views back over the ABC and Heysen Range and over the pound (a huge natural amphitheatre) are unheralded. It’s worth stopping at the top to soak up the ambience. You can trace where you have walked from the trailhead at the top end of the snake-like ranges all the way back to where you stand.

Walks: Mostly moderate / 18km / 6.5 – 8hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Ikara Safari Camp in luxury safari tents with ensuites

DAY 4
WILPENA POUND VIA BRIDAL GAP TO BLACK GAP ON HEYSEN TRACK

Walking through Wilpena Pound you’ll get to really appreciate even more what this place is all about and the sheer scale of it. Continue your journey across the valley floor totally surrounded by the impressive Wilpena Pound walls. Prior to European settlement, the indigenous people hunted here. The Aboriginal word Wilpena means ‘cupped hand’. Holding tremendous cultural significance and spiritually uplifting, this is an ancient place offering unparalleled sanctuary and tranquility to disconnect from the world and reconnect with yourself. At Bridal Gap there are more astounding views to be had over the Pound and out to the Chase Range.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 11km / 4–5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station in the Eco Villas with an ensuite

DAY 5
RAWNSLEY STATION TO RAWNSLEY BLUFF

This is the last of the Flinders Ranges walks and is a fantastic way to bid farewell to the Flinders Ranges with views looking back inside Wilpena Pound and over to St Mary Peak. But its at the last lookout that will have you mesmerized. From Rawnsley Bluff you get to look out over the expansive plains below and out over the Chase and Elder Ranges to the south.  If you want a preview take a look at our website video as it features at the 35 and 45 second mark..

Walking: Moderate with one challenging steep section / 11.5km / 4–5 hrs

Meals: Continental breakfast, walkers lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station in the Eco Villas with an ensuite

DAY 6
RAWNSLEY STATION END OF THE WALK

This holiday finishes in Rawnsley after breakfast. Check out is at 11am so take your time. There are superb wineries on the journey back to Adelaide at Clair, so why not build a short stay at a Clair winery or at one of the many excellent b&b’s  into your holiday.

Meals: Continental breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • All-inclusive 6 day pack free walking holiday
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • Walk with a light day pack as we shift your luggage from accommodation to accommodation
  • All meals, including chef-cooked breakfasts, walkers lunches, and a la carte two-course dinners
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s representatives on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

On this Flinders Ranges walk, you’ll stay in the award-winning Eco Villas at Rawnsley Park Station, with a fully appointed kitchen, ensuites and a lounge to relax in. At Wilpena Pound we stay in the luxury glamping tents also with ensuites. All of these private accommodations are located in inspired locations and provide a welcoming and comfortable base to rest, relax and reflect on the day’s walking.

The two-course a la carte dinners and breakfasts at Rawnsley and Ikara are prepared by their in-house chefs.

Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial walkers lunch.  More importantly, you’ll get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is varied. The 2 course a la carte dinners and cooked breakfasts are all prepared by professional chefs.

There is also a focus on regional food and wine. Good wholesome food with kangaroo and emu occasionally on the menu. The region is remote, but world-class South Australian wine and a cold lager are within easy reach. We suggest that if you like wine then bring some if you want your own pre-dinner drinks. The restaurants where you eat are licensed.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

  • DAY 1 ,4 & 5

  • DAY 2 & 3

GENERAL INFO

This holiday starts and finishes in Rawnsley Park Station. Information on transport to the Flinders Ranges is available on request.

The Flinders Ranges walks are moderate to challenging with some rough tracks, where you’ll cover shorter distances. Full day walks average about 19 km and 5-7.5 hours walking each day. The walking is over mostly flat, well-walked paths and bush tracks with some rocky sections. There are two days with steep sections. This is a great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves, however easier options are available on some days. This is a reasonably long and tough walk and we highly recommend that you incorporate a rest day.

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

WEATHER

The best time to go is April through to September as it is the best weather for hiking in the Flinders Ranges. The temperature is still very comfortable to walk in but warm clothes are necessary as the temperature drops at night. This holiday is not available over the hot summer months of December to February as it way to hot with temperatures in the high 40’s.

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

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance, particularly cancellation insurance if you are Australian for this trip. We charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s 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 about the Flinders Ranges walks., tracks or the Flinders Ranges tour as a whole, 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

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2021 - 30 Sep 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2355

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $835
  • 1 Apr 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2355

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $835

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  1. Jennie L

    11 November, 2020 at 2:00 PM
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    Well organised , maps and information were great. A business that values its clients and makes booking with them a pleasure. I would certainly recommend Auswalk.

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Overview

OVERVIEW

This walk provides a wonderful taste of the arid heart of the Australian Outback, but without all the hassle.  The Heysen Trail runs for 1200 km all the way from the Parachilna Gorge to Cape Jervis. We have selected 4 of the best walks the Northern Flinders has to offer. The walk traverses an unforgettable rust coloured landscape, one of the oldest geological landscapes in the world with its many hidden secrets that can only be discovered on foot.

This is a world-class walking experience, with just a light day pack where you will be supported all of the way. At the end of each day, you’ll have the luxury of staying in the beautifully appointed Eco Villas. At Wilpena we stay at the excellent Ikara Glamping Resort. At the end of the day you can stretch out and relax, have a hot shower, a chef-prepared dinner and breakfast (see inclusions) and a good night’s sleep ready for the nest days walking.

Highlights:

  • Walk the from the Heysen Track to Black Gap from Yanyanna Huts
  • Walks to Rawnsley Bluff and Tanderra Saddle/St Mary’s Peak
  • Seamless baggage transfers from accommodation  to accommodation
  • Outback hospitality and the comfort of luxury eco villas at Rawsley; all rooms have ensuites
  • Chef-prepared 2-course dinners
  • Excellent accommodations in stunning locations, including the Eco Villas

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2355

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 835

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 1
RAWNSLEY PARK

Start at Rawnsley Park in the late afternoon where you can relax in your villa or take a short stroll around the property. There may be time to explore the various walks around the station that are available.  Rawnsley Park Station is located right at the foot of the mountains.

Walking: Easy walking around Rawnsley Park Station/ 3km or more

Meals: Dinner at Rawnsley Park Station

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station in the Eco Villas with an ensuite

DAY 2
YANYANNA HUTS TO WILPENA POUND ON HEYSEN TRAIL

Today’s walking is characterised by a great variety of landscapes, beautiful forest and gullies, including an exploration of the beginnings of Bunyeroo Gorge. Take in great views of the Heysen Range and St Mary Peak. The Flinders Ranges is also home to more than half of South Australia’s 3100 plant species, and famous for the wildflowers that carpet the plains and foothills during spring.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / mostly flat terrain / 24km / 6 hrs

Meals: Continental breakfast, walkers lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Ikara Safari Camp in luxury safari tents with ensuites

DAY 3
ST MARY'S PEAK OUTSIDE AND INSIDE TRACK

Today’s walk is the most demanding of the week, as it involves traversing up the edge of the pound wall on a steep trail that winds back on itself again and again. But the pay off is worth it. The views back over the ABC and Heysen Range and over the pound (a huge natural amphitheatre) are unheralded. It’s worth stopping at the top to soak up the ambience. You can trace where you have walked from the trailhead at the top end of the snake-like ranges all the way back to where you stand.

Walks: Mostly moderate / 18km / 6.5 – 8hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Ikara Safari Camp in luxury safari tents with ensuites

DAY 4
WILPENA POUND VIA BRIDAL GAP TO BLACK GAP ON HEYSEN TRACK

Walking through Wilpena Pound you’ll get to really appreciate even more what this place is all about and the sheer scale of it. Continue your journey across the valley floor totally surrounded by the impressive Wilpena Pound walls. Prior to European settlement, the indigenous people hunted here. The Aboriginal word Wilpena means ‘cupped hand’. Holding tremendous cultural significance and spiritually uplifting, this is an ancient place offering unparalleled sanctuary and tranquility to disconnect from the world and reconnect with yourself. At Bridal Gap there are more astounding views to be had over the Pound and out to the Chase Range.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 11km / 4–5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station in the Eco Villas with an ensuite

DAY 5
RAWNSLEY STATION TO RAWNSLEY BLUFF

This is the last of the Flinders Ranges walks and is a fantastic way to bid farewell to the Flinders Ranges with views looking back inside Wilpena Pound and over to St Mary Peak. But its at the last lookout that will have you mesmerized. From Rawnsley Bluff you get to look out over the expansive plains below and out over the Chase and Elder Ranges to the south.  If you want a preview take a look at our website video as it features at the 35 and 45 second mark..

Walking: Moderate with one challenging steep section / 11.5km / 4–5 hrs

Meals: Continental breakfast, walkers lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte dinner at the Woolshed

Accommodation: Rawnsley Park Station in the Eco Villas with an ensuite

DAY 6
RAWNSLEY STATION END OF THE WALK

This holiday finishes in Rawnsley after breakfast. Check out is at 11am so take your time. There are superb wineries on the journey back to Adelaide at Clair, so why not build a short stay at a Clair winery or at one of the many excellent b&b’s  into your holiday.

Meals: Continental breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • All-inclusive 6 day pack free walking holiday
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • Walk with a light day pack as we shift your luggage from accommodation to accommodation
  • All meals, including chef-cooked breakfasts, walkers lunches, and a la carte two-course dinners
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s representatives on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

On this Flinders Ranges walk, you’ll stay in the award-winning Eco Villas at Rawnsley Park Station, with a fully appointed kitchen, ensuites and a lounge to relax in. At Wilpena Pound we stay in the luxury glamping tents also with ensuites. All of these private accommodations are located in inspired locations and provide a welcoming and comfortable base to rest, relax and reflect on the day’s walking.

The two-course a la carte dinners and breakfasts at Rawnsley and Ikara are prepared by their in-house chefs.

Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial walkers lunch.  More importantly, you’ll get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is varied. The 2 course a la carte dinners and cooked breakfasts are all prepared by professional chefs.

There is also a focus on regional food and wine. Good wholesome food with kangaroo and emu occasionally on the menu. The region is remote, but world-class South Australian wine and a cold lager are within easy reach. We suggest that if you like wine then bring some if you want your own pre-dinner drinks. The restaurants where you eat are licensed.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

  • DAY 1 ,4 & 5

  • DAY 2 & 3

General Info

GENERAL INFO

This holiday starts and finishes in Rawnsley Park Station. Information on transport to the Flinders Ranges is available on request.

The Flinders Ranges walks are moderate to challenging with some rough tracks, where you’ll cover shorter distances. Full day walks average about 19 km and 5-7.5 hours walking each day. The walking is over mostly flat, well-walked paths and bush tracks with some rocky sections. There are two days with steep sections. This is a great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves, however easier options are available on some days. This is a reasonably long and tough walk and we highly recommend that you incorporate a rest day.

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

WEATHER

The best time to go is April through to September as it is the best weather for hiking in the Flinders Ranges. The temperature is still very comfortable to walk in but warm clothes are necessary as the temperature drops at night. This holiday is not available over the hot summer months of December to February as it way to hot with temperatures in the high 40’s.

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

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance, particularly cancellation insurance if you are Australian for this trip. We charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s 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 about the Flinders Ranges walks., tracks or the Flinders Ranges tour as a whole, 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.

Map

MAP

Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2021 - 30 Sep 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2355

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $835
  • 1 Apr 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2355

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $835
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  1. Jennie L

    11 November, 2020 at 2:00 PM
    5

    Well organised , maps and information were great. A business that values its clients and makes booking with them a pleasure. I would certainly recommend Auswalk.

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  • Superb traditional multi-course meals for breakfast and dinner each day on the walk. Plus 6 walkers lunches
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