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Arkaba Walk

Set against the backdrop of the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound in South Australia's Flinders Ranges, the Arkaba Walk is an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds, the scale and the space of outback Australia in a style that is exclusive and authentic. Our bush luxury philosophy brings a team of passionate guides and a few key creature comforts to an immersive bush experience. Arkaba's skilled guides lead the small groups (maximum eight) over the 3 night/4 day walk, sharing their passion and knowledge of the landscape, geology, pioneering history and abundant wildlife, which includes emus, kangaroos, wallaroos, many bird species and the rare Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby. Walks are supported by a vehicle and staff member, who transfer all the bedding and personal gear between camps, so that walkers carry only a daypack. Evening meals draw on the finest and freshest produce, with some local bush tucker influences, accompanied by fine South Australian wines.

Inclusions

3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, and trail snacks
All beverages including beer and wine
2 nights accommodation in luxury permanent camps and 1 night in homestead
Professional walking guide and support team
Basic toiletries - soap and shampoo
30L day pack with inbuilt 2.5L water bladder
Off road transport from Arkaba Station
All entrance and National Park fees
Emergency communications and group first aid kit
Walking poles and sock protectors
Basic toiletries
Conservation Levy directly contributing to wildlife conservation programs
Support vehicle for transporting your luggage between camps
Hightlights
Arkaba Walk is a trip of the Great Walks of Australia
Traverse the ancient and spectaclar Flinders Ranges
Spend your last evening relaxing in Arkaba’s exclusive luxury lodge with panoramas of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range
Relax around the campfire, indulging in a three-course camp dinners with fine South Australian wines
View local wildlife including emus, kangaroos, wallaroos, many bird species and the rare Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
4
Price From
AUD $2,400
Start Location
Arkaba Station, Australia
End Location
Australia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 10
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
19 Mar 202022 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
20 Mar 202023 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
26 Mar 202029 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
27 Mar 202030 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
02 Apr 202005 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
03 Apr 202006 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
09 Apr 202012 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
10 Apr 202013 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
16 Apr 202019 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
17 Apr 202020 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
23 Apr 202026 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
24 Apr 202027 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
30 Apr 202003 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
01 May 202004 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
07 May 202010 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
08 May 202011 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
14 May 202017 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
15 May 202018 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
21 May 202024 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
22 May 202025 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
28 May 202031 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
29 May 202001 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
04 Jun 202007 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
11 Jun 202014 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
18 Jun 202021 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
25 Jun 202028 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
02 Jul 202005 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
09 Jul 202012 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
16 Jul 202019 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
23 Jul 202026 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
30 Jul 202002 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
06 Aug 202009 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
07 Aug 202010 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
13 Aug 202016 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
14 Aug 202017 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
20 Aug 202023 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
21 Aug 202024 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
27 Aug 202030 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
28 Aug 202031 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
03 Sep 202006 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
04 Sep 202007 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
10 Sep 202013 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
11 Sep 202014 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
17 Sep 202020 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
18 Sep 202021 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
24 Sep 202027 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
25 Sep 202028 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
01 Oct 202004 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
02 Oct 202005 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
08 Oct 202011 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
09 Oct 202012 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,400
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Meet your guide at Arkaba Homestead at 8.00am and, over a cup of tea, listen to an informative briefing and overview of what to expect over the coming days and nights. Please arrive dressed to walk. Depart by road for the 35 minute drive to our starting point at Wilpena Pound Resort and set off on foot, on the first leg of the trail. The distance today is approximately 13km, from Wilpena Resort into Wilpena Pound, crossing the interior of the Pound before the brief ascent to the rim of the Pound. From here, overlook Arkaba Station and the route for the next three days. From here, enter the Arkaba Wilderness and descend off the lip of the Pound to Black’s Gap Camp. Expect to walk into camp at the foot of Wilpena Pound at around 5.30pm, in time to settle in; take a hot shower and enjoy a cuppa or something a little stronger, while enjoying the evening light on the Pound behind camp. Our camp is located between Bunbinyana Range and Wilpena Pound, on a site previously occupied by a shepherd in the late 1850s. His stone chimney place still exists and we camp overlooking the creek where he used to take his water. Our guide and camp assistant will prepare a three-course camp dinner, taken al fresco under the evening sky and accompanied by fine wine and some interesting tales about Arkaba and the Flinders area. Turn in to our deluxe swags and enjoy a night under a canopy of stars
Day 2
Today’s walk covers a magnificent 14-15km of distance - again, depending on fitness and interest we will vary the route accordingly. This day is arguably the most scenic, as we move out from Black’s Gap into the rolling hills more suited to the sheep farming activities of the station, with more open vistas. The first 2km of the hike will follow the famous Heysen Trail through Black’s Gap itself. Today’s section of the walk provides fascinating insight into the pastoral history of the region, passing through areas that once were cultivated for wheat, pausing at old shepherds’ camps and mustering yards, with Red and Grey Kangaroos and emus all regular sightings. The last leg of the day will take us slightly West into the hills and up to the very base of the Elder Range among beautiful stands of Native Cypress Pine trees. Our luggage and swags will have been transported by vehicle to our new camp - Elder Camp - and we will again expect to arrive into camp around 5.30pm in time for a hot shower, a 3 course dinner and another beautiful night under the stars.
Day 3
Wake to the glorious morning light on the Elder Range directly ahead and above you. After a nourishing breakfast and pack up, set out on the next leg of the journey. Depending on the group’s fitness and ability, the day will cover a minimum of 10km – with some diversion to points of interest and lookouts, this is more likely to be around 14-15km on the day. The pace will be unhurried, with plenty of time to stop for photographs, bird watching, botanising and discussion. We will again traverse multiple habitats today, as we move south east – the first few kilometres will be amongst the hill country at the foot of the Elder Range, traversing mature Mallee and Native Pine forests as we cross Slaty Creek. This creek holds water well into the dry season and sometimes offers the opportunity to drink from crystal clear, ice cold springs. From here, we progress up to the ridge top of the beautiful Red Range before beginning our descent to Arkaba Creek. The riverbank is home to hundreds of magnificent River Red Gums, and is quite spectacular. With strategic stops along the way for rests and relaxing lunch in a shady spot, we will expect to arrive at our final destination – Arkaba homestead, in early-mid afternoon. Once again our luggage will precede us into the homestead. Enjoy a taste of wild bush luxury at Arkaba homestead: a beautifully prepared meal and some excellent South Australian wines in a quintessentially Australian outback setting before retiring for your final night.
Day 4
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Arkaba Homestead and a few options to fill your morning. You might like to relax in the library with a book or take the opportunity to book an optional scenic flight for an aerial view over Wilpena Pound. There is also the option of a self-guided walk along the creek to the historic Arkaba Woolshed. The walk is 6km round trip and is also possible by vehicle for those who are interested. Still to this day you will find names etched on the stone wall of shearers gone, dating from today right back to the late 1800s. Check out is required by 11:00am.