Hidden Gems of the Outback

Hidden Gems of the Outback

Suggested Itinerary

12 to 14 days from Port Augusta

As one of Australia's most iconic and breathtaking destinations, Flinders Ranges is a must-visit location for any traveler seeking an unforgettable outback experience. The rugged, sunburnt landscape is teeming with stories. With a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich history and natural beauty of this remote region. From exploring the dramatic gorges and peaks to marveling at ancient rock formations, there is no shortage of adventure and discovery in Flinders Ranges. 

This 12 day-route takes you through some of the best hidden gems of Flinders Ranges and Outback. 


  • Day 1-2: Port Augusta to Andamooka
  • Day 3-4: Andamooka to Coober Pedy
  • Day 5-6: Coober Pedy to William Creek
  • Day 7: William Creek to Marree
  • Day 8-9: Marree to Innamincka
  • Day 10-11: Innamincka to Copley
  • Day 12: Copley to Port Augusta


Day 1-2: Port Augusta to Andamooka

Take some time to take the road less travelled and visit Andamooka and Roxby Down on your journey from Port Augusta. In Andamooka, you will get your first taste of opal fields, you can try your luck at fossicking for opals or admire the colourful array of rocks and gems on display. Roxby Downs, on the other hand, offers a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and birdwatching in the nearby national parks. The town also has a fascinating mining history at the Visitor Information Centre or if you haven’t spent enough time in the car yet, take a scenic drive through the surrounding landscapes. 


Day 3-4: Andamooka to Coober Pedy

Today it’s off to Coober Pedy, the "Opal Capital of the World". On your way from Andamooka pop in to Glendambo; check out their Windmill, and grab a bite to eat for lunch. 

Coober Pedy is located in the heart of the outback, this fascinating town is built underground to escape the desert climate, making it a truly one-of-a-kind experience for visitors. Whilst there you can explore the town's unique underground homes, churches, and museums, which provide a glimpse into the town's rich mining history and opal trade. You can also stay underground in one of the many underground accommodation options! 

No visit to Coober Pedy is complete without a tour of the nearby opal fields, where you will have another chance to try your luck at fossicking for opals or purchase a precious gemstone from one of the local shops. 

If you’ve got a time to spare, Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park and the iconic Dingo Fence aren’t too far, and well worth the day trip. 


Day 5-6: Coober Pedy to William Creek

The 2hr drive from Coober Pedy to William Creek will keep you entranced as you explore the outback. 

William Creek is situated on the edge of the vast Simpson Desert and is a popular stopover for travellers exploring the surrounding wilderness. Pull up for a night at William Creek Hotel, the only building in town and has become a landmark in its own right. 

William Creek is the best place From there, they can embark on a range of outdoor activities, including 4WD tours, bushwalking, and stargazing, offering a chance to see the region's stunning landscapes and unique wildlife up close. With its rugged terrain, friendly locals, and endless sense of adventure, Williams Creek is the perfect destination for those seeking an authentic outback experience.

While you’re in the area, get up high in the sky and experience the Anna Creek Painted Hills and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre with a breathtaking air tour. 


Day 7: William Creek to Marree

Make your way to Marree, a historic outback town located in the northern region of South Australia. On your drive from William Creek make sure you stop in at Mutonia Sculpture Park - Plane Henge for a photo opp! 

Marree was originally established as a railway town in the late 1800s and is steeped in rich history and cultural significance. Tonight rest your head at The Marree Hotel and hear the story of the Old Ghan and the Mailman of the Birdsville Track. Plus, no trip to Marree is complete without trying a camel burger in the Marree pub. 


Day 8-9: Marree to Innamincka

After an overnight stay in Marree, it’s time to head to Innamincka, a remote outback town located in the northeastern corner of South Australia, near the border of Queensland. 

Innamincka played a significant role in the exploration and development of Australia's outback. The town is situated on the banks of the Cooper Creek, which was first explored by the famous Australian explorer Burke and Wills in the 1860s. The town was also an important hub for the early pioneers and the site of the first commercial oil field in Australia. 

While in Innamincka you can learn about the town's fascinating history at the Innamincka Regional Reserve Visitor Centre and explore the surrounding wilderness, including the nearby Coongie Lakes and the Strzelecki Desert. With its rich history and stunning natural beauty, Innamincka is a must-visit destination for any outback adventurer. Stay at Innamincka Hotel for two nights, and then give camping on the Cooper Creek a go. 


Day 10-11: Innamincka to Copley 

The drive time on Strzelecki Track is around 6 hours from Innamincka to Lyndhurst. But remember, you’re in the outback which means following the Aussie Travel Code. Come prepared with plenty of water and food, as well as fuel. 

Take your time and enjoy the changing landscape from the Cooper Creek flood plains to the rugged northern Flinders. To reward yourself after taking on the Strzelecki track indulge in a treat from the award winning Copley Bush Bakery and Quandong Cafe which is now located in the Copley caravan park. 


Day 12: Copley to Port Augusta 

Take your time hopping from town to town as you make your way back down to Port Augusta. Along your way you will go through; Leigh Creek, Parachillna, Hawker and Quorn. 


If you have more time to explore, we recommend spending a few days exploring these beautiful towns. Check out our 5-Day Northern Flinders Ranges itinerary


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