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Flinders Ranges Exploration - Walking Holiday

Region: South Australia // Dates: 10 - 18 October 2020 (8 nights)
Flinders Ranges Exploration Walking Holiday

Spanning 400km and extending into Australia's Outback, the Flinders Ranges are South Australia's most ancient and captivating arid mountain chains. Renowned for their natural, cultural and geological significance, the 'Flinders' are rich in heritage and famed for craggy peaks, majestic river red gums, quiet gorges and abundant wildlife. Our overland journey from Adelaide explores the highlights of this ancient part of the world. We loop back in time, deep into geological history, focussing on the Edicara Period, a time when animal life was just beginning. We begin with a short walk in the spectacular Alligator Gorge, part of Mount Remarkable National Park. After stopping in Quorn, the legendary Prairie Hotel at Parachilna is our base for forays into the mighty Parachilna and Brachina gorges at the northern end of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. This is home to Yellow-footed rock wallabies and the vivid heart of 'Heysen country" where we will compare today's landscapes to those captured on canvas by Heysen. At Wilpena Pound (Ikara) we confront the full majesty of the ranges via a network of memorable walks from our base at Rawnsley Park Station. While walking is the main focus of this tour we will also take the opportunity to explore the scenery along the iconic Bunyeroo Valley and Moralana Scenic Drives. On our return drive to Adelaide, we stop overnight in the historical village of Burra.

Overview

Spanning 400km and extending into Australia's Outback, the Flinders Ranges are South Australia's most ancient and captivating arid mountain chains. Renowned for their natural, cultural and geological significance, the 'Flinders' are rich in heritage and famed for craggy peaks, majestic river red gums, quiet gorges and abundant wildlife. Our overland journey from Adelaide explores the highlights of this ancient part of the world. We loop back in time, deep into geological history, focussing on the Edicara Period, a time when animal life was just beginning. We begin with a short walk in the spectacular Alligator Gorge, part of Mount Remarkable National Park. After stopping in Quorn, the legendary Prairie Hotel at Parachilna is our base for forays into the mighty Parachilna and Brachina gorges at the northern end of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. This is home to Yellow-footed rock wallabies and the vivid heart of 'Heysen country" where we will compare today's landscapes to those captured on canvas by Heysen. At Wilpena Pound (Ikara) we confront the full majesty of the ranges via a network of memorable walks from our base at Rawnsley Park Station. While walking is the main focus of this tour we will also take the opportunity to explore the scenery along the iconic Bunyeroo Valley and Moralana Scenic Drives. On our return drive to Adelaide, we stop overnight in the historical village of Burra.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Discover the dramatic gorges of Mount Remarkable National Park
  • Take 6 days to explore one of South Australia's most iconic destinations, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
  • Marvel at the landscapes that so inspired artist, Hans Heysen
  • Discover the wildlife of this remote region, including the Yellow-footed rock wallaby & the majestic wedge-tailed eagle
  • Walk in the ancient geographical landscapes of Bunyeroo Valley, Parachilna Gorge, Aroona Valley & Brachina Gorge
  • Explore sections of the Heysen Trail
  • Wander the rim of the awe-inspiring natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound (Ikara)
  • Two tour leaders provide a variety of walking options

Details

Details:

10 - 18 October 2020 (8 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Adelaide)
Advanced Early Bird: A$4,850 until 17/02/2020
Regular: A$5,350
Single Supplement: A$650
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.

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  • Quentin Chester
    Quentin Chester is an accomplished traveller, writer and guide. A regular contributor to Australian Geographic since 1986, he’s also been a mainstay at Wild magazine with his long-running column ‘The Wild Life’. In the 1990’s he and Alasdair McGregor co-authored two landmark books, The Kimberley: Horizons of Stone and Australia’s Wild Islands. Other books include three volumes of wilderness-inspired essays. Quentin has a diverse background as an outdoor guide and interpreter with stints leading Himalayan treks, Kimberly cruises and nature-based tours in Flinders Ranges and on Kangaroo Island.  A confirmed islophile, Quentin grew up with the granite outliers off South Australia’s Encounter Bay. In the 1980s he spent eight years living on Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River. Since 2009 he’s called the eastern shores of Kangaroo Island home, where he also guides at Cape Willoughby’s lighthouse. Now also an award-winning photographer, Quentin’s work is widely published in magazine features. His fine-art images are exhibited on KI and in Adelaide.
  • 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 New South Wales 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 South Australia 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 South Australia. He now lives in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Graeme is passionate about our natural and cultural environments and enjoys nothing more than sharing it with others. 

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