GI Cancer Institute Flinders Ranges Gutsy Challenge 27 MAY 2022


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Join the GI Cancer Institute on a Northern Flinders Ranges Gutsy Challenge adventure


27 – 30 MAY 2022

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Northern Flinders Ranges Gutsy Challenge

GI Cancer Institute

Join GI Cancer Institute and Big Heart Adventures to the Flinders Ranges in Nukunu and Adnamathyna Country.

This adventure brings stunning trails and spectacular views. Connecting you to yourself and this ancient landscape.

Walking with a day pack only on selected moderately challenging day hikes, with comfortable bunkhouse accommodation each night included.

Professionally led by qualified and experienced bushwalking leaders.

Fundraising target: $1000 per person

Fundraising Support
The funds that you raise in your Gutsy Challenge will help support the Innovation Grant. This grant is awarded annually and provides researchers with the opportunity to conduct ground-breaking research in areas of GI cancer that have not been studied before. It is an important early step in the process to improve treatment options for GI cancer patients.
You will be supported every step of the way in your fundraising efforts by the GI Cancer Institute fundraising team.


Day 1 | Depart Adelaide / Warren Gorge / Northern Flinders Ranges

We make an early start from Adelaide this morning as we head north in our comfortable transport, ready for adventure in the stunning Northern Flinders Ranges. After a stop for coffee and a leg stretch at Port Wakefield, we will notice the landscape change as the Flinders Ranges gradually rises on our eastern side.

We cross the ranges before Quorn where we have lunch and head to our first walk at Warren Gorge, a 5km jaunt on the trails. A taste for what is to come, this gorge is just the beginning. We arrive comfortably at Rawnsley Park Station in time for a sunset walk and dinner by the campfire.

Meals Included: Lunch, Trail Snacks, Evening nibbles platter, 2 Course Dinner

Day 2 | Alison Saddle / Black Gap / Bridle Gap / Wilpena Pound

A short sunrise walk to Alison Saddle will showcase the Flinders Ranges rainbow as we call it. The colours of the landscape change by the minute as the light touches the lands around the Station. After breakfast, its a scenic drive to our next walks starting point at Black Gap.

We will follow the Heysen Trail for approx. 15km up and over Bridle Gap into the spectacular Wilpena Pound. Lunch will be enjoyed along the way and we have a chance to visit the Wilpena resort café and store. In the afternoon we will complete a short cultural walk with an Adnamathyna guide and learn about the traditional way of life for the indigenous people living in the area. Dinner during sunset will be provided when we return to our accommodation.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Evening nibbles platter, 2 Course Dinner

Day 3 | Rawnsley Bluff / Wilpena Pound

Today’s main walk is challenging but we do offer alternatives. The walk up to Rawnsley Bluff is rated moderate – difficult but is also a lot of fun and adventurous on the rocky sections.

There are two great viewing points that highlight Wilpena Pound from a different angle and the ranges on the eastern side of the Bluff. We will take a packed lunch as this walk will take 5-6 hours in total. The alternative walk for today is to stick to the easier trails at Rawnsley Station or walk on some of the easier trails at Wilpena Pound.

We share our final evening with a Flinders sunset, and a well-earned dinner under the stars.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, 2 Course Dinner

Day 4 | Arkaroo Rock / Drive to Adelaide

A more relaxing start to today. We check out the trails at Arkaroo Rock, a nearby walk and art site that is best viewed in the morning light.

This walk is no more than 2 hours total with some gentle climbs and is our final opportunity to connect with this gorgeous country and indigenous songline. We will start our journey back to Adelaide mid-morning with comfort stops along the way. Our lunch stop will be at an iconic bakery (known for gourmet pies and quandong tarts)… it is a must.

We take a scenic afternoon drive through the Clare Valley as we arrive back into Adelaide at approx. 5:30pm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Trail Snacks

Need To Know


  • Comfortable private vehicle transport
  • All meals and snacks as per the itinerary
  • B x 3 | L x 3 | D x 3
  • 3 nights bunkhouse dorm style accommodation
  • Professionally guided walks
  • Cultural walk with an Adnamathyna guide
  • Pre-departure fundraising support from GI Cancer Institute Fundraising Team
  • Group First Aid kit and emergency communication device
  • Leaders certified in Remote Area/Wilderness First Aid
  • Qualified Bushwalking Leaders
  • Small group guided experience
  • Leave No Trace principles
  • Invitations to connect with nature
  • Reduce waste through recycling, reusing and composting
  • National Park entry fees
Big Heart Extras
  • Big Heart Adventures designed ioMerino hiking top
  • Big Heart Adventures designed head sock
  • Big Heart Adventures journal
  • Guided pre-departure training walks and or program (trip specific)
  • Discount card for pre-departure purchases at Scouts Outdoor Centre


  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not stated on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature

Packing List

A detailed packing list is provided prior to travel

  • Gear you will need:
  • Rainproof jacket and pants
  • Daypack (35 litre approx.)
  • Water bottles/hydration kit (min 3Ltrs)
  • Personal medications
  • Clothing suitable for bushwalking that is quick drying, warm layers if chilly – consider merino/synthetic clothing
  • Sun protection such as hat, sunglasses and suncream, insect repellent (if joining us in warmer months consider a head net for the flies)
  • Sleeping attire
  • Gaiters if you wear shorts (recommended)
  • Walking poles (recommended)


  • Type: Private
  • Adventure: GI Cancer Institute
  • Destination: Flinders Ranges, South Australia
  • Traditional Country: Nukunu and Adnamathyna
  • Group Size: Max 18 plus leaders

Fitness Requirement

  • A good level of fitness is required to walk the trails on this trip
  • You will be walking pack free (day packs only)
  • You will walk on a variety of surfaces including undulating inclines, declines, rocks, steep sections and loose ground
  • We recommend you do some hilly walks (up to 15km) before this trip to maximise your enjoyment of the climbs and views
  • Trail rating: Moderate-hard

Important Information

  • Read terms and conditions before booking
  • Itinerary and price subject to change at any time
  • Travel Insurance is recommended – get a quote from Covermore
  • Note weather, group member welfare and a range of circumstances outside our control can mean last minute changes to our itinerary are necessary once on tour
  • A limited number of single rooms are available on a first-come basis
  • Please contact us before booking any flights. Depending on flight arrival and departure times extra nights accommodation may be required at own expense
  • A minimum of 8 travellers are required for this trip to depart
  • Rooming is multi share dorm style
  • Private transport to and from the Flinders Ranges is included from Adelaide
  • Private transport in the Flinders Ranges plus daily trail transfers is included

Adventure Leaders

Our team is qualified, experienced and super friendly. We will ensure you have a fun and connecting adventure . Leaders are certified in Remote or Wilderness First-Aid. All leaders carry a group first-aid kit, emergency communications device, emergency documentation and equipment.