Country hospitality and pristine gorges soften the edges of rugged outback touring against the jagged Northern Flinders Ranges. Mines, waterholes and petroglyphs are yours to discover, and mountain ridges and gorges yours to explore. Southern Australia's harsh, surprising outback delivers prized challenges for the modern pioneer.
Whether roaming through the Southern Flinders Ranges or taking on the terrain of the Northern Flinders Ranges, one thing is for certain, you won't be disappointed. Take time to wander the Australian Botanical Gardens of Port Augusta by foot then admire the railways of Quorn, stopping to take a breathtaking view of the Flinders Ranges from Devil's Peak. North of Port Augusta, military enthusiasts will enjoy stop in at Woomera Missile Park. From there you can strike it rich at the Ulooloo goldfields in Victorian Jamestown, home of the RM Williams monument. The inquisitive will revel in defying gravity rolling upwards at Magnetic Hill before hitting Orroroo to see the giant red gum and explore awesome self-drive 4WD trails.
You'll hit gorge country at the ABC Ranges at Quorn, with bitumen-access to an easy stroll at Warren Gorge and views of the Middle gorges in the Buckaringa Sanctuary. You'll definitely want to save time to explore Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park and stay overnight at one of their many campgrounds. For historians, the Petroglyphs of the Perawurtina Cultural Heritage Site inspire awe.
Nothing says Australia quite like the outback with its open spaces that seem to stretch on indefinitely. These lands are rich with history and tell a story of Australia's pioneering spirit and unique identity. Australia produces more than 60% of the world's opals and no trip to the outback would be complete without a stop in Coober Pedy's underground mines. If you're heading to the Oodnadatta track, stop off to count the colours at the Ochre Pits. Lake Eyre, South Australia's largest lake, can be seen from the Oodnadatta Track near William Creek - usually a dry, salt expanse, this time of year you may be able to find it partially filled with water. If you choose to head a different direction, make sure to stop off at the Marree Man - the world's largest geoglyph. No matter where you traverse throughout the outback, there are a multitude of things to see and places to camp where you can experience the extraordinary nighttime sky.
If you're looking for suggestions on where to go or what to see and do in the Flinders Ranges & Outback, below are a few suggestions you'll definitely want to consider:
You'll never run out of exciting scenic walks throughout the region—there's something for all experience levels. Here are three of our favourites:
For more Walking trails in the Flinders Ranges & Outback, click here to visit Walking SA's website.
With more than 20 caravan parks throughout the Flinders Ranges & Outback, you’re sure to find the perfect home under the stars during your stay. We love the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Wilpena Pound Resort & Caravan Park, and the Oasis Tourist Park in Coober Pedy, which has campgrounds and an indoor pool.
Caravan parks offer a range of facilities, sites and cabin accommodation from budget to luxury, including amenities such as camp kitchens with shiny stainless steel appliances to barbecue areas, kids’ playgrounds, pools, equipment hire, games rooms, fish cleaning stations and much more. Many parks cater for motorhomes and recreational vehicles with dump points available throughout the region.
There are many prime spots to camp throughout the Flinders Ranges & Outback, but you’ll want to check first to see what permits (if any) are needed, and if transferable between parks.
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There are numerous conservation parks throughout Flinders Ranges & Outback, which are a haven for yellow rock wallabies and emus, as well as the majestic natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, a lost world located inside a giant stone crater. View a full list of parks here.
View the Flinders Ranges & Outback Visitor Guide.
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