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  • Luxury Flinders Walking Tour

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  • Birdwatching

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  • Arkaba Homestead

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  • Wilpena Pound

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  • Emus

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  • Stunning vistas

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  • Signature Swag Camp

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  • Morning tea and snacks included

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  • Gourmet dining

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  • Under the starry night sky

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  • Canapes at sunset

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  • Signature Swag Camp accommodation

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Wilpena Pound

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Luxury Flinders Walking Tour

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Birdwatching

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Arkaba Homestead

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Wilpena Pound

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Emus

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Stunning vistas

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Signature Swag Camp

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Morning tea and snacks included

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Gourmet dining

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Under the starry night sky

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Canapes at sunset

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Signature Swag Camp accommodation

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
   

4 Day Luxury Flinders Walking Tour

  • Hike Wilpena Pound & Arkaba in the Flinders Ranges
  • Enjoy meals, all-inclusive drinks & more
Includes 1-way private charter flight

Remote, wild, spectacular; the Flinders Ranges of South Australia is one of the country’s most jaw-dropping landscapes. From ancient mountain ranges to scenic riverbeds, it’s a bucket list location best experienced among the elements. On this four day / three night luxury walking tour, you can do just that, together with stunning accommodation, gourmet dining, and all-inclusive drinks.

Let the beauty, history and spirituality of the Flinders Ranges wash over you as you traverse ancient mountain ridges, hike to remote lookouts, cross scenic riverbeds and more. Start the adventure with a 1-way private charter flight from Adelaide to Hawker Airstrip, and then set off on foot to explore Wilpena Pound and the 60,000-acre Arkaba private wildlife conservancy. Enjoy two unforgettable nights at Signature Swag Camps, beneath a dazzling starry night sky, as well as a night at the historic Arkaba Homestead. Expert field guides will offer insights into the diverse landscape and wildlife, giving you greater appreciation and understanding of this important conservation area.

The once-in-a-lifetime package also includes 10 chef-prepared meals, daily snacks on the trail and canapés at sunset, as well as a wine tasting and lunch at the celebrated Clare Valley wine region. Luggage transportation between camps, as well as a support vehicle, are also provided.

Please note: A moderate level of fitness is required.

ITINERARY

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This morning check-in for your private charter flight from Adelaide General Aviation Terminal by 7:30am for an 8:00am departure. Upon arrival to Hawker Airstrip in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges, transfer to Wilpena Pound to begin the Arkaba Walk. Set off on foot on the first leg of the trail.

The distance today is approx. 13km into Wilpena Pound, crossing the flat interior and a gradual 1.5km ascent to the rim of the Pound, climbing about 200m, before a steeper descent of about 1km into the Arkaba Wilderness and Black’s Gap Signature Swag Camp. Expect to walk into camp at around 5.30pm; take a hot bush shower and enjoy a drink and canapé service, while soaking up the evening light on the Pound.

The camp is located between Bunbinyana Range and Wilpena Pound, on a site previously occupied by a shepherd in the late 1850s. His stone chimney still stands to this day and the camp overlooks the creek where he used to take his water. The guides and camp assistant will prepare a three-course camp dinner, taken al fresco under the evening sky and accompanied by fine wine and tales about Arkaba and the Ikara-Flinders area.

Retire to your deluxe swag and enjoy a night under a canopy of stars.

Overnight: Black's Gap Signature Swag Camp
Meals included: Lunch;Dinner

Today is arguably the most scenic, as you move out from Black’s Gap meandering riverbeds 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 regular sightings.

The last leg of the day will head 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 Ikara-Flinders Ranges before moving on to the foot of Elder Range passing through beautiful stands of native Cypress trees.

Your luggage and swags will have been transported by vehicle to tonight’s camp, the Elder Camp. You can expect to arrive around 5.30pm in time for a hot bush shower with a view, a 3-course dinner and another beautiful night under the stars.

Overnight: Elder Signature Swag Camp
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Wake to the glorious morning light on the Elder Range this morning. The pace will be unhurried, with plenty of time to stop for photographs, bird watching, botanizing and discussion. You will traverse multiple habitats today, and as the group moves south east, the first few kilometres will be amongst hill country at the foot of the Elder Range.

Walking through Mallee and Native Pine forests, cross Slaty Creek, which holds water well into the dry season, sometimes even offering the opportunity to drink from crystal clear, ice cold springs. Ascending up to the ridge top of the beautiful Red Range and down to the banks of the Arkaba Creek, you will have an opportunity to see the home to hundreds of magnificent River Red Gums. Enjoy strategic stops along the way for rests and a relaxing lunch, before arrival to the final destination, the tastefully restored Arkaba Homestead, in early to mid afternoon.

Experience a taste of Wild Bush Luxury with another beautifully chef-prepared three-course meal and some excellent South Australian wines in the outback setting before retiring for your final night.

Overnight: Arkaba Homestead
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Arkaba Homestead before the scenic transfer to Adelaide via the Clare Valley wine country. Drive through the historic outback towns of Quorn, Wilmington, Mount Remarkable and Melrose, all famous for their nature filled valleys and riverbeds. Lined with massive River Red Gum trees, the land around these towns is home to a multitude of native Australian animals and birds.

Head from Melrose into the beautiful Clare Valley, a region famous for its wines. You will have the opportunity to visit a winery before enjoying a beautiful lunch, incorporating local South Australian produce. From the Clare Valley continue to travel south through the Adelaide Hills, arriving at Adelaide Airport at approximately 5:00pm where the tour concludes.

Please note: Please arrange your departing flights after 6:00pm, to allow enough time for check-in. Alternatively, if you are staying on in Adelaide a drop off can be arranged to your city hotel.


Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Tour Inclusions

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  • Cross the basin and rim of Wilpena Pound natural amphitheatre
  • Hike through the 60,000-acre Arkaba Private Conservancy 
  • Stay at the signature swag camp at Black’s Gap and Elder Camp
  • Experience 2 unforgettable nights sleeping under the starry sky
  • Stay a night at the 150-year-old Arkaba Homestead 
  • Traverse the foothills of Elder Range to Elder’s Camp
  • Hike across varying landscapes including mallee and cypress forests
  • Enjoy stunning views as you journey across fiery-red ranges to Arkaba Creek
  • Marvel at the scenery as you drive through charming outback towns
  • Indulge with a wine tasting lunch in the famed Clare Valley wine region
  • 1-way private charter flight: Adelaide to Hawker Airstrip
  • 2 x nights in Signature Swag Camps
  • 1 x night at Arkaba Homestead, a Luxury Lodges of Australia property
  • All-inclusive gourmet chef-prepared meals (10 meals)
  • All-inclusive drinks including alcoholic beverages and premium South Australian wines
  • Enjoy daily snacks while on the trail
  • Indulge with a pre-dinner canapé service each evening
  • Expert Field Guides
  • Support vehicle transporting your luggage between camps
  • Complimentary hydration backpack for your use
  • Walking poles
  • Sock protectors
  • Basic toiletries
  • National Park entry fees
  • Conservation Levy with at least 2 percent going into conservation initiatives to protect Arkaba’s biodiversity for future generations
  • Day 1: Hawker Airstrip to Wilpena Pound
  • Day 4: Arkaba Homestead to Adelaide Airport

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 7th October 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller
Not available.
 
Departure Dates (2019)
August: 22, 30
September: 6, 13, 19, 20, 27
September: 12, 26 (SOLD OUT)
October: 11
October: 7 (SOLD OUT)
 
Departure Cities
Adelaide



Accommodation Used


4 star (self-rated)

Arkaba Homestead



No star rating

Black's Gap Camp

Elder Camp

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality.

 

Extra Nights
Not available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Black’s Gap and Elder Signature Swag Camp: 1 x Deluxe Swag Bed per person
Arkaba Homestead: 1 x King bed
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available.
 
Signature Swag Camps:
Each signature swag camp has five permanent swag decks. The low timber decks are slightly elevated, and each have a half metre corrugated iron screen around three sides, to give privacy – the fourth side is left open to the views over the countryside, while above you is the night sky and a canopy of stars. There is also a sheltered section of your swag deck, in the event of wind or rain. Your bed is a ‘swag’ – the bedding of choice for generations of Australian pioneers, a canvas envelope that is comfortable and waterproof, protecting you from the elements. Inside each swag will be an all season’s sleeping bag with liner. Each camp site has two waterless composting toilets – each in their own little ‘dunny’ shed and strategically located to enjoy the best of the views. Each camp has two bush showers – essentially buckets that will require filling by hand with water warmed on the fire, and equipped with taps to regulate the flow. Some special Wild Bush Luxury touches will ensure these showers will be a feature of your trip!
 
Arkaba Homestead:
The final night is spent in the comfort of Arkaba’s tastefully restored homestead, possibly the most beautiful outback property in the country, and member of Luxury Lodges of Australia. Arkaba’s rustically chic 150 year old homestead is an exclusive outback experience. As the layout of the original homestead has been retained, each room has a character of its own and has been named after early settlers, explorers or property owners. Each of the five guest rooms has its own ensuite bathroom and opens out on a shaded verandah with private views of the surrounding ranges. The décor has been hand-fashioned by wildlife artist, Rosie Woodford-Ganf. Bedheads are fashioned from recycled fence posts and fleeces, curtains tied back by gum nut tassels, lights are perched on explorers’ tripod theodolites. The Arkaba Homestead retains a real sense of history and place.



Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 10.
 
Pre-Tour Arrival
Guests are advised to overnight in Adelaide the night prior to the tour. Check-in for the private charter flight is 7:30am, with the flight departing Adelaide General Aviation Terminal at 8am, arriving into Hawker Airstrip in the Flinders Ranges at approx. 8:50am. A 45-minute road transfer will connect you to Wilpena Pound and the start of the Arkaba Walk. The Arkaba Team will be in touch to reconfirm arrangements for your Wild Bush Luxury experience on the Arkaba Walk. 



- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)



Luggage allowance for the private charted flights is 12kg per person. Please ensure you arrive to the meeting spot dressed ready for the walk.
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Flinders Ranges, South Australia:
The Flinders Ranges present a wide variety of climatic regions. As the wide variety of the plains north of Crystal Brook, the climate is temperate. Autumn, winter and spring are by far the best seasons to visit, in winter, daytime temperatures are generally mild, but the nights can be quite cold.
 
Meals:
All meals are included in the walking tour. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to. 
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, transport will be organised to move your luggage from one camp to the other and will not be on you during the day as you walk.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a moderate level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel. 
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
- Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Tipping during this tour is at the customers discretion. 
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

·   1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·   If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.