The Arkaba Walk is one of South Australia’s great adventures. This overland walking safari is in an awesome setting of the Flinders Ranges near the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound. Arkaba is made up of 60,000 acres of private conservancy. This is how you explore the outback by bushwalking on this four day guided tour. You will see why the Arkaba Walk is listed as one of the Great Walks of Australia and learn about this region’s 600 million year old geological history that created the spectacular panoramic views. The walks are exclusive and limited to a group of 10. Arkaba’s tour guides are passionate about this region and love sharing the bush and its stories with guests.

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Wilpena Pound Aerial View Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

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Flinders Ranges Aerial View Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

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Arkaba Walk Panorama Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

Hiring a Car in Adelaide

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Arkaba Walk Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Adelaide Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

The Flinders Ranges are easily accessible from Adelaide. It is about a 4 and ½ hour drive from Adelaide to get to Wilpena Pound. Hiring a car in Adelaide is easy with Budget. There are 5 different car rental locations in and around Adelaide, so it is quite convenient to hire a car in Adelaide. There are car hire locations in Adelaide City, at the Adelaide Airport, in Adelaide North – Salisbury, Adelaide South – Reynella, and an Adelaide Trucks location close to the airport for hiring trucks, 4 wheel drive, and all-terrain vehicles. Check with your car rental agent about any driving restrictions for the area as well as driving tips and safety guidelines. Getting to the Arkaba Walk and around most of South Australia means traversing through rugged terrain. Be sure to let your rental agent know where you are planning to go so that they can recommend the right vehicle for you and also offer up some maps, guidelines and tips from a local. While in South Australia, you might want to travel around and take in any of the following places we previously covered on our blog:

The Beautiful City of Adelaide, South Australia

Things to Do in Adelaide, South Australia

Take a Cool Drive through the Adelaide Hills

Strangest Places to Visit in South Australia

Coober Pedy, South Australia

Best Places in Australia to Dive with Sharks

Hop on Over to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Food Safari

A Getaway within a Getaway: Flinders Chase National Park

Visiting Barossa Valley

Bunda Cliffs

Murray River Region

The Coorong

Top 10 Nature Experience in Australia

The Southern Australian Loop Road Trip

Arkaba Walk Itinerary

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Arkaba Walk Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

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Arkaba Walk Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

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Arkaba Walk Panorama Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

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Arkaba Walk Panorama Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

The Arkaba Walk is a four day guided walking tour. Your tour guide will be an experienced tour guide who knows and loves this region. The walking tour is a blend of challenging walks covering a lot of ground and increasing elevations with relaxing nights dining and sleeping under the stars.

Day One: Wilpena Pound Resort to Black’s Gap Camp

Day One begins by setting off on foot through the Wilpena Pound basin. The journey takes you onto Arkaba’s private wildlife conservancy which extends from the edge of Wilpena Pound and descends down to Black’s Gap Camp. This is the highest elevation of the walk, your day begins at about 500 metres above sea level and ends at an elevation close to 700 metres.

Day Two: Black’s Gap Camp to Elder Camp

Day two consists of a challenging hike through creeks and broken country. This day’s walk ends in the foothills of the Elder Range. Night two is spent at Elder Camp. Much of day two’s walk is downhill across rugged terrain with one steep climb.

Day Three: Elder Camp to Arkaba Homestead

Day three takes you across varying terrain and you travel through Mallee and cypress pine forests. Next the walk ascends to the picturesque Red Range which comes with views across the neighbouring ranges of the Flinders Ranges. The tour then crosses Arkaba Creek ending at Arkaba’s heritage homestead.

Day Four: Arkaba Homestead to Arkaba Woolshed

The last day allows you to choose between more walking, relaxing, or sightseeing. You can just relax in the Arkaba Homestead library with a book or relax around the property. Take a walk along the creek to the historic Arkaba Woolshed or take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound to see the aerial views from above.

Whether you are on holiday or a local just taking a break, the Arkanba Walk can be done over a long weekend, tours leave on Thursdays.

Arkaba Walk Wildlife and Flora

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Arkaba Walk Wildlife Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

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Arkaba Walk Wildlife Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

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Arkaba Walk Wildlife Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

Being in the outback of course means Australian wildlife and trees come along with the scenery. You can expect to see Red kangaroos, Western Grey kangaroos, wallaroos, emus, and plenty of birds for birdwatchers. The landscape is lined with River Red Gums, craggy sandstone bluffs, and dry creeks.

Arkaba Walk Accommodations

 

Arkaba Walk Camping “Star Bed” Photo Credit: GreatWalksofAustralia.com.au

 

Arkaba Walk Accommodations Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

Luxury camping accommodations are set up throughout the walk so you will sleep under the bright stars with the backdrop of the mountains listening to the birds sing. Their signature “Star Beds” blend comfort with outdoor, open air camping. Showers and loos are conveniently close by but far enough away for guest privacy. Part of the luxury accommodations mean hot showers, cold drinks, canapes, and hot water bottles. Each evening brings a campfire, a three course camp dinner, South Australian wines, and relaxing in the bush. All accommodations are designed to be eco-friendly with very little impact on the environment.

Arkaba Homestead

 

Arkaba Homestead Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

 

Arkaba Homestead Dinner Table and Garden Photo Credit: GreatWalksofAustralia.com.au

 

Arkaba Homestead Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

 

Arkaba Homestead Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

 

Arkaba Homestead Photo Credit: ArkabaStation.com

Your last night on the walk is spent in the historic Arkaba Homestead which was built in 1851. There have been quite a few luxury upgrades since then. Each room has been restored with en-suite rooms that open up to a verandah to soak in your final views of this natural outback paradise. This is outback luxury at its finest and a great way to celebrate the end of this amazing walk.

The Great Walks of Australia

The Arkaba Walk is one of the nine Great Walks of Australia. The other walks include:

The Scenic Rim Trail in Brisbane

The Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk in Western Australia

The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk in Victoria

The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk in Tasmania

The Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort in Tasmania

The Cradle Mountain Huts Walks in Tasmania

The Freycinet Experience Walk