The remote location is a legally protected wilderness sanctuary and an important part of the Gammon Ranges and Arkaroola Bird Area.
Experience Arkaroola on the world famous Ridgetop Tour, watch millions of outback stars at the Observatory and discover the many layers of the ochre wall nearby.
Optional Arkaroola Scenic Flights to witness the beauty from a bird’s eye view and extra time at Arkaroola for bird watching, bush walking, painting and photographic journeys.
Enjoy an overnight stop at the Prairie Hotel and visit Nilpena Station taking a fascinating tour of the Ediacaran Fossil Site.
Arkaroola Tours Highlights & Inclusions
- 6.30am Pickup from Adelaide City Hotel
- Drop Off Adelaide City Hotel or Airport
- All Meals from Morning Tea D1 until Lunch D6
- Drinking Water, Snacks and Fruit
- 1x Night Prairie Hotel
- 4x Nights Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
- Historic Township of Quorn
- Wilpena Panorama Gallery
- Nilpena Fossil Site Tour
- Nilpena Station Shearing Shed
- Observatory Tour at Arkaroola
- Arkaroola Ridgetop Tour – Half Day Tour including Siller’s Lookout
- Second Arkaroola Half Day 4WD Tour to Echo Camp and waterholes
- Arkaroola Ochre Wall
- Arkaroola Free Time (walking, bird watching, photographs, painting)
- Seppeltsfield in Barossa Valley
- Fully Guided Activities
- All National Park Fees
Arkaroola Tours – Travel from Adelaide to the Wilderness Sanctuary
Leave the busy city district of Adelaide behind and let us take you on a tour filled with wonder and secrets of Arkaroola. Located in the Northern Flinders Ranges Arkaroola features rugged mountains, towering granite peaks, magnificent gorges and mysterious waterholes. Today our journey takes us through Quorn a historic railway town in South Australia. We then continue our travels to Hawker and visit the Wilpena Panorama Gallery. View a stunning 30 metre circular painting of Wilpena Pound and check out rock, mineral and fossil displays. After lunch we follow the Vulkathanha Gammon Ranges Road deep into the Northern Flinders Ranges and you can take a first glimpse at the ancient ridges and the remoteness of Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Upon our arrival we settle into our rooms for the next four nights. This tour offers the best opportunity to really explore the uniqueness of Arkaroola. (Day 1 Lunch and Dinner, Arkaroola Sanctuary overnight)
Enjoy the Ridgetop Tour and Observatory at Arkaroola
Today we experience Arkaroola’s world famous signature tour – the Ridgetop Tour. We travel in specially designed vehicles for an unforgettable encounter with the timeless terrain and unique natural beauty. Witness 360 degree views at the top of the Ridgetop track. After a late lunch we wind our way to the Ochre Wall and be amazed by the different colours and rock layers. And tonight we watch the various planets and million stars through telescopes at Arkaroola’s own Observatory. (Day 2 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Arkaroola Sanctuary overnight)
Acacia Ridge Walk and Optional Arkaroola Scenic Flights
Arkaroola is such a special and awe inspiring area that most travellers wished they had one extra day out here. On our Arkaroola Tours we give you exactly what you are looking for. Join your guide on the stunning Acacia Ridge Walk or spend the day at your own leisure. Venture on a bird watching or photographic journey. Look out for some of the 160 recorded bird species to the area or the various flora and fauna abundant at this time of the year. Or how about you bring your painting brush and drawing tools. Plenty of inspiration, photographic opportunities and great encounters with wildlife out here. This afternoon why not take an optional scenic flight over Arkaroola Sanctuary or Lake Frome. The Arkaroola scenic flight will give you a bird’s eye view of the ancient southern Arkaroola to the granite and quartzite outcrops of Mount Gee, the Mawson Plateau and the Freeling Heights. This flight is 30 minutes. Or fly for 75 minutes taking you over Arkaroola and east across the flood plains to the whitest salt lake in Australia, Lake Frome. You will see old sand dunes trapped forever in the Lake’s crusty grasp, a relic of the time when central Australia was once an inland sea. We will all meet back for a delicious BBQ dinner. (Day 3 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Arkaroola Sanctuary overnight)
Mawson Spriggina Walk and Half Day Arkaroola 4WD Tour
This morning join your guide on the Mawson Spriggina Walk through Mawson Valley and along the Spriggina Ridge rewarding you with unforgettable views. In the afternoon we take an additional 4WD Tour passing by Echo Camp and Barraranna waterholes as the track follows the winding gorge carved by the Arkaroola Creek. It is the perfect contrast to the famous Ridgetop Tour. (Day 4 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Arkaroola Sanctuary overnight)
Depart Arkaroola and travel to Nilpena Fossil Station
Nilpena Station is home to the significant Ediacaran fossil site in the Flinders Ranges and called an international treasure among scientists and evolutionists. After our picnic lunch at the 150-year old Nilpena shearing shed we head out on a guided tour of the fossil site, which features fossils that are over 555 million years old and represent the earliest evidence of complex life on earth. The iconic Prairie Hotel is our overnight stay at Parachilna tonight and we arrive late afternoon. Relax and unwind or sit around the wine barrels set out the front of the charming sandstone building and enjoy one of the Prairie’s home-brew, the Fargher Lager beer. Check out the fossil collection, talk to the friendly locals and have a look at their innovative menu with a “Flinders Feral Food” twist. We finish the day with a delicious and unique Prairie Hotel meal. (Day 5 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Prairie Hotel overnight)
Journey from Parachilna to Barossa Valley
Wow, what an amazing time we had at Arkaroola and Nilpena Station, but it is time to say goodbye. Our journey takes us south through the country towns of Eurelia, Orroroo and Jamestown, home to the iconic man R.M.Williams. Enjoy a fantastic cafe lunch in Spalding before a visit to Seppeltsfield located in Barossa Valley, Australia’s best-known wine region. Spend some time at your own leisure exploring the stunning Jam Factory Gallery, the Vassa Virgin shop, artists workshops and wine tasting at the cellar door. Being one of Australia’s oldest wineries this historic place is a great way to finish our special tour. Packed with amazing memories we drive back to Adelaide and arrive around 5pm. (Day 6 Breakfast, Lunch)
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