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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

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
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 $2,200
Start Location
Arkaba Station, Australia
End Location
Australia
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 8
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
21 Jun 201824 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
28 Jun 201801 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
05 Jul 201808 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
12 Jul 201815 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
19 Jul 201822 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
26 Jul 201829 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
02 Aug 201805 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
09 Aug 201812 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
16 Aug 201819 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
23 Aug 201826 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
30 Aug 201802 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
06 Sep 201809 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
13 Sep 201816 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
20 Sep 201823 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
27 Sep 201830 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
04 Oct 201807 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
11 Oct 201814 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
18 Oct 201821 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
25 Oct 201828 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
01 Nov 201804 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
08 Nov 201811 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
15 Nov 201818 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
22 Nov 201825 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
29 Nov 201802 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,200
ItineraryExpand
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.