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Flinders Ranges Explorer

Flinders Ranges Explorer

From $ 3,150 AUD

Description

Would you rather sip world-class wine at spectacular wineries, explore a wild landscape of geological wonders or learn about a culture that’s prevailed for hundreds of years? In South Australia’s Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, there’s no need to choose – this place has it all. Take an intriguing tour around a religious community turned vineyard, walk through the awe-inspiring scenery of Wilpena Pound with an Aboriginal guide, traverse the rugged landscapes of Arkaroola in a four-wheel drive vehicle and gain a special insight into the culture of the Adnyamathanha people – and that’s just a taste of what’s to come!

Trip Name
Flinders Ranges Explorer
Last Updated
2021-09-25
Days
7
Capacity
11
Highlights
  • Taste the best of South Australia’s famous wine growing region, from the state’s first carbon neutral winery to a sustainable winery celebrating native ingredients and a historic religious community turned vineyard.
  • Stay on the fringe of Wilpena Pound, a remarkable natural amphitheatre, and join a local Aboriginal guide to learn about the biodiversity of the landscape and its relationship to the Adnyamathanha people.
  • Explore the rugged landscapes of Arkaroola, a protected wildlife reserve, on a fascinating four-wheel drive tour, then look to the skies in the evening at an astronomical observatory.
  • In the Northern Flinders Ranges, discover Iga Warta, on the land of the Adnyamathanha people. Meet with an Adnyamathanha guide to learn about their culture, history and connection to the land.
  • Visit and tour a creative distillery that uses native Australian ingredients to sustainably produce a uniquely delicious range of gin.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL EXPERIENCES & COMMUNITIES Due to cultural sensitivities, entry to particular parts of local First Nations communities may be unavailable. Where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides are unavailable in the Red Centre an Intrepid leader will lead the interpretive cultural walk. Top End cultural experiences are only available during the dry season (May-Oct) as sites are subject to flooding. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Intrepid reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.

Day 1 - Adelaide - Clare Valley - Flinders Ranges
Welcome to South Australia! Your adventure begins in Adelaide, your gateway to the ancient peaks of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. At 8.30 this morning, meet with your local leader and fellow travellers for a welcome meeting, then leave Adelaide behind and make tracks for the Clare Valley. Stop off at a local sustainable hotel with its own farm where you’ll have the chance to grab some lunch, then continue to the Sevenhill Cellars, a gorgeous winery in the Clare Valley. Founded by a priest in 1849, Sevenhill became the birthplace of the Jesuits religious community in Australia, with one Jesuit brother still working with the winery today. Tour the fascinating vineyard and take part in a wine tasting session with a side of history. Continue to Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre of mountains. Your base for the night is a stunning spot on the outskirts of this geological anomaly. This evening, receive a welcome to the region in Yura Ngawarla, the language of the Adnyamathanha people. Listen to traditional stories and Aboriginal songs while learning about the land you will be exploring over the coming days.
Day 2 - Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges
After breakfast this morning, meet with a local Aboriginal guide for a walk around the magnificent Wilpena Pound area. Your leader will share ancient stories of the landscape that have been passed down from generation to generation, provide insight into the biodiversity of the region and the life it sustains, and explain the relationship between the land and the Adnyamathanha people. Once you have a better understanding of the landscape, the rest of the day is yours for further explorations. You may like to join your leader on a hike, go at it alone, or simply sit back and relax while enjoying the incredible scenery.
Day 3 - Wilpena Pound - Arkaroola - Flinders Ranges
Wake up in the peaceful setting of Wilpena Pound, and perhaps choose to join your leader for a two-hour walk around the local area. In the afternoon, drive on to the north of the Flinders Range and discover Arkaroola, a wilderness sanctuary focused on education and conservation. Filled with wonderful wildlife and geological features, there’s so much to uncover here. Enjoy an included dinner at your accommodation then as the sun begins to set, make the most of your unspoiled and remote location and visit Arkaroola’s astronomical observatory. Free of light pollution, use professional astronomical telescopes to look into the night sky above – this really is an out-of-this-world experience!
Day 4 - Arkaroola - Flinders Ranges
Start the day with an exhilarating exploration of the Arkaroola grounds in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Drive up to the ridgetop, the oldest part of the Flinders Range (we’re talking 1.6 billion years old!) and discover a jagged landscape of ancient granite, mountains and unique plant life. Stop for morning tea at Sillers lookout and take in views of the Arkaroola Lamingtons, rock formations resembling your favourite coconut-covered treats. Your guide will fill you in on how the fascinating features of the landscape were formed over millions of years. Return to your resort and enjoy some downtime for lunch, then set out to explore more of the scenery surrounding your accommodation on foot. Join your leader on a bushwalk and learn more about the unusual flora and fauna of the region. This evening, sit down to a delicious barbecue dinner at your resort, paired with a glass of crisp South Australian wine.
Day 5 - Arkaroola - Iga Warta - Port Augusta
Say goodbye to Arkaroola and drive on to Iga Warta, overlooked by the mountains of the Northern Flinders Ranges and the land of the Adnyamathanha people. Meet with an Adnyamathanha guide to learn more about their culture, explore the land and meet the wildlife that lives on it, and hear stories of their history. Tuck into lunch at Iga Warta as you enjoy the peaceful location and listen to some traditional music, then continue on to the little city of Port Augusta. This former seaport has a bustling local community and no shortage of great spots to grab a tasty dinner – be sure to ask your leader for dining recommendations this evening!
Day 6 - Port Augusta - Hahndorf
Travel from Port Augusta to Mintaro, a charming historic town in the Clare Valley. On arrival, take a step into the town’s history during a visit to Martindale Hall, a Georgian style home built in 1879. Explore the grandiose home and get a glimpse into what an upper-class life looked like in the 19th century. Take some time out for lunch in Mintaro then drive into the Adelaide Hills, an area famous for its cool-climate wines. But wine isn’t the only drink produced in these parts – today you’ll pay a visit to a distillery that uses native Australian ingredients to create sustainably made and uniquely delicious gin. Take a look behind the scenes during a tour of the distillery, learn about their sustainable practices and perhaps sample some of the creative flavours yourself. Tonight will be spent in Hahndorf, a delightful town tucked away in the Adelaide Hills, made famous by its German-style buildings. You may like to join your group for a final dinner in a trendy local restaurant housed in a 130-year-old church.
Day 7 - Hahndorf - McLaren Vale - Adelaide
This morning, head to McLaren Vale, a celebrated winegrowing region. Here you’ll stop by South Australia’s first carbon neutral winery to learn a little about regenerative agriculture, and of course you’ll sample some of their goods. Continuing along the wine trail, travel to another sustainably run winery where you will take part in a wine tasting experience, paired with native treats like muntries, saltbush and pepper berries. Take a self-guided walk along the winery’s Eco Trail in search of native plants, birds and animals. Stop off for a last lunch and perhaps take the time to look back with you group on all you’ve seen and done in the past week. Finally, drive back to Adelaide, where on arrival your Flinders Ranges adventure will come to an end.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
05-12-202111-12-2021AUD $ 3,150-
02-01-202208-01-2022AUD $ 3,245-
06-02-202212-02-2022AUD $ 3,245-
06-03-202212-03-2022AUD $ 3,245-
24-04-202230-04-2022AUD $ 3,245-
08-05-202214-05-2022AUD $ 3,245-
19-06-202225-06-2022AUD $ 3,245-
31-07-202206-08-2022AUD $ 3,245-
28-08-202203-09-2022AUD $ 3,245-
06-09-202212-09-2022AUD $ 3,245-
09-10-202215-10-2022AUD $ 3,245-
13-11-202219-11-2022AUD $ 3,245-
11-12-202217-12-2022AUD $ 3,245-
01-01-202307-01-2023AUD $ 3,245-

Accommodation

Resort (2 nights),Motel Lodge (2 nights),Apartment (1 night),Hotel (1 night)

Transport

Private Vehicle

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