Tour ID: 10062942
This is a 4WD adventure of a lifetime. Explore the Flinders Rangers, Arkaroola and the Outback with us because it is our backyard, we know it & love it. The size and beauty of this area will take your breath away. You get to be surrounded by mountain ranges, horizons that go forever & the never-ending blue skies. For some, the highlight is the colours of the fabulous & unusual landscapes. The colours change throughout the day. We also visit a wildlife sanctuary where you get to see & learn about Australian Wildlife.
Small group eco tour ~ maximum 16 passengers
Comfortable off road vehicle!
Mambray Creek, Flinders Ranges & Gammon Ranges National Parks
Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Famous Ridge Top Tour
Outback Sheep Stations
Blinman Mine Tour
Aboriginal Art Site
The deserted Willochra Plains
Clare Valley Wine Tasting
DAY 1 Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
Leave the beautiful city of Adelaide behind and head north along the eastern sides of the Gulf
Saint Vincent & Spencer Gulf. Visit historical coastal towns and learn about South Australia’s
rich maritime history of long jetties and old sailing boats.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at Mt Remarkable National Park surrounded by 600 million year old
mountains with an abundance of native wildlife. If you enjoy bush walking we will take you on
a one hour guided walk with spectacular views over the mountain ranges and Spencer Gulf.
Continue our journey across the Flinders Ranges (one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth)
visiting the historic township of Quorn. Wander around town, say gidday to the friendly locals,
photograph the old buildings and famous railway station. Quorn was once the start of the old
Ghan Railway and has been a popular filming site for the Australian film industry since it’s
inception. Aussie greats filmed in this quintessential outback town include ‘The Shiralee’,
‘Sunday Too Far Away’, ‘The Sundowners’ and many more.
Heading out along the dirt tracks to Warren Gorge we search for the rare Yellow-footed Rock
Wallabies that live amongst the rugged rock formations in this beautiful area. Investigate old
ghost towns that are a witness and testament to the hardships of our pioneering ancestors.
You will arrive at Merna Mora Station in the late afternoon. This working sheep station is
situated on the south western side of the famous Wilpena Pound. Enjoy a delicious Aussie
barbeque then sit back and relax around the campfire. Experience the unforgettable magic of
the desert sky of the Real Australian Outback!
Overnight: Merna Mora Sheep Station
Meals: (L) (D)
DAY 2 Flinders Ranges to Arkaroola
After a hearty breakfast, we travel the spectacular Moralana Scenic Drive. This magnificent
track offers unsurpassed scenery with plenty of wildlife, including kangaroos and emus.
Continue to the Stokes Hill Lookout and be amazed by the endless vista and views of Wilpena
Pound. Soak up the clean air, savour the solitude and capture some very special photos.
After lunch at the old copper mining town of Blinman, a local mining expert will take you deep
underground. Explore some of the mine’s many shafts and be enthralled by stories of the hardy
Cornish miners who pioneered this area.
From here we head further north, deep into the real outback, through the Gammon Ranges
National Park and into the world famous Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Arkaroola is situated
in the Northern Flinders Ranges, with it’s rugged granite terrain, that is both wild and beautiful.
Optional Extra! Scenic flight over Arkaroola & the outback.
Optional Extra! Astronomy night.
Overnight: The Arkaroola Wilderness Resort
Meals: (B) (L) (D)
DAY 3 Arkaroola to Beltana Homestead
Today your experienced guide will take you on an exhilarating adventure along the world
renowned 4WD Ridge Top Tour! Buckle up and hang on as your vehicle carefully transverses
the steep terrain to the top of Sillers Hill Lookout (approximately a 4 hour return trip).
After lunch we leave Arkaroola and travel through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Gammon
Late afternoon travelling through this country can be a really special experience with dramatic
landscapes and constantly changing colours as the sun sinks into the western desert sky.
Arrive at the historic Beltana Homestead where Sir Thomas Elder and other outback legends,
founded this remote station country. Enjoy a country-cooked roast lamb dinner with all the
trimmings prepared by the stations head cook. What better way to end the day than with a
spot of star gazing? Clear skies, clean air and a star-filled sky; this is what dreams are made of!
Overnight: Beltana Station
Meals: (B) (L) (D)
DAY 4 Beltana Homestead to Rawnsley Park Station
Take advantage of the early morning light and wander around this working outback sheep
station. Explore the old woolshed (once one of the most important in the land), and the stone
monument to explorer Ernest Giles, who set out on a death-defying journey from Beltana to
Perth, Western Australia in 1875 – one of Australia’s most famous pioneering expeditions.
From the desert plains, we travel back into the mountains, through the world famous Brachina
Gorge. This is known as the Corridors Through Time, and contains geological formations that
bear a record of ancient environments and life forms belonging to a period in Earth's history
which lasted for hundreds of millions of years.This unique area attracts geologists, painters,
poets and photographers from around the globe. Nature at its very best!
Afternoon will find us at Wilpena to join our guide for a bushwalk into Wilpena Pound itself,
or just to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the Flinders Ranges.
Optional Extra! 30 minute flight over Wilpena Pound.
Overnight: Rawnsley Park Station
Meals: (B) (L) (D)
DAY 5 Flinders Ranges to Adelaide
Another highlight is a very special guided bushwalk to one of the aboriginal rock art sites. See
artwork dating back thousands of years and discover some of the mysteries of the dreamtime.
Travel south to the beautiful little township of Melrose, the first settlement in the Flinders
Ranges and relax over lunch.
As we travel through the Southern Flinders Ranges the landscape will change. We find ourselves
entering the lush rural landscapes of the south.
Last stop on this epic journey, that has taken us through some of the most amazing areas on
earth, is the famous Clare Valley for some well-deserved wine tasting.
Arrive Adelaide at approximately 6.00pm.
Meals: (B) (L) (D)
Departs Adelaide 7.30am to 8.00am from your city accommodation or the Central Bus Station.
Minimum 4 ~ Maximum 16 passengers.
All camping gear is included except a sleeping bag
Sleeping Bag Hire Available for $20
5 Days 4 Nights
No Specific Times Fri
Between 6:30am and 7:00am within the Adelaide CBD
Carry on bag
Bag for clothing (stored in trailer)
Any special medication needs you have
Toiletries including towels
Warm clothing including long sleeve tops & pants
Spending money for snacks, drinks and souvenirs
Shorts & t-shirts
Fly Nets (we stock these)
Insect Repellant, hat, sunscreen
Comfortable walking shoes
Water Bottle (1 ltr Min)
Child must be at least 7 years of age and at least 140cm tall
This is a tour into the sometimes unpredictable outback of Australia. Passengers need to bring an easy going outlook and a willingness to assist the tour guide at times. Advertised itineraries may vary due to circumstances beyond our control. No refund will be offered if SA Eco Tours are unable to achieve all locations within the itinerary.
Flinders Ranges, Arkaroola, Wilpena Pound, Clare Valley, Yourambulla Caves and Brachina Gorge
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