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Fresh air, fantastic company and a front row seat to some of Australia’s most memorable scenery – this seven-day journey through Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is sure to inspire awe. Let a local leader guide you through hundreds of millions of years of geological history as you walk along valleys, explore gorges and tackle mountains. From your base at the ancient natural amphitheatre of Ikara (Wilpena Pound), discover a world of rugged landscapes, unique wildlife and views worth climbing for.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
PJXR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Spend five nights in the heart of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, staying at a resort on the fringes of Ikara (Wilpena Pound), a remarkable natural amphitheatre formed over millions of years.

  • Embark on a scenic hike from Dutchmans Stern, passing through a sugar gum forest and she-oak woodlands to be rewarded with incredible views of the surrounding plains.

  • Travel with a local leader who will let you in on little-known facts and share stories of the ancient landscapes.

  • Be treated to a special private tour of Sacred Canyon with a First Nations guide. Learn about the cultural significance of the site, the ancient rock engravings and traditional bush medicine from the perspective of the Adnyamathanha people.

  • Of all the incredible views the Flinders Ranges offer, the one from the peak of Mt Ohlssen Bagge might just top them all. Climb to the summit of the mountain to take in a sight you won’t forget.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

Itinerary

Welcome to South Australia! Your adventure begins in Adelaide (Tandanya in the language of The Kaurna people, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Adelaide is now located). Adelaide is your gateway to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. You’ll be picked up by your local leader and meet your fellow travellers at 8am this morning, then it’s time to head towards the peaks of the Flinders Ranges. Make a stop in the town of Crystal Brook for some morning tea, then continue to Melrose. Surrounded by diverse wildlife and unique landscapes, this is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch. Then, head to Alligator Gorge, which impresses with its red quartzite formations. Get to know the landscape on a short hike around the gorge as your leader shares facts about the geological wonders found here. Finally, continue to Quorn, a charming old railway town and your base for the evening. Enjoy a group dinner and chat with your new travel companions about the day’s discoveries.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mount Remarkable National Park - Alligator Gorge walk
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
This morning you’ll be picked up by your local leader and meet your fellow travellers at 8am in front of the Charlesworth Nuts store at 1 Rundle Mall, on the corner of King William Street in central Adelaide. Please make sure you are on time as we will depart for the Flinders Ranges right away. As you will be walking on day one, please wear your hiking clothes on the bus and have your day pack ready to go. Today’s walk (2km/1.5 hours) is a pop­u­lar hike for most abil­i­ties with some steep steps and an uneven gorge floor that is slip­pery when wet.
After breakfast this morning, head north towards the Dutchman’s Stern, a bluff in the southern foothills of the Flinders Ranges, from where you’ll embark on a scenic hike. Follow a steep path through sugar gum forest and be rewarded with incredible panoramic views of the surrounding plains, Quorn, and Lake Torrens, then weave back down through shady she-oak woodlands. Your leader will point out examples of the region’s interesting plant life as you walk, and you’ll also cross paths with the famous 1200km Heysen Trail. After your walk, return to Quorn to gather any supplies you may need over the next few days, then venture into the heart of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Here you’ll find Ikara (Wilpena Pound), a truly remarkable 800-million-year-old natural amphitheatre. Your home for the next five nights is a resort on the outskirts of this miraculous formation, so settle in and enjoy the view!
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park - The Dutchmans Stern hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walk is a Grade 3 (moderate) circuit, approximately 10.6 kilometres, 5 hours with gentle grades, and some rocky, but not steep, sections.
This morning after breakfast, we’ll drive to Black Gap to start our walk towards Bridle Gap and the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound. Today’s walk is approximately 12km and you’ll follow a part of the Heysen Trail. The walk up to Bridle Gap can be steep and rocky in sections, but the views at the top are oh-so-worth-it. The good news – from Bridle Gap, it’s a gentle walk down into the valley floor of Wilpena Pound through a variety of mallee, native pine and heath. These habitats provide excellent opportunities for the keen naturalists among the group to observe interesting local birds, including wrens, robins, parrots and emus.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges - Black Gap to Wilpena Pound walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walk is approximately 12 kilometres, 4-5 hours and is a Grade 3 (Moderate) walk. Please note that on select departures groups will stay at Rawnsley Park Station instead of Wilpena Pound Resort. Accommodation will be in 2 to 3 bedroom cabins with shared bathrooms. If you have booked a single supplement you will be allocated a single room within a cabin.
After breakfast, we’re in the car to enjoy the views along the Aroona Valley Scenic Drive as we make our way toward today’s walks. First up, the 8km Yuluna Hike begins with a bit of a climb, offering fabulous views of the Heysen Range and the outer edge of Wilpena Pound. In the afternoon, set out to explore the ancient Brachina Gorge. Unearth millions of years of geological history as you explore the gorge and its surrounds, and be sure to keep an eye out for the stripy tailed yellow footed rock wallabies as you go.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges - Yuluna circuit hike
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park - Brachina Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walk is an approximately 8 kilometres, 4 hours Grade 4 (challenging) circuit walk with steep terrain.
Fuel up on breakfast before the scenic 15km walk ahead of you. Today, we’ll forget all transport and walk straight from our accommodation to commence one of the most challenging (and rewarding) walks of the week. St. Mary’s Peak stands proudly above the Pound below and is central to the Adnyamathanha creation story. First Nations people of the Flinders Ranges ask visitors not to climb to the summit of the peak, so we will climb as far as Tanderra Saddle with stunning views of the surrounding ranges and plains. You will have two local guides on today’s walk to ensure the enjoyment and safety of everyone. In the afternoon you may choose to take a scenic flight over the majestic ranges that we’ve been discovering on foot these last few days. Or you might like to simply kick back and enjoy a quiet afternoon before dinner this evening.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges - Tanderra Saddle (St Mary Peak/Ngarri Mudlanha) hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walk is approximately 15 kilometres, 6 hours and is a Grade 4 (challenging) hike with steep rocky climbs. Ngarri Mudlanha is central to the Adnyamathanha creation story. In respect of this, we do not climb to the summit of the peak beyond Tanderra Saddle.
Today will be spent tackling Mt Ohlssen Bagge, one of the most raved about walks in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. This 6km return hike has some steep and challenging sections, so prepare for rocky terrain and a continuous uphill climb. You’ll soon see that your efforts were worth it, as while the whole walk offers up unforgettable views, the view from the top simply can’t be beat. From here you can clearly see Ikara (Wilpena Pound) and the landscapes you’ve been exploring over the past few days. In the afternoon, enjoy a private tour at Sacred Canyon like no other, where you’ll immerse yourself in aboriginal culture as you listen to the stories and insights provided by your Adnyamathanha guide. Learn about the cultural significance of the site, the ancient rock engravings found in the smooth sandstone walls and discover bush medicines and bush tucker from the perspective of the Adnyamathanha people. This evening, enjoy your final dinner with your group; share stories and toast to the last week that you’ve spent walking the Flinders Ranges together.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park - Mount Ohlssen Bagge walk
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park - Yura Mulka Sacred Canyon tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Mount Ohlssen Bagge walk is a 6km, 4 hours Grade 4 (Challenging) return walk, with a steep rocky climb to the summit. Our exploration of Sacred Canyon is an easy 1km return walk
Leave the magnificent scenes of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park behind and begin your journey back to Adelaide. Aside from its fantastic walking trails, South Australia is also renowned for its wine. Stop off in the famous wine production region of Clare Valley and take some time out for lunch, then pay a visit to a local winery. Here you’ll have the chance to taste some of the wonderful wine, explore the vineyard on foot, or just sit back and enjoy the peaceful setting. Your leader will fill you in on the fascinating history of producing wine in this part of the country. Continue to Adelaide at which point your adventure will come to an end. Expect to arrive back in Adelaide at around 4.30pm.
Included Activities
  • Clare Valley - Winery visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

walking, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nights), Resort (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Mount Remarkable National Park - Alligator Gorge walk
  • The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park - The Dutchmans Stern hike
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges - Black Gap to Wilpena Pound walk
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges - Yuluna circuit hike
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park - Brachina Gorge
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges - Tanderra Saddle (St Mary Peak/Ngarri Mudlanha) hike
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park - Mount Ohlssen Bagge walk
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park - Yura Mulka Sacred Canyon tour
  • Clare Valley - Winery visit

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

START & END TIMES
The trip begins in Adelaide with a group meeting at 8am, and finishes upon arrival back into Adelaide at around 4:30pm on the last day. Please keep this in mind when arranging your arrival and departure flights. We recommend you book a night's accommodation before and after the trip.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking.

OPERATOR
This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

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