Arkaroola Village, in the Northern Flinders Ranges, is a premiere spot to explore the South Australian Outback.
My experience in Arkaroola lasted over 5 months, where I was able to walk every trail, join every tour and see every sight. For those interested in visiting, you will find this information helpful and informative, and hopefully it will get you to see this completely unique place.
Arkaroola by air - Easily the coolest and obviously the most expensive is to view the area is from the sky on a helicopter or airplane. Tours are available in a wide range of prices and routes. It is a great way to get a feel for the landscape. If however, you literally want to feel the landscape, take the world famous Arkaroola Ridgetop Tour.
This tour sets out twice a day for Coulthard Lookout and Sillars Lookout, where they have hot tea and Lamington. While this is the most well known and ultimately the reason why 90% of people venture out to Arkaroola, they do offer other tour options. Read more about the Ridgetop Tour Review. On the tour you will also learn about mining and its impact on Arkaroola.
Ideally, if you have money to spare, go on both the Helicopter tour and the Ridgetop Tour. Each one is completely different and offers its own perspective on the Flinders Ranges.
Arkaroola also offers astronomy tours from two different observatories. These tours run you $40 and are dependent on the weather. Star gazers and geezers come to see the stars in the Outback. Being so far from civilization you haven't got the lights overpowering the stars. When the moon isn't out you can see the Milky Way as you've never seen it before.
Another tour option is to take a guided camel trek around the Flinders Ranges or Simpson Desert with Flinders and Beyond Camel Treks. With Flinders and Beyond Camel Treks you can join them on an animal survey or a custom trek based on your groups interests. Surprisingly intelligent creatures, camels have very distinct personalities and are perfectly fitted to live in the Outback. The length of tours can be from only a few days to a few weeks.
Any way you choose to see Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, you will get a truly panoramic view of this untouched area of Australian Wilderness. Purchase this panoramic print of Mount Oliphant.
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