Escape to true Australian outback in the Flinders Ranges. See an abundance of native wildlife, and landscapes that will take your breath away.
The Jewel of South Australia
A trip to the Flinders Ranges is a true Australian outback experience. Memories of the beautifully rugged, 540 million-year-old landscape will stay with you forever.
The Flinders Ranges is one of Australia's premier national landscapes. From the grey-blues of dawn to the deep reds of dusk, the Flinders Ranges dramatically change color as the sun bakes the land.
The largest mountain range in South Australia, they begin around 220mi north of Adelaide and continue for around 260mi, from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna. The Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is located in the Flinders Ranges between the townships of Hawker and Blinman.
Classic Australian animals call the Flinders Ranges home. Keep any eye out for emus, endangered yellow-footed rock wallabies, and three species of kangaroo. Australia’s largest bird of prey, the wedge-tailed eagle, reigns supreme, riding the thermal currents.
Aboriginal Dreamings tell the story of serpents and giants that shaped the lands. Take a tour with an Aboriginal guide or drive yourself along the Aboriginal Dreaming Trail to find out more about the magic of the Flinders Ranges.
Wilpena Pound is a massive otherworldly amphitheatre, created naturally through erosion over millions of years. It is surrounded by ancient mountain ranges, spectacular gorges and sheltered creeks.
Start your adventure at the Wilpena Pound Visitor Information Centre where you will find extensive information about the park. From here, explore stunning landscapes, Aboriginal rock art sites, fossil heritage and ruins of early European settlement.
While this is the authentic Outback, you won’t have to sacrifice your creature comforts (unless you want to, of course). Flinders Ranges offers a varied range of accommodations.
There are plenty of camping facilities throughout the national park, as well as luxury villas, safari accommodation, stations, cabins, caravan parks and retreats.
Rawnsley Park Station is one of the Flinders’ most popular accommodation options, offering bush camping, powered caravan sites, bunkhouses, budget cabins, self-contained vacation units, secluded eco-villas and the spacious Rawnsley Homestead.
If the idea of sleeping under the stars appeals to you, but the concept of camping doesn’t, Ikara Safari Camp at Wilpena Pound Resort might be just what you’re looking for. Ikara offers guests a “glamping” experience: large tents complete with king size beds, en-suite bathrooms, luxury amenities, power and air-conditioning.
Arkaba offers an all-inclusive, luxury experience in their beautiful homestead. Offering five rooms for a maximum of 10 guests at a time, Arkaba is part of the Luxury Lodges of Australia group. They are also a member of Great Walks of Australia, offering a private four-day hike on their 60,000 acre property.
Flinders Ranges Caravan Park is one of the highest rated caravan parks (four stars) in the central Flinders Ranges. It offers a variety of accommodation options including self-contained cabins, and the option of bringing your own caravan or tent with you. The caravan park is within walking distance of all town facilities.
Eating exotic food in the ‘middle of nowhere’ might sound like an impossible dream – but not in the Flinders Ranges.
The Prairie Hotel serves up the best of native Australian food. Try an emu egg omelette or camel sirloin with sweet potato wedges, native thyme and garlic chive butter; and warm Quandong pie with fresh cream.
Meal times have never been this exciting.