The Arkaba Walk
PREPARE FOR AN EPIC AUSTRALIAN ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE HEART OF THE OUTBACK ON THE EXPLORER'S WAY.
The breathtaking scenery of the outback is beautifully entwined with the history of South Australia along the Explorer's Way. The 3000 kilometre journey from Adelaide to Darwin takes you through the Clare Valley, one of South Australia’s famous wine regions, before making its way to the spectacular Flinders Ranges and into the outback. The vast untouched wilderness, far-reaching skies and the wide open road stretching out in front of you make this epic outback journey unlike any other in the world. We've collated all the best things to see and do along the Explorers Way, between Clare Valley and Wilpena Pound.
EXPLORERS WAY: CLARE VALLEY TO WILPENA POUND
Melrose and Alligator Gorge
Melrose is the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges and sits nestled at the base of Mount Remarkable, which has proven to be a popular spot for bushwalkers and mountain bike enthusiasts - with its very own mountain bike shop. After rolling through Melrose, set your sights on the Flinders Ranges and arrive at one of South Australia’s most unique national parks. Just beyond the southern reaches of the Flinders Ranges, explore an ancient landscape home to Alligator Gorge. Unearth another world carved into the awe-inspiring rocks of the outback over millions of years and discover the Terraces, a long series of small cascading waterfalls. While there are no actual alligators here, you might just stumble across some of the friendly locals with kangaroos, emus, echidna, wallabies and goannas just some of the wildlife that call the area home. There’s plenty of walking trails to suit all fitness levels, picnic areas and campgrounds, so if time permits pitch your tent and explore for a day or two.
This pretty Flinders Ranges town is home to the Pichi Richi Railway, a heritage steam railway that runs between Quorn and Port Augusta. Try out the Quandong Cafe, famous for its unique quandong pie before heading on to the Devil's Peak, close to nearby bush retreat Pichi Richi Park, and Dutchmans Stern, where you will be treated to the best views overlooking a sweeping valley.
Arkaba Walk (Great Walks of Australia)
The tents and billy cans can stay at home because this outback experience provides everything you could possibly need. From the nightly three-course dinners to comfortable sleepouts under the stars and complimentary luggage delivery to the overnight camps, the Arkaba Walk is one of the most immersive ways to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Flinders Ranges. We have a complete guide to the Arkaba walk for those wanting to park the car and take up the journey on foot.