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Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Outback & Flinders Ranges

Visit South Australia's Outback

Introduction

One of Australia's most incredible landscapes, the Flinders Ranges is a land of fertile bush, jagged gorges, arid mountains and burning-hot desert. Human inhabitants are few and far between, scattered across the plains hundreds of kilometres apart, waiting for the weekly deliveries of goods, mail and, of course, the occasional tourist.

Such isolation inspires the enquiring mind, and consequently the area is popular for bush walkers. Set out on foot, or by 4x4, and you'll be rewarded with exceptional views, peculiar geological marvels – Lake Eyre and Wilpena Pound are two of the most striking examples – and the occasional local shearing a sheep or examining a recently excavated opal.

Wilpena Pound

This extraordinary natural amphitheatre sites at the centre of Flinders Ranges National Park – the unusual showpiece of one of Australia's finest reserves. Jagged mountains encircle the gently sloping heart of the pound, the result of odd tectonics, though it looks more like the aftermath of an ancient meteor strike. off-road tours and scenic flights are the best ways to explore and experience this enormous park, home to a rich array of native wildlife including emu and endangered marsupial species such as the yellow-footed rock wallaby.  

Coober Pedy & The Breakaway

Known as the 'opal capital of the world', Coober Pedy is a small town some 850km north of Adelaide. The town only grew at the beginning of the 20th century after a small party, searching for gold, discovered an abundance of opal so decided to mine for that instead. The town's unusual name originates from the Aboriginal kupa piti, meaning 'white man in a hole', perhaps referring to the areas unique form of housing known as dugouts – underground homes designed to shelter the occupants from the stifling summer heat, which can reach well into the 40s. To the north, The Breakaways are one of South Australia's Outback highlights: striking rocky outcrops that stick out of a large dusty plateau formed by an inland sea long since receded. They're best visited at sunrise when the layers of rock are most visible.

Lake Eyre

Due to the fluctuating water levels, Australia's largest lake can be either a vast watering hole or a dried-up salt lake. It's also the focal point for one of the Earth's largest draining basins. Covering up to one sixth of Australia's entire landmass, it's a dusty and arid world home to numerous salt lakes and slow-flowing rivers. While in the area, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for giant bilby, koware and waddi trees, just some of the rare species that rely on this variable world.

Special offers in Outback & Flinders Ranges

The Ghan & Kangaroo Island

12-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,805 pp incl. flights

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Travelling from south to north, this tailor-made trip marries one of the world’s greatest rail journeys with tropical Darwin, Adelaide’s heritage and the wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

Top itineraries in Outback & Flinders Ranges

The Ghan & Kangaroo Island

12-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,805 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early Bird Offer – Save up to £140 pp
Book by: 30 April 2019

Travelling from south to north, this tailor-made trip marries one of the world’s greatest rail journeys with tropical Darwin, Adelaide’s heritage and the wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

The Ghan: luxury, wilderness & wildlife

14-day tailor-made luxury rail journey from £7,720 pp incl. flights

Combine all-inclusive luxury stays among the wildlife and spectacular natural world of Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges with an epic journey on the Ghan. Expect fine dining, an open bar car and unique excursions throughout.

Highlights of the Flinders

9-day tailor-made self drive from £2,165 pp incl. flights

Explore South Australia's capital city, Adelaide, its stunning Barossa and Clare Valley wine regions and outback landscapes of the Flinders Ranges.

The Ghan Expedition: wilderness to wines

15-day tailor-made luxury rail journey from £6,155 pp incl. flights

Either side of this all-inclusive rail journey through the Outback, you’ll sample the wines of the Barossa Valley and enjoy a luxury safari in the wilds of Australia's Top End.

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Top places to stay in Outback & Flinders Ranges

Rawnsley Park Eco Villas, Flinders Ranges

Contemporary villa

Rawnsley Park was first settled as part of the Arkaba Station in 1851, the property now holds over 29,000 acres and alongside being a working sheep station plays an important part in conservation being committed to environmental sustainability and social and cultural responsibility.

Ikara Safari Camp, Flinders Ranges

Small & intimate tented camp

Set in the heart of South Australia's Flinders Ranges, Ikara Safari Camp provides a luxury camping experience as well as hotel-style accommodation. The en suite safari tents are the perfect way to experience Australia's great Outback, getting up close and personal with fauna and flora.

Arkaba, Flinders Ranges

Small & intimate lodge

Located on a 60,000 acre private wildlife conservancy at the edge of the stunning Flinders Ranges in northern South Australia, Arkaba is a luxuriously restored 1850’s Australian homestead

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