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Flinders Ranges Walk with Camels - 9 Days

A unique walk with camels in the Northern Flinders Ranges – All-inclusive 9-day guided walk

“The Park Trek walk with camels was an amazing experience. The guides knew so much about the birds, vegetation, geology and astronomy, were excellent cooks, always professional and led us through amazing countryside. Everything was well organised and efficient. I highly recommend this experience!” – Christine, January 2024

Embark on a transformative 9-day adventure with Park Trek’s walking tour through the majestic Flinders Ranges, enhanced by the unique companionship of camels. After meeting in Adelaide, we enjoy a scenic first day travelling to Blinman where our 7-day walk with camels starts and ends before returning to Adelaide on our 9th day. You will enjoy spectacular nights and beautiful morning light from your camps along the trail and a final night at the iconic Blinman Hotel.

Immerse yourself in nature’s embrace as you traverse springs, gorges, and creeks, surrounded by unparalleled vistas. This extraordinary journey, in partnership with Flinders and Beyond Camel Treks, offers both enjoyment and holistic health benefits. With a light day pack, let a camel train carry essentials, providing a liberating and rejuvenating hiking experience. Encounter diverse wildlife, from emus to wallabies, in the remote corners of the Flinders Ranges.

Led by local and knowledgeable cameleers, this tour ensures a seamless blend of adventure and wellness. Adapted to weather conditions and group fitness, the flexible itinerary promises an optimal exploration of the northern Flinders. Elevate your wellbeing amidst nature’s wonders. Book your adventure now, we are sure you will treasure the experience for years to come!

4250
9 days (7 days walking + 2 days sightseeing)
100km
12
Adelaide
Adelaide
Grade 2-3, Easy-Moderate
9 Oct

**Confirmed departure dates allow you to book worry free. If you have any issues booking any departure date, please email us at info@parktrek.com.au  or call us on 03 9997 0500.

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Our Tours Are All Inclusive!

  • Small group (12 or less), daypack only walking tour with magnificent walks and sightseeing.
  • Daily guided walks curated to immerse you in the region’s unique landscape, history, flora and fauna.
  • Two cameleers who are experienced, accredited and safety gear equipped. Our cameleers are also guides who 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 in our comfortable vehicles with luggage trailer.
  • 7 nights in swags and 1 night in comfortable twin-share accommodation in Blinman (no single supplements), with ensuites if available and sustainably provided.
  • 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 two-course dinners, plus snacks, tea and coffee, biscuits / cake and non-alcoholic drinks throughout.
  • A gear bag to use throughout the journey which is yours to keep at the end. The gear bag is carried by the camels with all of your personal gear that isn’t in your day pack.
  • A camp chair, swag and tarp / ground sheet.
  • A caravan of camels to walk with and who will carry your camp gear, food and water.
  • All National Park entry fees.

DAY 1 – Transfer Day – Adelaide to Blinman

We depart Adelaide at 8am with our departure from the centrally located Terrace Hotel on South Terrace. By mid morning we will stop enroute for a coffee and some morning tea, your local driver will decide on the best route on the day, either via Port Augusta or the Clare Valley.

After a lunch stop at a café enroute we will arrive by midafternoon at the Camel Farm.

Upon arrival at Blinman, you will have an introduction to the camels, meet your guides, enjoy a cup of billy tea and a have a swag tutorial. This afternoon you will have time to transfer your personal belongings into your new gear bag provided by us. This bag will be carried by the camels throughout your journey.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner.

Accommodation: The Camel Farm. Here we enjoy our first night in our swags and have access to basic facilities: long drop toilet (no shower).

camel at sunset

DAY 2 – Blinman to the Northern Flinders Ranges

Distance: 8 – 12km, 4hrs walking approx.
Grade: 2 – 3 easy to moderate

This morning we embark on the beginning of our journey into the northern Flinders wilderness with our camel train leading the way.

We start the day with a continental style breakfast and proceed to help the load camels with supplies.

Today involves walking around 8-12km where you can expect to cover flat plains reaching some small creeks to set up camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Swag by firelight

The camel train

DAYS 3 – 7 – Northern Flinders Ranges and Beyond

Distance: Daily distance varies between 12 – 15kms, 5hrs walking each day approx.
Grade: 2 – 3 easy to moderate

Each morning begins with waking in our swags to the sounds of morning bird song, followed by billy tea or coffee on the fire and breakfast and lunch making. Once we have packed up camp and loaded the camels, we set off on our next adventure.

As we fall into the simple pleasures and easy routines of our mornings, we are well and truly in the habit of hiking with camels by now.

Each day presents different landscapes, birds, flora and historical sights. As we pass through the ranges your guides will share their in-depth knowledge and stories of the land.

Each day we hike through scenic gorges, past old shepherd stations and natural springs. We wander though some classic, varied and spectacular Flinders landscapes where we witness the contrasting colours of this unique and beautiful area. We hike down creeks, through limestone and dolomite gorges and have opportunity to watch Yellow footed rock wallabies, emus and a myriad of other bird species. We can swim in waterholes and creeks and spend our evenings watching the sunset by our campfire before turning into our cozy swags under the starry night sky.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day

Accommodation: Swag by firelight

camels walking with packsCamel train with big sky

camel train with rocks

DAY 8 – Northern Flinders Ranges back to Blinman Camel Farm

Distance: 5 – 10kms, 4hrs walking approx.
Grade: 2 easy

We pack up for our last day out in the Ranges with the camels and head back to Blinman. We reach the Camel Farm around lunch time where we unload.

Soon after, we take our belongings and head to the wonderful outback Blinman Hotel. Here we have access to the hotel amenities and can enjoy a well-earned shower, flushing toilets and comfortable bed.

This afternoon and evening we relax, reminisce, and reflect on our past eight days of adventure. We enjoy an evening meal at the Blinman Hotel and a well-earned drink as a group for our last evening!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Blinman Hotel

camels walking with packs

Day 9 – Transfer Day – Blinman Camel Farm to Adelaide

After breakfast we head off on what is our reflective journey back to Adelaide, which will likely include a visit to the Wadna Community store. Your transfer driver will collect you from the Camel Farm to make your way en-route to Adelaide. We will stop for morning tea at Quorn and again for lunch at Port Pirie. Take this time to relax after your long journey and hard work. We should arrive in Adelaide (via airport if requested) at around 3.30pm.

 

 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Each day we also provide fruit, trail mix, billy tea and coffee, and other nonalcoholic drinks.

Throughout your journey you will sleep under the spectacular open skies of the Flinders Ranges in comfy, warm and insect proof swags. Your camp location will be handpicked each afternoon depending on how far you travel each day. Your guides and cameleers know the area intimately and know all of the best spots to pull up for the night. You will dine by the warm campfire and under the spectacular night sky each night before you turn into your cozy swag.

Accommodation style: We will supply your swag (canvas bed roll) that contains a mattress. You will need to bring along your own sleeping bag that is suited to local conditions (we recommend you have a sleeping bag with a rating of zero degrees). Your sleeping bag will be rolled in your swag each day. You may also choose to bring a small pillow and camping mat which can also be rolled in the swag during the day.

The last night of this tour will be at the outback Blinman Hotel. Here we have access to the hotel amenities and can enjoy a well-earned shower, flushing toilets, and comfortable bed.

Rooming: You will receive your own swag and are welcome to set it up anywhere within the camping zone each night. On the final night at Blinman Hotel guests will be assigned to a room on a twin share basis.

Bathrooms: As this is a camping and swagging adventure there are no formal bathrooms until the last night. There are opportunities for privacy and generally swimming along the way. We recommend bringing sanitary items and wet wipes (biodegradable) keeping in mind used ones must be carried out by you.

Single Supplement: There is no formal single supplement for this walk as all guests will be in a single swag. The opportunity for your own room on the last night at the hotel is subject to availability and can be requested for an additional surcharge.

Other: Please carefully review our trip notes and packing list for the required gear for your adventure.

If flying out on the last night of tour, please don’t book flights before 7pm from Adelaide.

There is no single supplement for the camel trek tour.

Guests are required to bring their own eating utensils. A medium sized plate and bowl, knife, fork, spoon and a mug. We recommend light weight and unbreakable such as metal / titanium.

We also ask guests to bring some small containers, paper bags or reusable zip locks so you can make up your trail mix before you set off on your trek.

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