Itinerary: (click here for route map pdf) (click here for printable pdf)
Day 1: 7.30 am. pickup from your hotel in Adelaide, and travel 300 Klms North to Pichi Richi Pass and the historic Ghan Railway township of Quorn for lunch, visit the spectacular Warren Gorge & the Kanyaka Homestead Ruins abandoned during the Great Drought of 1864-7 convenience stop at Hawker the Hub of the Flinders Ranges and the gateway to the Outback before traveling through the Moralana Scenic Drive, one of the best in the Flinders Ranges, continuing on to the Pugilist Hill Lookout for views of the Chace Range & Wilpena Pound. Check into accommodation at Wilpena Pound Resort.
Day 2: 8.30 am. After breakfast enjoy an unforgettable 30-minute Scenic Flight around this spectacular geological formation called Wilpena Pound.
After the flight we continue our Journey to Arkaroola as we travel through the heart of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park via Bunyeroo Valley & Gorge, spectacular Brachina Gorge, picturesque Parachilna Gorge & on to the historic copper mining town of Blinman for lunch.
With abundance of wildlife in the area there is a good chance you could see Kangaroos, Euros (Wallaroos) Emus, Parrots and the graceful Wedge Tailed Eagle.
Follow the 'Dreaming Trail' as we carry on to Arkaroola via the eastern side of the Flinders Ranges across remote sheep station properties before we stop for a 4WD trek into Mt Chambers Gorge, where you can view the gallery of ancient Aboriginal Rock Engravings.
Continue on into the Gammon Ranges National Park and the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary Resort. Founded by Reg & Griselda Sprigg now operated by their children Margaret & Douglas.
Day 3:Early breakfast before joining the exclusive, world famous, Arkaroola Ridgetop Tour, travel through the creeks, valleys & over the ridges of the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, climaxing with an amazing view from Sillers lookout. After lunch, capture more memories of the flora, fauna & rugged beauty of this wondrous, ancient area. We spend the afternoon exploring Bollabollana Spring & smelter, as well as Nooldoonooldoona waterhole if we are lucky, we may find the Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies venturing down from the mountain tops to take a drink at the waterholes. At night you may wish to tour the Galaxy from one of Australia's largest privately owned astronomical observatories (at own cost).
Day 4: Return to Adelaide via Copley and Leigh Creek. After lunch at Hawker or Orroroo we continue on to Adelaide travelling to the east of the ranges through marginal farming country devastated by the 'Great Drought' of 1864-67. Visit Jamestown and the famous wine producing Clare Valley. Short stop in Clare, before arriving back at your Adelaide accommodation approximately 6 - 6.30 pm.
**Scenic flights of Arkaroola are available only by prior arrangement.
Minimum 2 persons Maximum 4 persons / vehicle (We will take 6 persons - only as one group i.e. Three couples or a family.) 4 only when passengers come from different locations.
(Please note: Itineraries may vary slightly depending on weather and road conditions)