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Flinders Ranges and Outback

An ancient landscape

A trip to the Flinders Ranges is something every South Australian should experience. A few days in this beautifully rugged, 540 million-year-old landscape will stay with you forever and change the way you look at the world.

Find the magic, and some perspective, in the Flinders Ranges.

Relaxing by a waterhole, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

The land is a country of thick, gnarled gum trees, growing alongside stony creeks. There are ruins of farms left by pioneers, beaten back by the harsh landscape. The Flinders Ranges is a ancient and unique part of the world.

Wonder of Wilpena

The story of why Wilpena Pound exists as it does today is fascinating and provides a sense of just how old the exposed earth is. Millions of years of erosion has created the natural ampitheatre, surrounded by ancient mountain ranges.

The landscape is summed up perfectly in this quote by Hans Heysen: “the bones of the earth laid bare”. It provides insight through exposure - layers, colours, vastness - an almost intimidating reminder that we are only on this earth for a short time.

A visit to the Flinders should be a ‘rite of passage’ for all. 

Outback South Australia

It is where you’ll find Australians who live hundreds of kilometres from their nearest neighbour. They wait for the twice-weekly delivery of mail and goods from the outside world, brought by a postman and the few lucky tourists accompanying them.

There are magnificent mountains, glowing red in the sunset, with caps of lichen covered rocks and razored edges. Feel part of nature with emus and kangaroos passing by your campsite. Experience the peace and darkness at night in the bush.

Desert eyes

Wedge-tailed eagles soar above the horizon as you tackle the deep, red sand and spinifex of the Simpson Desert or Strzelecki Track. The eyes of the desert lizards will watch, as you stop to see the beauty of Lake Eyre in flood. Feel the burr of the cattle grids under the wheels of your car and mark your journey across this wilderness.

Waterholes and narrow gorges of red rock hide yellow-footed rock wallabies and tiny Lake Eyre dragons. Walk, explore and watch. Listen to Dreamtime stories under the shade of gumtrees.

A world far removed

It’s vast, ancient and seemingly empty. It is full of adventures and a world far removed from any modern city. There’s the strange beauty of the giant, natural amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound and the siren call of the opal fields.

It’s like stepping into a different world.

Your 2014 guide to the Flinders Ranges and Outback

Explore the Flinders Ranges and Outback. Plan your holiday with the Flinders Ranges & Outback Visitor Guide. Find out more about accommodation, attractions, hiking, scenic flights, four wheel driving tours and more.

Flinders Ranges and Outback map, South Australia

Download a Flinders Ranges and Outback map to help find your way around the sealed, unsealed and four wheel drive only roads.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.

What's on

There are plenty of events on in the Flinders Ranges. Here are some ideas you might like.

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