Flinders Ranges guided walking tours

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per person (3 Day Tour)



From: $1875 per person (5 Day Tour)

3 or 5 Day Tour Breakfast & Dinner Included All Accommodation
Walking Guide April - Oct Flexible

Wilpena Road, South Australia
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Flinders Ranges guided walking tours

Flinders by Foot 2014 Programme

Start dates for the five-day walks are: April 7th, April 28th, May 12th, June 2nd, June 16th, June 30th, September 15th, September 29th, October 13th, October 20th.

 

Start dates for the three-day walks are: April 7th, April 30th, May 14th, June 4th, June 18th, July 2nd, September 17th, October 1st, October 15th, October 22nd.

 

Flinders by Foot 2015 Programme

Start dates for the five-day walks are: April 20th, May 4th, May 11th, June 15th, July 27th, August 17th, September 14th, September 21st, October 12th.

 

Start dates for the three-day walks are: April 22nd, May 6th, May 13th, June 17th, July 29th, August 19th, September 16th, September 23rd, October 14th.

 

Trip highlights

 

  • Trekking the stunning Flinders
  • Climbing St Mary Peak (five-day walks)
  • Rawnsley Bluff at sunrise
  • Walk to Blinman Pools

 

Trip details

 

At times we will have some reasonably tough sections to climb, but the views are a fantastic reward for the effort. The longest day will be about eight hours, with a climb to the top of the 1170m-high St Mary Peak, the highest point on the mighty Wilpena Pound ramparts.
Itineraries are flexible and different walks can be substituted, depending on the fitness of the group.

 

Walks start each day from Rawnsley Park Station. Accommodation will be in comfortable holiday units (an upgrade to an Eco villa is available at extra cost), and dinners at the station’s popular Woolshed Restaurant. Continental breakfasts will be supplied in your room each morning and lunches (salad and meat rolls) will be supplied along with morning and afternoon snacks. Dietary requirements will be catered for.


What you carry


You need to have a day pack to carry your lunch, drinks, jackets, cameras, spare socks, binoculars and other personal items e.g. medications. You should carry 3 litres of water each day.


Itinerary for the five-day walks (three-day walks are days 3-5)


Day 1: Depart 7am for short drive to Wilpena Pound. Start walk to St Mary Peak (1171m) via the outside track. Morning tea will be at Tanderra Saddle before the final one-hour ascent to the peak. The views from on high are magnificent – to the west is the shimmering Lake Torrens, a vast salt pan and to the north are the Heysen Range, Bunyeroo Valley and the ABC Range. Our trek back to Wilpena is on the inside track via Cooinda Camp, the Pound floor and the historic Hill Homestead. The trek is 21.5km (7.5 to 8.5 hours) and is regarded by many walkers as the State’s best walk.

 

Day 2: Start walk from Rawnsley Park Station reception at 8am. Walk via Kangaroo Lookout and Arkapena Station to top of Chace Range (13km). Return by 4WD after champagne afternoon tea. This walk showcases Rawnsley Park Station and Arkapena Station bought two years ago by the Smith family. We make our way past a 9kw solar array which powers Rawnsley Park Station’s award-winning eco-villas. We then skirt the caravan park and briefly follow a creek bed before making our way to Kangaroo Lookout which provides stunning views of Rawnsley Bluff. The trail now runs through thick stands of native pine to Pine Cave where we will have morning tea. We then drop into Arkaba Creek to view a soak.
From here we follow the creek for about 15 minutes to its junction with Ulowdna Creek where we turn left and follow Ulowdna Creek into Arkapena Station where we stop briefly at the shearing shed. Our walk then takes us towards the Chace Range and we will stop in a creek bed at the base of the imposing range for lunch. Well-rested after lunch, we can tackle the climb to the top of the Chace Range, following a 4WD track. The effort of the climb is rewarded by the beautiful views across the plain to Wilpena Pound. A champagne afternoon tea will help you relax before the 4WD takes you back to your accommodation at Rawnsley Park Station.


Day 3: Depart Rawnsley Park reception at 7am to drive to Parachilna Gorge, an hour north. Walk to the magnificent Blinman Pools starts about 8.30am. This is a delightful walk with no climbing (12km).


Day 4: Depart Rawnsley Park reception 7.30am for the drive to Bunyeroo Valley and the Wilcolo Track. Start walk about 8.30am (9km). This delightful walk starts from the car-park on the edge of Bunyeroo Creek. We follow a narrow gorge through the ABC Range, keeping an eye out for rare yellow-footed rock wallabies. East of the little gorge the trail winds uphill and we take a spur trail to Bunyeroo Lookout which provides panoramic views of Wilpena Pound and St Mary Peak. We then head downhill and continue on through Bunyeroo Creek to the car-park. An afternoon walk to Arkaroo Rock (5km) is optional. The walk to Arkaroo Rock is easy and showcases an important Adnyamathanha art site believed to be about 5000 years old.

 

Day 5: Depart Rawnsley Park Station reception at 4.15am. Walk starts at 4.30am to top of Rawnsley Bluff to watch sun rise over Flinders. Return via Highlife Trail to a bush breakfast to celebrate the end of the tour. Return to your accommodation about 11.00am. Late checkout of 12.30pm. This is without doubt one of the best walks in the State and you’ll need to have an extra jacket for warmth. A beanie and gloves are also a good idea. The trail at first follows a creek-line before we begin a steady climb to the rim of the pound. Our head torches may reveal a euro or two. We take it slow and steady on the steepest section of the climb to a viewing area known as Lone Pine. We will stop here on the way back so you can soak up the views. The trail then takes us to the rim of the pound and the Wilpena Lookout Junction. We continue on to the bluff where there is a rock cairn built as a trigonometrical marker in 1858 by Samuel Parry. A hot tea or coffee will be offered as we wait for the first rays of sunshine to light up the Flinders. On our return we take the 1.2km return trail to the Wilpena Lookout. We then return to the rim of the pound and begin our steep descent and a diversion on to the Highlife Trail. At the end of the trail a cooked bush breakfast, tea and coffee awaits as we celebrate the end of our walks.