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Heysen Trail & Flinders Ranges Trekking 6D5N, Fully Guided

Heysen Trail & Flinders Ranges Trekking 6D5N, Fully Guided

Heysen Trail & Flinders Ranges Trekking 6D5N, Fully Guided

$2,495.00

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Experience South Australia's incredible Flinders Ranges on this 6-day outback trekking tour, a unique Australian experience. For wildlife watching, bush-walking, photography or just soaking up the sights and sounds of outback Australia, this walking tour is hard to beat.

Located just over 350km north of Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges encompasses several well-known national parks and walking trails. Here you'll find both the Heysen Trail and Mawson Trail collectively spanning several hundred kilometres, each providing an overwhelming array of sights and attractions for walkers.

The North Flinders Ranges offers some of the most stunning scenery in Australia as well as some of the most attractive outback properties. This trekking tour includes selected walks on some of the best sections of the Heysen Trail. The North Flinders Ranges offer a rolling range of majestic peaks and rugged ridges, the trails combining exceptional views with enjoyable strolls and achievable challenges. The forests of cypress pines create an almost alpine ambiance in these semi‑arid ranges with the dry climate creating ideal conditions for walking.

You will walk 13 to 15 km, 6 - 8 hours walking each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. This tour represents an easy to moderate trekking itinerary but one which rewards with the breadth of experience it offers. From the harsh yet incredibly beautiful landscape of the Flinders Ranges to the remarkable scale of Wilapena Pound to the famous Heysen Trail winding through magnificent landscapes between Parachilna Gorge, this is rewarding journey that will connect you with the very essence of this incredible region.

This trip is operated in our classic style. It's a fully supported trek. You can enjoy walking with just a daypack while the comfortable accommodation offers both stunning scenery and the best of outback hospitality.

This 6-day fully accommodated trip includes all meals, two highly experienced field guides, return transfers from/to Adelaide and all transport on the tour.

Over 6 incredible days of hiking you'll become acquainted with the ancient heartland of Australia. You'll fall in love with the rugged beauty of the Flinders Ranges as you marvel at its rich geological history, unique native wildlife and striking landscapes.

Trip Highlights
- Soak up the beauty of the scenic Wilpena Pound
- Trek the diverse and stunning Flinders Ranges
- Visit Alligator Gorge, one of the Flinders Ranges most spectacular natural attractions
- Marvel at Dutchman Stern, one of the Quorns breathtaking formations

2020 Departure Dates:
May: 3, 10
June: 7, 14
July: 5, 12
August: 2, 9
September: 6, 13

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.

    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.

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

    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

    During the trip you will be accommodated in a range of outback properties. These range from basic outback homesteads, shearers quarters, park cabins with shared facilities through to twin share rooms in delightful properties.

    Night 1 ‑ 3
    Cottage Accommodation on a working Sheep Station. Various rooms in a small cottage like setting.
    ‑ Common rooms for spare time, shared bathrooms and toiletsl
    ‑ Fire place and outside seating area around outside fire as well

    Night 4
    Clean and comfortable bust basic accommodation in Donga's. There is shared bathroom facilities with private cubicles and toilets. The donga (transportable accommodation unit) is actually the most used style of accommodation throughout outback Australia. From the outside the donga can look very minimalist, however on the inside they provide clean comfortable and good value accommodation.

    Night 5
    A classic old‑style country hotel with good clean accommodation. Rooms are Doubles, singles, twin rooms‑ but shared bathrooms with private cubicles.

    A single room option will not be available due to lack of available single rooms. Basic linen is provided however please do not expect hotel‑style services such as daily linen service.

    Most groups are made up of a mixture of single participants and couples. If you are travelling alone you will share a room with someone of the same sex. This usually sorts itself out naturally.

    All accommodations are heated & fully powered so please feel free to bring your camera chargers etc.

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  • Food

    You will experiences outback meals during the walking tour. The guides will prepare all the meals and run the catering, however you will be asked to contribute by assisting around mealtimes. Participation will make for a more enjoyable experience for everybody.

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

    Lunch are trail lunches, often rolls and wraps, sometimes pasta salad etc.

    Dinner: Three course dinner each night. 3 dinners are cooked by guides, other 2 dinners are at restaurants at Parachilna and Melrose.

    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.
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  • Experiences

    Included:
    - Expert guided five-day-four-night hiking journey travelling through Australia's outback
    - Small groups of 16 or less walkers are hosted by two local guides. 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
    - 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
    - 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 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • What's included

    - 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
    - professional wilderness guide and support staff
    - 5 nights accommodation as per itinerary
    - all entrance and national park fees
    - emergency communications and group first aid kit
    - Off road transport from Adelaide
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Approximately 5.2 km walking + 6 hours driving
    Day 2: Approximately 13 km walking
    Day 3: Approximately 16 km walking
    Day 4: Approximately 18 km walking
    Day 5: Approximately 15 km walking
    Day 6: Easy walk, return to Adelaide

  • 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.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to ONLYLUXE CLUB. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price. The current surcharge for all credit cards is 3% of the total price.

    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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