Flinders Ranges 2019 – An Introduction
DUE TO CANCELLATIONS THIS TRIP NOW HAS A COUPLE OF SPOTS VACANT. IF YOU ARE INTEREST NOMINATE QUICKLY The Flinders Ranges is one of the most scenic areas of Outback South Australia and packs some great drives in a relatively small area. Leave Canberra on Saturday 17th Aug and stop overnight in Mildura, then on Sunday head to Flinders Ranges arriving late afternoon. Sunday night to Thursday AM we stay at Willow Springs Station just north of Wilpena Pound. Camping fee (with toilets and showers) are $25/night for 2 and they have Self-contained accommodation as well. Alternatively, you can make your own accommodation arrangements. Monday, we explore Wilpena Pound (walk) and drive the Bunyeroo Road and Brachina Gorge (Grade 1). Tuesday, drive the incredible â€œSkyTrekâ€, a private track – fee of $65 applies (Grade 3). Wednesday we will have a rest day and people are free to hang around camp relax and possibly have a cook up or go exploring in small group (eg do some other private tracks) Thursday, we head up to Blinman, do a tour of the old mine (fee $25) and lunch in the Pub (or pies from the shop). We then up to Vulkathunha (Gammon Ranges) National Park. We camp at Weetootla Campground ($12/night/vehicle) which has a pit toilet only â€“ but showers available at Park HQ. We will also visit the Balcanoona Park HQ (historical buildings). Alternatively, you can make your own accommodation arrangements at Arkaroola. Friday, we drive the privately owned Echo Camp Backtrack, great scenery and gorges. This will take the whole day – cost $40. Saturday we will drive the Wurtupa Loop Track (free). The trip ends on Morning of Sunday 25 Aug at Weetootla. This will enable trip participants to choose their own way home either direct or via such places as Menindi Lakes (NSW), Mungo National Park (NSW), Murray Sunset National Park (Vic) Notes 1. While this trip is rated at Grade 3, there is only two short sections of the Skytrek and Echo Camp Back Track that are Grade 3. The vast majority of the driving will be on well-formed dirt roads or Grade 2 tracks. 2. You are welcome to bring along your camper â€“ when we drive the Grade 3 tracks the campers will be back at camp. 3. This is the Outback and while we are close to civilisation please come prepared and donâ€™t expect green grass campsites. 4. The paid tracks proposed are optional and you can choose to go your own way on those days, however I recommend them; they are a highlight. 5. We will have a pre-trip meeting in May 2019 to finalise details and to arranging bookings of campgrounds and paid tracks. 6. Please note that the actual itinerary may change depending on member interest and will be finalised in May 2019.