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Flinders Ranges Exploration - Walking Holiday

Region: South Australia // Dates: 05 - 13 May 2018 (8 nights)
Flinders Ranges Exploration Walking Holiday

Spanning 400km, the Flinders Ranges are one of Australia’s most captivating arid mountain chains. Renowned for their natural, cultural and geological significance, the 'Flinders’ are rich in cultural heritage and famed for craggy peaks, river red gums, quiet gorges and abundant wildlife. Our overland journey explores the length and breadth of this ancient part of the world. We loop back in time (1600 million years) deep into geological history. Melrose, our first stop, includes walks to nearby Alligator Gorge in Mount Remarkable National Park. At Wilpena Pound (Ikara) we confront the full majesty of the ranges via a network of backtracks and memorable walks from our base at Rawnsley Park Station. Pushing north, past the Gammon Ranges, our walks delve into the mountain labyrinth and mineral marvel that is Arkaroola. Then, crossing back west, the legendary Prairie Hotel is the base for forays into the mighty Parachilna and Brachina gorges, home to Yellow-footed rock wallabies and vivid heart of 'Heysen country’. Immersing ourselves in mid-nineteenth century we end our travels soaking up the history of Burra.

Overview

Spanning 400km, the Flinders Ranges are one of Australia’s most captivating arid mountain chains. Renowned for their natural, cultural and geological significance, the 'Flinders’ are rich in cultural heritage and famed for craggy peaks, river red gums, quiet gorges and abundant wildlife. Our overland journey explores the length and breadth of this ancient part of the world. We loop back in time (1600 million years) deep into geological history. Melrose, our first stop, includes walks to nearby Alligator Gorge in Mount Remarkable National Park. At Wilpena Pound (Ikara) we confront the full majesty of the ranges via a network of backtracks and memorable walks from our base at Rawnsley Park Station. Pushing north, past the Gammon Ranges, our walks delve into the mountain labyrinth and mineral marvel that is Arkaroola. Then, crossing back west, the legendary Prairie Hotel is the base for forays into the mighty Parachilna and Brachina gorges, home to Yellow-footed rock wallabies and vivid heart of 'Heysen country’. Immersing ourselves in mid-nineteenth century we end our travels soaking up the history of Burra.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Discover dramatic gorges & diverse wildlife in Mount Remarkable National Park
  • Wander the rim of the awe-inspiring natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound (Ikara)
  • Stay on a sheep station & relax around evening campfires
  • Walk sections of the Gammon Ranges, Mawson Plateau & Heysen Trail
  • Bushwalks around Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
  • Explore ancient geographical landscapes in Bunyeroo Valley & Brachina Gorge
  • Visit the historical village of Burra
  • Two tour leaders give a choice of varied walk options

Details

Details:

05 - 13 May 2018 (8 nights)

Twin share/person (ex/ends Adelaide)
Advanced Early Bird: A$4,150 until 24/11/2017
Early Bird: A$4,350 until 05/01/2018
Regular: A$4,650
Single Supplement: A$600
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 8 guests

Accommodation:
3-4 star motels, cabins, guesthouses with private facilities (1 night shared)

Special Interest:
Wildlife, Botanical, History, Geology

Walk Rating:
Moderate: 5 - 18km per walking day with some shorter or longer off-track options (some challenging options due to rough tracks) Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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Leader

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  • Graeme McGregor

    Graeme McGregor is a geographer with a passion for discovering our natural and cultural environments, especially through walking. Some of Graeme’s early roles include teaching and establishing and operating the Grampians Field Studies Centre near Dunkeld; planning for the Grampians and Point Nepean National Parks in Victoria, and planning or managing numerous national parks and reserves in Queensland, Northern NSW and on Kangaroo Island. Graeme is the author of many park management plans and schools’ educational material on soil conservation and land use planning. Graeme’s most recent work was with the SA National Parks and Wildlife Service on Kangaroo Island where he lived for 4½ years, finding time to discover the wonders of Kangaroo Island and other areas of SA. He now lives in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. Graeme is passionate about our natural and cultural environments and enjoys nothing more than sharing it with others. 

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