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Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 7 days walking
Accommodation
  • 2 nights luxury permanent camps
  • 2 nights homestead
  • 1 night hotel
  • 3 nights exclusive Houseboat
Meals
  • 8 Dinners
  • 9 Lunches
  • 8 Breakfasts

9 Days$5599USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: RTR

Arkaba Trip highlights


  • Both the Arkaba Walk and the Murray River Walk are Great Walks of Australia
  • Traverse the ancient and spectaclar Flinders Ranges
  • Experience both the desert and the floodplain wetlands of the Murray River
  • View local wildlife including emus, kangaroos, wallaroos, many bird species and the rare Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby
  • Climb the Headings cliffs for a magnificent sunrise over the Murray River
  • Discover a rich river heritage

The Arkaba Walk and the Murray River Walk, two Great Walks of Australia, come together to give you the opportunity to conquer both in one incredible South Australian journey. Set against the backdrop of the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound in South Australia's Flinders Ranges, the Arkaba Walk is an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds, the scale and the space of outback Australia in a style that is exclusive and authentic. Navigate dry creek beds lined with the time-honoured River Red Gums, coming across the occasional isolated springs while never losing sight of the rolling, craggy cypress pine ridged lines of the Flinders Ranges. Leave the outback behind at the spectacular floodplain wetlands of the Murray River and enjoy a gentle cruise up its meandering bends. Enjoy four days walking through ancient red gum forests and spectacular floodplain wetlands, experience nature and learn the stories of the Riverland Wetland of International Importance. This exclusively curated journey gives you access to some of the best walking country in Australia.


Meet your guide in the arrivals hall at Adelaide at 9.30am sharp on day 1. Alternatively, if you have stayed in Adelaide, you will be met in the lobby of your centrally located hotel between 09:50 and 10:00am, before hitting the open road to Arkaba. Heading north from Adelaide, you will bypass the small country towns of Virgina, Two Wells and Dublin. Keep an eye out for the imaginative collection of large sculptures along the highway, made by way of protesting the development of a waste facility in the small town. Stop for lunch on the banks of Bumbunga Lake. Following a quick break, your journey will take you past the infamous Snowtown, Redhill, Port Pirie and Port Germein before another short stop in the historic railway town of Quorn. From here, Arkaba is about an hour away, and you will arrive to Arkaba Homestead by 5pm in time to freshen up before your guided lay of the land experience and a three course meal hosted by one of Arkaba’s field guides.

Meals:  L,D

Breakfast will ensure you are sufficiently fueled and ready to explore before our 35 minute drive to our starting point. The distance today is approximately 13km, from Wilpena Resort into Wilpena Pound, crossing the interior of the Pound before the brief ascent to the rim of the Pound. From here, overlook Arkaba Station and the route for the next three days. From here, enter the Arkaba Wilderness and descend off the lip of the Pound to Black’s Gap Camp. Expect to walk into camp at the foot of Wilpena Pound at around 5.30pm, in time to settle in; take a hot shower and enjoy a cuppa or something a little stronger, while enjoying the evening light on the Pound behind camp. Our camp is located between Bunbinyana Range and Wilpena Pound, on a site previously occupied by a shepherd in the late 1850s. His stone chimney place still exists and we camp overlooking the creek where he used to take his water. Our guide and camp assistant will prepare a three-course camp dinner, taken al fresco under the evening sky and accompanied by fine wine and some interesting tales about Arkaba and the Flinders area. Turn in to our deluxe swags and enjoy a night under a canopy of stars Walking distance: approximately 13km

Meals:  B,L,D

Today’s walk covers a magnificent 14-15km of distance - again, depending on fitness and interest we will vary the route accordingly. This day is arguably the most scenic, as we move out from Black’s Gap into the rolling hills more suited to the sheep farming activities of the station, with more open vistas. The first 2km of the hike will follow the famous Heysen Trail through Black’s Gap itself. Today’s section of the walk provides fascinating insight into the pastoral history of the region, passing through areas that once were cultivated for wheat, pausing at old shepherds’ camps and mustering yards, with Red and Grey Kangaroos and emus all regular sightings. The last leg of the day will take us slightly West into the hills and up to the very base of the Elder Range among beautiful stands of Native Cypress Pine trees. Our luggage and swags will have been transported by vehicle to our new camp - Elder Camp - and we will again expect to arrive into camp around 5.30pm in time for a hot shower, a 3 course dinner and another beautiful night under the stars. Walking distance: approximately 14-15km

Meals:  B,L,D

Wake to the glorious morning light on the Elder Range directly ahead and above you. After a nourishing breakfast and pack up, set out on the next leg of the journey. Depending on the group’s fitness and ability, the day will cover a minimum of 10km – with some diversion to points of interest and lookouts, this is more likely to be around 14-15km on the day. The pace will be unhurried, with plenty of time to stop for photographs, bird watching, botanising and discussion. We will again traverse multiple habitats today, as we move south east – the first few kilometres will be amongst the hill country at the foot of the Elder Range, traversing mature Mallee and Native Pine forests as we cross Slaty Creek. This creek holds water well into the dry season and sometimes offers the opportunity to drink from crystal clear, ice cold springs. From here, we progress up to the ridge top of the beautiful Red Range before beginning our descent to Arkaba Creek. The riverbank is home to hundreds of magnificent River Red Gums, and is quite spectacular. With strategic stops along the way for rests and relaxing lunch in a shady spot, we will expect to arrive at our final destination – Arkaba homestead, in early-mid afternoon. Once again our luggage will precede us into the homestead. Enjoy a taste of wild bush luxury at Arkaba homestead: a beautifully prepared meal and some excellent South Australian wines in a quintessentially Australian outback setting before retiring for your final night. Walking distance: approximately 14-15km

Meals:  B,L,D

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Arkaba Homestead before meeting your driver and departing at 8:30am for your 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 head east through Robertson and Cadell before arriving at the Renmark Hotel with dinner at the Nanya Bistro included.

Meals:  B,L,D

You will meet your guides at the Renmark Hotel at 7:30am for a pre-walk briefing. Make your lunches and board the "cruiser" for a 14km creek cruise to the start of the walk. Our destination today is spectacular Headings Cliffs on the Murray River where your houseboat accommodation is moored. Discover the old horseshoe lagoons that are havens for waterbirds and learn about the site of the World War II internment camp during lunch on the riverbank. Cross the little creeks that feed the red gum forests and box woodlands and gently climb the sandy cliffs covered in native pine and native lilies, rising to a magnificent view of the vast Murray River floodplain. A short transfer across the river in the cruiser and you have arrived at your destination. Distance: 14km cruising, 12km walking

Meals:  B,L,D

Our destination is opposite the historic Chowilla Station Shearing Shed. Arise before the sun and walk a gentle slope to the rim of the Murray River valley for a spectacular sunrise over the valley. Marvel at the geological layers in the cliffs formed by wind, ocean, freshwater lakes and the river. Return to the houseboat for breakfast, then load your packs and depart for a wonderful day discovering Aboriginal canoe trees, dense red gum forests and small islands along the leafy Amazon Creek. Kangaroos and emus will interrupt you along the way as you finish in an old growth Box Forest where you’ll forage some saltbush leaves to flavour tomorrow’s breakfast. Cruise to your evening destination opposite Chowilla shearing shed. Distance: 10km cruising, 14km walking

Meals:  B,L,D

Our destination is the bright red cliffs of Bunyip Reach above Lock 6. Breakfast is followed by a briefing on the Murray Darling Basin before cruising to the Chowilla Creek Environmental Regulator to learn about environmental watering and new stewardship for the river. Walk along beautiful meandering Chowilla Creek and visit the proposed site of the 1960’s Chowilla Dam. Restored wetlands and waterbirds will inspire you and after lunch we traverse Bunyip Reach cliffs and capture the beauty of this landscape on route to Queens Bend Cliffs where we celebrate completing our walking journey. We cruise home to our houseboat as the late afternoon sun illuminates the cliffs. Distance: 18km cruising, 12km walking

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast you can relax on the river bank or take a self guided 2km walk along the river, before we all cruise together through Lock 6 and experience the fall in river level. We continue cruising downstream on the houseboat, enjoying fresh coffee and cake for morning tea. It’s time to reflect on our experience, marvelling at the riverscapes we’ve just walked along, before arriving at historic Wilkadene Woolshed and its innovative micro-brewery. Enjoy a tour with the head brewer before sitting down with your guides to a barbecue, prepared by your guides before saying your farewells. You will depart for Adelaide by bus and arrive at Adelaide Airport by 5pm in time for evening flights. Distance: 23km cruising, 2km walking

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners, and trail snacks
  • All beverages including beer and wine
  • 2 nights accommodation in luxury permanent camps, 2 nights in homestead, 1 night in a hotel in Renmark, 3 nights in exclusive houseboat
  • Professional walking guide and support team
  • Basic toiletries - soap and shampoo
  • A 34L day pack with hydration pack/water bottle
  • Road transfer from Adelaide on day 1, with a return vehicle transfer on day 9
  • Transport between Arkaba Station and Renmark
  • Off road transport from Arkaba Station
  • All entrance and National Park fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Walking poles on the Murray River Walk
  • Basic toiletries
  • Support vehicle for transporting your luggage between camps on Arkaba
  • All sleeping linen & 1 bath towel

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation prior and post trip
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry and postage
  • Travel insurance

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