Flinders Ranges

Where else can you discover a beautifully rugged and colourful landscape in a timeless land of history and wonder?

Experience the geological grandeur forged over more than 540 million years. Ancient gorges invite exploration, beauty reveals itself at every turn, and sunsets look like they have been painted on to the uninterrupted horizons. Welcome to the majesty of the Flinders Ranges.

Long regarded as one of the most magnificent destinations anywhere in the world and certainly near the top of many bucket lists, the Flinders Ranges offers visitors a seemingly endless range of experiences.

Flinders Ranges Region Map

See Magnificent Natural Wonders

There are many lookouts and vantage points to explore throughout the region, but the best way to see the Flinders in all its glory is from the air. Expect goosebumps when you take a scenic flight or jump in a chopper and view the wondrous Wilpena Pound and the surrounding ranges from above.

At ground level, pretty little rock pools, creeks and gorges, sheer cliffs, and the art and culture of the Adnyamathanha people are reminders of a land that time forgot, while the ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour that continually washes across the Flinders inspires locals and visiting artists alike.

Hike along picturesque trails in the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Vulkathunha - Gammon Ranges, Brachina Gorge, and Ikara - Flinders Ranges National Park, and keep an eye out for yellow-footed rock wallabies and other wildlife.

At Wadlata Outback Centre in Port Augusta, meet the people who first owned, explored and settled in the region.

Discover the wonders of the galaxy at Arkaroola, which is home to Australia's largest privately-owned astronomical observatory. 

Bucket-list Experiences

There is an extraordinary number of things to do, see and experience throughout this astonishing destination.

Start by visiting one of the many outback towns, including Port Augusta, Quorn, Arkaroola, Wilpena Pound, Parachilna, Hawker, Leigh Creek, Blinman, and Lyndhurst. All are worth exploring, with interesting histories and individual attractions and activities such as museums, galleries and an assortment of gift shops and local markets.

Adventurers will love riding the Pichi Richi Railway in Quorn, mountain biking along one of the many and varied trails, and tackling the many challenging 4WD tracks.

Bucket-list Experiences

Beautiful meals can be found in pubs, cafés and restaurants right across the Flinders, but the region has also inspired some unique culinary experiences for passionate gourmands.

Bush tucker, including quandongs, kutjera (bush tomato), wattle seed, saltbush and lemon myrtle, features on menus throughout the area, as does more traditional fare.

The Prairie Hotel in Parachilna is a ‘must-visit’ (bookings essential) to sample their renowned Feral Mixed Grill (FMG), featuring camel sausage, emu filet mignon and kangaroo fillet. Wash it down with the pub's and region's own craft beer, Fargher Lager.

 

Stay and play

With so much waiting for you, you’ll need more than a few days to explore, and there are all sorts of accommodation options ranging from 6-star luxury bush resorts to campsites among centuries-old gums.

Other unique places to spend a night or two include iconic pubs, motels, lodges, farms and stations, shearers' quarters, homesteads, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, cabins, and cottages.

But no matter where you stay, you’ll fall asleep under a blanket of a billion stars and then wake up at the dawn of time. Such is the magic of the Flinders Ranges.

Events

The Flinders Ranges has a vibrant events calendar showcasing the local arts, sports and music scenes.

The region inspires local and visiting artists, who create an impressive showcase of work at the Blinman Photo Exhibition, the Arid Sculptural Exhibition and A Brush With Art which travels to various locations within the Flinders Ranges.

Unforgettable music shows include Arkaroola Under the Stars with The Stars, 500 Miles of Music and Rock the Ranges.

There are plenty of great events for the adventurous traveller including the Hawker Races & Cabaret, Quorn Cup, Copley Gymkhana and Motokhana and the City of Port Augusta Cup.

Events continue to be held across the Flinders when it is safe to do so.

Need more help?

Get in touch with the Visitor Information Centres located across the Flinders. The friendly staff can help you with local recommendations, advise on permits and passes, and provide any other assistance you need to have a great trip.