The immersion you’ll have with this landscape is well worth the effort of every step. We’re sure you’ll find a slew of your own things to love about your Wild Bush Luxury experience on the Arkaba Walk.

THE ARKABA WALK

$3,200 pp
Per person Ex Adelaide

or

$2900 pp

Self Drive from Arkaba
4 Nights | 5 days
13 – 15km per day for 3 walking days
Full board including trail snacks, beverages & local South Australian wine
2 night’s swag camping at Arkaba’s signature walking camps, 1 night Arkaba Homestead (member of Luxury Lodges of Australia)
Additional pre-walk night at Arkaba Homestead including guided lay of the land safari experience, dinner, bed & breakfast
Return road transfers from Adelaide

OR

$2,520
Per person
3 Nights | 4 Days
13 – 15km per day for 3 walking days
Full board including trail snacks, beverages & local South Australian wine
2 night’s swag camping at Arkaba’s signature walking camps, 1 night Arkaba Homestead (member of Luxury Lodges of Australia)

OR

$ 2,900
Per person
4 Nights | 5 Days
13 – 15km per day for 3 walking days
Full board including trail snacks, beverages & local South Australian wine
2 night’s swag camping at Arkaba’s signature walking camps, 1 night Arkaba Homestead (member of Luxury Lodges of Australia)
Additional pre-walk night at Arkaba Homestead including guided lay of the land safari experience, dinner, bed & breakfast

Or

Just for Families

$2,900
Per person
3 Nights | 4 Days
4km first day 15km second day for 2 walking days
Full board including trail snacks, beverages & local South Australian wine
2 night’s swag camping, 1 night Arkaba Homestead (member of Luxury Lodges of Australia)
Return transfers from Adelaide
Half-day safari drive experience
Adnyamathanha Indigenous Connections with Pauline McKenzie
Mintaro Maze Entry in the Clare Valley* Children sharing will have ‘swag’ bedding – Swags are the Australian bedroll that has been used by generations of Australian pioneers. It is a mattress that is inside a canvas cover and made up with quality sheets & pillows. They are custom made, comfortable and are suitable for children only.
INCLUSIONS
This Wild Bush Luxury experience is a modified version of our Original Arkaba Walk, tailored just for families. The experience includes a Rex Regional Express flight from Adelaide to Whyalla and connecting road transfer to Arkaba in the Flinders Ranges, all meals, bottomless beverages, two night’s swag camping at Arkaba’s signature walking camps, one-night Arkaba Homestead (member of Luxury Lodges of Australia), a cultural connection experience with a local Adnyamathanha Elder and a return scenic road transfer with a picnic lunch and entry to Mintaro Maze in the Clare Valley wine country. A support vehicle takes main luggage between walking camps, and Wild Bush Luxury also provide hydration day packs, sock protectors and hiking poles for all walkers.

Optional Scenic Flights

Scenic Flights over Arkaba and Wilpena Pound with views out to Lake Torrens in a helicopter.
30 minutes (per person) $550 pp
45 minutes (per person) $850 pp

60 minutes (per person) $1250 pp
This is a private experience in a Robinson R44 Helicopter with a maximum of 3 flying at one time (dependant on combined body weights).
Departs from Arkaba.

 Original Arkaba Walk Ex Adelaide

Departing Thursdays

Walking Season 17 March  – 11 October  and 16 March -31 March 2023 Seasonal Closure 10 October 2022 till 15 March 2023

ADELAIDE TO ARKABA
Meet and greet Adelaide airport or city located hotel before we hit the
open road for our direct journey to the Flinders Ranges and your guided
lay of the land safari experience on arrival at Arkaba.

A guide will greet you in the arrivals hall at Adelaide domestic airport at 9:30am sharp. If you
have stayed in Adelaide, you will be met in the lobby of your city located hotel between 9:50
and 10am before hitting the open road to Arkaba. Heading north from Adelaide, you will
bypass the small country towns of Virgina, Two Wells and Dublin. Keep an eye out for the
imaginative collection of large sculptures along the highway, made by way of protesting the
development of a waste facility in the small town. Stop for lunch on the banks of Bumbunga
Lake. Following a quick break, your journey will take you past the infamous Snowtown, Redhill,
Port Pirie and Port Germein before another short stop in the historic railway town of Quorn.
From here, Arkaba is about an hour away, and you will arrive to Arkaba Homestead by 5pm in
time to freshen up before your guided lay of the land experience and a three course meal
hosted by one of Arkaba’s field guides.

WILPENA POUND TO BLACK’S GAP CAMP
Traverse the basin of Wilpena Pound before crossing onto Arkaba’s
private wildlife conservancy and descend to Black’s Gap Signature Swag
Camp. Glorious diversity meets big outback space and starry skies.

Breakfast will ensure you are sufficiently fueled and ready to explore before our short 35 minute
drive to the starting point. The distance today is approximately 13km through the flat interior of
Wilpena Pound and a gradual 1.5km ascent to the rim of the Pound, climbing 200 metres
ahead of a steeper descent of about 1km into Arkaba wilderness and Black’s Gap Signature
Swag Camp. Expect to walk into camp at around 5:30pm in time to settle in, take a hot bush
shower (with a view!) and enjoy a pre-dinner drink and canapes service as the sun sinks behind
the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound Our signature camp is located between Bunbinyana
Range and Wilpena Pound, on a site previously occupied by a shepherd in the late 1850s. His
stone chimney place still exists and we camp overlooking the creek where he used to take his
water. Our field guide and camp assistant will prepare a three-course evening feast, taken al
fresco under the evening sky and accompanied by local South Australian wine. Enjoy some
interesting tales around our bush TV, the good old camp fire, and retire to your swag bed for an
unforgettable night under a canopy of stars.
Day 2 is approximately 13km, 5 – 6 hours

BLACK’S GAP CAMP TO ELDER CAMP
Stretch out in one of the world’s oldest landscapes, learn about Arkaba’s
500-million-year journey and how we are protecting and allowing natural
processes to reassert themselves in this country

Today is arguably the most scenic, as we move out from Black’s Gap into the rolling hills more
suited to the sheep farming activities previously carried out across the property. The first 2km
will follow the famous Heysen Trail through Black’s Gap itself revealing a fascinating insight
into the pastoral history of the region, pausing at old shepherds’ camps and mustering yards,
with Red and Grey Kangaroos and Emus all regular sightings. The last leg of the day will take
us slightly west into rolling hills culminating in a sharp 1km climb of about 100m in elevation to
the summit of the Red Range where we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the IkaraFlinders Ranges before moving on to the foot of Elder Range passing through beautiful stands
of native Cypress trees.
Your luggage will have been transported by vehicle to your next signature swag camp, our
Elder Camp. A hot bush shower, dinner and another special night under the great Australian
sky awaits.
Day 3 is approximately 14 – 15km, 6 – 7 hours

ELDER CAMP TO ARKABA HERITAGE HOMESTEAD
Walk across varying terrain through Mallee and cypress forests before
ascending the Red Range. Immerse yourself in our ancient Arkaba Creek
line alive with glorious diversity enroute to Arkaba Homestead.

Wake to glorious morning light creeping up our very own Elder Range. As we move south east
the first few kilometers will be amongst hill country at the foot of the Elder Range. Walking
through Mallee and native pine forests, we cross Slaty Creek which can hold precious water
well into the dry season, sometimes even offering the opportunity to drink from clear, ice cold
springs. Ascending the Red Range and down onto the banks of the Arkaba Creek, shady and
picturesque and lined with time-honoured and rejuvenating River Red Gums, with plenty of
opportunities to spot birds that commune in the canopy, including galahs, parrots and
honeyeater species. We pass reliable water points providing year-round life support for
kangaroos, parrots and emus. The pace is unhurried with time to stop and breathe in the
outback, view wildlife and take photographs. Arrive Arkaba Homestead mid afternoon and relax
or perhaps partake in a massage or a scenic flight over the ancient ramparts of Wilpena
Pound. This evening enjoy a hosted feast and guided viewing of the Southern Hemisphere’s
clearest skies silhouetted against mountains half a billion(!) years in the making.
Day 4 is approximately 14 – 15km, 6 – 7 hours

CLARE VALLEY WINE COUNTRY OVERLAND TO ADELAIDE
Depart Arkaba for a scenic road transfer through charming outback South
Australian towns with wine tasting and lunch in the Clare Valley wine
country. Arrive Adelaide airport at 5pm to meet onward flights from 6pm.Enjoy breakfast at the Arkaba Homestead before departing at 8:30am for your scenic overland
transfer to Adelaide via South Australia’s Clare Valley wine country. We’ll make our way through
the historic outback towns of Quorn, Wilmington, Mount Remarkable and Melrose, all famous for
their nature filled valleys and riverbeds. Lined with massive River Red Gum trees, the land
around these towns is home to a multitude of native Australian animals and birds.
Head from Melrose into the beautiful Clare Valley, a region famous for its wines. We enjoy lunch
and some wine tasting (naturally!) before continuing south arriving Adelaide Airport at
approximately 5pm. Please arrange your departing flights from 6pm, to allow enough time for
check-in. Alternatively, if you are staying on in Adelaide we are happy to arrange to drop you at
your city located hotel with our compliments.

 Just For Families Limited Departures

ADELAIDE TO ARKABA
Meet your Rex Regional Express flight ZL4412 departing Adelaide
9:10am, arriving Port Augusta 10:05am, where you will be met by your
Arkaba field guide for a road transfer through the Flinders Ranges to
Arkaba. Set off on foot for 7km through Arkaba wilderness to Black’s Gap
signature swag camp.

Make your way to Adelaide Airport by 8:10am, dressed and ready to walk, for your Regional
Express flight ZL4412 departing at 09:10am. Land at Port Augusta South Australia’s Flinders
Ranges at 10:05am. You will be met by an Arkaba field guide for the 150km road transfer to
begin your Wild Bush Luxury experience on the Arkaba Walk. You will enjoy a light breakfast
on the way to ensure the whole family is charged up and ready to explore.
Set off on foot on the first leg of the trail. The distance today is approximately 7km, keeping
Wilpena Pound in view to our right, through valleys and usually dry ancient creek lines before
arrival at Black’s Gap signature swag camp.
Expect to walk into camp at around 4:30pm in time to settle in; take a hot bush shower (with
a view!) and enjoy a pre-dinner drink and canapes service as the sun sinks behind the
ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound Our signature camp is located between Bunbinyana
Range and Wilpena Pound, on a site previously occupied by a shepherd in the late 1850s.
His stone chimney place still exists and we camp overlooking the creek where he used to
take his water. Our field guide and camp assistant will prepare a three-course evening feast,
taken al fresco under the evening sky and accompanied by local South Australian wine (for
the adults!). Enjoy some interesting tales around our bush TV, the good old camp fire, and
retire to your swag bed for an unforgettable night under a canopy of stars.
Day 1 is approximately 7km, 3-4 hours

Today is arguably the most scenic, as we move out from Black’s Gap into the rolling hills more
suited to the sheep farming activities previously carried out across the property. The first 2km
will follow the famous Heysen Trail through Black’s Gap itself revealing a fascinating insight
into the pastoral history of the region, pausing at old shepherds’ camps and mustering yards,
with Red and Grey Kangaroos and Emus all regular sightings. The last leg of the day will take
us slightly west into rolling hills culminating in a sharp 1km climb of about 100m in elevation to
the summit of the Red Range where we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the IkaraFlinders Ranges before moving on to the foot of Elder Range passing through beautiful stands
of native Cypress trees.
Your luggage will have been transported by vehicle to your next signature swag camp, our
Elder Camp. You can expect to arrive around 5.30 pm in time for a hot bush shower, dinner
and another special night under the big, beautiful great Australian sky.
Day 2 is approximately 14 – 15km, 6 – 7 hours

Wake to the glorious morning light creeping up the Elder Range. After breakfast depart in a 4WD
vehicle for a scenic drive across diverse habitats. From hill country at the foot of the Elder
Range into Mallee and Native Pine forests, crossing creek beds, some of which hold water well
into the dry season. Climb impressive ridge tops for beautiful views across Arkaba and pass
through ancient River Red Gums before returning to the Arkaba Homestead in time for lunch.
This afternoon, experience Arkaba through the eyes of an Adnyamathanha elder on a short
immersive bush walk. Pauline McKenzie is a living library of her ancient Adnyamathanha
lifestyle, and one of a few people who still speaks the language fluently. She spends a large
amount of time teaching cultural stories and language at the Hawker area school, determined to
pass on Adnyamathanha stories and culture. A walk with Pauline is an opportunity to connect
with Australia’s first people who have looked after the landscape and wildlife of the IkaraFlinders Ranges for tens of thousands of years.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Arkaba Homestead before departing at 8:30am for your
scenic overland transfer to Adelaide via South Australia’s Clare Valley wine country. We’ll
make our way through the historic outback towns of Quorn, Wilmington, Mount Remarkable
and Melrose, all famous for their nature filled valleys and riverbeds. Lined with massive River
Red Gum trees, the land around these towns is home to a multitude of native Australian
animals and birds.
Head from Melrose into the beautiful Clare Valley, where you will visit the living hedge Mintaro
Maze and enjoy a packed picnic lunch. When the bellies are full and the legs have been
stretched continue your journey south through the Adelaide Hills, arriving at Adelaide Airport
at approximately 5pm. Please arrange your departing flights from 6pm, to allow enough time
for check-in. Alternatively, if you are staying on in Adelaide we are happy to arrange to drop
you at your city located hotel with our compliments.

Each signature walking camp has five permanent swag decks. The low timber decks are
slightly elevated, and each have a ½ metre corrugated iron screen around three sides, to
give privacy – the fourth side is left open to the views over the countryside, while above you
is the night sky and a canopy of stars. There is also a sheltered section of your swag deck, in
the event of wind or rain. Your bed is a ‘swag’ – the bedding of choice for generations of
Australian pioneers, a canvas envelope that is comfortable and waterproof, protecting you
from the elements. Inside each swag will be an all season’s sleeping bag with liner.
Each camp site has two waterless composting toilets – each in their own little ‘dunny’ shed
and strategically located to enjoy the best of the views. Each camp has two bush showers –
essentially buckets that are filled with water warmed on the fire, and equipped with taps to
regulate the flow. Some special Wild Bush Luxury touches ensure these bush showers will be
a feature of your trip!

Stay At The Homestead

Your Wild Bush Luxury experience at Arkaba is fully hosted. You share in 60,000 acres of privately owned and carefully protected outback with just ten guests at a time. A twice-daily guided safari program is included – immersive bush walks and safari drives showcase the abundance of wildlife & Arkaba’s conservation mission to protect it.
Stay in one of five Homestead Guest rooms
Bush-inspired meals throughout
Beverages from a South Australian loaded open bar
Ensuite bathroom with rainfall shower
Rates include a Conservation Levy with at least 2% of your all-inclusive experience at Arkaba going back into conservation projects. It does not increase the package price, it is simply a guarantee that a minimum amount goes directly to initiatives in protecting Arkaba’s biodiversity.

ARKABA HOMESTEAD RATES
Rates Valid from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.
All rates are in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST (Goods and Services Tax).

Per Person Per Night Rate – twin share $1125 Single $1688, Swag bedding 18 and under  sharing with adults  $563 and  Under 16 yrs $1013 sharing with Children seperate room

Rates  Minimum 4 Nights (Blackout 20 Dec 22 – 8 Jan 23)
All rates are in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST (Goods and Services Tax).
Per Person Per Night Rate – twin share $844 Single $1266, Swag bedding 18 and under  sharing with adults  $422 and Under 16yrs $780  sharing with Children seperate room

The Arkaba Walk is a Wild Bush Luxury experience in an iconic outback South Australian setting. By joining this fully hosted all-inclusive experience you’re not only witnessing an environment in recovery, you’re actively participating in its revival. You’ll see and hear the
results of active conservation as you walk through the landscape and meet the wildlife in the company of passionate field guides. Explore 60,000 acres of privately-owned and carefully protected outback with a maximum of ten walkers.From dry creek beds, isolated waterholes lined with 1,000 year-old River Red gums to craggy ridge lines and rolling hills covered in cypress pines to the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound, this is some of the most stunning walking country in Australia. While everyone loves to have a comfortable bed and great food, it is the time spent with people on the ground that leaves a lasting impact. Of course, a really good glass of wine at the end of the day always helps! The true value of a Wild Bush Luxury experience on the Arkaba Walk is the vastness of space, the feeling of exclusivity and the opportunity to retreat into nature.

Lodge Based Walk

LODGE-BASED ARKABA WALK
Departures every three weeks between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023 (seasonal closure 1 December 2022 – 11 March 2023). Stay updated at www.arkabaconservancy.com/rates for the full itinerary & any additional dates released. Other departure dates can be requested for private groups of eight or more.

Price Per Person  3 Night / 4 Day Lodge-based Arkaba Walk Experience
Monday departures: $3095 pp

4 April, 25 April, 16 May, 6 June, 13 June, 18 July, 8 August, 29 August, 19 September, 17 October, 7 November, 28 November 2022, 13 March

  4 Night / 5 Day Lodge-based Arkaba Walk Experience
Sunday departures: $3695 pp

3 April, 24 April, 15 May, 5 June, 12 June, 17 July, 7 August, 28 August, 18 September, 16 October, 6 November, 27 November 2022, 12 March 2023

INCLUSIONS
The Lodge-Based Arkaba Walk is a fully hosted and expertly guided experience and includes all meals, bottomless beverages, and accommodation in the beautifully restored 1850s Arkaba Homestead each evening. Your client’s will also be provided with a suitable hydration backpack with plenty of room for lunch, camera and items of a personal nature, sock protectors and walking poles to use at their leisure.
Transfers between Adelaide and Arkaba are not included in this package designed for self-driving guests with a pre-walk night either at Arkaba (on the four-night package) or elsewhere in the Flinders Ranges (or near vicinity) required. Guests overnighting pre-walk within driving distance of Arkaba will need to be at the homestead by 8 am on day one dressed, ready to walk. Breakfast on arrival is included, and guests are welcome to enjoy a leisurely morning on their departure day ahead of 11 am check-out.

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