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All about the 5 Day Flinders and Arkaroola Safari

Flinders Ranges in South Australia is one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth! Experience the unforgettable magic of the desert sky of the Real Australian Outback. The Flinders Ranges are known for their unique beauty, indigenous history, ancient geological formations, rich colours & textures and abundant wildlife. Home to a huge array of plant species, birds, reptiles and mammals, the vibrant colours of Yellow-footed rock wallaby the 800 million-year-old quartzite and limestone outcrop that is the Flinders, are truly spectacular.

On the first night on this Flinders Ranges tour, we stay at Merna Mora its a popular tourist destination in the Wilpena Pound area of the Central Flinders Ranges. Merna Mora plays a vital part in the cattle and sheep station enterprise and offers a genuine and authentic experience for those wishing to escape and witness the outback lifestyle and atmosphere.

Day 2 you will visit the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary it is in spectacular, rugged mountains of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia's remote Outback. Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is set in a privately owned, 610 sq km property, in the stunning Northern Flinders Ranges, which has unique, geological, scenic and ecological significance. Here you can experience a scenic flight over the area (optional at additional cost) Or you can enjoy plenty of hikes from the Arkaroola wilderness sanctuary a mecca for bushwalkers and nature lovers. 

Day 3 is your adventure day with Arkaroola's signature 4WD tour - an unforgettable encounter with the timeless terrain and unique natural beauty of the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Travelling in a specially constructed open-top 4WD vehicle, Ridgetop passengers are taken on a guided tour of some of the most spectacularly rugged country on earth. Trained tour guides share their knowledge of Arkaroola's 1600-million year geological history as they navigate the steep slopes and hair-raising ascents of the famous Ridgetop Track.

Inspiring images of red granite mountains and golden spinifex covered hillsides give way to a breath-taking view across the Freeling Heights, Lake Frome and the desert beyond. Take in the 360-degree panorama as you enjoy morning  tea at Sillers Lookout - a lofty pinnacle at the end of the Track.

Day 4 of your Flinders Ranges Tour explore the old woolshed (once one of the most important in the land), and the stone monument to explorer Ernest Giles, who set out on a death-defying journey from Beltana to Perth, Western Australia in 1875, one of Australia’s most famous pioneering expeditions. Then we head to Wilpena Pound for some bushwalking, trails range from the leisurely hour-long Drought Busters Trail to the 7km Wangara Lookout Hike. 

So much outback and nature to explore over the 5 days on tour you will really experience South Australia.

Your 5 Day Small Group Flinders Ranges tour includes Wilpena Pound, Southern and Northern Flinders, Arkaroola including 4WD Ridge top tour.

5 Day Flinders and Arkaroola Safari
Tour itinerary - 5 Days

  • Day 1 Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
    Commence your wilderness journey heading north via the old coastal towns of Port Wakefield and Port Germein, which boasts the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. During the safari your Tour Guide will introduce you to a remarkable and resilient history of both Aboriginal and white settlement in S.A.

    Be amazed by the beauty of the Southern Flinders Ranges, 600 million year old mountain peaks and spectacular views over Spencer Gulf. Travel through picturesque Pichi Richi Pass to the historic township of Quorn. With its typical outback buildings and the original Ghan Railway station, Quorn has been the setting for many iconic Australian films.

    Follow in the path of our early explorers driving to Warrens Gorge Conservation Park to search for rare Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies. Dramatic rock outcrops harbour these endangered wallabies with only an estimated 8,000 living in the wild. Sit back in our comfortable, fully equipped 4WD vehicle as we head along remote tracks through the deserted Willochra Plains where eagles soar and emus run free.

    Overnight: Wilpena Pound or Rawnsley Park Resort (depending on availability)
    Meals: (L) (D)
  • Day 2 Flinders Ranges to Arkaroola
    After a hearty breakfast, travel north, getting a bird’s eye view of this magnificent area from an array of scenic lookouts. Soak up the clean air, savour the solitude and be enriched by the beauty of these spectacular mountains. At Blinman, a local miner will take you deep underground into an abandoned copper mine with its many shafts, to be enthralled by stories of the hardy Cornish miners.

    Venturing into the remote outback of Australia, we will cross ancient creek beds that meander out east to Lake Frome. See the Red Sandhill country that holds thousands of years of sacred believes to the Adnyamathanha aboriginal people.
    On our way to Arkaroola’s world heritage sanctuary, see a stunning change in the landscape from the high peaks of the mighty Flinders, spectacular deserts to the ancient mountains of the Gammon Range.
    Overnight: Arkaroola Wilderness Lodge
    Meals: (B) (L) (D)
  • Day 3 Arkaroola to Beltana Homestead
    Buckle up for an exhilarating 4WD Ridge Top tour to Siller’s Lookout. Hang on as your expert guide carefully transverses steep terrain to the top. Breathtaking views as far as your eye can see are witnessed from this unique advantage point.
    After lunch take in the awe-inspiring scenery, heading out to a variety of beauty spots. Arkaroola is one of Australia’s outstanding geological “hot spots” with rocks dating back 1.6 billion years. It has natural arid landscapes, including steep ridges, red gorges and secluded waterholes.
    Overnight: Arkaroola Wilderness Lodge
    Optional Extra: Arkaroola & Lake Eyre Scenic Flights
    Meals: (B) (L) (D)
  • Day 4 Beltana Homestead to Rawnsley Park Station
    This morning travel though some of most amazing country there is to offer. Meet the locals at the Iga Warta aboriginal community with their collection of local artefacts. Enjoy a coffee at the iconic Prairie Hotel. Our local guide will drive you on a wonderful journey to the secluded and ever changing creek beds of Brachina Gorge. This is an area alive with wildlife and boasts a remarkable geological history including Ediacaran fossils. World-renowned South Australian painter, Sir Hans Heysen was inspired by this country and painted many of his landscapes here. After a scrumptious picnic lunch, immerse yourself in the ancient landscape; take that special photograph or just enjoy some of the most spectacular outback scenery there is.
    Overnight: Wilpena Pound or Rawnsley Park Resort (depending on availability)
    Meals: (B) (L) (D)
  • Day 5 Flinders Ranges to Adelaide
    Spend a relaxing morning travelling back to Adelaide along the Eastern side of the magnificent Flinders Ranges with its mighty Red Gum forests. The land will change into lush expanses of natural rural beauty as we head south. Enjoy a break in the world-famous Clare Valley wine region.
    No doubt you will leave with life-long memories to share with family and friends about your journey to the Flinders Ranges & Outback Australia.
    Optional: Self-guided early morning bushwalk following the tree-lined creek beds to Wangara Lookout. Optional Extra: Wilpena Pound Scenic Flights
    Meals: (B) (L)
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Real Aussie Says:
This is an exciting small group Eco-Adventure in the famous Flinders Ranges. Comfortable off road vehicle! Come and experience the real outback from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges. Our tour guides are qualified, professional bushmen with a passion and respect for the outback. With tours leaving every week or so, and a range of destinations and activities, we’re sure you’ll love your South Australia tour.

5 Day Flinders and Arkaroola Safari Price information AUD per person

Price

Description

Tour code: HB5DAY
  $1695
1 night camping 3 nights Cabin Non Ensuite Single
  $1495
1 night camping 3 nights cabin Double or Twin
  $1995
3 nights cabin (en-suite)/1 night cabin (non en-suite) Double or Twin
  $2150
3 nights cabin (en-suite)/1 night cabin (non en-suite) Single

Departure information

Starts

Departs: Adelaide last Friday of each month except December and January.
Pick up Time: 7.30am to 8.00am from your city accommodation or the Central Bus Station.

Ends
Adelaide


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

Luggage: Luggage should be kept to 15 kg in a soft bag or backpack with an additional day pack

Dietary: Please advise any dietary requirements or medical conditions when reconfirming reservation.

Fitness: Participants should have a good to moderate fitness level for this tour and be aware that walks often take place over uneven ground.

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