Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Adventure and Outdoors Tours Air, Helicopter and Balloon Tours Cultural and Theme Tours Customised Evening Food and Wine Tours Half Day or Less Nature and wildlife Sightseeing Tours Walking and Biking Tours

Off the beaten track, we are in the heart of the more rugged and spectacular Northern Flinders Ranges.
The 61,000 hectare, privately owned Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary offers guests a unique outback experience.
We have Advanced Ecotourism accredited Ridgetop, Waterholes and Astronomy tours.
Our scenic flights, multiple bushwalks, and other guided and non-guided tours offer you an unforgettable experience.

Winner of the 2007 South Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for Ecotourism, 2007 Major Tourist Attraction, 2007 Sustainable Tourism and 2007 Bronze Medal for Festivals and Events (Arkaroola’s Star Party Down Under).

Facilities

Aboriginal Culture Advanced Ecotourism Certified Adventure Adventure and Outdoors Tours Air Air, Helicopter and Balloon Tours Australian Tourism Accreditation Australian Tourism Export Council Basic Birdwatching Caters for hearing impairment Caters for limited mobility Cultural and Theme Tours Customised Disabled access available Evening Family Friendly Food & Wine Food and Wine Tours Four Wheel Driving Half Day or Less History & Heritage Land - Motorised National Tourism Accreditation Nature & Wildlife Nature and wildlife Non Smoking Non-Smoking Paid Wifi Respecting Our Culture Indigenous Accreditation Program Sightseeing Tours The Ecotourism Association of Australia Walk Walking and Biking Tours

Services

Airstrip

$210

To experience Arkaroola from the ground is amazing but to see it from the air is a whole new experience. Fly out to the east across the flood plains of Lake Frome in Arkaroola’s own six passenger, high-wing Cessna 207 with pilot Doug Sprigg, who has over 30 year’s experience flying Arkaroola’s skies.

The 40 minute flight takes you to the whitest salt lake in Australia. Shade your eyes from the flat crystalline expanse of kilometers of salt glinting in the sun, flanked by 20,000 year old sand dunes trapped forever in the lake’s crusty grasp; a relic of the time when central Australia was an inland sea.

Operates: Daily from Arkaroola Wildnerness Sanctuary on application.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking
Nooldoonooldoona

From $150 to $200

Visit the tranquil and mysterious waterholes of Nooldoonooldoona and Bolla Bollana, home to over 160 species of birds and the shy and endangered yellow footed Rock Wallaby. The Waterhole tour follows a track out towards the western side of the 61,000 hectare Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary where you will see the remains of ancient volcanoes and the ruins of the Bolla Bollana Copper Smelter, a reminder of the rich mineral deposits mined early last century.

Operates: Daily from outside Reception area, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary at 8am and 1pm.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking
lake frome

$330

Combining the Arkaroola 35 minute scenic flight and the Lake Frome 40 minute flight, fly above an Australian landscape filled with contrasts and diversity in Arkaroola’s own six passenger, high-wing Cessna 207 aircraft with pilot Doug Sprigg, who has over 30 year’s experience flying Arkaroola’s skies.

The Arkaroola 35 minute flight will take you from the ancient sedimentary seabed layers of southern Arkaroola to the unruly granite and quartzite outcrops of Mount Gee, the Mawson Plateau and the Freeling Heights. Lake Frome 40 minute flight takes you to the whitest salt lake in Australia. Shade your eyes from the flat crystalline expanse of kilometres of salt glinting in the sun, flanked by 20,000 year old sand dunes trapped forever in the lake’s crusty grasp; a relic of the time when central Australia was an inland sea.

Operates: Daily from Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary on application.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking
RTT Sillers Milky Way

$45

Enjoy a truly intergalactic experience that is not normally available to anyone but astronomers and scientists. Arkaroola not only has one of Australia’s largest privately owned Astronomical Observatories but also enjoys some of the best astronomical ‘seeing conditions’ in the Southern Hemisphere; our night skies are free of atmospheric and light pollution, offering guests a rare chance to ‘tour the universe’ under the best of conditions. Visitors young and old alike will be enthralled as they see the heavens light up with the energy of worlds that are light-years away. Our Observatory tours have the coveted Advanced Ecotourism accreditation.

Our three professionally equipped observatories include:

Two full sized astronomical domes in different locations at Arkaroola, each of which can accommodate up to 10 people at a time, are fitted with professional astronomical telescopes and offer computer control or manual operation.

A large roll-off-roof observatory that accommodates up to 10 people.

Operates: Nightly, on any cloud free night from the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary Resort at 8pm (8:30pm during daylight savings)

Family Friendly Non-Smoking
lake eyre 3

From $850 to $1025

This three and a half hour scenic flight takes you over the normally dry Lake Eyre and the Simpson Desert, two of the most arid and inhospitable environments on earth, before landing at the William Creek Hotel on the western side of the lake for lunch. Enjoy a beer in one of the most remote hotels in Australia before flying back to Arkaroola. This flight also includes part of the 35 minute Arkaroola scenic flight and has full commentary by you experienced pilots, Doug, or Mark Sprigg.

Operates: Daily from Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary on application.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking
Ark waterhole

From $150 to $200

Join us out to the tranquil Arkaroola Waterhole, prime habitat of the beautiful Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby. Our guides will teach you how to correctly identify rock wallabies and other kangaroos. Learn why the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby is a threatened species and what conservation measures are in place to ensure its survival. Depending on the time of departure either a light continental breakfast, or afternoon nibbles at Arkaroola Waterhole is included.

Operates: Early morning, or late afternoon by arrangement. Departure times are seasonally variable – depending on time of dawn and sunset.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking
Aerial View Arkaroola

$175

To experience Arkaroola from the ground is amazing but to see it from the air is a whole new experience. Soar above famous Mount Painter country in Arkaroola’s own six passenger, high-wing Cessna 207 with pilot Doug Sprigg, who has over 30 year’s experience flying Arkaroola’s skies.

This 35 minute flight will take you from the ancient sedimentary seabed layers of southern Arkaroola to the unruly granite and quartzite outcrops of Mount Gee, the Mawson Plateau and the Freeling Heights. While taking in the spectacular vistas, listen to Doug’s commentary on your personal headphones and learn about Arkaroola’s geology, landscapes and mining history.

Operates: Daily from Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary on application.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking
Echo camp waterhole

From $165 to $200

The perfect contrast to the Ridgetop Tour and another of Arkaroola’s Advanced Ecotourism Accredited tours, is the Echo Camp Backtrack tour. Travel along the undulating track, which passes by the tranquil Echo Camp and Bararranna Waterholes and follow the winding gorge carved by the Arkaroola Creek. After leaving Bararranna, the tour meanders out onto the Lake Frome flood plains, the home of the Red Kangaroo, before twisting its way back into the eastern slopes of the northern Flinders Ranges, passing Stubbs Waterhole, Welcome Pound, Lively’s Gold Find (an abandoned mine from last century), the Jasper Twins and the Ochre Wall, before returning to Arkaroola Village. Enjoy a relaxed four hour guided tour in one of Arkaroola’s open top four wheel drive tour vehicles, or drive it yourself with your own four wheel drive, using our handy track notes booklet.

Operates: Daily from outside Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary Reception area at 8am and 1pm.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking
Echo camp waterhole

$45

Experience the adventure of driving your own four wheel drive vehicle in extreme four wheel drive conditions along Arkaroola’s Echo Camp Back Track. For a minimal cost of only AUD45.00 per vehicle (plus refundable AUD50.00 deposit) this self drive tour includes a small, informative handbook, allowing drivers and passengers to identify various geographical and geological features along the way. Visit the tranquil Echo Camp Waterhole, Bararranna Gorge and Waterhole, Stubbs Waterhole and the old gold and copper mines of the late 1800s. Four wheel drive vehicles fitted with low-ratio gearing are required for all vehicles using this track. A ‘search-and-rescue-watch’ is maintained on all vehicles, adding to your safety and enjoyment of this magical area. Light duty SUV type four-wheel drive are not suitable. Good ground clearance and low ratio gearbox required.

Operates: Daily by arrangement. Departures are at own discretion during daylight hours, but at a time to ensure return before last light.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking
Ridge top track

From $165 to $200

Arkaroola’s signature four wheel drive tour, and one that has Advanced Ecotourism accreditation, it is an unforgettable encounter with the timeless terrain and unique natural beauty of the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary.
Travelling in a specially constructed open-top four wheel drive 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 1,600 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 breathtaking view across the Freeling Heights, Lake Frome and the desert beyond. Take in this 360 degree panorama as you enjoy morning or afternoon tea at beautiful Streitberg Ridge, or (If track conditions allow) at Sillers Lookout – a lofty pinnacle at the end of the Track. The four and half hour Ridgetop Tour showcases the magic and beauty of the Northern Flinders Ranges and is the ‘must see’ experience at Arkaroola. Tours run twice daily and are weather dependant.

Operates: Daily from outside Reception area, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary at 8am and 1pm.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking
Vickies photos

$150

Why use your vehicle? Come with us on a four hour guided drive/walk out to the magnificent Bararranna Gorge on the Paralana Hot Springs Road. Stop at the Ochre Wall, Lively’s Gold Find, the Welcome Mine and the Jasper Twins, as we explore the complex geology of Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Wander over glacial rocks at Stubbs Waterhole and ponder the vastness of geological time in Bararranna Gorge where ancient seabed now forms spectacular near vertical cliffs. You may also be rewarded with sightings of Yellow Footed Rock wallabies and Peregrine falcons, both of which are threatened species in Australia.

Operates: Daily from outside Reception area, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary at 8am and 1pm.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking

$155

Why use your vehicle? Come with us on a four hour guided drive/walk out to the magnificent Bararranna Gorge on the Paralana Hot Springs Road. Stop at the Ochre Wall, Lively’s Gold Find, the Welcome Mine and the Jasper Twins, as we explore the complex geology of Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Wander over glacial rocks at Stubbs Waterhole and ponder the vastness of geological time in Bararranna Gorge where ancient seabed now forms spectacular near vertical cliffs. You may also be rewarded with sightings of Yellow Footed Rock wallabies and Peregrine falcons, both of which are threatened species in Australia.

Operates: Daily from outside Reception area, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary at 8am and 1pm.

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