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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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Balcanoona Creek Hike – Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

Walking
6.0km

Balcanoona Creek Hike (2 hrs 30 mins one way, 6km) This hike meanders through the Balcanoona Range to the Weetootla Gorge and its network of hikes. The hike passes by Grindells Hut.   Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park was proclaimed in 1970. The park forms part of the traditional country of the Adnyamathanha people and is […]

Walking 2.5 Hours Intermediate

Weirs Cove Hike – Flinders Chase National Park

Walking
1.41km

Experience the park’s maritime heritage and the challenges faced to deliver supplies to this remote location. Access: this trail starts at the Cape du Couedic day visitor area, or at Weirs Cove. The park’s coastal scenery includes Admirals Arch, a beautiful natural rock arch shaped by the powerful Southern Ocean, and the sculptured granite boulders […]

Walking 21 Minutes Intermediate

The Barossa Trail – Barossa Valley

Walking  |  Cycling
40km

The Barossa Trail is a high quality sealed 40 km cycling and walking path between the Northern and Southern Barossa, linking Gawler and the Stuart O’Grady Way. The trail explores the natural beauty along the North Para River and the agricultural landscapes between the Barossa Ranges and the Adelaide Plains. Extending from Angaston to Gawler […]

Walking 2 Days Easy
Cycling 1 Day Easy

Stuart O’Grady Bikeway

Cycling
23.0km

The Stuart O’Grady Bikeway is a shared use trail that runs parallel to the Northern Expressway, officially named the Fatchen Northern Expressway. The trail is primarily focused on cycling, but is just as suited to walking. The majority of the trail is flat with a gentle climb as you head into Gawler. The path is wide […]

Cycling 3.33 Hours Very Easy

Yangie Island Hike – Coffin Bay National Park

Walking
5.0km

Via Yangie Lookout. On this trail you’ll have a close-up view of Yangie Island from the adjoining beach. The trail starts from the Yangie Bay camping area 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 […]

Walking 1.45 Hours Intermediate
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