Outback to the Sea
Making the most of the coast
The Flinders Ranges is famous for its spectacular geology of rugged mountains, steep peaks, deep gorges and meandering creeks. You might be surprised to know you can also have a beachside experience at the base of the picturesque Southern Flinders Ranges.
Add water to your Flinders Ranges and outback getaway. Enjoy sailing, kayaking, boating, fishing or swimming along beaches up the eastern side of the Spencer Gulf to Port Augusta and beyond.
Stunning vantage points
For an awe inspiring view, drive to Hancock’s Lookout or hike up Devil’s Peak and overlook the Spencer Gulf across to Eyre Peninsula. Visit the tip of the Spencer Gulf, north of Port Augusta. View the last remnants of the great inland sea that, over hundreds of millions of years, helped create the Flinders Ranges.
Deky’s Elbow, another spectacular vantage point, shows the Eyre Peninsula outback to the left, the banks of the Yorke Peninsula to the right and the Flinders Ranges in the background.
Retrace the steps of Matthew Flinders’ voyage in 1802 and discover the unique ecology of this waterway. Hire a kayak or canoe, or bring your own, and discover Solomontown Beach, Port Germein, Chinaman Creek and the waterways of Port Pirie.
At Fisherman Creek, observe one of the many waterbird sanctuaries in the area. The greatest number of migratory waders can be seen over the summer months.
Beneath the surface
The Spencer Gulf is teeming with aquatic life, large and small, including dolphins, blue swimmer crabs, snapper and King George whiting. Protected by land on either side, the gulf is a perfect place to drop your fishing line and try your luck from one of the many jetties between Port Pirie and Port Augusta.
If you've got a boat, there are launch sites in the area. Join a fishing or boat charter to discover the locals' secret spots with an expert.
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A bygone era
Before rail or road infrastructure connected the Flinders Ranges to the South Australian capital of Adelaide, Port Augusta was the main port for the movement of wool, minerals and wheat produced in the northern Flinders Ranges.
Port Germein was a major seaport for wheat shipping, so much so that it had the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere.
Those days are long gone, but the structure of the 1881 jetty still stands as a window to the past and is used by fishing enthusiasts.