Quorn, in the heart of the Flinders Ranges, has been the backdrop for many Australian films, including Sunday Too Far Away, The Shiralee, Gallipoli, and The Water Diviner. Travelling through the scenic Pichi Richi Pass from Port Augusta, following the Old Ghan line, you’ll wind your way through towering walls of ripple stone and fossilised mud cracks. Explore the tracks and trails of Quorn, the ‘unexplored Flinders’, by foot, bike, train, 2WD or 4WD.
The Pichi Richi Explorer runs alternate weekends out of Quorn for half-day tours from March to November, with additional services on long weekends and school holidays. The Afghan Express runs full-day adventures from Port Augusta to Quorn return, on alternate weekends.
History lovers will enjoy immersing themselves in the Quorn Pioneer Machinery Park and the Quorn Heritage Walk, which takes you around the township to learn about the historic buildings and sites. In 1917 Quorn became the crossroads of any north–southeast–west (on the Central Australian Railway to Oodnadatta) or east–west travel in Australia, when the Trans-Australian Railway was completed between Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie. This made Quorn an important town, given that anyone travelling east–west or north–south in Australia would need to pass through Quorn. As a result, many fine buildings were built as the town expanded, many of which you can still experience today.
Ready to stretch your legs? Make your way to Powell Gardens and visit the Quorn Native Flora Reserve for a breathtaking outlook over Quorn. Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park, Warren Gorge, Mount Brown, Waukarie Creek and Devil’s Peak walking trails offer interest for bushwalkers, geologists and nature lovers. Make sure you pack plenty of water for your adventure.
Foodies will enjoy the chance to take in the tastes of the Bush Food Trail. Make sure to add having a Quandong Pie at the Quandong Cafe on to your to-do list for Quorn, you won't regret it!
While you're in Quorn, something not to be missed is the Quorn Silo Lightshow. Watch the Quorn silo begin to glow at sunset and spring to life under the stars with a projected display, featuring fascinating stories of the region. Bring a picnic supper and enjoy this free starlit audiovisual celebration of the Flinders Ranges, the Pichi Richi Railway, local stories and heritage. Park on Railway Terrace (near Eighth Street). Watch and take in the soundtrack from the viewing area located 70m in front of the landmark silos, or sit in your car and tune your radio to 87.6 FM.