Regarded as one of Australia’s ultimate travel destinations, the Flinders Ranges is a 430-kilometre-long stretch of mountain ranges known for its iconic adventures – from off-road driving, biking and hiking through expansive landscapes, to accommodation options that range from station stays to luxury eco villas.
The entire area boasts unrivalled panoramas – rolling hills and deep valleys intersect stunning gorges and lagoons, with plenty of outdoor options available for lovers of flora and fauna, bike rides and peaceful walks. The National Heritage–listed town of Burra is also known for its history as a 19th-century copper mining town, and you can easily fill a day visiting the museums.
For a truly other-worldly experience, the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park comprises 95,000 hectares of semi-arid land and captures the unique sense of space at one of South Australia’s most iconic destinations.
Navigating the rugged ridges by foot or car is often likened to exploring the face of Mars, as you’ll view dramatic geological features, nights under starry skies and deep-red sunsets you couldn’t even dream of.
On the south-eastern edge of Wilpena Pound, Rawnsley Park Station borders the Flinders Ranges National Park, and operates as a fully functioning sheep station. With plenty of camping sites around, this is the perfect spot to sit back and take in the surroundings.
A tour of South Australia’s remote outback is incomplete without a visit to the opal capital of the world, Coober Pedy. Located 846 kilometres north of Adelaide, the soaring temperatures of this region mean that much of the town has been built underground, where you can visit cafes, houses and churches, all found within a new realm of life beneath the earth.
Driving 90 minutes east (166 kilometres) of Coober Pedy, you’ll find yourself in one of Australia’s most remote towns, William Creek. Located halfway on the Oodnadatta Track, the town has a mere population of 10. The William Creek Hotel is adored by travellers from all around the world, and makes for a great stop when driving through the sprawling desert land.
Close by lies the desert oasis of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre. Take a tour and be immersed in the beauty that makes up this giant salt pan on a guided tour or a scenic flight, where the views are unimaginable.