TRAVEL PLAN­NER

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WHERE

Arkaroola Wilder­ness Sanc­tu­ary is lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 300km north of Yunta, which is on the Bar­rier High­way. The sanc­tu­ary can also be ac­cessed from Leigh Creek, 130km to the west. This road weaves through the heart of the Vulkathunha-gam­mon Ranges Na­tional Park.

CAMP­ING & AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

Arkaroola has a large camp­ing ground with pow­ered camp­ing and car­a­van sites. There are dozens of bush camp­sites sit­u­ated along the banks of Why­whyana Creek and its trib­u­taries. Fire­wood is in short sup­ply and you’re en­cour­aged to bring it in with you. There are also bunkhouses and air­con­di­tioned suites avail­able.

SUP­PLIES AND FA­CIL­I­TIES

A sturdy pair of hik­ing boots is a must-have. There are a num­ber of self-drive tracks rang­ing from novice to pro, so pick up a mud map at re­cep­tion. The sanc­tu­ary sells most ev­ery­day es­sen­tials in its su­per­mar­ket. It’s ad­vised you come fully self-suf­fi­cient for food needs, but the fully li­censed restau­rant op­er­ates seven days a week. Un­leaded and diesel fuel are avail­able, but LPG isn’t. Gas bot­tles can be re­filled. Plenty of drink­ing wa­ter is avail­able, with the main camp­ground wellser­viced. If you need a big­ger shop, head to Leigh Creek.

TRIP STAN­DARD

Both roads into Arkaroola are well-main­tained dirt roads, but are prone to cor­ru­ga­tions and bull­dust patches. Creek cross­ings can be­come scoured out af­ter heavy rain and stock can cross the road at any time. The tracks range from novice to ex­pert. More info is avail­able from the guides at re­cep­tion.

CON­TACTS AND IN­FOR­MA­TION

Arkaroola Wilder­ness Sanc­tu­ary: Visit www.arkaroola.com.au; or con­tact (08) 8648 4848.

PER­MITS AND MAPS

No per­mits re­quired to visit Arkaroola Wilder­ness Sanc­tu­ary, but per­mits are needed if you camp in the ad­join­ing na­tional park. These self-reg­is­tra­tion per­mits can be found at the en­trance to any camp­ground. Hema Maps’ Flin­ders Ranges map will get you there.

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