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.
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.