Welcome to Flinders Ranges & Outback

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
  • 2 Brachina Gorge
  • 3 Stargazing at Arkaroola
  • 4 Guided 4WD Tour
  • 5 Aboriginal rock art
  • 6 Cycle Mount Remarkable
  • 7 Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
  • 8 Noodle for Opals in Coober Pedy
  • 9 See Lake Eyre in flood
  • 10 Discover the Painted Hills

Outback Adventure

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.

Delicious Southern Flinders Ranges’ Guide (PDF)


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.

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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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