Flinders Rangers tours

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 16:21
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Hello all,

I am working out some details on a trip to Wilpena Pound and Arkaroola in late September and I was wondering if anyone could recommend which tag along/guided tours to take. I have looked at some literature of the area and noticed that there are quite a few operators that offer tours. We want to do at least the Razorback and Wilpena pound tour, but I am not sure who would be the best operator.

Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Peter
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Reply By: Member - Bill- Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 16:34

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 16:34
Arkaroola resort are the only ones that do Razorback and it's in the back of their troopy's, no tag along, a must do though. There are a couple of great self guided treks in the area including the Echo Hole Back Track at Arkaroola and Skytrek near Wilpena.

Regds

Bill
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Follow Up By: petprass - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 20:42

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 20:42
Thanks Bill - that put to rest a discussion I have been having with my wife regarding the Razorback tour. Looks like we will be passengers.

Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Russell - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 09:29

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 09:29
Alpana station (just outside Blinman) have their Mt Samuel track, and they're nice people who let you camp on their property for not much. Mt Samuel is much like Skytrek in many ways, just different hills etc. The track may also be a bit rougher - you will do a bit of dozing in the runoff crossings with your front and back if you don't have decent approach and departure angles. If you don't want to do both, stick with Skytrek (my opinion).Russell S
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Reply By: Member - Al Symers (SA) - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 16:48

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 16:48
This is Willies back yard but it is easy to get around on your own. Contact SA Tourism Commission 1300655276 and they will send you all the goss. Ask for their Secrets Book.Al Symers
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Follow Up By: petprass - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 20:43

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 20:43
Al,
I have the Secrets book, but I was looking for some insight into the tours that were on offer.

Peter
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Reply By: Member - Ray - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 17:29

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 17:29
Peter,
You must do the self guided walk through the Pound. It is great, take some water and a snack and register at the rangers hut.(dont take your Magellan and Discoveraus It wont work.HaHa)
Ray
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Follow Up By: petprass - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 20:47

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 20:47
Ray - are you the Ray from Perth? If you are I am trying to work out how to send you the regions I created on DAST. If you are still interested let me know.

Peter
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Reply By: Willie - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 19:16

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 19:16
Peter,

This is my back yard, as Mr Al Symers points out.

The best you can do is go to Google and type in Wilpena Tour Operators or Arakaroola Tour Operators. We frequent this area but seldom find the need for Tour Operators as we access the places under our own steam. There is much on offer and in the end you have to decide who offers the best deal.
Cheers,
WillieNever a dull moment
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Follow Up By: DesF - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 20:22

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 20:22
Hi, As Willie said you can do most of it yourself . There are plenty of PAR's to do. these are all marked on the latest RAA map . Also there are heaps of tracks you can do by paying a fee and getting a key & map and off you go. We are going to Rawnsley Park from 22nd Sept to the 26th & plan to do a lot of these . The Artimore Ruin PAR is well worth the trip ,nothing to hard just good fun. Hope you enjoy your visit. We usually go every year and always find something new. Cheers Des.
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Follow Up By: petprass - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 20:58

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 20:58
Willie,

As I live in Melbourne and do not get upto that region that often (second time in my life!), I wanted to find out from others experiences. I can try every tour operator but that will take me years. I have already looked through the stuff that is available in the Secrets Booklet and also looked in the SA tourist web site, but all the tours sound alike. So I was hoping that someone could help to differentiate between the competition.

thanks anyway

Peter
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Follow Up By: petprass - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 21:04

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 21:04
Des,

Yes -that is what I would like to do eventually (ie go on my own). But as this is only the second time I will be in the region, I wanted to hit the high points first. Once I get the feeling for the district and history via the tour operators, I would then like to explore on my own.

Peter
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Follow Up By: Willie - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 21:21

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 21:21
Peter,

I figure that is a big ask.........you are putting a question before a forum where most participants are individuals doing their own thing with their own vehicles and are unlikely to sample Tour Operators and their products. Its a long shot...............

Willie
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Follow Up By: petprass - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 22:55

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 22:55
Willie,

You are right about it being an individual thing - but just about every question on this forum (and probably others) has been about peoples opinions. Otherwise why ask a question?

Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 23:07

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 23:07
Hi Willie,

Maybe when I am over in SA wanting to tour the great Flinders Ranges I should twist your arm (although you are bigger than I) to join me and "show me the sights". I would provide all the necessaties (port, muscat, beer, wine etc).

Cheers
Just Do It!

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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 08:02

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 08:02
Glenn,

No need to bribe me or twist my arm for that matter:-) I'll be happy to disappear into the Flinders at the drop of a hat. There are lots of commercial things to do and an equal amount of free tracks and camping places to explore. I haven't been on any of the commercial tracks yet and I am not really inclined to do so. More and more stations are coming up with tracks across their properties as the commercial interest from eastern states increases. In the future it is most likely that the whole of the Flinders Ranges will be a user pay system so you had better get out there and see it now before it becomes a canned
product:-)
Cheers,
WillieNever a dull moment
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 08:28

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 08:28
Glenn,
port, muscat, beer, wine etc!!!!!
you can twist my arm anytime you likeWow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 08:52

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 08:52
Glenn,

I would definitely consider Richard as a tour guide. He goes to places in the Flinders where only AUTHORISED VEHICLES go, I assume. Don't know if he will be heavier on Port and Muscat though.......you'll have to take achance:-)
Cheers,
WillieNever a dull moment
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 09:53

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 09:53
are you having a dig at me WillemWow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 10:10

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 10:10
No, not really....just thought that you would know more places than me in the Flinders. This is what I have deducted from your posts over a period of time. I assumed that you hunt under contract with Parks & Wildlife or you go with someone who does and would get to see a lot more country than we mere mortals do.............I am right?
Anyway it is all in light vein :-)))
Cheers,
Willie,
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 10:41

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 10:41
I doubt very much that I have seen more of the flinders or any where else for that matter than yourself Willem.
Yes, we (the club) do carry out feral pest control for NPWS but we are not allowed to go just anywhere...well sort of. We do get some privileges like the key to a gate or two but we must stay on the track.
I am there to do a job ...not sight seeing unfortunately, but what I do get to see only makes me yearn for more!
One thing I do get to see more of than you mere mortals is more of the flinders at night. Hell its cold at this time of the year on the back of the Rangers tray top looking for cats and foxes.
Hell I'd love to do the desert or two ...bet you've done it more than once or twice?Wow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 11:00

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 11:00
Richard,
It is 9 degrees here in Peterborough at the present time.
I can relate to your night drives in the Park. I did quite a bit of this type of hunting in South Africa a few years ago. This was shooting Springbuck for the European Market. It doesn't matter what you wear, on the back of the ute it is alway cold. All our stuff was offroad and heavy going with the occasional sidweays rollover. Start at sundown and finish at daybreak. I can tell you more...........but not on this forum as it may cause a hue and cry. Contact me through my website www.kempen.id.au if you wish.
Cheers,
Willie
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Reply By: Member - Ray - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 22:00

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 22:00
Peter
Thats me, can it be sent as an email attatchment? I'm having a great time with the Discoveraus now that it does not lag.(no SD card involved. Why is that?)
Ray
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Follow Up By: petprass - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 22:58

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 22:58
Ray,

When you say no SD card involved, then does that mean that you do not have DAST loaded and are just using the basemap?

Peter
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Follow Up By: petprass - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 23:29

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 23:29
Ray - just sent you the region files for you to load into DAST - see how they go.

Peter
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Reply By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 08:31

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 08:31
Petprass,
Bill's reply (the first to answer) just about sums up the best of the drives.Wow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Reply By: Simon - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 11:19

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 11:19
Peter,

Another great drive (allbeit a paying one) is the 'Stirrup Iron Range' track - done through Mulga View Station - this station is almost opposite Chambers Gorge (another place worth having a look at) which is on the way to Arkaroola via the less travelled roads - more dirt, better scenery. You can email Mulga view for some detailed info and pics on mulga4@bigpond.com

Simon
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