Flinders Ranges and Outback Adventure and Outdoors

Go on an adventure

Adventure. It’s about getting away from your comfort zone and doing something out of the ordinary. There's no better place to do this than in the South Australian outback and Flinders Ranges.

Painted Desert in the South Australian outback

Take to the air in a plane or helicopter to view the Flinders Ranges from a different angle. You'll be amazed by the varied and vast outback landscape from Wilpena Pound to Lake Eyre and the colourful hills of the Painted Desert.

Trek, hike or bike

Join a camel safari tour and visit places rarely seen by others. Explore remnants of the past and see why camels are the perfect travelling companions in the outback. Tours range from half-day to week-long adventures.

Put on your bushwalking boots, go it alone or join a guided tour - either way, let your feet help you discover your adventurous spirit. Hike along the Heysen Trail from Parachilna or push yourself to make it to the highest point in the Flinders Ranges, St Mary Peak. Venture into Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and hike to mountain top ridges for spectacular views of the land below.

Swap the boots for a bike and hit the off-road and leisure riding trails. There are more than 50 kilometres of dedicated single tracks through the Southern Flinders Ranges. If you enjoy leisurely country rides down wide, unsealed roads, then you'll love the Mawson Trail. 

Mountain bikers will relish the 200 kilometre Flinders Ranges By Bike loop trail. It's an epic challenge on national park and old pastoral station tracks and requires a reasonable level of fitness and preparation.

Take food, water, emergency supplies and a satellite phone with you and remember to tell people where you are going and when to expect you.   

Fossick for your fortune

The underground town of Coober Pedy is a fossil haven and the opal capital of the world. Go into an opal mine and noodle (search) for a precious stone to take home. Or join a four-hour opal digging tour where you can access working mine fields, complete with your own hard hat, torch and handpick. Be warned though - opal fever might catch you. 

Explore the ruins of a copper mine that has been abandoned for nearly 100 years in the township of Blinman. In 1859 Robert Blinman discovered copper and the Blinman Mine was the largest mine in the Flinders Ranges and was worked extensively up to 1908.       

Sleep in a swag under the stars

Explore during the day and relax at night - under the stars, in a swag and with the local wildlife for company. There are many places to pitch a tent and chances are you won’t bump into many other people. Try one of the permanent tents at Wilpena Pound. 

Horseshoe Top-End Homestead provides campsites for small to large groups and includes toilet facilities plus a fire ring with barbecue plate and rack. Other properties, such as Alpana Station at Blinman, offer homesteads and campsites and Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is a popular ecotourism destination.

Bunkers and outback baths

Test your skills as a golfer on the grassless course at Coober Pedy. Here the 'greens' are black, yet this golf club boasts reciprocal rights with one of the world's greatest golf courses, St Andrews in Scotland.

How about a dip in the 38°C waters of Dalhousie Springs on the fringe of the Simpson Desert? You'll share your outback bath with some rare aquatic creatures, among them the tiny Dalhousie goby fish.

Discover the outback way of life at a sheep or cattle station. Stay in modest shearers’ quarters, cook your own meals or join your “host” family for dinner. It's not all “rough and tumble” with some luxury homesteads offering an oasis of finery in the outback.

There are plenty of adventures in the Flinders Ranges and outback of South Australia. They are real, challenging and unforgettable.

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