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Flinders Ranges & Outback

As one of South Australia’s great road trips, the Flinders Ranges & Outback is an incredible travel destination offering desert landscapes, ancient ranges, Aboriginal culture and plenty of outdoor adventure.

It’s no wonder that many people regard the Flinders Ranges & Outback as the ultimate travel destination in Australia. The combination of pioneering history, wide-open spaces, rich Aboriginal heritage and an excellent range of accommodation – everything from farmstays to luxury eco villas – make this region a truly unforgettable experience, for couples and families alike.

The iconic Flinders Ranges and the vast desert country beyond have always attracted people looking for adventure, and this tradition continues. Mountain biking, long distance hiking, birdwatching, scenic flights and off-road driving are just some of the many activities available when you come to stay.

Every day is different. Delve into the rich Aboriginal culture on a tour with the traditional owners, soak in Outback thermal springs, take a scenic flight over the vast salt lake Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, go four-wheel driving, cycle across a desert landscape or just sit and have a cold beer with the locals at an Outback pub.

With some of the oldest geological formations on the planet and abundant native wildlife such as emus, kangaroos and wedge-tail eagles, there’s always something new to see. Some of the most famous landmarks are the Painted Desert, Painted Hills, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park and Wilpena Pound.

Other great regional attractions include the opal town of Coober Pedy, the Heysen Trail, the breathtaking Brachina Gorge and the historic Pichi Richi Railway, always a hit with the kids. To learn more about the evolution of this ancient landscape, visit Wadlata Outback Centre’s ‘Tunnel of Time’, go stargazing at Arkaroola, learn about local flora at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden or test your off-road skills on the Ridgetop Tour.

Despite its sparse population and low rainfall, the Flinders Ranges & Outback produces a huge range of bush foods, while its feral game meats like kangaroo and emu are also enormously popular. Other gourmet delights include quandong ice cream and Southern Flinders’ wines. The region also offers a vibrant calendar of country races, rodeos and other community events – and supports a thriving artistic community. You’ll find plenty of galleries and private workshops.

Drive further south and you can visit towns where the Outback meets the ocean. Port Augusta, Port Germein, Port Pirie and the Flinders Ranges all provide a refreshing sea change where canoeing, sailing, fishing and other water sports are on the agenda. You’ll need at least a week to scratch the surface in the Flinders Ranges & Outback, a place where the roads are still largely traffic free and every day is a new life-enhancing adventure

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Yangie Bay to Long Beach Hike – Coffin Bay National Park

Walking
20km return

Known for its remote coastal scenery, the bays and coastline around the Coffin Bay National Park are ideal for boating, fishing, sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing. You can explore the park’s coastal landscapes of high windswept cliffs and massive dunes, pounding surf beaches and sheltered sandy bays. At the southern end of the park is […]

Walking 7 Hours Intermediate

Bararranna Hike – Arkaroola

Walking
7.0km return

The scenery is always changing along this winding route, as it crosses shaly hills and passes between the high walls of Arkaroola Creek. There is plenty to interest geologists. There are massive Merinjina Tillite deposits from the glaciation which started about 700 million years ago; there is the distinctive wedge shape of Bararranna Hill in […]

Walking 3.5 Hours Intermediate

Sturt River Linear Park

Walking  |  Cycling
13.50km

This shared use trail has been developed across a number of council areas. More information can be found: City of Onkaparinga City of Mitcham City of Marion  

Walking 3.94 Hours Intermediate
Cycling 2.16 Hours Intermediate

The Dutchmans Valley Hike – The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park

Walking
10.0km return

The Dutchmans Valley Hike (5 hrs return, 10km return) This track takes you west of the Dutchman range to two lookouts with spectacular views down Spencer Gulf and north-west towards Lake Torrens. Follow the Northern Boundary Track for 1.8 km before turning south along the Valley Track. Trail markings end where the Heysen Trail leads […]

Walking 5.0 Hours Intermediate

The Dutchmans Stern Hike – The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park

Walking
10.5km return

The Dutchmans Stern Hike (5 hrs return, 10.5km loop) Explore the scrubland, gorges and open woodland that this park is known for. The bluff known as the Dutchmans Stern, located 10km north east of Quorn, is a prominent landmark. Home to a host of plants and animals, the Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park has plenty of […]

Walking 5.0 Hours Intermediate
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