Flinders Ranges and Outback
An outback landscape
Look no further. Discover the real Australia in the Flinders Ranges and South Australian outback.
The Flinders Ranges is one of the oldest landscapes on earth and it’s only a five-hour drive from Adelaide. Spectacular in every sense, this is a land of steep ridges and peaks, narrow tree-lined gorges, bone-dry creeks and rust red soil..
There’s the incredible magnificence of Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre that will leave you speechless when you see it.
Aboriginal legend thousands of years old, tells of ancient Dreamtime serpents and giants shaping these lands.
Take a tour with an Aboriginal guide or drive yourself along the Aboriginal Dreaming Trail to find out more.
From the grey blues of dawn to the deep reds of dusk, the Flinders Ranges dramatically change colour as the sun bakes the land.
Classic Australian wildlife call the Flinders Ranges home. Brilliantly coloured parrots, yellow-footed rock wallabies, kangaroos and emus hide in the shade. Australia’s largest bird of prey, the wedge-tailed eagle, reigns supreme on the thermal currents.
Find Australians living hundreds of kilometres from their nearest neighbour and loving it! Take note: if you bump into someone, they’ll be keen for a chat.
The locals wait for the twice-weekly delivery of mail and goods from the outside world, brought by a postman and the few lucky tourists accompanying them.
Coober Pedy is where people live in underground houses and fossick for opals on a virtual moonscape. This is where you’ll find the essence of Australia.
The tracks of life
Legendary Australians and their stories have moved from the outback into folklore. Many originate on the rutted tracks and old stock routes that connect remote Australia. Like the Birdsville Track and it’s remarkable horse race.
The Strzelecki Track which runs near Australia’s famous dog fence.
It’s twice the length of the Great Wall of China and keeps Australia’s native dog (the dingo) away from our sheep.
Few sites anywhere are as spectacular as Lake Eyre in flood. This vast saltpan becomes a virtual inland sea attracting a “world” of birds. You’ll never forget a flight over Lake Eyre.
You’ll never forget the Flinders Ranges and outback of South Australia.
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.
There are plenty of events on in the Flinders Ranges. Here are some ideas you might like.