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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.


towels, bedding (fitted sheets and duvet, pillows)
Basic toiletries - soap and shampoo
beverages - wine and beer with meals
30L day pack with inbuilt 2.5L water bladder
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
Price From
AUD $2,400
Start Location
Arkaba Station, Australia
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 8
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
20 Jun 201923 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
27 Jun 201930 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
04 Jul 201907 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
11 Jul 201914 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
18 Jul 201921 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
25 Jul 201928 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
01 Aug 201904 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
02 Aug 201905 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
08 Aug 201911 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
09 Aug 201912 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
15 Aug 201918 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
16 Aug 201919 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
22 Aug 201925 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
23 Aug 201926 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
29 Aug 201901 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
05 Sep 201908 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
06 Sep 201909 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
12 Sep 201915 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
13 Sep 201916 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
19 Sep 201922 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
20 Sep 201923 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
26 Sep 201929 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
27 Sep 201930 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
03 Oct 201906 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,400
Day 1
Meet your guide at Arkaba Homestead at 10.00am and, over a cup of tea, listen to an informative briefing and overview of what to expect over the coming days and nights. 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 12 km, from Wilpena Resort into Wilpena Pound, crossingthe 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 orient and 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 10-14km 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 5.30 pm 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 12 - 14km 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.