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Introductory to Moderate

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Activities
  • 6 days walking
Accommodation
  • 5 nights accommodation
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days$2595AUD

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Trip Code: HFG

Heysen Trail Trip highlights


  • Soak up the beauty and grandeur of the scenic Wilpena Pound
  • Visit Alligator Gorge, one of the Flinders Ranges most spectacular natural attractions
  • Animal spotting for yellow-footed rock wallaby, euro and emu plus much more local wildlife
  • Relax each evening at unique, comfortable outback accommodation with all scrumptious meals provided

Why Book With Us

  • Trek our favourite sections of the famous Heysen Trail, including the very last leg: Section 61
  • Walk with just a day pack on this fully supported trip
  • Enjoy delicious food cooked on by our experienced guides

The North Flinders Ranges offers some of the most stunning scenery in Australia as well as some of the most attractive outback properties. This newly accommodated trek includes selected walks on our favourite sections of the Heysen Trail. The Flinders Ranges offer a rolling range of majestic peaks and rugged ridges, deep gorges and endemic plants and animals.

The world class trails combine exceptional views and achievable challenges to create unforgettable walking experiences. The forests of cypress pines create an almost alpine ambiance in these semi-arid ranges with the dry climate creating ideal conditions for walking. This trip is fully supported so you can enjoy walking with just a day pack. Each evening we stay at comfortable accommodation offering both stunning scenery and the best of outback hospitality.

Activities:

Itinerary

We pick you up from your accommodation in Adelaide between 7-7:30am and drive north though South Australia’s agricultural districts to the small township of Quorn. We'll have lunch in Qourn and then travel closer to the Flinders Ranges National Park via a short walk to an Aboriginal gallery at Arkaroo Rock. We enjoy a scrumptious dinner prepared by our guides, and hear a briefing about the exciting adventures on the itinerary for tomorrow. Tonight we will stay at either the at the caravan park in Rawnsley Park Station or at the historic Willow Springs Station. Walking Distances: Arkaroo Rock 3km | Driving Time: 4-5.5 hours

Meals:  L,D

Today we walk section 57 of the famous, 1200km Heysen Trail. Beginning at scenic Black Gap Lookout, the trail takes us north-east to Bridle Gap. From here we have views across the expansive Wilpena Pound, and back towards the Elder Range. We descend into the Pound itself and follow the trail straight through the middle – an unforgettable walking experience. A variety of mallee, native pine and heath habitats within the Pound provide excellent opportunities to observe interesting local birds including wrens, robins, parrots and raptors. We meet our bus at the Wilpena Visitors Centre and transfer to our accommodation at Rawnsley Park or Willow Springs accommodation. Walking Distance: 14km | Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

The Tanderra Saddle Walk begins on the outer edges of Wilpena Pound through Sheoaks and Grass Trees. Starting from Wilpena, we trek along the 'Outside Trail' which skirts around the foothills of Wilpena Pound's northern edge. As we ascend to the top of the saddle, our reward awaits us: utterly unbeatable views in all directions of the Central Flinders Ranges, Aroona Valley, and the salt plains to the west. The Tanderra Saddle Walk is a shorter but equally rewarding section of the St Mary's Peak walk. The Adnyamathanha people of the Flinders Ranges would prefer visitors not to climb to the summi, as it is important to the Adnyamathanha creation story. A picnic lunch on the Saddle gives us time to kick back and take it all in before we begin the descent, retracing our steps to Wilpena. We return to our accommodation at the Rawnsley Park Station or Willow Springs Sheep Station and celebrate our walk with another scrumptious evening meal together. Walking Distance: 12km | Walking Time: 5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we walk the official final leg of the Heysen Trail – section 61. After breakfast we leave Willow Springs and transfer north through Brachina Gorge to the Aroona Valley. The bus drops us off in the middle of the wilderness at Aroona Hut and we set off for a full day on the trail, walking along the valley between ABC Range and Heysen Range. The day's walk is gently undulating, taking us through bird life filled vegetation and past numerous abandoned mine sites. Reaching the trail head at Parachilna Gorge, we board the bus for a short transfer to our Outback accommodation at the Prairie Hotel. Walking Distance: 17km | Walking Time: 6-7 hours | Driving Time: 2 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

We drive south through Hawker and Quorn entering Mount Remarkable National Park from the north. Our walk today is the Alligator Gorge Ring Route, one of the Flinders' regions best kept secrets and part of the Heysen Trail. This walk takes us along the full length of Alligator Gorge and through The Narrows – a peaceful gorge only a few metres wide that stretches for a couple of hundred metres. We can see ancient ripple fossils in the rocks of The Terraces, then have the option for a side trip to The Battery for views over Spenser Gulf. Tonight's accommodation is in the delightful town of Melrose. Walking Distance: 9km | Walking Time: 4 hours | Driving Time: 3 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we start our walk from the door of our accommodation. An early start allows us to trek the first part of section 43 of The Heysen Trail and summit Mount Remarkable. Heading out of town we quickly reach the National Park and begin a gradual ascent to the 961m peak. This is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the plethora of wildlife that resides in this park: the beautiful yellow-footed rock wallaby, emus, euros and wedge-tailed eagles to name just a few! From the top we gaze across the entire National Park out to Spencer Gulf – a magnificent finale to the last 6 days of Flinders walking. Our journey concludes when we drop you at your Adelaide accommodation between 5-6pm. Walking Distance: 14km | Walking Time: 5 hours | Driving Time: 3 hours

Meals:  B,L


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Snacks and hot drinks
  • Professional wilderness guide and support staff
  • 5 nights accommodation as per itinerary, usually in twin or multi share rooms in multi room cabins/cottages with shared bathroom facilities. Most bathroom facilities are separate to your cabin/cottage.
  • All entrance and national park fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Transport during the trip

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Adelaide prior and post trip
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry and postage
  • Backpacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

Accommodation


Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, altitude and the length of the trek. The Heysen Trail trek is a 6 day trek graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves 6 – 8 hours walking each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. In order to complete this trek we advise that you undertake regular three or four times a week for at least three months prior to your departure. Hill walking with a daypack is recommended.


Departure dates


Notes

H
High Season
HS
Holiday Season
Note:
High season supplement applies from 1 June to 15 August, and for any trips that overlap with a public holiday.

Total Priceper person from

$2595AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementAUD$500
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Heysen Trail and the Flinders Ranges trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

The guides will prepare and cook all of your evening meals, and cater for a wide range of dietary requirements.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.