Southern Flinders Ranges

Welcome to the Southern Flinders Ranges: one of South Australia’s most surprising destinations.

Just two hours from Adelaide, our southernmost region feels like a lifetime away from the hectic pace of the big city.

The region stretches from Spalding and Yacka in the south to Orroroo and Carrieton in the north. Port Pirie and Port Germein mark the western edge, and Peterborough in the east.

Explore the quaint country towns to find intriguing local history, art galleries and outstanding country bakeries. Venture into the scenic surroundings to discover your new favourite wineries, and bring the bikes and hiking boots to explore the stunning trails.

The incredible diversity of this region can only be described as a feast for the senses.

Southern Flinders Ranges Region Map

Accommodation

The easy two hour drive from Adelaide means the Southern Flinders Ranges is an ideal destination for a spontaneous weekend away. But with so much to see and experience, travellers can spend weeks exploring the region.

From a romantic escape to a family holiday, a wide range of accommodation options are available across the Southern Flinders. Choose from hotels, motels, apartments, self-contained units, caravan parks, cabins, lodges, bed and breakfasts, retreats, resorts and farmstays.

Art and History

Be enchanted by the region’s many historic towns. Learn about the history and culture of the local Nukunu people, discover the Melrose Courthouse Heritage and Interpretive Centre, the Port Pirie National Trust Museum, and the Steamtown Rail Museum in Peterborough.

Fall in love with the creative heartbeat that thrives in the towns through eclectic shopfronts and regional art galleries. See the likeness of legendary ‘Sentimental Bloke’ poet C.J. Dennis, immortalised in the main street of Laura in a larger-than-life copper sculpture

 

Nature and Scenery

The Southern Flinders region is full of natural beauty to be both admired and explored.

Photographers will love the breathtaking views of the Flinders Ranges from Mount Ellen and Hancock’s Lookouts, and the distinctive long jetty in Port Germein.

The kids will love swimming, fishing, crabbing, and canoeing in Port Pirie and Port Germein, finding tadpoles and looking out for wildlife in Mount Remarkable National Park and Bundaleer Forest.

The walking tracks at Alligator Gorge lead through stunning scenery to the breathtaking ancient rock formations in Mount Remarkable National Park. For a more adventurous trek, experienced walkers can tackle a segment of the renowned Heysen Trail.

Cycling and 4WD Tracks

Cyclists will revel in the beauty and history along the Southern Flinders Rail Trail or, for a bigger challenge, take on the iconic Mawson Trail. There are many mountain-bike courses across the region so all levels of cyclists can find a track to suit their speed.

If you prefer to explore on a few more wheels, you can choose from a wide variety of amazing 4WD tracks. Try out the Bridal Track or browse the options at Bendleby Ranges.

Stay and play

The Southern Flinders Ranges is a surprising destination with an incredibly diverse range of activities and experiences that will have you scrambling for ways to extend your stay.

Think steam rail history, acclaimed mountain bike trails, bushwalking, hiking, fishing, camping, 4W-driving, national parks, picturesque picnic spots, stunning lookouts, amazing wildlife and history and culture of the Nukunu and Ngadjuri Aboriginal people.

And if you’re a foodie, another way to explore the area is via the Southern Flinders Ranges Produce Trails. Two drives, the Northern and Southern Drives, allow you to indulge in the best of the region’s culinary delights.

Events

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

Discover the region's artists and artisans at the Peterborough Art and Cultural Festival, the Laura Fair and the Art and Craft Spectacular in Wirrabara. See incredible skills on display at the Wilmington Rodeo, the Jamestown Show and the Carrieton Rodeo and experience unforgettable atmosphere at the Jamestown Races, the Yunta Picnic Races and the 500 Miles of Music.

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

Need more help?

Get in touch with our Visitor Information Centres located throughout the region. 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.