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Ikara - Flinders Ranges Walk - 5 Days

Be captivated by the magnificent Ikara-Flinders Ranges region – 5-days, guided walk

Past customers & private groups can save up to 10% – details here!
Female twin share available on 30 Aug departure.

“Landscape and views were sensational. Grading of walks was true, and guides were highly knowledgeable of region, history, fauna and flora and also very caring, helpful and patient. Food was fresh, plentiful, tasty and healthy. Highly recommended!” – Harry, August 2023

Discover the awe-inspiring wonders of Ikara-Flinders Ranges with Park Trek’s 5-day walking tour – an immersive experience designed to enrich your soul. Immerse yourself in the soft morning light and gentle evening glow of this near-outback destination, where culture and landscape intertwine seamlessly.

Our iconic trek, tailored for varying fitness levels, covers 40km over 5 days, offering a perfect blend of nature and culture. Traverse ranges, gorges, and valleys with just a daypack, exploring South Australia’s largest mountain range and parts of the Heysen and Mawson Trails. Encounter diverse history and flora and fauna, including iconic spots like Wilpena Pound, Mount Remarkable National Park, Flinders Ranges Way, Blinman and Alligator Gorge.

Stay in comfort at Rawnsley Park Station for 4 nights, where evenings become a tapestry of shared stories amid Ikara-Flinders’ breathtaking backdrop. Uncover the secrets of Adnyamathanha culture and history during a visit to Wadna. Come, join us on a journey that transcends a walk – it’s an immersion into the captivating Ikara-Flinders region. Book your unforgettable experience now.

5 days
Grade 2 – 4
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Our Tours Are All Inclusive!

  • Small group (10 or less), daypack only walking tour with magnificent walks and sightseeing.
  • Daily guided walks curated to immerse you in the region’s unique landscape, culture, history, flora and fauna. Highlights include Mount Remarkable, Wilpena Pound, Alligator and Brachina Gorges and an authentic guided tour with Wadna.
  • Two Park Trek guides who are experienced, accredited and safety gear equipped. Our guides play a versatile role ensuring a seamless and enriching tour experience, they are our story tellers, our chefs, and our legends in the field!
  • Return transport ex-Adelaide, and all tour transfers in our comfortable 12-seater mini-coach with luggage trailer.
  • 4 nights comfortable twin-share accommodation (limited single supplements at additional cost), with ensuites if available and sustainably provided.
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 two-course dinners, plus trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit, snacks, tea and coffee, biscuits / cake and non-alcoholic drinks throughout.
  • Entry to Wadna with a guided tour of ancient sites.
  • All National Park entry fees.
  • Carbon offset program per our sustainability principles.

DAY 1 – Adelaide – Death Rock – Kanyaka Ruins – Rawnsley Park Station

Distance: 3.5km, 1.5hrs walking approx.
Grade: 2 Easy

We depart Adelaide at around 7:30am headed north towards Ikara-Flinders Ranges via the stunning Clare Valley wine region. On the way we generally stop at Auburn for morning tea and a tour briefing. We then continue north to the charming historic town of Quorn for lunch.

From here, we make our way to our first walk location, Death Rock and Kanyaka Station Ruins. This is a relatively short walk, however the 7-meter-high quartzite rock and spring fed waterhole are an impressive site, rich with Aboriginal significance, this site sets the scene for the days to come. Additionally, the remnants of the station offer a compelling narrative of their own historical legacy.

After our walk we will continue on to our place of stay at Rawnsley Park Station. We unpack and relax, and nibbles are served by the campfire followed by a two-course dinner prepared by your guides. Overnight accommodation at Rawnsley Park.

Meals: Lunch and dinner

DAY 2 – Heysen Trail – Black Gap to Wilpena Pound

Distance: 12km, 6hrs walking approx.
Grade: 3 – 4 Moderate to hard

After breakfast and lunch making we travel along the Morolana Scenic Drive, where we pass through magnificent River Red Gum woodland, the habitat of many kangaroos, euros and emus, all with the spectacular Ikara-Flinders Ranges as a backdrop.

We begin our walk on the famous Heysen Trail, leading us into Wilpena Pound. This is one of the very special sections of the Trail, starting with a pretty creek walk through Black Gap, before climbing a section of the Pound Wall to Bridle Gap. Spectacular views of the Elder Range are revealed to the west as we walk.

We walk along the floor of the Wilpena Pound and pause for lunch at Hills Homestead to gain a better understanding of how challenging life was for the 19th century pioneering farmers. From here it is a pleasant stroll to the Wilpena Pound Visitor Centre. There is an opportunity this afternoon for a scenic flight from Rawnsley Park. Your guides will provide you with this information. Nibbles back at Rawnsley Park are served by your guides followed by a delicious two-course dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 3 – Yuluna Circuit, Brachina Gorge and Dingley Dell Wadna cultural tour

Distance: 8km, 4hrs walking approx.
Grade: 3 – 4 Moderate to hard.

After breakfast and lunch making, we depart Rawnsley Park for our day’s walking.

We begin the day with the Yuluna Circuit at Aroona, where we discover old pastoral ruins and pass through contrasting rock formations and vegetation. The ruins of the old Aroona Homestead, built in the 1850’s, serves as a reminder of the difficult early years of European settlement. This walk affords lovely views of the Heysen and Trezona Ranges and winds through a scenic gorge, past towering rock formations and a picturesque creek where Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies are commonly seen resting among the rocks.

We then explore Brachina Gorge which is one of the park’s most popular and spectacular attractions. Brachina Gorge meanders its way through sharp sawtooth ridges of resistant quartzite. This spectacular gorge was once used as a pass-through which bullock teams pulled their loads. From here we meet Adnyamathanha man Kristian Coulthard from Wadna at Dingley Dell. Dingley Dell is an ancient site which has a number of engravings. Kristian will share his traditional knowledge on bush tucker, bush medicine, plants, animals and Adnyamathanha stories.

After returning to Rawnsley Park Station, guests can take the opportunity to rest, or take part in any of the local walks from the accommodation.

Nibbles are served at Rawnsley Park by your guides followed by a delicious two-course dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 4 – Blinman Pools and Wadna cultural centre

Distance: 12km, 6hr walking approx.
Grade: 3 – 4 Moderate to hard.

After breakfast and lunch making, we head off to the outback town of Blinman, before driving to Angorichina village, to start our adventure. Today’s walk is a return journey to the beautiful Blinman Pools. The pool makes for a great place to stop and relax under the magnificent river red gums or have a swim. These pools are bordered by majestic river red gums and have been popular picnic spots since the 1800s.

In some places on the trail, sheer cliffs rise almost straight up from the creek bed, providing a spectacular backdrop. The two spring-fed creeks keep the pools filled with water all year round.

We finish our walk mid afternoon and visit the Wadna cultural centre enroute to our accommodation where guests can take part in any local walks from Rawnsley Park or take some time to relax before dinner. Nibbles will be served before dinning out at the onsite Woolshed restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dinner at Rawnsley Park’s onsite restaurant (drinks at guests own expense)

DAY 5 – Alligator Gorge

Distance: 3km, 1.5hrs walking approx.
Grade: 2 Easy.

After breakfast we pack up and depart for our last day of tour. Today our walk encompasses a gem of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges – Alligator Gorge in the Mount Remarkable National Park. This walk has some of the most visually stunning scenery you’ll come across in the region.

Immerse yourself in the dramatic beauty of high ochre ridges, deep gorges and watercourses lined with river red gums. Alligator Gorge is one of the premier natural attractions in the Southern Ikara-Flinders Ranges, with Alligator Creek cutting through ancient ABC quartzite.

Our lunch stop is in Melrose before continuing south to arrive in Adelaide around 5.00 pm.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Each evening after our days walking, we return back to our accommodation for some time to refresh and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Rawnsley Park and the Flinders Ranges. Your guides will curate a beautiful nibbles platter for you, providing the perfect setting for a relaxing evening. During this time, they will also conduct a briefing, offering insights into the days experiences and outlining your upcoming adventures. Using a map of the area, your guides will illustrate the various regions and walks we are set to explore in the days ahead.

(For guests flying out of Adelaide – please do not book flights before 7.00pm)

About our Accommodation:

Rawnsley Park Station 
The property is overlooking the southern side of Wilpena Pound and is the perfect base for exploring the area. Here we stay in comfortable one- or two-bedroom cabins, with a centralised living area, kitchen and one bathroom. Each cabin also has a balcony for you to sit and enjoy the surrounding views and spectacular sunsets after a day of adventure.
You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer a private bedroom. By choosing the single supplement option, you will share common facilities with other walkers on our trip in your shared cabin. A single supplement is subject to availability at the time of booking.

Gum Creek Station
May be used as an alternate accommodation property on the odd occasion.

For guests flying out of Adelaide on the last night of tour – please do not book flights before 7.00pm.

Single Supplement: We have limited availability for Single Supplement on this tour. Please enquire about availability and additional cost for SS with our reservations team at time of booking. Please note; by booking a SS you will have your own room in a two- or three-bedroom cabin with shared bathroom and living areas. Not all our accommodations have a private ensuite option.

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