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Home  >  Latest News from Great Walks  >  2017  >  April

Arkaba’s Outback Walking, Wilderness & Wine Exclusive Package

Wild Bush Luxury has teamed up with fellow Luxury Lodges of Australia member, The Louise, to offer an incredible four-night package of outback walking, wilderness and wine.


The Louise, Barossa Valley

Beginning your journey at Arkaba in South Australia’s ancient Flinders Ranges with a 4 day walk through the majestic Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range, a quintessential Australian outback landscape, your adventure will be rounded out with a complimentary stay surrounded by vineyards at The Louise in the Barossa Valley.

On your final night at The Louise, you will also be treated to a four course dinner at the award winning Appellation, one of Australia’s finest regional dining experiences.

Secure your Arkaba Walking Wilderness and Wine Package today to receive:

  • a one way flight from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges
  • a fully hosted and fully guided 4 day Arkaba Walk experience with two nights’ swag camping under the stars
  • one night in the comfort of the luxurious Arkaba Homestead
  • all gourmet meals and beverages
  • one scenic transfer to the Barossa Valley wine country
  • a complimentary night at The Louise and a four course dinner at Appellation, and
  • return transfer on to Adelaide city or airport

This limited and exclusive package is priced at $2,400 per person*, (offering a saving of $1,155 per couple) and is available to guests booking the Arkaba Walk for departures on 1 or 15 June, 2017.

View the full itinerary of the Arkaba Walk and booking availability here

For information and exclusive package bookings, contact arkabawalk@wildbushluxury.com

*Terms and conditions apply.

The first snaps are in from the Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort walk for season 2017 and there’s no doubt these trekkers had a picture perfect hike.


Image: Fearless campsite near Mount Sonder

Walking the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges, the group traveled up to 16 kilometers a day for 6 days and 5 nights to the delight of the nature lovers and confident walkers, as they passed over remote ridges and canyons and met some intriguing creatures including a little skink sunning himself and an army of hairy caterpillars.

Retiring to the semi-permanent wilderness eco-campsites, exclusive to Australian Walking Holidays, guests were impressed by the professional support crew preparing delicious three course dinners as the trekkers were left to gaze at the star studded sky in a truly tranquil and magical experience.

        

   

Images above left to right: 1) Skink sunning on a rock, 2) Mt Sonder in the distance 3) trekkers enjoing the trail 4) exotic hairy caterpillars 5) The sunrise from Mt Sonder
All photos taken by expert guide Alice Homan

If you’re considering walking the Larapinta Trail this season, why not view the full itinerary or start booking your Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort today

We’re off and walking on the Larapinta Trail for season 2017, so here’s a few things we thought you might like to know while you’re making your plans to head out-back…

The Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort hikes through the West MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, a stunningly beautiful desert environment, completely isolated but providing all the luxury comforts one could dream of walking in such a remote location. And whilst prime walking conditions are considered to be during the winter months, with such a vast array of nature’s finest treasures on this trail here’s a quick guide to help you decide when to walk, depending on what’s on the top of your list to discover…

Star Gazers –  Walk late May – August
The Australian outback is one of the best places in the world to explore the galaxies in the night sky. While star gazing along the Larapinta Trail is able to be done all year round, if you want to see the very best of the starry nights, the winter months are less humid with clearer skies, giving a very sharp view of the stars, including the Milky Way as it passes overhead.

Flower Fanatics – Walk in May or August – September
With 767 species of flora, including the Mulla Mulla, Curry Wattle and Bush Tomato, the Larapinta Trail comes alive with colour at certain times of the year. However, with the erratic nature of rainfall in Central Australia, depending on the rain throughout the season, spotting a mass of wildflowers can’t be guaranteed. If you plan to trek in May, you will have the greatest chance of seeing a large array of colour. From August – September the wildflowers will also be in their prime again as they tend to have a resurgence coming out of winter season.

Bird Enthusiasts – Walk July – October
If your interests lie in birdwatching, then the months between July – October are the best as birds are in full breeding plumage. Ensure to bring your binoculars to spot Western Bowerbirds, Whistling Kites or Wedge Tailed Eagles soaring overhead.

Keen Swimmers  – Walk in April, May or September
If you’re looking for a refreshing dip whilst on the Larapinta Trail you’re in luck as the trail is abundant with gorges, waterholes and rivers. While it’s not uncommon for it to rain in Central Australia at any time of the year, it typically rains more frequently between December – March. This can flood the rivers and creek lines, which means that trekkers who visit in April and May can expect ‘wet crossings’ of waterholes, creeks and gorges. The water during these earlier months is also slightly warmer than in the winter months of June – August, when water temperatures can be surprisingly chilly.

Fly Avoiders – Walk late May – mid August
While to some people flies are a quintessential part of Australia and the outback experience, for others they are a hindrance. Whilst walking you can wear a head net to keep flys at bay, however they do not like the colder weather, and when nighttime temperatures fall below 10 degrees Celsius the flies are nowhere to be seen. If you would prefer to avoid the flies whilst walking the trail, choosing a departure during the winter months would be more suitable.

So with all this knowledge on hand, you may know when you want to go but need to find out more about the trail –  view the Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort walk itinerary and a full image gallery now… or alternatively if you’re ready, why not book now.