Immerse yourself in one of Australia's great walks and discover ancient outback landscapes, abundant wildlife and the chance to sleep under the stars. And your Arkaba Walk now includes a one way flight from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges with your return trip by scenic road transfer through the Clare Valley wine country.
You'll roam wild and free just like our celebrated wildlife on this all new private Arkaba Walk package in the majestic Flinders Ranges. The walk covers 45km over four glorious days through an ever-changing landscape and a private wilderness sanctuary, and the package includes transfers from Adelaide.
(Ask us about self drive options)
Adelaide to Arkaba
Make your way to General Aviation Terminal at Adelaide Airport by 07:30. Meet your private charter flight departing at 08:00 arriving Hawker 08:50. While enjoying a packed breakfast your Arkaba guide will transfer you 45 minutes by road to Wilpena Pound to begin your walk. Please make sure you arrive dressed for walking.
Arkaba Homestead to Black's Gap Camp
Set off on foot through the basin of Wilpena Pound before walking onto Arkaba's private property and descend into Black's Gap Signature Camp.
Black's Gap Camp to Elder Camp
A challenging hike through creeks and broken country approaching the foothills of the Elder Range to Elder Camp.
Elder Camp to Arkaba Heritage Homestead
Walk across varying terrain through Mallee and cypress forests before ascending the beautiful Red Range for views across the neighbouring ranges and crossing Arkaba Creek to arrive at the Arkaba Homestead.
Scenic Transfer to Adelaide
Depart Arkaba Homestead after breakfast at 08:30 for a scenic transfer through gorgeous outback towns with wine tasting and lunch in the Clare Valley. Arrive Adelaide Airport or hotel at 17:00 to meet onward flights departing from 18:00.
Your Arkaba Walk is inclusive of two night's camping in deluxe swags on one of our signature star beds and one night in the 1850s Arkaba Homestead, in a Homestead Guestroom with ensuite.
Located in some of the most scenic spots on Arkaba, our camp sites have been built to blend as seamlessly as possible with the surrounding vegetation, while providing guests with stunning views from every corner of the camp. In tune with our sustainability principles, each camp has two waterless composting toilets strategically located to enjoy the best of the views, whilst remaining discrete. Walkers will enjoy two 'bush showers' - essentially buckets that our camp assistants will fill by hand with water warmed over the fire, ready as you walk into camp, and equipped with taps to regulate the flow.
One of five timber swag decks will be bed for the night. Each are slightly elevated with 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. Each deck has been fitted with a sheltered area towards the back, where your swag beds will be placed in the event of wind or rain. Your bed itself 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 seasons sleeping bag with liner.
The final night is spent in the comfort of the Arkaba homestead, a 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 guestrooms has its own ensuite bathroom and opens out on a shaped verandah with private views of the surrounding ranges. The decor has been hand fashioned by wildlife artist, Rosie Woodford-Ganf, think bedheads fashioned from recycled fence posts and fleeces, curtains tied back by gumnut tassles and lights are perched on explorers' tripod theodolites.
Adnamatna people come from tens of thousands of years as an oral culture and this has made them wonderful story tellers.
Pauline is a living library of her ancient Adnamatna lifestyle. Born in Hawker, she spent much of her childhood on country just north of Arkaba and, like most indigenous people of a certain age, has a connection with the land that emanates from long before any European explorers or settlers appeared.
Pauline lives locally in Hawker and is one of few people who still speaks the Adnamatna language fluently. She spends a large portion of her time teaching cultural stories and language (Yura Muda) at the Hawker area school and is determined that Adnamatna stories and her culture are passed on. Her stories of the land and her personal story growing up as a person in ‘white’ Australia provide a glimpse into Australia’s Aboriginal history and the issues that confront Aboriginal society today.
Book a Wild Bush Luxury experience on the Arkaba Walk and enjoy an Adnamatna Cultural Experience with compliments (valued at $200 per person)
Travel: 01 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 ex Adelaide or Arkaba
*Subject to availability at time of booking
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