Flinders Ranges and Outback Towns
A unique experience
Visit the Flinders Ranges and outback towns and you’ll feel like you’re in another country. They’re remote, unique and provide welcome refuge for travellers and adventurers.
Some people say the country around Coober Pedy is as close as you’ll get to the moon without space travel. The stone-covered plains and miners' mounds stretch to the horizon. Miners still live underground in searching for opals.
Just a few hours from Adelaide
Drive just a few hours from Adelaide to some of the region's oldest towns. Port Pirie or Melrose are great launching pads for your Flinders Ranges adventure. If you love mountain biking, then add Melrose to your list of places to go.
Port Augusta is the gateway to the outback and is about an hour's drive from Port Pirie. Learn what lies ahead of you at the Wadlata Outback Centre. Jamestown, Hawker, William Creek and Oodnadatta enjoy a shared history as towns on the old Ghan Railway.
History and heritage
The charming town of Quorn was proclaimed back in 1878 and
soon became an important railway operator. Today, it's still home to the Pichi Richi Railway, on which steam locomotives travel to and from Quorn and Port Augusta.
Hawker has some fabulous Aboriginal cave art. Famous stockman RM Williams was born near Jamestown. Catch flights to Lake Eyre from Oodnadatta, a handy stopover on your way to the Painted Desert and Simpson Desert.
The people of Marree, the southern starting point for the Oodnadatta Track and Birdsville Track, call their town “the corrugated iron town with corrugated iron air”. There’s a sense of being on the edge of the world.
Off the beaten track
Mungerannie is roughly halfway along the Birdsville Track. This is a bird watching haven and a great place to stop for a hot bath in the artesian pools.
At the end of the Strzelecki Track, Innamincka is a lively township, due to four wheel drive (4WD) touring and the Cooper Basin gas fields.
The outback town of Woomera tells the tale of South Australia's past. It was once a key defence and space industry facility and is now a living museum with fascinating collections of old missiles, rockets and planes.
Just north of Woomera is Roxby Downs - a large mining town, and close by is Andamooka, which is well known for its opals.
Flinders Ranges and outback South Australian towns have a story to tell - make your own story too.
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