The Flinders Ranges is a breathtaking landscape of ragged hills, spectacular gorges and sheltered creeks. Explore the National Park on foot, by 4WD, or by taking a scenic flight over the area to see the natural amphitheatre of mountains located at the northernmost point. Journey into the heartland of South Australia and explore the rugged peaks of the Flinders Ranges. Experience more of the region as part of a self drive to see the variation in South Australia's landscapes. Don't miss the dramatic Wilpena Pound - fully accessible via sealed roads - with its 17 kilometres of natural amphitheatre or the underground opal town of Coober Pedy.
Things to do in Flinders Ranges
Settle back for some simple star gazing, spot native wildlife and learn more all about the Aboriginal history. Look out for the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby at the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, you’ll be sure to see plenty of other native birds and animals on your travels here
Scenic flights can be booked to give you soaring views over Wilpena Pound. This enormous natural amphitheatre is in the centre of Flinders Ranges and from up high it resembles an ancient world. Take a walk to the rim or stand on St Mary’s Peak to drink in the awe-inspiring views across the crater. If you love cycling then we recommend, take a bike tour from the Adelaide Hills to the Flinders Ranges town of Blinman on the Mawson Trail’s. With nearly 900 kilometres of back roads and forest fire trails to explore, you’ll be in your element. For four wheel adventurists, head for the steep trails near Wilmington in the Southern Flinders or Arkaroola in the north. You can also choose to follow the Strzelecki Track into the desert, with the scenic wetlands of Coongie Lakes and Dalhousie Springs.
Explore Coober Pedy
Head further north and explore Coober Pedy, it’s a good seven hours drive north from Flinders National Park to Coober Pedy so you wouldn’t be able to do it in a day if you were staying in Flinders, but still worth the effort.
Put on a hard-hat and explore Coober Pedy – ‘Noodle’ or ‘fossick’ for opals and learn about the history of the town at the museum which although now abandoned, was once a working mine. The people here live in dugout homes to escape the scorching heat of the outback and there’s even an art gallery, church, hotels and a grassless golf course – all underground!
Take a cultural and social heritage tour to Lake Eyre and the Oodnadatta Track, sample some bush tucker and camp under the stars. Flinders Ranges is a sight to behold.