All about the 5 Day Flinders and Arkaroola Safari

Flinders Ranges in South Australia is one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth! Experience the unforgettable magic of the desert sky of the Real Australian Outback. The Flinders Ranges are known for their unique beauty, indigenous history, ancient geological formations, rich colours & textures and abundant wildlife. Home to a huge array of plant species, birds, reptiles and mammals, the vibrant colours of Yellow-footed rock wallaby the 800 million-year-old quartzite and limestone outcrop that is the Flinders, are truly spectacular.

On the first night on this Flinders Ranges tour, we stay at Merna Mora its a popular tourist destination in the Wilpena Pound area of the Central Flinders Ranges. Merna Mora plays a vital part in the cattle and sheep station enterprise and offers a genuine and authentic experience for those wishing to escape and witness the outback lifestyle and atmosphere.

Day 2 you will visit the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary it is in spectacular, rugged mountains of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia's remote Outback. Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is set in a privately owned, 610 sq km property, in the stunning Northern Flinders Ranges, which has unique, geological, scenic and ecological significance. Here you can experience a scenic flight over the area (optional at additional cost) Or you can enjoy plenty of hikes from the Arkaroola wilderness sanctuary a mecca for bushwalkers and nature lovers. 

Day 3 is your adventure day with Arkaroola's signature 4WD tour - an unforgettable encounter with the timeless terrain and unique natural beauty of the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Travelling in a specially constructed open-top 4WD vehicle, Ridgetop passengers are taken on a guided tour of some of the most spectacularly rugged country on earth. Trained tour guides share their knowledge of Arkaroola's 1600-million year geological history as they navigate the steep slopes and hair-raising ascents of the famous Ridgetop Track.

Inspiring images of red granite mountains and golden spinifex covered hillsides give way to a breath-taking view across the Freeling Heights, Lake Frome and the desert beyond. Take in the 360-degree panorama as you enjoy morning  tea at Sillers Lookout - a lofty pinnacle at the end of the Track.

Day 4 of your Flinders Ranges Tour explore the old woolshed (once one of the most important in the land), and the stone monument to explorer Ernest Giles, who set out on a death-defying journey from Beltana to Perth, Western Australia in 1875, one of Australia’s most famous pioneering expeditions. Then we head to Wilpena Pound for some bushwalking, trails range from the leisurely hour-long Drought Busters Trail to the 7km Wangara Lookout Hike. 

So much outback and nature to explore over the 5 days on tour you will really experience South Australia.

Your 5 Day Small Group Flinders Ranges tour includes Wilpena Pound, Southern and Northern Flinders, Arkaroola including 4WD Ridge top tour.

5 Day Flinders and Arkaroola Safari
Tour itinerary - 5 Days

  • Day 1 Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
    Leave the beautiful city of Adelaide behind and head north along the eastern sides of the Gulf Saint Vincent & Spencer Gulf.Visit historical coastal towns and learn about South Australia’s rich maritime history of long jetties and old sailing boats.
    Enjoy a picnic lunch at Mt Remarkable National Park surrounded by 600 million year old mountains with an abundance of native wildlife. If you enjoy bush walking we will take you on a one-hour guided walk with spectacular views over the mountain ranges and the Spencer Gulf.
    Continue our journey across the Flinders Ranges (one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth) visiting the historic township of Quorn. Wander around town, say gidday to the friendly locals, photograph the old buildings and famous railway station. Quorn was once the start of the old Ghan Railway and has been a popular filming site for the Australian film industry since its inception. Aussie greats filmed in this quintessential outback town include ‘The Shiralee’, ‘Sunday Too Far Away’, ‘The Sundowners’ and much more.
    Heading out along the dirt tracks to Warren Gorge we search for the rare Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies that live amongst the rugged rock formations in this beautiful area. Investigate old ghost towns that are a witness and testament to the hardships of our pioneering ancestors.

    You will arrive at Merna Mora Station in the late afternoon. This working sheep station is situated on the south western side of the famous Wilpena Pound. Enjoy a delicious Aussie barbeque then sit back and relax around the campfire. Experience the unforgettable magic of the desert sky of the Real Australian Outback!
    Overnight: Merna Mora Sheep Station (L and D)
  • Day 2 Flinders Ranges to Arkaroola
    After a hearty breakfast, we travel the spectacular Moralana Scenic Drive. This magnificent track offers unsurpassed scenery with plenty of wildlife, including kangaroos and emus.
    Continue to the Stokes Hill Lookout and be amazed by the endless vista and views of Wilpena Pound. Soak up the clean air, savour the solitude and capture some very special photos.
    After lunch at the old copper mining town of Blinman, a local mining expert will take you deep underground. Explore some of the mine’s many shafts and be enthralled by stories of the hardy Cornish miners who pioneered this area.
    From here we head further north, deep into the real outback, through the Gammon Ranges National Park and into the world famous Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Arkaroola is situated in the Northern Flinders Ranges, with it’s rugged granite terrain, that is both wild and beautiful.
    Optional extras: Scenic flight over Arkaroola & the outback. Optional Extra! Astronomy night. Overnight: The Arkaroola Wilderness Resort (B, L and D)
  • Day 3 Arkaroola to Beltana Homestead
    Today your experienced guide will take you on an exhilarating adventure along the world renowned 4WD Ridge Top Tour! Buckle up and hang on as your vehicle carefully transverses the steep terrain to the top of Sillers Hill Lookout (approximately a 4 hour return trip).
    After lunch, we leave Arkaroola and travel through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Gammon Ranges.
    Late afternoon traveling through this country can be a really special experience with dramatic landscapes and constantly changing colors as the sun sinks into the western desert sky.
    Arrive at the historic Beltana Homestead where Sir Thomas Elder and other outback legends, founded this remote station country. Enjoy a country-cooked roast lamb dinner with all the trimmings prepared by the stations head cook. What better way to end the day than with a spot of star gazing? Clear skies, clean air and a star-filled sky; this is what dreams are made of!
    Overnight: Beltana Station (B, L and D)
  • Day 4 Beltana Homestead to Rawnsley Park Station
    Take advantage of the early morning light and wander around this working outback sheep station. Explore the old woolshed (once one of the most important in the land), and the stone monument to explorer Ernest Giles, who set out on a death-defying journey from Beltana to Perth, Western Australia in 1875 – one of Australia’s most famous pioneering expeditions.
    From the desert plains, we travel back into the mountains, through the world famous Brachina Gorge. This is known as the Corridors Through Time, and contains geological formations that bear a record of ancient environments and life forms belonging to a period in Earth’s history which lasted for hundreds of millions of years.This unique area attracts geologists, painters, poets, and photographers from around the globe. Nature at its very best!
    The afternoon will find us at Wilpena to join our guide for a bush walk into Wilpena Pound itself, or just to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the Flinders Ranges.
    Optional Extra! 30-minute flight over Wilpena Pound. Overnight: Rawnsley Park Station (B, L and D)
  • Day 5 Flinders Ranges to Adelaide
    Another highlight is a very special guided bush walk to one of the aboriginal rock art sites. See artwork dating back thousands of years and discover some of the mysteries of the Dreamtime.
    Travel south to the beautiful little township of Melrose, the first settlement in the Flinders Ranges and relax over lunch.
    As we travel through the Southern Flinders Ranges the landscape will change. We find ourselves entering the lush rural landscapes of the south.
    Last stop on this epic journey, that has taken us through some of the most amazing areas on earth, is the famous Clare Valley for some well-deserved wine tasting.
    Arrive Adelaide at approximately 6.00pm. (B and L)
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Real Aussie Says:
This is an exciting small group Eco-Adventure in the famous Flinders Ranges. Comfortable off road vehicle! Come and experience the real outback from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges. Our tour guides are qualified, professional bushmen with a passion and respect for the outback. With tours leaving every week or so, and a range of destinations and activities, we’re sure you’ll love your South Australia tour.

5 Day Flinders and Arkaroola Safari Price information AUD per person



Tour code: HB5DAY
1 night camping 3 nights Cabin Non Ensuite Single
1 night camping 3 nights cabin Double or Twin
3 nights cabin (en-suite)/1 night cabin (non en-suite) Double or Twin
3 nights cabin (en-suite)/1 night cabin (non en-suite) Single

Departure information


Departs: Adelaide last Friday of each month except December and January.
Pick up Time: 7.30am to 8.00am from your city accommodation or the Central Bus Station.


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

Luggage: Luggage should be kept to 15 kg in a soft bag or backpack with an additional day pack

Dietary: Please advise any dietary requirements or medical conditions when reconfirming reservation.

Fitness: Participants should have a good to moderate fitness level for this tour and be aware that walks often take place over uneven ground.

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