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.
This morning, our guides will meet you in the foyer of The Chancellor on Currie, 18 Currie St, Adelaide at 7.00am. We have almost 500km to cover to reach Rawnsley Park Station – we will break up the drive with a short walk along the way. We take a break at Mambray Creek, part of the Mount Remarkable National Park, for an easy 2.5 km hike on the Davey’s Gully track. This grade one walk allows us to meander amongst ancient River Red Gums and native pine forests, providing some spectacular views across the Spencer Gulf to the Eyre Peninsula. We can also explore the remnants of the old Baroota Homestead and cemetery, and witness some of the 117 bird species have been recorded in this area. Following lunch here, we drive 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 toward Rawnsley Bluff and the nearby ranges. Enjoy some time to settle in, before dining at the charming Woolshed Restaurant, which features local produce. Dinner is accompanied by local South Australian wines from the Southern Flinders and Clare Valley regions.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before enjoying a scenic drive from our accommodation to start our walk. Today 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 magnificently serene rocky gorge is lined with River Red Gums and provides opportunities for viewing native wildlife, as well as highlighting specific geological features at regular intervals. Following lunch, we drive further north and then west, to visit an equally spectacular gorge. Brachina Gorge features a winding riverbed and an abundance of geological formations to marvel at, including spectacular ridges of quartzite. This gorge is home to one of the few remaining colonies of the rare and beautiful Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies, which can often be seen basking on the rocky outcrops or nibbling at the native grasses.
After an outback cuppa, relax and enjoy the drive back to Rawnsley Park Station, taking in some amazing outlooks along the way. Back at your accommodation, there’s time to relax or take a refreshing dip in the pool, before indulging 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, cruising along the spectacularly beautiful Moralana Scenic Drive. Today’s walk offers remarkable views from the southern perimeter of the crater-like Wilpena Pound and forms part of the 1200km Heysen Trail. Our walk begins from the Black Gap Carpark, and initially climbs approximately 300m over about 3km to Bridle Gap, offering spectacular views of the ancient mountain ranges and the surrounding landscape. From here, we descend to traverse a section of the internal floor of the Pound, wandering through forests of huge River Red Gums and Native Cypress Pines.
We break at Hills Homestead, located inside the Pound, the history of which is a firm reminder of the historical hardships encountered in these remote regions. We follow the picturesque Wilpena Creek out of the Pound to finish at the Visitor 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 Restaurant, featuring modern cuisine from paddock to plate and SA wines.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we head out on our walk, which begins back at the Wilpena Pound Visitor Centre. Our walk takes us up to Tanderra Saddle, one of the iconic walks of the Flinders Ranges, and includes most of the longer and more challenging St Mary Peak Hike. The traditional custodians of this region, the Adnyamathanha people request that visitors do not climb St Marys Peak due to its significance in their creation stories, therefore in respect, we only travel as far as the saddle below.
The hike begins as a gentle undulating climb through native forests, and as the elevation increases over the second half of the morning, you are rewarded with spectacular views of the Pound, the surrounding salt lakes and St Marys Peak itself. From the saddle, you will be able to appreciate the immense size of the Pound and the surrounding Heysen and ABC ranges.
Afterwards, we return to our accommodation and enjoy a superb dinner in the Woolshed Restaurant with local wines; the end of another remarkable day.
Guest have the option to sit out any day’s walk and relax at Rawnsley Park Station.
This walk includes some challenging sections, climbing the more south-easterly aspect of the Wilpena Pound escarpment, and delivering stunning views both into the Pound and south to nearby ranges. After breakfast, we start our walk from Rawnsley Park Station itself, climbing gradually to begin and then taking our time to navigate the steeper sections we encounter along the way. There are several spectacular lookout points, allowing uninterrupted enjoyment of breathtaking vistas – a photographer’s paradise!! This afternoon you can enjoy a Helicopter flight over Wilpena Pound to get a birds-eye view of this immense rocky formation. Tonight, we return to the Woolshed Restaurant for our final dinner together, to chat about the day’s adventures, enjoying a superb dinner accompanied by local wines once again.
Enjoy breakfast before farewelling Rawnsley Park Station and heading back towards Adelaide. Along the way, we will again enjoy a short walk in the Mount Remarkable National Park, this time on the eastern side at Alligator Gorge, a hidden gem of the Southern Flinders Ranges. Towering cliffs of visually striking pink and white ABC quartzite provide a stunning corridor along which to amble, and we will likely see and hear many bird varieties if we are quiet. We will also take a short side-trip to visit a series of rocky platforms known as The Terraces, which highlight the impact of long-receded oceans and intermittent waterways. From here, we drive to Adelaide, arriving back in the city at approximately 6.30pm, marking the end of a remarkable journey together.
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