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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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Copper Coast Rail Trail

Cycling  |  Walking

The Rail Trail – Copper Coast is a walking and cycling trail connecting the Copper Coast towns of Kadina and Wallaroo following the old railway line. There are shelters built along the trail and interpretive historical signs. The trail is sealed for the entire length; it does cross roads which walkers and cyclists are required […]

Cycling 30 Minutes Easy
Walking 2 Hours Easy

Mawson Trail – Full Trail

Cycling  |  Walking

Starting just north of Adelaide and travelling to the Outback town of Blinman in the Flinders Ranges, the Mawson Trail is the ideal option for mountain bikers wanting to travel through South Australia’ s remote rural areas. Close to nine hundred kilometres long, the trail includes little-used country roads, State forest and national park fire […]

Cycling 2.32 Weeks
Walking 3.62 Weeks

Balcanoona Creek Hike – Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park


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


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

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
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