The Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia is a stunning land of contrasts with its striking centre the enormous crater-like amphitheatre known as Wilpena Pound 83sq km in overall land area. This ancient and dramatic landscape features spectacular rocky gorges, towering cliffs, impressive fossil remains and red weathered peaks over 600 million years old. This tour has been carefully designed to showcase the highlights and the best walks of the Flinders Ranges including Wilpena Pound, part of the Heysen Trail, Brachina Gorge as well as giving guests the opportunity to learn about the Flinders Ranges epic geological story.
A Pack Free Walking Holiday
We have designed this walking holiday so you can enjoy the scenery without the heavy burden of carrying your clothes or a heavy pack. Walk with as little as your camera, lunch and water each day and we will take care of your bags being transported to your accommodation.
Luxury Eco Villas with Wilpena Pound it’s a stunning backdrop
Our guests will enjoy six nights in Luxury Eco Villa’s at Rawnsley Park Station. Relax on your private verandah with breathtaking views of Wilpena Pound. These villas have been designed to complement the natural environment with many sustainable design features. We stay in 2 bedrooms villas each room has their own bathroom.
The Wow Factor – an amazing helicopter flight over Wilpena Pound
Our guests will enjoy a spectacular helicopter flight over the enormous Wilpena Pound. This is is the only way to get an appreciation of the sheer magnitude and size of this amazing crater like formation. An experience you will remember forever.
Local produce perfectly matched with local wine
Enjoy dinners at the properties charming Woolshed Restaurant. Guests will enjoy a real paddock to plate experience, with Rawnsley Park own lamb available on the menu, as well as a range of stunning modern a la carte dining. Dinners will be accompanied by local South Australian wines from the nearby Southern Flinders and Clare Valley wine growing region.
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 8 people.
Larger groups can be organised staying in a nearby property.
We are very proud of our talented team of guides. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative.
Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive and once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. You won’t need to keep putting your hand in your pocket to pay for additional items not included in the tour. Your meals, wine, activities are all included, there’s even no charge for credit card fees when booking.
Photos courtesy of South Australia Tourism.
Book your flights to arrive in Adelaide the night prior.
The morning of day one our guests will meet our guides at the Grand Chancellor Adelaide at 7.00am for departure. Today we have a fair distance to cover to reach our accommodation, but along the way we will stop for a short walk to break up the drive where we can also enjoy lunch.. (Alternatively our guests can fly directly from Adelaide to Rawnsley Park and return at the end of the walk, avoiding a 5 hours drive each way – see our 5 day itinerary for full details). We head to Mount Remarkable National Park for a 3km walk to Mambray Creek. This is an easy grade one walk which explores both the natural environment and the remnants of the old Baroota homestead and cemetery. Meander amongst ancient red river gums and native pine forest. Some 117 bird species have been recorded in this area. Afterwards, we head to our accommodation at the superb Rawnsley Park Station, nestled at the foot of the giant crater-like Wilpena Pound. Rawnsley Park is a 12,000-hectare working sheep station and our guests will stay in luxury eco villas with stunning views from your verandah over Wilpena Pound. Enjoy time to settle in, before dinner at the charming Woolshed Restaurant featuring local produce. Dinner is accompanied by local South Australian wine from the Southern Flinders and Clare Valley.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out from our accommodation to start our walk. Today’s is a great introductory walk to the amazing Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park a 600 million-year-old landscape. Our walk skirts along the charming Bunyeroo Creek, a watercourse that is often dry but remarkably passes right through the rugged Heysen Range forming Bunyeroo Gorge. This magnificent serene rocky gorge is surrounded by river gums and provides great opportunities for viewing the native wildlife such as the rare Yellow-footed rock wallaby. Afterwards, enjoy our drive back to Rawnsley Park taking in some amazing lookouts along the way. With some free time to relax at our accommodation or take a dip in the pool to refresh. Tonight indulge in a sensational dinner in the Woolshed Restaurant accompanied by wonderful wines from South Australia.
Enjoy a lovely breakfast before transferring to the start of our walk. Today’s walk offers remarkable views from the southern perimeter of the crater like the formation of Wilpena Pound and forms part of the 1200km Heysen Trail. Our walk starts from Black Gap and heads to Bridle Gap which offers spectacular views of the ancient mountain ranges. From here we descend to a picturesque creek walk through forests of pretty red river gums, finishing at the Wilpena Pound Visitor’s Centre. Afterwards, we return to our accommodation where you can relax on your verandah and take in the spectacular views. Enjoy dinner and wine tonight in the Woolshed Hotel featuring modern cuisine from paddock to plate!
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we head out on our walk. Today our walk takes us to Tanderra Saddle one of the iconic walks of the Flinders Ranges. This walk is a shorter section of the 9-hour steep St Mary Peak hike, but just as rewarding as if offers spectacular views. The hike begins climbing through forests and as the elevation increases you are rewarded with a spectacular view of the Pound, salt lakes and St Marys Peak. From the top of the saddle, you will be able to appreciate the huge size of the pound and the surrounding Heysen and ABC ranges. Please note the indigenous Adnyamathanha people request that visitors do not climb St Marys Peak, therefore in respect, we only travel to the Tanderra Saddle below. Afterwards, we return to our accommodation and enjoy a superb dinner in the Woolshed Restaurant with local wines. The end of another remarkable day.
After breakfast, we head out on our next walking adventure. Today’s walk takes us to Brachina Gorge with its spectacular ridges of quartzite. Walk into the Aroona Valley. See some ruins of a historic homestead and out onto a ridgeline that offers extensive views over the central Flinders Ranges. Brachina Gorge is extremely picturesque with winding river beds and an abundance of geological formations to marvel at. This gorge is home to the Yellow-footed rock wallabies in Australia which can often be seen basking on the rocky outcrops.
Guest have the option to sit out any day’s walk and relax at Rawnsley Park Station.
This walk is a challenging climb to the Wilpena Pound escarpment. but delivers spectacular views into the Pound and south to Chace Range. We start our walk following the creek bed before gradually climbing to Lone Pine Lookout and Rawnsley Bluff. With breathtaking views of inside Wilpena Pound as the distant mountain ranges, this walk is a photographer’s paradise. This afternoon enjoy a helicopter flight over Wilpena Pound to get a birds-eye view of this immense rocky crater. Tonight we return to the Woolshed restaurant to chat about the day’s adventures enjoying a superb dinner with local wines.
Enjoy breakfast before farewelling Rawnsley Park Station. Today we head back to Adelaide on the way we enjoy a short walk to Alligator Gorge. Along the way, you will view a gorge known as the Narrows which is striking rocky walls and the Terraces a series of rocky platforms that the creek flows down. From here we drive back to Adelaide, arriving at approximately 6.30pm. The end of a remarkable journey.
We run several tours from August to October and April to May every year. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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|4 November 2020||Available|
|26 April 2021||Available|
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