Flinders Ranges, SA

 Australia

Hear the birdsong, feel the cool spring-fed water and look out across the awe-inspiring mountain ridges and valleys of the Flinders Ranges.

Trip duration:
5 days

Challenge duration:
5 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
April to September

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 3-star lodge

Why you'll love this adventure

This South Australian adventure encompasses a variety of stunning landscapes from high red-rock outcroppings, spring-fed creeks, deep gorges and some of the oldest fossilised rock formations on Earth.

You’ll trek through two different national parks: Ikara-Flinders Ranges and Mount Remarkable. You’ll walk along part of the Heysen Trail, the length of which stretches 1,200 kilometres from Cape Jervis into the Flinders Ranges. This is an exhilarating adventure, though achievable for most at 47 kilometres over five days, filled with sights and sounds that will bring you closer to the heart of Australia.

Best of all, you’ll be joined by a team of like-minded individuals who are bound to become close friends over the course of this life-changing adventure.

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Hiking the Flinders Ranges

  • Trek into the heart of Mount Remarkable and Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Parks
  • Walk inside Wilpena Pound, the stunning natural rock amphitheatre
  • Hear the birdsong, feel the cool spring-fed water and look out across the awe-inspiring mountain ridges and valleys of the Flinders Ranges
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded

Trip notes

Day 1: Depart Adelaide - Mambray Creek Reserve

Today our adventure begins! We’ll be picked up by bus and depart Adelaide in the early morning, heading towards Port Wakefield. There, we’ll have morning tea at a local coffee shop and gather for our welcome briefing. After, the bus will take us farther north to Mambray Creek Reserve in the Mount Remarkable National Park. It’s time to stretch our legs! We’ll do a short warm-up walk 2.5 kilometres up Davey’s Gully with spectacular views across Spencer Gulf. You may spot some local wildlife including emus, euros and kookaburras. We’ll enjoy lunch and then transfer on to Gum Creek Station, our home base during the adventure. In the evening you’ll have time to unpack and relax, followed by dinner prepared by your guides. 

Transfer Time: 5 ½ hours

Trekking Distance: 2.5km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Heysen Trail - Wilpena Pound

After breakfast, we travel along the Morolana Scenic Drive with the spectacular Flinders Ranges as a backdrop. We pass through the magnificent River Red Gum woodland, the habitat of many kangaroos and emus, before arriving at our starting point for today. We begin our trek on the famous Heysen Trail, the length of which stretches 1,200 kilometres from Cape Jervis into the Flinders Ranges. This is one of the special sections of the trail, set in Wilpena Pound, the stunning natural amphitheatre of red rock. The path starts with a pretty creek walk through Black Gap, before climbing a section of the Wilpena Pound Wall to Bridle Gap. You’ll catch spectacular views of the Elder Range to the south as we proceed. We walk along the floor of the Wilpena Pound, the walls of the massive landmark towering above, and pause for lunch at Hills Homestead. From here it is an easy stroll to the Wilpena Pound Visitor Centre where we’re picked up to return to camp for dinner. 

Trekking Distance: 12km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Brachina Gorge, Trezona Walk and Yuluna Circuit

Today we’ll trek two different sections of the Flinders Ranges, maximising their great variety and spectacular views. First, we travel through the ‘corridor of time’ geological trail, along Brachina Gorge Road, which reveals over 650 million years of geological history. We’ll then embark on the Trezona loop walk where we will see some of the earliest life forms in the Trezona Formation, some of the oldest fossilised rock formations on Earth. We then transfer to the Yuluna Circuit at Aroona, where we discover old pastoral ruins and pass through contrasting rock formations and vegetation. This walk offers lovely views of the Heysen and Trezona Ranges. We’ll end the day exploring Brachina Gorge, one of the park’s most popular and spectacular attractions and a popular scenic drive. We’ll return to camp for a hearty meal and a good night’s sleep. 

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Blinman Pools

Pack your swimmers for today’s walk! We’ll trek a circuit to the beautiful Blinman Pools, a great place to stop and relax under the magnificent river red gums. Two spring-fed creeks keep the pools filled with water all year round making it a very refreshing place for a dip. In some places along the trail, sheer cliffs rise almost straight up from the creek bed providing a spectacular backdrop to the trek. We finish our walk mid-afternoon and then take a short drive through Parachilna Gorge, to the trailhead of the Heysen Trail, where we have afternoon tea. In the evening we return one last time to our camp, and a final team dinner amongst the Flinders Ranges.

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Alligator Gorge and return to Adelaide

After breakfast, we pack up and depart camp, ready for our final day of the adventure. Today our walk encompasses a gem of the Flinders Ranges – Alligator Gorge in the Mount Remarkable National Park. This walk has some of the most visually stunning scenery you’ll come across in the region: high ochre ridges, deep gorges and watercourses lined with river red gums. We enjoy our final day trekking amongst this truly stunning scenery and reflect on all we’ve seen and accomplished together. Feeling proud, we’ll finish the trek and meet up with our bus to transfer back to Adelaide, kicking back or swapping stories and photos with each other on the way. We aim to arrive in Adelaide around 5.00pm. If you are departing from Adelaide tonight, please do not book your flight before 7.00pm. 

Trekking Distance: 3km

Transfer Time: 5 ½ hours

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Depart Adelaide - Mambray Creek Reserve

Today our adventure begins! We’ll be picked up by bus and depart Adelaide in the early morning, heading towards Port Wakefield. There, we’ll have morning tea at a local coffee shop and gather for our welcome briefing. After, the bus will take us farther north to Mambray Creek Reserve in the Mount Remarkable National Park. It’s time to stretch our legs! We’ll do a short warm-up walk 2.5 kilometres up Davey’s Gully with spectacular views across Spencer Gulf. You may spot some local wildlife including emus, euros and kookaburras. We’ll enjoy lunch and then transfer on to Gum Creek Station, our home base during the adventure. In the evening you’ll have time to unpack and relax, followed by dinner prepared by your guides. 

Transfer Time: 5 ½ hours

Trekking Distance: 2.5km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Heysen Trail - Wilpena Pound

After breakfast we travel along the Morolana Scenic Drive with the spectacular Flinders Ranges as a backdrop. We pass through the magnificent River Red Gum woodland, the habitat of many kangaroos and emus, before arriving at our starting point for today. We begin our trek on the famous Heysen Trail, the length of which stretches 1,200 kilometres from Cape Jervis into the Flinders Ranges. This is one of the special sections of the trail, set in Wilpena Pound, the stunning natural amphitheatre of red rock. The path starts with a pretty creek walk through Black Gap, before climbing a section of the Wilpena Pound Wall to Bridle Gap. You’ll catch spectacular views of the Elder Range to the south as we proceed. We walk along the floor of the Wilpena Pound, the walls of the massive landmark towering above, and pause for lunch at Hills Homestead. From here it is an easy stroll to the Wilpena Pound Visitor Centre where we’re picked up to return to camp for dinner. 

Trekking Distance: 12km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Brachina Gorge, Trezona Walk and Yuluna Circuit

Today we’ll trek two different sections of the Flinders Ranges, maximising their great variety and spectacular views. First, we travel through the ‘corridor of time’ geological trail, along Brachina Gorge Road, which reveals over 650 million years of geological history. We’ll then embark on the Trezona loop walk where we will see some of the earliest life forms in the Trezona Formation, some of the oldest fossilised rock formations on Earth. We then transfer to the Yuluna Circuit at Aroona, where we discover old pastoral ruins and pass through contrasting rock formations and vegetation. This walk offers lovely views of the Heysen and Trezona Ranges. We’ll end the day exploring Brachina Gorge, one of the park’s most popular and spectacular attractions and a popular scenic drive. We’ll return to camp for a hearty meal and a good night’s sleep. 

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Blinman Pools

Pack your swimmers for today’s walk! We’ll trek a circuit to the beautiful Blinman Pools, a great place to stop and relax under the magnificent river red gums. Two spring-fed creeks keep the pools filled with water all year round making it a very refreshing place for a dip. In some places along the trail, sheer cliffs rise almost straight up from the creek bed providing a spectacular backdrop to the trek. We finish our walk mid-afternoon and then take a short drive through Parachilna Gorge, to the trailhead of the Heysen Trail, where we have afternoon tea. In the evening we return one last time to our camp, and a final team dinner amongst the Flinders Ranges.

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Alligator Gorge and return to Adelaide

After breakfast, we pack up and depart camp, ready for our final day of the adventure. Today our walk encompasses a gem of the Flinders Ranges – Alligator Gorge in the Mount Remarkable National Park. This walk has some of the most visually stunning scenery you’ll come across in the region: high ochre ridges, deep gorges and watercourses lined with river red gums. We enjoy our final day trekking amongst this truly stunning scenery and reflect on all we’ve seen and accomplished together. Feeling proud, we’ll finish the trek and meet up with our bus to transfer back to Adelaide, kicking back or swapping stories and photos with each other on the way. We aim to arrive in Adelaide around 5.00pm. If you are departing from Adelaide tonight, please do not book your flight before 7.00pm. 

Trekking Distance: 3km

Transfer Time: 5 ½ hours

Meals: Breakfast

Frequently asked questions

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ABOUT THE ADVENTURE

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Flinders Ranges trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

FITNESS AND TRAINING

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 4-5 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

ACCOMMODATION

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in two-bedroom cabins. Each cabin has one shared bathroom and living area. Single rooms in a shared cabin are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

WHAT TO EXPECT

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, toast, spreads and yoghurt. Lunch can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. There will also be plenty of snacks available during the day. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert accompanied by pre-dinner nibbles, all prepared by your guides. The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include maple baked apples, pears in red wine, fruit salad or pavlova to name just a few.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

The Flinders Ranges region is semi-arid with hot dry summers and cool winters. During the winter rain is erratic, frost in the morning is common and the average daytime temperature is 16-18°C. Expect large variations in temperature between daytime and nighttime. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You will not be able to use your phone while out in the bush – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you’re lucky, you might get some coverage at your accommodation.

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity points will be available at your accommodation which you will return to each afternoon/night.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

COSTS AND PAYMENTS

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-star lodges based on twin share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guides

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

TRAVEL INSURANCE AND VISAS

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Flinders Ranges trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 4-5 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in two-bedroom cabins. Each cabin has one shared bathroom and living area. Single rooms in a shared cabin are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, toast, spreads and yoghurt. Lunch can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. There will also be plenty of snacks available during the day. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert accompanied by pre-dinner nibbles, all prepared by your guides. The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include maple baked apples, pears in red wine, fruit salad or pavlova to name just a few.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

The Flinders Ranges region is semi-arid with hot dry summers and cool winters. During the winter rain is erratic, frost in the morning is common and the average daytime temperature is 16-18°C. Expect large variations in temperature between daytime and nighttime. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You will not be able to use your phone while out in the bush – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you’re lucky, you might get some coverage at your accommodation.

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity points will be available at your accommodation which you will return to each afternoon/night.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-star lodges based on twin share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guides

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.

Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.

Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral.

Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.

Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.

Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here.

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