Trace a story as old as the earth in South Australia's largest mountain range. The majestic, timeworn Flinders Ranges sprawl across three national parks and stretch more than 430km from Crystal Brook to Lake Callabonna. Climb Mt Remarkable in the southern Flinders Ranges and the huge, natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound in the centre. In the arid north, there's a wilderness sanctuary and an observatory to explore. Find yourself in this ancient outback story, where adventure, tranquility and spirituality co-exist.
Four things to do in the Flinders Ranges
Trek to the rim of Wilpena Pound or soar over it on a scenic flight. From the sky it looks like a lost world where dinosaurs still roam. In the southern Flinders Ranges, you can trek through Wirrabara and Bundaleer forests or do some serious mountain biking. Hike to the top of Mount Remarkable or ride a camel to a candlelight dinner at Quorn. Four wheel on tracks from Melrose to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary in the rugged north. Scale the Gammon Ranges or stare into space from one of Arkaroola's three observatories.
Explore these timeworn ranges with an Adnyamathanha guide, learning about bush tucker and listening to Yura Muda stories of the land's Dreaming beginnings. Hear how the giant snake Arkaroo shaped many of the Flinders Range's features. See ancient cave paintings and rock carvings at Yourambulla Caves, Arkaroo Rock, Sacred Canyon and Chambers Gorge. Drive the Aboriginal Dreaming Trail to the Nepabunna community and hang out with the locals. You can trace 600 million years of evolution on the Brachina Gorge Geological Trail or visit Old Wilpena Station, where Aboriginal and European histories meet.
Walk to the rim of Wilpena Pound past a huge diversity of native plants. Spot rare yellow-footed rock wallabies at Brachina Gorge and the occasional kangaroo hopping across Arkaroola's red earth. Meet resident echidnas and emus and hear the song of more than 100 bird species. Wind through caves, gorges and forests in the southern Flinders Ranges and past Lake Frome's shimmering saltpan in the north. Camp beneath the stars and visit the wildlife havens of Italowie and Weetootla gorges in Vulkathunha–Gammon Ranges National Park.
You can walk, cycle, 4WD and even muster cattle through the Flinders Ranges. Hike sections of the Heysen Trail, which stretches 1,200km from Parachilna Gorge to the beaches of Fleurieu Peninsula. Cyclists can tackle some of the 900km Mawson Trail, which connects the Adelaide Hills with the Flinders Ranges town of Blinman. Take the Pichi Richi Railway from Quorn to Port Augusta or immerse yourself in the region's rich railway story at the Steamtown Peterborough sound and light show. However you travel, you'll discover old mining towns, charming country pubs, rare wildlife and stunning outback vistas.