Flinders Ranges and Outback Parks and Wildlife
Australia’s most famous places are now called “National Landscapes”.
South Australia has two, Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges.
There’s Wilpena Pound, Bunyeroo Gorge’s ancient seabed, brilliant Brachina Gorge, the yellow-footed rock wallabies in Warrens Gorge, the Heysen Trail, Mawson Trail and much more. Whew!
There’s loads of accommodation. Flinders Ranges National Park has resorts, motels, cabins and camping grounds. Stay and explore. You’ll need to stay to see everything. Enjoy deciding where to start.
The Heysen Trail
The Heysen Trail meanders through the rugged Mount Remarkable National Park and past the spectacular Alligator Gorge. This park is close to Hancocks Lookout, which has panoramic views of Spencer Gulf.
Further south, the Telowie Gorge National Park has rock pools and a lookout. The Wirrabara Forest is home to a huge 500 year old gum tree. Drive to Port Augusta and see some unique plant species in the Arid Lands Botanic Garden.
The must-see Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is in The Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park. Arkaroola’s awesome four wheel drive Ridgetop Tour is justifiably world-famous. Like everywhere in the South Australian Outback, the night skies above Arkaroola blaze with stars and planets and a great highlight of a stay here is to explore them through the largest privately owned telescope in Australia. To the south, you’ll find an incredible Aboriginal rock art gallery in Chambers Gorge.
The Lake Eyre Basin National Park includes iconic Lake Eyre. This magnificent lake is described as an inland sea, which is what it looks like when it fills after monsoonal rains. Cooper Creek occupies about one quarter of the basin. It fills Lake Eyre with water from the Innamincka Regional Reserve and the world heritage listed Coongie Lakes National Park.
Another reason to visit this reserve is to see Australia’s largest billabong, the Cullyamurra Waterhole. Like the Blinman Pools in the Flinders Ranges, the wildlife and birdlife here is remarkable.
It’s a long way to go for a hot “bath” but after crossing the Simpson Desert, the Dalhousie Springs in the adjacent Witjira National Park is a rare outback experience.
If you want to make that journey, you’ll need a Desert Parks Pass which covers six parks including Coongie Lakes, Lake Eyre and Innamincka National Parks.
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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.