Ranges to River

From $4250pp

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Duration

9 days

Type

Group

Max Group Size

10

AVAILABLE FROM

Contact us for 2022 departures.

INTERESTS

Walking, wildlife, river cruise

This Murray River Walk and the Arkaba Walk, two Great Walks of Australia, come together to give you the opportunity to conquer both in one incredible South Australian journey.

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Discover the dramatic scenery of the Flinders Ranges and walk the creek beds lined with River Red Gums while never losing sight of the rolling, craggy cypress pine ridged lines of these mountainous ranges. Leave the mountains behind at the floodplain wetlands of the Murray River and enjoy a gentle cruise up its meandering bends. Discover on foot the ever-changing scenery, the stunning red-ochre cliffs at sunset and the great Eucalypt forests that are a haven for small bird species.

While everyone loves to have a comfortable bed and great food, the time spent with guides on the ground leaves a lasting impact. Our friendly and passionate guides will share their knowledge of the landscape and help you independently identify the common species of birds, wildlife, and plants spotted on the journey so you become familiar with these two iconic Australian environments.

Arkaba Homestead

Arkaba Walk’s Signature Camps

Murray River Houseboat

Arkaba Homestead – Your first and fourth evening is spent in the comfort of Arkaba’s restored homestead, member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, and an exclusive outback Australian experience. As the layout of the original homestead has been retained, each of the five homestead guestrooms has a character of its own and has been named after early settlers, explorers or property owners. Each has a private bathroom and opens out on a shaded verandah with views of the surrounding ranges. The decor has been hand-fashioned by wildlife artist, Rosie Woodford-Granf. Bedheads are from recycled fence posts and fleeces, curtains tied back by gumnut tassles, lights are perched on explorers’ tripod theodolites. The Arkaba Homestead retains a real sense of history and place.

Arkaba Walk’s Signature Camps – Each signature camp has five permanent swag decks. The low timber decks are slightly elevated, and each have a ½ metre corrugated iron screen around three sides, to give privacy – the fourth side is left open to the views over the countryside, while above you is the night sky and a canopy of stars. There is also a sheltered section of your swag deck, in the event of wind or rain. Your bed is a ‘swag’ – the bedding of choice for generations of Australian pioneers, a canvas envelope that is comfortable and waterproof, protecting you from the elements. Inside each swag will be an all season’s sleeping bag with liner. Each camp site has two waterless composting toilets – each in their own little ‘dunny’ shed and strategically located to enjoy the best of the views. Each camp has two bush showers – essentially buckets that are filled with water warmed on the fire, and equipped with taps to regulate the flow.

Murray River Houseboat – The houseboat is your lodge-based accommodation on the Murray River Walk. The scenery from your houseboat and your bedroom window is always spectacular. In the evenings, relax in the houseboat lounge and share stories with your fellow travellers, or venture up to the top deck where a hot spa provides a perfect end to the day’s activities. Your houseboat sleeps up to 10 people in 5 rooms (each room sleeps 2 people, queen bed or 2 singles), and each boat has 2 bathrooms with hot showers, a spacious lounge and modern kitchen. The houseboat will be moored each day at your daily destination, you only need to unpack once as you keep the same room for the entire journey.

Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Arkaba

Day 2: Arkaba Homestead to Black's Gap Camp

Day 3: Black's Gap to Elder Camp

Day 4: Elder Camp to Arkaba Homestead

Day 5: Depart Arkaba for Renmark

Day 6: Renmark to Headings Cliffs

Day 7: Headings Cliffs to Chowilla Creek

Day 8: Chowilla Creek to Bunyip Reach Cliffs

Day 9: Bunyip Reach Cliffs to Renmark

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