Flinders Ranges & Outback – An ancient land
Just 4.5 hours’ drive from Adelaide you’ll find the spectacular landscape of the Flinders Ranges. Stunningly beautiful, the region features vast open spaces, towering rock walls, spectacular gorges, abundant wildlife and Aboriginal culture and rock art.
Flinders Ranges & Outback Top 10
1 Wilpena Pound
Wilpena Pound is the perfect base from which to explore the Flinders Ranges. The best way to truly feel the magnificence of this incredible natural amphitheatre is by scenic flight, or take in the mountain biking and walking trails that criss-cross the vast landscape.Add to wishlist
2 Brachina Gorge
Visit Brachina Gorge on a guided or self-drive tour from Wilpena Pound. If you're lucky you may even spot the rare yellow footed rock wallaby.Add to wishlist
3 Stargazing at Arkaroola
Stargazing at Arkaroola
Take a stargazing tour at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary for some of the best astronomical viewing conditions in the Southern Hemisphere. Their Ridge Top Tour will give the perspective of being on top of the world!Add to wishlist
4 Guided 4WD Tour
Guided 4WD Tour
The best way to experience this vast and ancient landscape is to book a Guided 4WD tour on at least one day in the region. The history, stories and locations you visit are easily discovered with a guide who knows the area and can show it at its best.Add to wishlist
5 Aboriginal rock art
Aboriginal rock art
Some of the best places to find Aboriginal rock art are Parachilna, Chambers Gorge and Wilpena Pound, and guides are on hand to explain their history. There is a magnificent display of public art at Ikara (The Meeting Place) in Wilpena Pound.Add to wishlist
6 Cycle Mount Remarkable
Cycle Mount Remarkable
Escape to the Mount Remarkable foothills for a cycle tour youll never forget. See the sun rise over the red sand when you join a Flinders Ranges and Outback cycling group. Tours depart from the Over the Edge Sports shop in Melrose.Add to wishlist
7 Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
When youre in Port Augusta, call in and visit the botanic gardens for a great introduction to the Flinders Ranges. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through natural and themed gardens and fragile red sand dunes. Then meander back to the award-winning visitor centre and enjoy a glass of wine and classic country fare.Add to wishlist
8 Noodle for Opals in Coober Pedy
Noodle for Opals in Coober Pedy
Try your hand at 'noodling' for opals in Coober Pedy and stay in an underground hotel room while youre there. A unique experience not to be missed.Add to wishlist
9 See Lake Eyre in flood
See Lake Eyre in flood
Lake Eyre, a vast saltpan in the middle of outback South Australia, rarely fills with water. When it does, dazzling carpets of colour transform the surrounding desert, as dozens of vein-like creeks bring life to the parched earth attracting wildlife and birdlife.Add to wishlist
10 Discover the Painted Hills
Discover the Painted Hills
The Painted Hills at Anna Creek are a sight to behold from the air. Located deep in the outback of South Australia, this fragile section of the Breakaways is a rocky outcrop of hills with such diverse colours youll swear theyve been painted.Add to wishlist
The Flinders Ranges are home to the iconic Wilpena Pound – an incredible, ancient rock formation best viewed on a scenic flight or hot-air balloon ride. If you prefer more active sightseeing, a large network of bushwalking and mountain bike trails surround the area, allowing you to view Wilpena Pound ’from the inside’. We recommend allowing at least two to three days to explore the region.
Food and Wine
The Southern Flinders has a handful of wineries establishing themselves in the rich soil that are starting to win medals for their reds and whites. It’s well worth stopping for a taste of something new. Most towns have a lovely old stone pub at the heart of their community – a great place to stop, enjoy a pub meal and cold beer and meet the locals. The Prairie Hotel in Parachilna and the North Star Hotel in Melrose are two local favourites.
Nature and Wildlife
When the first seasonal rains hit, this arid landscape explodes with colour and life as the plains, gullies and rugged mountains turn to flower. For a bird’s eye view, take a flight or hot air balloon ride to see nature’s palette in full bloom. In the Flinders Ranges you’ll see brilliantly coloured parrots, yellow-footed rock wallabies, kangaroos and emus, while Australia’s largest bird of prey, the wedge-tailed eagle, soars above. The must-see Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is in The Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park. Arkaroola’s four wheel drive Ridgetop Tour is world-famous and the skies above Arkaroola blaze with stars and planets at night. Explore them through the largest privately owned telescope in Australia at the Arkaroola Observatory.
The Flinders Ranges and Outback has accommodation to suit every preference. From quality motels and comfortable caravan parks, to restored pioneer cottages, farmstays and picturesque camping spots. Wilpena Pound is surrounded by resorts, motels, cabins, camping grounds and even luxury eco villas. Coober Pedy offers above ground and unique underground accommodation options.
There are a wide range of events in the Flinders Ranges throughout the year. The Coober Pedy Opal Festival is an action packed day of entertainment and live music held in March. Food and Wine lovers will enjoy the Tastes of the Outback event, which showcases regional food, wine and entertainment. And cyclists of all ages flock to the annual Melrose Fat Tyre Festival.
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