Flinders Ranges Holidays
A holiday in the Flinders Ranges is one of rugged beauty and offers a true glimpse into the Outback. Beginning around 125 miles from Adelaide, the mountainous range is best explored on a self-drive holiday where you can wind around South Australia’s largest mountain range. Many parts of the range are protected, offering a great opportunity to go bush walking, learn about Aboriginal culture and see Australian native wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and wedge-tailed eagles. If you’d prefer to holiday in the Flinders Rangers by rail you can ride The Ghan. Known as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, this legendary train travels from Adelaide in the south of Australia, through the Flinders Ranges, into the Red Centre and all the way up to the top of the Northern Territory.
Things to Do
Wilpena Pound is the most popular part of the mountain range to visit, and the perfect place to stay a few nights and explore. Located in the heart of Flinders Ranges, the region features an incredible crater-like landscape forged from sedimentary rock that has eroded over millions of years. To fully take in the undulating landscape we recommend enjoying a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound. On the ground, you can explore Wilpena Pound by a 4X4 tour or via a number of hiking trails.
Eat and Drink
While visiting the Flinders Ranges is very much about the ancient landscapes, the region also offers a great opportunity to sample Outback food, known locally as ‘bush tucker’. Many of the local dishes served utilise local ingredients including kangaroo, emu and bush tomatoes. You won’t find these on every menu though. Other dishes offered in the Flinders Ranges include homemade meat pies and hearty pub fare. The region’s roadside bakers are famed for their award-winning cakes too, so be sure to leave room for dessert. While the region isn't as renowned as the Barossa Valley for wine, Southern Flinders is home to a few wineries.
Where to Stay
Due to the remote nature of the Flinders Ranges, accommodation in the region typically includes lodges, B&Bs, and homestead accommodation. But just because you’re in the Outback, doesn’t mean you have to rough it. Typically speaking, most homesteads offer a range of options from guest rooms to family-friendly villas, basic holiday units and even caravan and camping grounds.
Flinders Ranges like a Local
Walking in the Flinders Ranges, particularly Wilpena Pound, is a fantastic way to see the region. When heading out, be sure to take plenty of water as it can get very hot, and always tell a local where you will be going. For ideal walking conditions, the best time to visit Wilpena Pound is from March to October when temperatures are cooler.