Flinders Ranges and Outback Food and Wine
Ever eaten emu egg omelette? Kangaroo tail soup? How about camel sirloin with sweet potato wedges, native thyme and garlic chive butter? A dessert of warm Quandong (wild peach) pie with fresh cream?
These are the kind of local dishes that creative chefs serve in South Australia's Flinders Ranges and outback.
When you pull up at the Prairie Hotel in Parachilna, you’ll find a top-notch menu. It’s thanks to the chefs who combine bush tucker with European and Asian style cuisine. Kangaroo, emu and bush tomatoes are just some of the ingredients.
Iconic pub food
As you travel through the Flinders Ranges and outback, you’ll find that most towns have a lovely old stone pub at the heart of their community. They’re great places to stop, get a fantastic steak and watch as the locals meet up for a beer or wine and swap stories.
Many have been used in films and advertising because of the way they fit the popular ideal of the Australian country pub. Stop at the William Creek Hotel and check out the thousands of business cards and hand-scrawled notes that adorn its walls - it's like a giant visitor's book.
As you drive through the towns of the Flinders Ranges, you’ll find bakeries with award-winning cakes and pies. Try the rabbit stew pie if you get a chance. They taste best when eaten under the shade of a gum tree, while magpies wait for your pastry scraps.
On a warm day, there's nothing better than ice cream and you'll find some weird and wonderful flavours at Golden North in Laura. You’ll want to eat it all.
Visit cellar doors
The Southern Flinders has a handful of wineries establishing themselves in the rich soil. They’re starting to win medals for their reds and whites. It’s well worth slipping off the main road for a taste of something new.
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Pubs and cellar doors
Need a refreshment or keen to taste a local wine? Here are some ideas you might like.
Eat and drink
Looking for great food and country hospitality? Here are some ideas you might like to try.