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Prairie Hotel, Flinders Ranges

How to drive from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges

It's a leisurely 220 kilometre drive from Adelaide to the Southern Flinders Ranges. Pack your bags, jump in the car and hit the road.

A rugged outback landscape

Watch the scenery change from urban to vine covered hills, to a rugged outback landscape. But if you want to go off-road, make sure you take a four-wheel drive (4WD). 

 

The road to the Flinders Ranges passes through the Clare Valley wine region. Stop for a drop and try one of their famous Rieslings. If you have more time, take a leisurely walk or cycle along the Riesling Trail. It’s the perfect place to get out of the car and stretch your legs.


Driving to the Flinders

Hire a four-wheel drive and start your trip to the Flinders Ranges, past past rocky cliffs and gorges.


Next stop Melrose

Make your next stop Melrose. This is the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges and is home to the North Star Hotel. The hotel is the cellar door for Bundaleer Wines. Stay for a drink, lunch or spend the night in one of the boutique, modern rooms. North Star Hotel is close to Mount Remarkable National Park walking trails where you'll find guided cycling and walking tours, to show you the sights.

  

Stop at Quorn

The town is home to the heritage Pichi Richi Railway. The kids (and adults!) will love a trip on one of the steam or diesel trains. Continue to Hawker and drop into the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna for some 'feral food'. Hawker is the hub of the Flinders Ranges and is at the junction of roads from Port Augusta, Orroroo, Leigh Creek, Marree, Wilpena and Blinman. Make sure you fill up with fuel at Hawker - it’s the last major petrol station stop before Leigh Creek!


Hawker and beyond

There is plenty of nature to explore beyond Hawker. Take the sealed or off-road tracks. If you don’t have a 4WD and want to explore further, take a 4WD tour of the Central Flinders Ranges. Travel across grasslands, rugged mountains and past creeks lined with river red gums. Visit St Mary’s Peak, Brachina Gorge Geological Trail and the awe-inspiring Wilpena Pound.


If time permits, see the land from a different perspective and save fuel by taking a camel tour. Treks range from one day to one week. Camel tours, by Camel Tours Australia, depart just north of Hawker and Coward Springs. In winter they depart from the Oodnadatta Track. You’ll learn how these often misunderstood animals played such a valuable role in the history of the outback.


If you want to get the most out of the Flinders Ranges, you'll need to stay for at least a few days. A round trip from Adelaide through the Flinders Ranges’ main towns is around 1,000 kilometres. 

Flinders Ranges and Outback - an unforgettable experience

Memories of the rugged land will stay for you forever. At Rawnsley Park Station, Prairie Hotel and Wilpena Pound Resort, watch the sun change colour as it bakes the earth.

Outback and Flinders Ranges driving: staying safe and keeping on track

As exhilarating as driving in the outback is, you need to take precautions. Stay safe and prepare.

Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Information Centres

Visitor Information Centres and outlets can help you make the most of your time in the Flinders Ranges and Outback.