Your South Australian guided walking adventure begins with a short stay in Adelaide. The city centre is surrounded by parklands, whilst there are a number of peaceful beachside suburbs to explore boasting a superb cafe and restaurant scene. Enjoy two nights at either the Mayfair Hotel or Adabco Boutique Hotel in central Adelaide.
Transfer this morning from Adelaide to Arkaba Homestead, enjoying lunch enroute. Arriving in the late afternoon the staff will welcome you and provide a short orientation before an afternoon guided safari experience on the conservancy. Explore the rolling hills, gorges and valleys as guides explain the geology and history of the area. Cap off your first afternoon with a sundowner atop the ranges with views that emphasis the scale and grandeur of the South Australian outback. Return to the homestead for dinner and relax and revel in the atmosphere of an outback safari. L D
(Walking distance approx. 13-15km/5-6h)
This morning enjoy breakfast before a briefing on today’s walk along Arkaba Creek. A picturesque walk, the creek is lined by River Red Gums that provide plenty of shade. Keep an eye out for birds including galahs, parrots and several species of honeyeaters that may be sitting in the canopy. The latter section of the walk will pass through undulating hills, acacia flats and open ridgelines as you head towards the Elder Range. There are spectacular views of the surrounding ranges as you enjoy afternoon tea, and you may spot species including emu and red kangaroo. The day ends with a 3-kilometre climb over Arkaba Hill before the path descends back to the Arkaba Homestead. Depending on the time of year, take a dip in the pool or relax by the fireplace before dinner. B L D
(Walking distance approx. 13-15km/5-6h)
This morning’s walk begins with a short walk to the historic Arkaba shearing shed. Afterward, the track crosses undulating plains dotted with recovering acacia species and she-oak groves. As you walk, guides will inform you on how Arkaba’s conservation programs are helping native species recover, an essential ecological network within the South Australia’s Flinders Ranges. Birdlife you may spot along the way include babblers, native pigeons, thornbills and Wedge-tailed Eagles all common sightings. Return to the homestead for a bush-inspired late lunch. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Alternatively, you could enjoy an optional activity, such as a relaxing massage or an exciting scenic flight over the Wilpena Pound. Tonight, enjoy another mouth-watering dinner. B L D
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
(Walking distance approx. 10-12km/4-5h)
This morning’s breakfast is a little earlier before you head out by 4WD into the breathtaking ranges and valleys of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. An undoubted highlight is passing the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound – the jewel of the Flinders Ranges. Today’s walk is along the Wilcolo Track in the Bunyeroo Valley, travelling through remote sections of the national park. Guests will enjoy views of Wilpena Pound and the Heysen Ranges along the way. The path leads steadily up onto the ABC Range with views that have inspired many artists. There are plenty of chances to see both wildlife and birdlife today. Species you may come across include the Grey-fronted Honeyeater, Black Kites and small semi-arid dragon species. Keep a keen eye out for the endemic Yellow-footed Rockwallaby as you leave Bunyeroo Gorge. B L D
After one last delicious breakfast depart Arkaba for your transfer back to Adelaide. Arrive in Adelaide in the late afternoon. B L
B= Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
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After a multi-day hike there’s no better way to rest and relax than sipping a glass of wine in the countryside. The Louise in the state’s renowned Barossa Valley is the ideal spot to explore on the way back to Adelaide after your walk. With just 15 peaceful suites, this intimate property has plenty of quiet spaces. Fill your days visiting boutique winemakers, the Barossa Valley is home to over 80 cellar doors and more than 50 artisan producers. For a relaxing afternoon spend a few hours playing a round or two of boules or try your hand at a game of chess using the giant outdoor board. Boasting an evolving menu using only the freshest produce, no stay is complete without a meal at the highly acclaimed Appellation restaurant.