1 TREKKING: Ark­aba Walk

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Adventure -

Grade: Mod­er­ate-Chal­leng­ing More info: www.ark­abawalk.com

THIS GUIDED THREE-DAY trek was re­cently fea­tured in AG Out­door but we are happy to show­case it again; in terms of the walk’s many, many high­lights (both scenic and sci­en­tific) and its lux­u­ri­ous camp­sites, it re­ally is great bang for your bucks and of­fers hik­ers the per­fect way to ex­pe­ri­ence what the Wilpena Pound/ Ark­aba Con­ser­vancy has to of­fer.

The Ark­aba Walk be­gins and ends at the re­stored Ark­aba Homestead, and takes you south­west through Wilpena Pound (an awe­some des­ti­na­tion in its own right; there is fan­tas­tic ve­hi­cle-based camp­ing here, as well as some bril­liant day walks through the Pound) into the 24,000ha that com­prises the Ark­aba Con­ser­vancy.

Dur­ing the walk you will fol­low parts of South Oz’s fa­mous – and epic – Hey­sen Trail – and tra­verse nu­mer­ous ter­rain types, such as tree-shaded creek beds, red-rock val­leys and peaks and grassy forests (dot­ted with Cyprus pine and other na­tive trees). With each day av­er­ag­ing 14km of un­du­lat­ing walk­ing, you are never too knack­ered and have plenty of time to en­joy the scenery. Just as en­joy­able is the fan­tas­tic camp­site that awaits you each night; three­course meals, a camp­fire and a lux­ury swag to sleep (these are cov­ered by a roof make for the per­fect way to end a day in one of Aus­tralia’s most spec­tac­u­lar walk­ing re­gions.

Mixed in with the fan­tas­tic walk­ing is the chance to see how the brains trust be­hind the Ark­aba Con­ser­vancy has worked to re-in­tro­duce a num­ber of na­tive plants and an­i­mals (feral an­i­mals, such as foxes, goats, etc., have been near-to­tally cleared out). Dot­ted around the route are plenty of his­tor­i­cal sites, in­clud­ing the Old Hills Homestead, just in­side Wilpena Pound.

The end of each day will have you think­ing you’ve seen the best but we reckon the high­light hap­pens on the last morn­ing as you watch the sun­rise light up the ma­jes­tic Red Range that tow­ers over the same-named camp­site. It’s a bril­liant start for the fi­nal day of walk­ing, which fol­lows a num­ber of creeks and gorges be­fore tak­ing you up and over the last hills of the walk, and then down the fin­ish point at Ark­aba Homestead and all of its in­cluded lux­u­ries (think: cel­e­bra­tory cold beer, an­other sump­tu­ous three­course meal, and an even bet­ter break­fast the fol­low­ing day). Yes, we’d do it again to­mor­row. – Justin Walker

It re­ally is great bang for your bucks and of­fers hik­ers the per­fect way to ex­pe­ri­ence what the Wilpena Pound/ Ark­aba Con­ser­vancy has to of­fer.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.