The Arkaba Walk
Your walk includes two nights at the 1850’s Arkaba Homestead with its five en suite bedrooms tastefully restored to reflect the property’s pioneering history and understated Australian style, plus two night’s camping in deluxe swags on their famous star beds, each located in some of the most scenic spots on Arkaba. Each camp has five permanent swag decks with one side open to the views over the countryside. Your bed is a ‘swag’ – the bedding of choice for generations of Australian pioneers, a canvas envelope that is comfy and protects you from the elements. Inside each swag will be an all seasons sleeping bag with liner. Each campsite has two waterless composting toilets and bush showers with spectacular views.
A suitable hydration daypack (with 2.5L water bladder) will also be provided, with plenty of room for your lunch, camera, and items of a personal nature. A support vehicle will transfer the remainder of your luggage between camps each day, leaving you free to explore Arkaba with only what you need for the day.
The Arkaba Walk is a ‘moderate to challenging’ walk. You will cover between 6 to 15km per day over various terrains, along creeks beds, flat plains and some steep, hilly ground with mountain scrambling over rocky surfaces. You can be walking for up to 7 hours per day with plenty of ascents and descents. Whilst you do not need previous trekking experience a good level of fitness is required.
You will love
- One of the great walks of Australia
- Outback Star Beds
- Gourmet cuisine
- Spectacular landscapes
- Birds and wildlife
- Exceptional guiding
4 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS
This example itinerary is based on the 5D|4N walking itinerary in the Flinders ranges. Please contact us for further details and set departure dates.
DAY 1 | ARKABA HOMESTEAD | 1 NIGHT
A guide will greet you in the arrivals hall at Adelaide domestic airport, or in the lobby of your city located hotel between 9:50 and 10am before hitting the open road to Arkaba.
Heading north from Adelaide, you will bypass the small country towns of Virgina, Two Wells and Dublin. After a quick break for lunch on the banks of Bumbunga Lake, your journey will take you past the infamous Snowtown, Redhill, Port Pirie and Port Germein before another short stop in the historic railway town of Quorn. From here, Arkaba is about an hour away, and you will arrive to Arkaba Homestead by 5pm in time to freshen up before your guided lay of the land experience and a three course meal hosted by one of Arkaba’s field guides.
DAY 2 | BLACK GAP CAMP | 1 NIGHT
After breakfast a short 35-minute drive will take you to the starting point. The distance today is approximately 13km through the flat interior of Wilpena Pound and a gradual 1.5km ascent to the rim of the Pound, climbing 200 metres ahead of a steeper descent of about 1km into Arkaba wilderness and Black’s Gap Signature Swag Camp.
Expect to walk into camp at around 5:30pm in time to settle in, take a hot bush shower (with a view!) and enjoy a pre-dinner drink and canapes as the sun sinks behind the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound.
Your field guide and camp assistant will prepare a three-course evening feast, taken al fresco under the evening sky and accompanied by local South Australian wine. Enjoy some interesting tales around your bush TV, the good old campfire, and retire to your swag bed for an unforgettable night under a canopy of stars.
DAY 3 | ELDER CAMP | 1 NIGHT
Today is arguably the most scenic, as you move out from Black’s Gap into the rolling hills more suited to the sheep farming activities previously carried out across the property.
The first 2km will follow the famous Heysen Trail through Black’s Gap itself revealing a fascinating insight into the pastoral history of the region, 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 you slightly west into rolling hills culminating in a sharp 1km climb of about 100m in elevation to the summit of the Red Range, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the IkaraFlinders Ranges before moving on to the foot of Elder Range.
Your luggage will have been transported by vehicle to your next signature swag camp, Elder Camp. A hot bush shower, dinner and another special night under the great Australian sky awaits.
DAY 4 | ARKABA HOMESTEAD | 1 NIGHT
Wake to the glorious morning light creeping up the Elder Range. As you move south east the first few kilometers will be amongst hill country at the foot of the Elder Range. Walking through Mallee and native pine forests, cross Slaty Creek which can hold precious water well into the dry season, sometimes even offering the opportunity to drink from clear, ice cold springs.
Ascending the Red Range and down onto the banks of the Arkaba Creek with 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, view wildlife and take photographs.
Arrive Arkaba Homestead mid afternoon and 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.
DAY 5 | END OF ITINERARY
Depart Arkaba Homestead after breakfast for a scenic transfer through gorgeous outback towns with wine tasting and lunch in the Clare Valley. Arrive Adelaide Airport or hotel at 5:00pm to meet onward flights departing from 6:30pm.
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Arkaba Homestead – Flinders Ranges, South Australia
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NEED TO KNOW
4 nights / 5 days
4 nights / 5 days
AUD $2,900 per person Twin Share
AUD $2,900 per person Twin Share
START: Adelaide, Australia | Finish: Adelaide, Australia
- Two night’s camping in deluxe swags on our signature star beds
- All gourmet meals including trail snacks
- All drinks including premium South Australian wine
- Support vehicle for transporting your luggage between camps
- Hydration backpack for your use with room for your lunch, camera and items of a personal nature
- Sock protectors
- Light Wild Rambler walking poles
- National Park Fees
- Conservation Levy
- Laundry in camp
- government taxes
One night in the Arkaba Homestead
- Domestic flights
- Travel Insurance
- Extra activities
- Items of a personal nature
Minimum – 2 walkers (to confirm the departure)
Maximum – 10 walker per departure
- Operates mid March-mid October
- Weekly departures on Wednesdays only
- Small groups between 4 – 10 people
- Up to two solo walkers will be accommodated on each trip.
- A one way private charter flight from Adelaide on arrival day can be pre-arranged
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