Discover the vast interior
Journey deep into the heart of the outback. Feel the red earth beneath your feet. See the sunrise over the Flinders Ranges and let the morning light wake you.
Escape the city and travel north to the outback. It’s about 200 kilometres from Adelaide to the Southern Flinders Ranges. Take a bus, a guided tour or fly. Air and bus services run from Adelaide to Port Augusta - the gateway to the outback.
Learn about South Australia's Aboriginal history which dates back 40,000 years. Follow the self-drive Aboriginal Dreaming Trail to see 5000 year old cave wall paintings at Arkaroo Rock. Visit rock carvings at Chambers Gorge in the northern Flinders Ranges. Try the cultural tour of Lake Eyre and the Oodnadatta Track. You will learn about the Adnyamathanha people, bush medicines and taste “bush tucker”. Find the magic in the outback’s Aboriginal history.
Air or 4WD adventures
Soar with eagles on a scenic flight; take it off-road in a four wheel drive (4WD); or do both to really appreciate all that the outback has to offer. Fly over Lake Eyre or marvel at the changing colours of the Painted Desert - a rocky outcrop of small and large hills created more than 80 million years ago. Go off-road tackle the rugged Flinders Ranges or conquer the corrugated red dunes of the Simpson Desert in a four wheel drive. Find the magic by air or four wheels in this adventurer’s paradise.
Bushwalking and hiking
Bring your boots, explore the outback on foot and tap into your adventurous spirit. Hike along the Heysen Trail from Parachilna or push yourself to make it to the highest point in the Flinders Ranges, St Mary Peak. Venture into Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and walk along mountain top ridges for spectacular views of the land below. Find the magic beneath your feet in outback South Australia.
Fossils and opal fossicking
More than 100 million years ago, inland Australia was a vast sea, teeming with ancient life forms. The waters have long since gone but it has left behind a region full of amazing fossils. The underground town of Coober Pedy is a fossil haven and is one of a few places where you’ll find baby Plesiosaur fossils. The underground town is also the opal capital of the world and can try your luck at opal "noodling" (fossicking) at various working mines. Find the magic – and something magical – underground.
If you’ve ever dreamed of living like a local in the outback, station stays are the best way to do it. Cattle and sheep stations have been a huge part of South Australia's outback for more than 150 years. Accommodation styles range from modest shearers' quarters where you can cook your own meals or join your "host" family for dinner. It's not all "rough and tumble" though with elegant homesteads offering an oasis of finery in the outback. Find the magic in the outback way of life.
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.
There are plenty of events on in the Flinders Ranges. Here are some ideas you might like.