South Australia: Flinders Ranges7 Days & 6 Nights
- Explore Wilpena Pound, a fascinating natural amphitheater
- Hike on St Mary Peak, the highest point in the Flinders Ranges
- Learn about the renowned geologic history of the region
- Walk along sections of the iconic 1200 km Heysen Trail
- Visit historical towns in South Australia’s rugged outback
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.
Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday
This trip is suitable for:
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- National Parks & Trails
Grade & Terrain
This trip is graded moderate and suitable for experienced walkers. You can expect mostly compact surfaces with some steep sections that require rock scrambling. On your last walking day, the route follows a creek-bed that varies from loose and rocky underfoot, to sandy, to traversing large boulders with some rock-hopping and rock scrambling required. The more difficult days have flexible walking options.
As this is a self-guided walk you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip. You should be able to navigate easily with a map and compass. We supply you with route notes for the recommended routes, as well as access to our smartphone navigation app along with GPX tracks, so you will have no problem following the route each day.
We have carefully chosen comfortable accommodations such as the award-winning Rawnsley Park Station and Wilpena Pound Resort. All offer a great experience to travelers in the region.
Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Single sleeping arrangements can be organized but please note this trip is not available to solo travelers.
This trip includes 6 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches and 6 dinners in local restaurants.
- 6 Nights in hand-picked accommodations
- 6 Breakfasts
- 6 Packed Lunches
- 6 Dinners
- Luggage transfers
- Transfers to/from the trail each day as required
- Roundtrip transfers to Port Augusta if required
- National Park Pass
- Travel to and from Quorn/Port Augusta
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (required)
- Additional nights along the route
When To Go
This trip is best during the cooler months from April to September. It is dry, windy, and mostly clear year-round.
Weather and Climate
The weather is typically dry, windy, and mostly clear year-round. The cool season lasts from May to August and has an average daily high temperature just below 18 degrees Celsius/65 degrees Fahrenheit. Check out this link for more details on the weather!
Getting to the Start
By Air: Port Augusta has a small airport and we will provide private transfers to Quorn (30-minute drive). If you are coming from farther away, it would be best to fly into Adelaide.
By Bus: There is a bus from Adelaide with departures daily. Please reference the Stateliner website for timetables and tickets.
Getting from the End
By Air: Port Augusta has a small airport and we will provide private transfers from Quorn (30-minute drive). If you are coming from farther away, it would be best to fly out of Adelaide.
By Bus: There is a bus to Adelaide with departures daily. Please reference the Stateliner website for timetables and tickets.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Quorn and walk Warren Gorge 3.3 miles / 5.3 km
This morning, arrive in the quaint outback town of Quorn by way of your personal vehicle or a private transfer from the Port Augusta airport. Stretch your legs from the journey with an easy walk at Warren Gorge, known for its vibrant orange rock and deep gorges. Stop at various viewpoints that offer panoramic views of the region, identify a variety of native vegetation, and look for yellow footed wallabies (typically spotted in late afternoon). In the evening, explore the town - which may look familiar as a backdrop from many international and Australian movies!
After breakfast, transfer 15 minutes to the start of the walk. Follow the trail as it climbs gradually but steadily through native cranberry, Ruby Saltbush, and Porcupine Grass, and finally brings you to the summit of Dutchman’s Stern. Revel in the rewarding views north toward the central Flinders Ranges, and west to Spencer Gulf. Return the way you came, and meet your transfer to return to your accommodation.
After breakfast, transfer one hour and fifteen minutes to the trailhead. Your walk today traverses Rawnsley Park Station and brings you to Flinders Ranges National Park. Walk to Wilpena Lookout, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheater of mountains. Continue on to the summit of Rawnsley Bluff, which offers uninterrupted views of the surrounding ancient landscape. Walk directly to your new accommodation in Rawnsley Park Station and refuel with a delicious dinner at the charming Woolshed Restaurant.
Your 30 minute transfer this morning brings you to the Heysen Trail, which follows the lovely Wilpena Creek to Hills Homestead before making its way through the diverse vegetation on the Wilpena Pound floor. Mind your footing as you make your way up the rocky interior wall of the Pound before arriving at Bridle Gap, which boasts expansive views of the mountains to the south. Make your way directly to your accommodation and enjoy dinner at the on-site restaurant.
Today, tackle one of the most iconic walks in the Flinders Ranges. Walk directly from your accommodation to the northerly base of the Pound, and climb steadily upward to eventually reach your destination of Tanderra Saddle, which sits right below St. Mary Peak, the highest point of the ranges. Soak in the spectacular vistas to the north as well as views into and beyond the Pound walls before returning the way you came back to the resort.
After a one hour transfer this morning, your walk begins at the second of the two Blinman Pools, and you follow the majestic Blinman Creek downstream. Arrive at the spring-fed first pool, and spend time reveling in the peaceful scenery - backed by spectacular and dramatic cliffs - and watching for a variety of native birds. After your walk, meet your driver and transfer 30 minutes to your accommodation in Blinman. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this small, historical town.
After breakfast, your adventure comes to an end. Transfer back to your vehicle in Quorn or to the airport in Port Augusta.
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