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Flinders Ranges Outback Walk 7D6N, Fully Guided

Flinders Ranges Outback Walk 7D6N, Fully Guided

Flinders Ranges Outback Walk 7D6N, Fully Guided

$2,650.00

Per Person, Twin Share

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At A Glance Departures

Take the Flinders Ranges Outback seven-day walking tour, a unique Australian experience. For wildlife watching, bush-walking, photography or just soaking up the sights and sounds of outback Australia, the Flinders is in a class of its own.

Set against the backdrop of the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound in South Australia's Flinders Ranges, an Arkaba walking safari 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.

Located just over 350km north of Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges includes several well-known national parks and walking trails. Both the Heysen Trail and Mawson Trail span several hundred kilometres and provide a multitude of sights and attractions for walkers.

You'll see plenty of native flora and fauna in their natural habitats, from Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies in Brachina Gorge to the Sturt's Desert Pea (the floral emblem of South Australia) growing freely throughout the bushland.

Our 7-day fully accommodated trip includes all transport, meals and two field guides. Stay at Rawnsley Park for all the creature comforts after a hard day's hiking.

Enjoy the Flinders Ranges in comfort.

Departure Dates:
Please contact our office for dates

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for other departure dates and availability. A date of your choice is available for groups of 6 or more people. Subject to availability.E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • FEATURES

    Flinders Ranges:An ancient landscape moulded by millions of years of geological activity, the Flinders Ranges offers some of Australia's most spectacular outback scenery.The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, which starts about 200 km north of Adelaide.

    FLINDERS RANGES TAKES YOU HALF A BILLION YEARS BACK. The Flinders Ranges is a brutal landscape rendered implausibly beautiful - formed over a timescale that messes with your head, writes Max Anderson.

    Wildlife: Experience the Flinders Ranges national parks' wildlife and rugged landscapes. See native animals and hundreds of bird species.

    Wilpena Pound: From the air, Wilpena Pound looks like a crater, a massive bowl almost 100 kilometres (62 miles) wide that stands above the surrounding plains. The floor of the Wilpena Pound is 200 metres higher than the surrounding countryside. It's highest point, is St Mary's Peak, at 1,118 metre above sea level. The pound itself is 17 km long and 8 km wide, containing 8,960 hectares.

    Heysen Trail: Hiking the Heysen Trail through South Australia is an amazing adventure!The Heysen Trail is a long distance walking trail in South Australia. It runs from Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges via the Adelaide Hills to Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula and is approximately 1,200 kilometres in length. You will walk through part of the famous trail.
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  • Accommodation

    5 nights staying at Rawnsley Park, and one night at Fuller Views Cabin Park.

    Rawnsley Park Station
    Rawnsley Park in South Australia situated near Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges. Luxury eco accommodation as well as family holiday units. Overlooking the southern side of Wilpena Pound, Rawnsley Park Station provides the perfect base for exploring South Australia's beautiful Flinders Ranges.

    Here we stay in one or twobedroom cabins for five nights of the tour.These cabins have two rooms with the one shared bathroom between the two rooms and a shared living area. Each cabin has its own bathroom, but none of the individual rooms within the cabin have their own ensuite. You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a room, this means you would have one room in the two bedroom cabin and could be sharing the cabin (and bathroom) with one or two other guests.

    It comes with fully equipped kitchens, private decks with outdoor setting, newly renovated ensuite bathrooms, TVs and DVD players and air-conditioning. There's also a shop, fuel and swimming pool available in the caravan park – a short drive or 15-minute walk away.

    Majestic Oasis Apartments (4 Star)
    The hotel is perfectly positioned overlooking the waters of the Upper Spencer Gulf in sunny Port Augusta. The fully self-contained modern apartments offer free unlimited Wi-Fi, in-room dining menus, inground swimming pool, four separate stylish BBQ areas and water views.

    Please contact us for accommodation upgrades. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • Food & Wine

    You will experiences outback meals during the walking tour. Two-course dinner prepared by your field guides at Rawnsley Park.

    Breakfast is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, toast, spreads and yoghurt.

    Lunch can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps, some days we will have roasted chicken and salad, and others quiche to mix things up a bit.

    Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides. The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include maple baked apples, pears in red wine, fruit salad or pavlova to name just a few.

    Snacks and nibbles - There are plenty of snacks and nibbles during the trips including fresh fruit for the trail, biscuits and/or fruit cake for tea breaks. Each night we offer dips, cheese and crackers for a pre-dinner nibbles and a self-serve trail mix selection at the beginning of each day.

    The food we serve is healthy, hearty and home style. We don't offer five-star chef prepared dining but the food is fresh and our guides make sure it is tasty and plentiful. We are able to accommodate guests' specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

    We offer non-alcoholic beverages while on tour, but does not include alcoholic beverages, we do however welcome guests to bring wine/beer along with them. If you are bringing bottled wine please pack this well in your main bag to avoid breakages. We suggest you purchase any alcohol that you want to consume at Rawnsley Park in Adelaide before we head off. We do stop on day 1 where you can purchase alcohol but there is a limited selection.
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  • Experiences

    Included:
    - Expert guided seven-day-six-night hiking journey travelling through Australia's outback
    - Small groups of 10 or less walkers are hosted by two staff. They all have warm personalities and knowledge of the natural environment
    - Amazing walks including the Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound, part of the famous Heysen Trail and more.
    - 6 breakfasts 6 lunches, 4 dinners (2 dinners and 1 lunch at own expense)
    - Return group transfer from/to Adelaide.

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:
    - Outback 4WD tour
    - Stunning scenic flight over Wilpena Pound
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  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • DAY 7

  • What's included

    - Small group of 10 or less
    - Guided walks each day with experienced guides. Two field guides, who will drive, cook and care for you.
    - Magnificent walking and sightseeing
    - Return transport from Adelaide. We use a comfortable 12 seater mini coach with a trailer attached for luggage.
    - 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners (2 dinners and 1 lunch at own expense)
    - We always have the kettle ready to boil, plenty of tea, coffee, Milo and biscuits
    - 5 nights' staying at Rawnsley Park, and one night at Majestic Oasis Apartments on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expense)
    - All inclusive pricing
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Approximately 3 km, approx. 1 hour
    Day 2: Approximately 12 km, approx. 6 hours
    Day 3: Approximately 12 km, approx. 7 hours
    Day 4: Approximately 12 km, approx. 5 hours
    Day 5: Approximately 15 km, approx. 6.5 hours
    Day 6: Approximately 10 km, approx. 5 hours
    Day 7: Approximately 2 km, approx. 1.5 hours

    Total: Approximately 66km
  • WALKING GRADING

    walking grade
  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Adelaide SA
    - Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Adelaide
  • Weather and Climate

    The climate in the Southern Outback is generally dry and sunny year round.

    AUTUMN (Mar - May)
    This season provides warm days with cooler evenings. Day temperatures will average between 15 – 20°C with the later part of the season being cooler. The evening temperatures will be much cooler and warm clothing will be required. As the days cool, wildlife becomes more active during the middle parts of the day.

    WINTER (Jun - Aug)
    Walking in winter is particularly beautiful in the Flinders with cold nights and days that are warm with some spectacular sunrises and sunsets. This season provides ideal walking weather with daily temperatures of around 15°C and occasionally as high as 25°C. The evenings and early mornings will be very cold and winter clothing will be required. During July/August temperatures can drop to below 0°C at night. A roaring camp fire and warming glasses of red wine will be enjoyed each night and after winter rains, with surface water in the creeks, wildlife will be far-reaching with lots of food available and very active throughout the day. Emus will generally begin laying from August onwards.

    SPRING (Sep - Nov)
    Spring in the Flinders Ranges is undeniably spectacular! It is a great time to spot emu chicks as they begin hatching and the outback brown and orange colours are bright with red, yellow, white and purple with native plants and wildflowers. Migratory birds will generally begin to appear and wedgetail eagle chicks will hatch between August and September, fledging by November. The abundance of and timing of the wildflowers depends entirely on rainfall throughout the year. Day temperatures can average between 20°C-25°C with the later part of the season getting warmer. The evening temperatures will be cooler in the early part of the season so a warm layer of clothing will be required.

    SUMMER (Dec - Feb)
    The walking tour is not operate during the hot, summer months, although you can still book a stay at Arkaba Homestead which is open year round and enjoy shorter walks as part of guided activities that are included in the tariff.

    Flinders range temperature

    (Data sourced from Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Units = °C)
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    Evacuations
    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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    reviews We both turned 55 years old this year and decided to do something different with a little adventure. This was our first hiking holiday. The guides made us feel welcomed and comfortable regarding the long hikes ahead. He was very patient and assisted where he could. His knowledge of the area was very impressive and he was very interesting to listen too. Our fellow walkers were all very nice. We really felt like part of team. At dinner we all sat around together discussing our day and telling stories. The nights were very enjoyable. This is a holiday that we would recommend. We will be considering another hiking adventure as it was a great way to see the country and be part of a team.
    Review by Paula / (Posted on 3/26/2018)
Product Code: EAUSAFR07