Discover the best of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park and Elder Ranges with unforgettable nights sleeping under the stars on the Original Arkaba Walk
The Original Arkaba Walk offers a chance to discover the best of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park including Wilpena Pound, as well as the unique Arkaba conservancy and Elder Ranges. This moderately graded small group walk runs with a maximum of 10 guests per departure and includes two nights at the Arkaba Homestead* plus two nights of swag camping. With the opportunity to sleep like generations of Australian pioneers did, under a canopy of stars in your swag bedding, you will love this quintessential Australian experience.
From AUD$3500 per person (twin share)
- Two nights of swag camping at Arkaba's eco-camps and both the first and final night at Arkaba Homestead
- Three full days of guided walking on Ikara-Flinders Ranges and Arkaba conservancy
- Full board including breakfast, lunch, dinner, trail snacks, beverages & local South Australian wine
Transfers from Adelaide and additional nights at the Homestead are available at cost; please contact us for options.
An alternative 'Lodge-based' Arkaba Walk is also available on select dates.
Upon arrival at Arkaba in the afternoon, enjoy a guided safari drive taking in views of the Elder and Flinders Ranges, valleys and creeklines, and the many native inhabitants of this 60,000 acre conservancy. You'll be sure to spot emus and kangaroos, and your afternoon will be capped off with a sundowner drink on top of the ranges with views of the outback laid out for miles around. Enjoy dinner shared with your fellow guests and hosted by one of Arkaba's field guides under the outback sky before a restful night's sleep in the beautifully restored 1850s Arkaba Homestead.
After a substantial breakfast, the day begins with a walk through the flat interior of Wilpena Pound with a gradual ascent to the rim. Climb a steeper descent into Arkaba wilderness to arrive at Black’s Gap Signature Swag Camp. Enjoy a well-earned hot bush shower with a view before pre-dinner drinks and canapes as the sun sinks behind the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound. The 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. Your field guide prepares a three-course evening feast, taken al fresco under the evening sky and accompanied by local South Australian wine. Enjoy some interesting tales around tonight's campfire, and retire to your swag bed for an unforgettable night under a canopy of stars. Walking on Day 2 covers approximately 13km (5-6 hours).
Included: B - L - D
Arguably the most spectacular day moving into the rolling hills, initially we follow the famous Heysen Trail through Black’s Gap revealing a fascinating insight into the pastoral history of the region, pausing at old shepherds’ camps and mustering yards, with many sightings of local Red and Grey Kangaroos and Emus that inhabit the area. The last leg of the day will take us to the summit of the Red Range where your reward awaits - panoramic views of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges. Between here and your camp for the night, pass through beautiful stands of native Cypress trees before arriving at the foot of the Elder Range. Enjoy yet another special night under the great Australian sky. Your walk today covers approximately 14-15km (6-7 hours).
Included: B - L - D
Wake to the glorious morning light creeping up over the Elder Range. Today's walk starts through Mallee and native pine forests with a crossing at Slaty Creek to ascend the Red Range and down onto the banks of Arkaba Creek. Shady and picturesque lined River Red Gums offer plenty of opportunities to spot birds that commune in the canopy, including galahs, parrots and honeyeater species. The pace is unhurried with time to stop and breathe in the outback and view the surrounding wildlife. Arrive at Arkaba Homestead mid-afternoon with time to relax or perhaps partake in a massage or a scenic flight over the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound. This evening enjoy a hosted feast and guided viewing of the Southern Hemisphere’s clearest skies silhouetted against mountains half a billion years in the making. The Day 4 walk covers approximately 14–15km (6–7 hours).
Included: B - L - D
After a leisurely breakfast, you have a little time to make the most of your final day in the region. Options include a swim at the poolside or recline by the stone fireplace with a book; take a stroll along Arkaba Creek or you might retreat into nature at Arkaba’s hide. Bid farewell to your guide and fellow guests as you depart Arkaba late morning.
March to October
Departs weekly on a Thursday (with some ad-hoc additional departures available)
Select departure times
Food, staff and accommodation were 10/10
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