Arkaroola Loop

As part of our Simpson trip in August we are doing the Flinders Ranges and it isn't clear whether you have to pay to do the Arkaroola Loop.
I don't mind the charges but we are trying to keep our costs down and as we are already paying to do Skytrek and it would be nice to find a free trail in the area.
Any suggestions around Arkaroola ??
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 11:36

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 11:36
Rodney,

I assume you are referring to the Echo Camp Backtrack.
Unfortunately there is a fee payable to do this drive. $40 plus a refundable $50 deposit.

Read about it here:- Arkaroola 4WD Loop

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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 16:36

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 16:36
Just south of Arkaroola is the Gammon Ranges. There is an interesting oneway loop through there which covers some nice country. At the southern end you are close to the Rangers station at Balcanoona where there are water supplies and hot showers.

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Reply By: Member - Sheepie (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 17:38

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 17:38
While there in July last year we did a trip out to Paralana Springs, and then took a detour on the way back - was an interesting trek, and free :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Sheepie (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 16:00

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 16:00
Just uploaded the plot file to PlotSwap if anyone wants it - PlotSwap

Hope someone finds it useful :)

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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 18:20

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 18:20
I think Alan is referring to Grindells Hut Loop just south of Arkaroola which is free and is worthwhile. As said about Paralarna Springs.

I paid to do the Ridgetop Tour as well which was awesome.
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Reply By: Member - Richard C (ACT) - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 21:05

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 21:05
We asked the people at the Arkaroola office and they gave us the directions for a free drive - I think it is the one above - not sure.

It was fun and a few interesting bits with great scenery.


Richard
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Reply By: Member - Rodney B- Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 22:40

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 22:40
Thanks for the replies
Interesting photos and just the diversion I am looking for.
Hate having to pay when there are so many good trips for free. We were going into the Gammon Ranges anyway so now we have a trek to follow.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Jun 29, 2009 at 09:01

Monday, Jun 29, 2009 at 09:01
Arkaroola have a number of free tourist drives rated 1 to 4, and the echo camp track (5), which I think you pay for.
You can have a couple of good days just doing the free ones.

Ask at the office. They have a guide/ranger there who gives some good summaries and places to look out for. Very helpful.

Arkaroola camping is not so cheap, even the unpowered sites, but good amenities.

National park next door is cheaper. NP ranger station is near the Arkaroola turn off so you can call in and have a chat first about the NP loop road and camping.

We had a few days around this area, could have been a week or more, then headed south to Skytrek and Wilpena Pound, since we came in from the Strezleki track via Mt Hopeless and were heading south.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rodney B- Monday, Jun 29, 2009 at 10:18

Monday, Jun 29, 2009 at 10:18
Thanks for that John
Will take your advice and call in to the Ranger Station (probably camp there too).
We have planned a month to do this trip but I am starting to think 6 weeks would be more appropriate.

cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Jun 29, 2009 at 19:18

Monday, Jun 29, 2009 at 19:18
Not sure if you can camp at the ranger station?

Also they are only open normal business hours but there is a good buletin board and info board on the NP there.
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