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$2,150

The Arkaba Walk – Wild Bush Luxury

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  • Walk the Flinders Ranges in style, with luxury camps on two nights and a night at Arkaba homestead
  • Three course meals and South Australian wine will be served each night

Professionally run from the beginning to the end. From the expert knowledge of our guide to the small touches at camp that made all the difference… – sunshine255060, on TripAdvisor

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THE DETAILS

$2,150 per person (plus $1,500 single supplement for a room to yourself)

Traverse the ancient landscape of the Flinders Ranges in style, walking with only a day pack and returning to established private camps each night where attention is paid to every detail. You’ll enjoy a three course camp meal and a bush shower each night before sleeping in comfort and waking to incredible views. During the day you’ll soak up the natural, Aboriginal and European history of the area, and have the opportunity to spot emus, kangaroos, wallabies, and incredible birdlife.

INCLUSIONS

  • A friendly and knowledgeable guide and camp assistant.
  • Transfers are not included but are available (by road or air) at additional cost from Port Augusta, Kangaroo Island or Adelaide (contact for details or opt in when you make your booking. Roads are sealed so no 4WD is necessary to drive yourself.
  • Accommodation – two night’s camping in deluxe swags on one of our signature star beds and one night in the 1850s Arkaba Homestead, in a Homestead Guestroom with ensuite.
  • Meals – 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners – and trail snacks
  • All drinks including premium South Australian wine
  • Support vehicle for transporting your luggage between camps
  • Suitable hydration backpack for you to use with room for your lunch, camera and items of a personal nature
  • Basic toiletries
  • National park entry fees
  • A donation to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy
  • Sock Protectors
  • Fly net

WHAT TO BRING

  • You are welcome to bring your own water bottle for use if you would prefer to the water bladders built into your day pack
  • Hiking boots offering good ankle support and are well worn in
  • Light long pants – eg zip-off leg types or shorts
  • Light wicking shirts (with SPF resommended) or light cotton shirts, preferably long sleeved
  • Camera and spare batteries (no charging facility available until you reach Arkaba Homestead on day three)
  • Wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Small personal first aid kit including blister protection and insect repellant
  • Good socks and gaters for sock protection (if walking in shorts)
  • A spare pair of shoes for wearing around camp in the evening
  • Head torch for evenings in camp, with spare batteries
  • Warm clothing for the winter months including a hat, thermals, scarf, gloves and fleece (May-August). Note: in mid-winter the nights and mornings can be very cold
  • Walking poles are optional depending on your preference
  • Wind cheater / waterproof jacket
  • Binoculars for wildlife and bird viewing
  • Swimming costume to use outdoor pool at Arkaba Homestead (in season)

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Walking time: 4 – 7 hours per day
  • Walking distance: 10 – 14 kilometres per day
  • Difficulty: A good level of fitness is required.
  • Child friendly: Not suited for children under 12.
  • Pre-walk accommodation is available at Arkaba for those who don’t want to arrive on day one of the hike (at additional cost).
  • Scenic flights over Wilpena Pound are also available at additional cost.

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ITINERARY

Day One Wilpena Pound Resort to Black’s Gap Camp – Approximately 12km, 4-5 hours
Set off on foot traversing the basin of the incredible natural amphitheatre of the Wilpena Pound before a brief ascent to the rim of the pound. From here, overlook Arkaba and the route for the next three days and then descend off the lip of the pound to Black’s Gap Camp. Our camp is located between Bunbinyana Range and Wilpena Pound, on a site previously occupied by a shepherd in the late 1850’s. 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 canopy of stars.
Day Two Black’s Gap Camp to Elder Camp – Approximately 10-14km, 6-7 hours
Day two is more challengine than day one, though argueable the most scenic as we move out from Black’s Gap Camp into the rolling hills, once suited to the sheep farming activities of the property’s past, with more open vistas. Today’s walk provides a 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 trees where you will reach Elder Camp. Enjoy a refreshing drink in front of the camp fire before a bush shower followed by three-course dinner.
Day Three Elder Camp to Arkaba Homestead – Approximately 10-14km, 6-7 hours
x Wake to the glorious morning light onto the Elder Range directly ahead and above you and after a nourishing breakfast, set out on the next leg of your journey. Moving south east, traverse mature Mallee and Native Pine forests in the hill country at the foot of the Elder Range across 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. Follow the creek up towards the beautifully restored 1850’s Arkaba Homestead for your last evening, enjoying canapes and dinner on an old wool classing table overlooking Arkaba Creek.
Day Four Arkaba Homestead
The final day begins with a leisurely breakfast at the Arkaba Homestead. You might then like to relax in the library with a book, take an optional scenic flight over Wilpena Pound or walk along the creek to the historic Arkaba Woolshed – a 6km round trip. Check out is required by 11:00am.

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