Heysen Trail and the Flinders Ranges

Land Tour

The North Flinders Ranges offers some of the most stunning scenery in Australia as well as some of the most attractive outback properties. This newly accommodated trek includes selected walks on our favourite sections of the Heysen Trail. The Flinders Ranges offer a rolling range of majestic peaks and rugged ridges, deep gorges and endemic plants and animals. The world class trails combine exceptional views and achievable challenges to create unforgettable walking experiences. The forests of cypress pines create an almost alpine ambiance in these semi-arid ranges with the dry climate creating ideal conditions for walking. This trip is fully supported so you can enjoy walking with just a day pack. Each evening we stay at comfortable accommodation offering both stunning scenery and the best of outback hospitality.
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Tour Provider Australian Walking Holidays
Number Of Days
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Start Location
Adelaide, Australia
End Location
Adelaide, Australia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
7 to 12
Tour Style
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
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Day 1 - Transfer from Adelaide to Willow Springs/Rawnsley Park via Quorn
We pick you up from your accommodation in Adelaide between 7-7:30am and drive north though South Australia’s agricultural districts to the small township of Quorn. We'll have lunch in Qourn and then travel closer to the Flinders Ranges National Park via a short walk at Arkaroo Rock, while we walk we will see a few Indigenous art sites. We enjoy a scrumptious dinner prepared by our guides, and hear a briefing about the exciting adventures on the itinerary for tomorrow. Tonight we will stay at either the at the caravan park in Rawnsley Park Station or at the historic Willow Springs Station. Walking Distances: Arkaroo Rock 3km | Driving Time: 4-5.5 hours
Day 2 - Trek Black Gap to Wilpena Pound
Today we walk section 57 of the famous, 1200km Heysen Trail. Beginning at scenic Black Gap Lookout, the trail takes us north-east to Bridle Gap. From here we have views across the expansive Wilpena Pound, and back towards the Elder Range. We descend into the Pound itself and follow the trail straight through the middle – an unforgettable walking experience. A variety of mallee, native pine and heath habitats within the Pound provide excellent opportunities to observe interesting local birds including wrens, robins, parrots and raptors. We meet our bus at the Wilpena Visitors Centre and transfer to our accommodation at Rawnsley Park or Willow Springs accommodation. Walking Distance: 14km | Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Day 3 - Tanderra Saddle Walk
The Tanderra Saddle Walk begins on the outer edges of Wilpena Pound through Sheoaks and Grass Trees. Starting from Wilpena, we trek along the 'Outside Trail' which skirts around the foothills of Wilpena Pound's northern edge. As we ascend to the top of the saddle, our reward awaits us: utterly unbeatable views in all directions of the Central Flinders Ranges, Aroona Valley, and the salt plains to the west. The Tanderra Saddle Walk is a shorter but equally rewarding section of the St Mary's Peak walk. The Adnyamathanha people of the Flinders Ranges would prefer visitors not to climb to the summi, as it is important to the Adnyamathanha creation story. A picnic lunch on the Saddle gives us time to kick back and take it all in before we begin the descent, retracing our steps to Wilpena. We return to our accommodation at the Rawnsley Park Station or Willow Springs Sheep Station and celebrate our walk with another scrumptious evening meal together. Walking Distance: 12km | Walking Time: 5 hours
Day 4 - Trek Aroona Hut to Parachilna Gorge
Today we walk the official final leg of the Heysen Trail – section 61. After breakfast we leave Willow Springs and transfer north through Brachina Gorge to the Aroona Valley. The bus drops us off in the middle of the wilderness at Aroona Hut and we set off for a full day on the trail, walking along the valley between ABC Range and Heysen Range. The day's walk is gently undulating, taking us through bird life filled vegetation and past numerous abandoned mine sites. Reaching the trail head at Parachilna Gorge, we board the bus for a transfer back to our accommodation. Walking Distance: 17km | Walking Time: 6-7 hours | Driving Time: 2 hours
Day 5 - Alligator Gorge circuit walk, transfer to Melrose
We drive south through Hawker and Quorn entering Mount Remarkable National Park from the north. Our walk today is the Alligator Gorge Ring Route, one of the Flinders' regions best kept secrets and part of the Heysen Trail. This walk takes us along the full length of Alligator Gorge and through The Narrows – a peaceful gorge only a few metres wide that stretches for a couple of hundred metres. We can see ancient ripple fossils in the rocks of The Terraces, then have the option for a side trip to The Battery for views over Spenser Gulf. Tonight's accommodation is in the delightful town of Melrose. Walking Distance: 9km | Walking Time: 4 hours | Driving Time: 3 hours
Day 6 - Mount Remarkable summit, transfer to Adelaide
This morning we start our walk from the door of our accommodation. An early start allows us to trek the first part of section 43 of The Heysen Trail and summit Mount Remarkable. Heading out of town we quickly reach the National Park and begin a gradual ascent to the 961m peak. This is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the plethora of wildlife that resides in this park: the beautiful yellow-footed rock wallaby, emus, euros and wedge-tailed eagles to name just a few! From the top we gaze across the entire National Park out to Spencer Gulf – a magnificent finale to the last 6 days of Flinders walking. Our journey concludes when we drop you at your Adelaide accommodation between 5-6pm. Walking Distance: 14km | Walking Time: 5 hours | Driving Time: 3 hours
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5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
Snacks and hot drinks
Professional wilderness guide and support staff
5 nights accommodation as per itinerary, usually in twin or multi share rooms in multi room cabins/cottages with shared bathroom facilities. Most bathroom facilities are separate to your cabin/cottage.
All entrance and national park fees
Emergency communications and group first aid kit
Transport during the trip
Soak up the beauty and grandeur of the scenic Wilpena Pound
Visit Alligator Gorge, one of the Flinders Ranges most spectacular natural attractions
Animal spotting for yellow-footed rock wallaby, euro and emu plus much more local wildlife
Relax each evening at unique, comfortable outback accommodation with all scrumptious meals provided
Departure dates Expand
Start End Availability Price
07 Aug 2022 12 Aug 2022 Available $2,895
28 Aug 2022 02 Sep 2022 Available $2,695
30 Apr 2023 05 May 2023 Available $3,095
07 May 2023 12 May 2023 Available $2,895
28 May 2023 02 Jun 2023 Available $2,895
04 Jun 2023 09 Jun 2023 Available $3,095
25 Jun 2023 30 Jun 2023 Available $3,095
02 Jul 2023 07 Jul 2023 Available $3,095
23 Jul 2023 28 Jul 2023 Available $3,095
30 Jul 2023 04 Aug 2023 Available $3,095
20 Aug 2023 25 Aug 2023 Available $2,895
27 Aug 2023 01 Sep 2023 Available $2,895

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