Flinders Ranges National Park is located 153km northeast of Port Augusta in South Australia’s outback. The magnificent mountain ranges of quartzite, siltstone and shale feature a massive natural amphitheatre in the centre stretching 17km long and 7km wide. The natural wonder is known as Wilpena Pound.
The Flinders Ranges are a scenic feast and much can be seen from the comfort of your vehicle or on foot on many walking trails and longer hikes, it’s entirely up to you, the scenery is superb regardless. Those pressed for time or not keen on walking far can see plenty of the fabulous ranges on the popular 100km loop through the centre of the park.
On arrival in the park it’s a good idea to call into the Visitor Centre at Wilpena
and collect the park map which details the route and attractions. The staff are very helpful and can advise you as to what is best to see and do according to your time frame. Many walking trails depart from here to explore the pound, ranging from 2km along the pound walls to 17km reaching the ranges’ highest point.
The 100km tourist circuit is best done in an anti-clockwise direction to maximise viewing opportunities. 17 and 19km on route are Hucks and Stokes Hill Lookouts. These roadside pullovers offer views towards the northeastern rim of Wilpena Pound and 360 degree views of the surrounding ranges.
Deviating from the tourist route to explore Brachina Gorge
adds another 40km to the trip meter. Four-wheel drives can access the gorge, however two-wheel drivers will have to stop at the carpark and walk a km or so. The gorge is red and rugged and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to cool off in the rock pools at the right time of year. The gorge is also home to Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies which, if you look closely, you will see in the cracks of the gorge walls and surrounding bushland. Other wildlife commonly seen in the park are emus.
Buneroo Valley and Razorback Lookouts
offer stunning views of the colourful valley and ranges and really top off a magnificent drive through one of nature’s remarkable landscapes.
The scenery and the serene outback atmosphere in this national park has an unforgettable effect and you might find yourself wanting to stay a little longer. There are several self-registering camp grounds with toilet facilities located in the park or you can enjoy the creature comforts at Wilpena Pound Resort, which is a camp ground with powered and unpowered sites, permanent canvas tent accommodation, swimming pool, general store, bar and restaurant.
Park entry fees of $8.50 and camping fees of $11per vehicle apply in the national park. The Flinders Ranges are one of South Australia’s iconic tourist destinations and it is absolutely beautiful country. Get a taste of the outback, escape the coast and appreciate what inland South Australia has to offer. It’s a journey worth embarking on.
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