Flinders Ranges and Outback - Getting Here and Around
The wide open road
Travelling in the South Australian outback and through the Flinders Ranges is an experience. As the wheels hum and the ancient landscape slides past, you’ll realise you've never been anywhere quite like this before.
Driving is the best way to get around the Flinders Ranges and outback. You can also catch a plane, train or coach to reach this spectacular part of Australia. If you like, a tour operator will plan your travel and special experiences for you.
A road well travelled
If you’re driving from Adelaide, there are several ways to get to the Flinders Ranges. It depends on where you want to start and if you want to take the scenic route.
The most direct route is via Highway 1 (A1) to Port Augusta (300 kilometres). Melrose, 275 kilometres from Adelaide, is the gateway to the Flinders Ranges. Drive there via Crystal Brook and Laura (A1 and B82) or take a more scenic route through Gawler and the Clare Valley (A20 and A32).
The Best of Flinders Ranges self drive itinerary will give you a taste of the region, including the Clare Valley. If you have more time, try the five-day Clare Valley and Flinders Ranges itinerary or the seven day WOW Tour - Wildlife, Outback and Wine.
Venture into the heart of the outback with the Explorer's Way itinerary, which will take you from Adelaide, through South Australia's far north, all the way to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
Four wheel driving (4WD)
You don’t need a four wheel drive (4WD) to see the Flinders Ranges but it’s worth thoroughly checking your route before you leave. You can hire a four wheel drive (4WD) in Adelaide or Port Augusta.
You will need a vehicle built for off-road conditions if you choose to tackle the rugged peaks of the ranges or
conquer the corrugated red dunes of the Simpson Desert, or you can join a four wheel drive (4WD) tour. If you have a caravan, stay on the sealed road.
Trains and planes
The Ghan train service travels through Port Augusta, on its way to Darwin. It departs Adelaide every Sunday throughout the year (and leaves from Darwin every Wednesday) - except during December and January, when it departs once a fortnight. Check with Great Southern Rail for current timetables.
There are daily coach services from Adelaide to Port Augusta and flights to Port Augusta on weekdays. There are flights to Coober Pedy every day except Saturday.
You can also see this stunning region through a range of charter tours. Try a scenic flight over the Lake Eyre Basin, which covers one sixth of the continent. There’s no better view of this weathered and carved ancient seabed.
A cyclist’s dream
The Flinders Ranges by Bike route uses parts of the Mawson Trail. It weaves its way from Wilpena Pound to Blinman. Allow four days to complete the whole circuit as it's about 200 kilometres long.
At the foot of Mount Remarkable National Park, Melrose is the perfect base to easily explore the region with cycling trails accessible from the town
Don’t waste a moment. Visit one of our Visitor Information Centres around the region to organise the ultimate Flinders Ranges’ holiday.
The Flinders Ranges and outback is breathtaking however you see it.
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