Ridgetop Tour Arkaroola

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 16:53
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Just interested to know if anyone has done this tour lately? Also is there a tag along or do you have to go in their vehicle? Is it worth it worth the $100pp? How long does it last and what is included in the price?
Thanx.
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Reply By: agsmky - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 17:28

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 17:28
There vehicle only.....check out www.arkaroola.com.au/ridgetop.php for details.

It's worth it if you can afford it ;-)

Andrew
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Reply By: signman - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 17:36

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 17:36
Yup..well worth it...
And while you're there ..do the Echo Camp Back Trail..(no need to do tagalong)..
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 19:57

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 19:57
It's a real buzz. And after you get back you will be glad you did it in their vehicle & not your own.
A great and memorable experience.
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Reply By: The Fox - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 20:53

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 20:53
Their vehicle only. Well worth it and a brings back good memories.

But... if you're on abudget and got a family, heaps better value to do self drive tour at Skytrek near Wilpena Pound. ilar heights, views, some grate climbs. Need prpoper 4wd with low range.



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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 20:56

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 20:56
For $50 per vehicle you can do your very own ridgetop trek on Warraweena Station and just as high up. All self drive
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Follow Up By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 06:42

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 06:42
Not familiar with Warraweena Station, where is it located with repsect to Arkaroola, and how long is the trek?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 13:19

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 13:19
David

Warraweena lies 26km or so east of Beltana in the Flinders. Beltana is south of Leigh Creek.

Go to Treknotes and then The Flinders region and scroll down. There are 3 treks listed. The one I am referring to is Mt Gill.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 15:15

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 15:15
Willem

Thanks for that, will check it out later this month

David
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Reply By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 21:17

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 21:17
I'll never go back to Arkaroola.
I hated the place.
Just my opinion
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Follow Up By: agsmky - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 21:28

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 21:28
do tell...
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Follow Up By: signman - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 08:55

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 08:55
yea 120..just for interest sake...do tell. Are we on the same Arkaroola- the one in South Australia??
Where have you been that you did enjoy?? You must be a hard person to please:-)
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 09:38

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 09:38
Don't judge character signman.
If you read my post it states My Opinion.
I never bagged the place just stated I didn't like it.
There is no crime for that.
We can't all like everything. If we were all the same it would be a boring place.
Regards
120scruiser
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Follow Up By: ROBERT - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 10:21

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 10:21
loved the ridge top tour and the star obseratory but the camping and prices was well over rated in my opinion regards robert
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Follow Up By: signman - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 10:55

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 10:55
To be sure you do have every right for your opinion..but just for interest sake maybe there was something I (or you) may have missed..
Did you get there via Grindells Hut & Weetootla Gorge
And check out Bolla Bollana and Wooldoonooldoona Waterhole
And walk into 'The Needles' - then drive thru Umperatana to check out the Wheal Mine area.
Back to the Echo Camp Back Trail to the Paralana Spring and back to base thru the Jasper Twins...
etc etc
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Follow Up By: agsmky - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 12:47

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 12:47
hey 120screwser,

not being nasty, just wanting to know what you didn't like. you are quite entitled to have your opinions, i would just like to see what it was. I've been there, enjoyed my experience, though i didn't see EVERYThing. I thought that maybe you saw something that i didn't and could share your experience.

I agree, we all don't have to like everything, however it would be good to know the "bad with the good" in this case.

andrew
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 17:16

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 17:16
As Robert said camping is way over rated.
I did go via Grindles Hut but I did come up from Wilpena Pound and did spend 4 nights in the campground there. I did love it there so after that most camp grounds would be a disappointment. I did do Skytrek as well and loved it.
We found the people at Arkaroola arogant as we tried to book in for the night observatory 6 months in advance and they said we didn't need to just do it when we got there and guess what, when we got there it was booked out.
The camp ground was crap. Everything is over priced including tours.
Maybe I needed to take a different approach but unfortunately I won't be going back.
We move onto the Rock, Alice, Chambers Pillar, Simpson and Cooper Creek. Had a great holiday and maybe just had bad timing at Arakaroola.
These things happen.
120scruiser
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 21:30

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 21:30
If you haven't done much off road driving before then the view is spectacular, but if you have then it's a very expensive way to get to another lookout. For me 1/2 the excitment is lost by not being able to drive yourself. Is it worth it........ not in my book. Plenty of other big hills with equally great views to be had around this country. Arkaroola left me a bit dissapointed. It may have won awards back in the 70's but they charge a premium for all their services & deliver little.
Cheers Craig............
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Reply By: Atomnaki - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 21:32

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 21:32
Thanks all for your feed back and also for the web link. We will do the tour for sure. Sounds great and a must see.
Only 2 weeks to go till we head off for 9 weeks.

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Follow Up By: Giggi - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 10:06

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 10:06
The tour takes about 5 1/2hours return and it does follow very steep and narrow mining tracks. At times one would think you are actually following little creek beds. One thing about the trip, if you do have problems with your back then pls don't do it. You are sitting at the back of Landcruiser utes on lightly padded bench seats. And as I said there is no road. Otherwise the scenery up there is really good, since it is a sharp contrast to the rest of the area. You are right in the mountains there, no flat bits here. All the best.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:16

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:16
We didn't do the tour, or anything that cost extra $$s, but loved the area. Drove around on the 'free' roads. The drive out to the Hot Springs was a scenic as we found anywhere in the Flinders ranges area. Caravan park was cheap especially considering the remoteness, but thought this was compensation for the dear tours and flights - expensive compared to others in the area. Enjoy your visit.
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