Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking a trip to the Flinders Ranges and Outback. Think dusty red roads, night skies like you’ve never seen them and an array of national parks. This is South Australia in its truest form.
Here are out top things to do in the Flinders Ranges and Outback…
Explore Coober Pedy
There’s plenty of things to do and see in Coober Pedy, but to truly experience the historic town, we recommend going underground.
Make sure to visit a ‘dugout’ home, as well as several underground churches and art galleries, and historic mines—which now feature walk through tours.
The Historic Old Timers Mine is a great one to visit, featuring two underground homes and precious seams of opal. The Umoona Mine & Museum also contains an Aboriginal interpretive centre, panoramic theatre, historic displays and more.
And of course, if you love opals, Coober Pedy is a-plenty! You’ll find the world’s largest displays in Coober Pedy and plenty of Opal Fields.
More local attractions include the Big Winch Lookout, Boot Hill, the Centenary Mosaic Garden, and more.
Image: South Australian Tourism Commission, Umoona Mine Guided Tour, Flinders Ranges & Outback
Appreciate Aboriginal Culture
The Flinders Ranges & Outback truly offers one of Australia’s richest experiences of Aboriginal heritage and living culture.
Make sure to visit the Melrose Courthouse Heritage Centre, which follows the story of the Adnyamathanha people.
Learn about their culture and connection to land, with a visit to Wadlata’s ‘Tunnel of Time.’
You can also visit Aboriginal sites on several expeditions and 4WD adventures, with sites throughout the Flinders Ranges, including Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Vuolkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park.
Iga Warta tours also offers a unique opportunity for visitors to experience and learn more about Aboriginal culture. They offer a range of tours and activities to suit all visitors, aiming to take people on cultural journeys to learn about the history and lives of Aboriginal people. Journeys include the Malkii tour, which visits a painting site dated to be 35,000 years old; the Ochre Pit, where you can learn about the importance of the ochre; Nguthunanga mai ambatanha (Damper Hill), which visits a women’s site with one of the Adnyamathanha women; and the Red Gorge Tour, which takes visitors to an ancient engraving site over 80,000 years old. View all tours offered here.
Image: South Australian Tourism Commission, Iga Warta Tours, Flinders Ranges & Outback
Explore the National Parks
From Ikara-Flidners Ranges National Park to Mount Remarkable, discover and explore these popular bushwalking, biking and 4WDing destinations.
If you’re not afraid of heights, make sure to check out the stunning landscapes by booking a scenic flight.
If you’re wanting to do something a little different, explore Innamincka Regional Reserve and hire a canoe from Innamincka Hotel and set off along Cooper Creek to enjoy the outback from the water.
Want to see what the night sky looks like away from the city? Set up camp at Halligan Bay Point Campground and be prepared for an awe-inspiring show in the night sky!
Image: Brad Leue, Arkaroola, Flinders Ranges
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Discovery Parks – Port Augusta
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Rawnsley Park Station, Flinders Ranges
Overlooking the southern side of Wilpena Pound, Rawnsley Park Station provides the perfect base for exploring South Australia’s beautiful Flinders Ranges.
Discount: Stay 2 or more nights (holiday units or eco villas) and receive a $50 voucher for the Woolshed Restaurant. *Not valid with any other offer.
Promo code: Foodland
Valid between 26 August to the 31st of December 2020.
The Underground Motel, Coober Pedy
The first underground motel to be built in Coober Pedy back in 1984, all rooms at The Underground Motel have been dug into a sandstone hill. Upgrading and renovating has created very comfortable rooms with a unique individual style sympathetic with the arid desert environment!
Offer: 2 nights $370 (two people); or $290 (single). Includes 5-hour tour includes underground mine, home tour, including church, breakaways, moon plain and opal fields + 10% off the local steakhouse!
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Valid between 26 August 2020 and 31st December 2020.
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Make sure to check out the Foodland stores located in the incredible Flinders Ranges & Outback during your trip:
- Crystal Brook
- Leigh Creek
- Port Augusta
And make sure to support the region’s local food producers, such as Golden North!
Main image credit: Elise Cook, Kanku-Breakaway Conservation Park, Flinders Ranges & Outback