Walk the Flinders Ranges

Trip Code: PIXR

Why we love it

Spend four nights in the heart of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, staying at a resort on the fringes of Ikara (Wilpena Pound), a remarkable natural amphitheatre formed over millions of years., Embark on a scenic hike from Dutchmans Stern, passing through sugar gum forest and she-oak woodlands to be rewarded with incredible views of the surrounding plains., Travel with a local leader who will let you in on little-known facts, share stories of the ancient landscapes and help to spot the weird and wonderful wildlife that call this place home., Look out for parrots, cockatoos, galahs and eagles as you hike through a scenic gorge towards the Blinman Pools, the perfect place to cool off with a dip in a natural swimming hole., Of all the incredible views the Flinders Ranges offer, the one from the peak of Mt Ohlssen Bagge might just top them all. Climb to the summit of the mountain to take in a sight you won’t forget.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

Important information

STARTING & ENDING TIME
This trip begins in Adelaide on day 1 at 8am and finishes upon arrival back into Adelaide at around 4:30pm. Please keep this in mind when arranging your arrival and departure flights. We recommend you book a night's accommodation before and after the trip.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

What to bring/pack

LUGGAGE LIMIT
Due to limited vehicle space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, your main piece of luggage must be soft-sided and weigh no more than 15kg/33lb. You can also bring a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, sunscreen, etc when you’re exploring during the day.

We are unable to carry large suitcases, particularly hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings., Be prepared for a variety of weather, with the possibility of cold, windy and wet conditions and in the warmer months hot days as well . It is not necessary to ‘dress’ for evening meals; casual, comfortable clothing is sufficient.

Essential items
● Personal identification
● Copy of your travel insurance policy and 24-hour contact number
● Credit card and spending money
● Comfortable daypack (25–35 litres) with rain cover
● Water bottle(s) or hydration bladder (2+ litres recommended)
● Comfortable and well worn in hiking shoes or boots
● Camera and mobile phone

Personal items
● Blister kit, rehydration salts, mosquito repellent, sunscreen and first-aid kit including any personal medication
● Toiletries
● High-factor sunscreen and high UV sunglasses
● Hand sanitiser
● Toilet paper and small ziplock bags for rubbish
● Blister pads and/or tape for hotspots or blisters on your feet
● Lightweight quick drying towel and swimwear (summer months)

Clothing
● Several pairs of walking socks
● T-shirts (lightweight, quick-drying fabric)
● Long-sleeved trekking shirts
● Shorts
● Rain jacket
● Long-sleeve shirt with collar (for sun protection)
● Long-legged pants (or shorts with long gaiters)
● Warm jacket and hat
● Warm fleece/gloves/beanie in winter

Optional items
● Waterproof cover for day pack
● Long gaiters
● Walking poles
● Flip flops/comfortable ‘evening’ shoes

Miscellaneous
● LED head torch with spare batteries
● Camera and spare batteries for camera
● Reading and writing material
● Padlock for bag
● Waterproof bags for rain protection while walking

Walking shoes/boots note
Waterproof walking boots with full ankle support are recommended for walking trips. Make sure your footwear is well worn in and comfortable. We also recommend hiking socks with at least one spare pair, as you will find these minimise the chance of getting blisters. The key to preventing blisters and avoiding unnecessary pain is to eliminate friction., https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list, WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

Physical rating

3

This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on individual physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

Joining your group

Outside of Charlesworth Nuts, 1 Rundle Mall, corner of King William St, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA

Joining instructions

On day 1 you’ll be picked up by your local leader and meet your fellow travellers at 8am in front of the Charlesworth Nuts store at 1 Rundle Mall, on the corner of King William Street in central Adelaide. Please make sure you are on time as it’s time to head towards the peaks of the Flinders Ranges right away.

Finishing your trip

Adelaide, , Adelaide, AUSTRALIA

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 5

Lunches included: 5

Dinners included: 1

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:

On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour.

Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

All food for this trip is purchased and packed prior to your group leaving on day one. After we’ve left town it can be very difficult to source special dietary requests.

Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking.
You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements. Due to the often remote nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful and delicious.

We can provide easily available substitutes, please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the following.

Vegetarian
Gluten Free
Dairy Free (soy available )
Pork Free

Please don’t hesitate to contact u if you have any specific dietary concerns.
* Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce are generally unable to be catered for on these trips.

Climate & seasonal information

SUMMER HEAT
Departures during the summer months (November to February) can expect extreme heat. You will need to be prepared with sun protection, including wearing light, long sleeves and carry at least 2 litres of water at all times. Our vehicles are air conditioned, but even this may struggle at higher temperatures. In hotter months we may have earlier or adjusted departure times to beat the heat, rest at our accommodation during the hottest hours of the day and then explore again in the late afternoon/early evening. Please carefully choose your departure date to make sure you are suited to the conditions.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

Intrepid's Local Operator: 1300 544 882

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