Flinders Ranges Travel Guide

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Flinders Ranges Things to Do

  • LOOKOUT ON THE LEIGH CREEK ROAD

    Coming out of the Moralana scenic drive, we turn left onto the Leigh Creek road. Just a little way down the road, was a Brown tourist sign with a camera on it, this means a good viewpoint, so in we pulled to the parking area on the RH side of the road.Well what a wonderful view we had of the Flinders Ranges, it was fantastic!There were information...

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  • MORALANA SCENIC DRIVE

    Quoted as being one of the most scenic drives in the Flinders Ranges....I totally agree!The dirt road leads through private property, coming out on the Leigh creek road. It is suitable most of the year for 2WD cars.At the start, we crossed over a Cattle grid, this keeps the Cattle in the property, and we don't have to open and shut a gate. Cattle...

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  • SAD STORY OF THE TOWN OF "WILSON"

    Wilson was once a town of around 100 people who had come here after a decade of excellent rains and many good seasons during the 1870s. These farmers ignored Goyder's Line, believing the good seasons would continue. The influx of people caused the government to resume pastoral leases and re-survey and subdivide them for agricultural blocks and new...

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  • WILPENA POUND

    At last we reached our most northerly point of what we were seeing in the Flinders, and that was Wilpena Pound.As we had been here before, we didn't do any of the walks, we just enjoyed some time here. The Wilpena Pound Visitor Information Centre was new, this is where you can collect plenty of information about the National Park. There are many...

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  • RAWNSLEY BLUFF - STATION HILL LOOK-OUT

    Another detour, this time into Rawnsley station and to the Station Hill look-out for great views of Rawnsley Bluff and Wilpena Pound. It was afternoon, and the clouds started to build up over the Bluff making it quite dull for photos.The Station is located at the base of the Bluff, you can stay in accommodation at the Station.There is a trail for...

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  • ELDER RANGE LOOKOUT

    A little further along the road from the Arkaba Hills lookout, is another roadside parking area named the "Elder Range lookout."What I read in the tourist brochure....."The Elder Range is an iconic symbol of what outback South Australia means. The magnificent mountains are overwhelming from every angle and show the natural formation of the land for...

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  • ARKABA HILLS LOOKOUT

    We leave Hawker behind and head north towards Wilpena Pound, when at the 22km mark, we came across the Arkaba Hills Lookout. These were the Hills that inspired a wonderful South Australia artist - Sir Hans Heysen, he loved painted the Flinders Ranges and the beautiful gum trees. His paintings of these hills brought him world wide recognition. Pull...

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  • YOURAMBULLA CAVES -ABORIGINAL ARTWORK

    If you see a Brown tourist sign with Yourambulla Caves, then head here, as it's an Aboriginal art site in a cave. There is a parking area [full sun] and more than one walking trail here, I have always walked the trail to the left of the entrance gate which takes me to Yourambulla Cave. There are a number of paintings and etchings in rock shelters...

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  • YOURAMBULLA CAVES - THE VIEWS

    This was my second visit to these caves, and I'm happy to say, there is now a good stairway to the Caves where Aboriginal paintings are.The name Yourambulla is derived from the Adnyamathanha phrase "yura pilla", meaning two men, and is related to the two peaks (to the east of the painting sites).QUOTE....." In Adnyamathanha legend, two men of...

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  • KANYAKA CEMETERY

    I really enjoy old cemeteries and I nearly missed this one. I don't know if it is signposted or not, if not, look for it across the creek from the homestead ruins.It is fenced off and rather over-run. Wandering around, I found an old grave, with a photo of the deceased person.Worth having a browse around.Interesting, Hugh Proby wasn't buried here.

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  • KANYAKA HOMESTEAD RUINS

    The Kanyaka ruins cover quite an area. No wonder, as leases at Kanyaka Station in 1856, totalled 365 square miles or 240000 acres (945 square km or 94500 hectares). This was one huge holding!In February 1852, the ill fated Hugh Proby established this huge cattle station, in the same year as he lost his life. In the following years, the station grew...

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  • PROBYS GRAVE

    Very close to Buckaringa Gorge is Proby's Grave.Hugh Proby was a young man who came out with a large sum of money from Scotland, hoping to purchase land to run Sheep and Cattle north of Quorn. He took out a lease on the station " Kanyaka" which are in ruins now as we saw later in the Flinders Ranges.Thunderstorms during the night had caused a mob...

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  • OLD LIME KILN

    At the beginning of the track to Death rock, is some old lime burning pits. These were connected with Kanyaka homestead, as they were used in the construction of the buildings. Lime made good building mortar and was used as a stabilizer in mud renders and floors.Check out the nearby rock formations, some interesting ones here!

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  • DEATH ROCK

    Death Rock, the name intrigued!Parking the car, we walked to where it was located next to the Kanyaka Waterhole. I could see the huge 7 metre high rock perched above the beautiful waterhole.This rock was important to the Aboriginal people for several reasons. Firstly, beside the rock was a permanent source of water and therefore an important...

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  • KANYAKA WATERHOLE

    As we travelled towards Hawker, we saw a sign to Death Rock & KANYAKA WATERHOLE. DON'T DRIVE STRAIGHT PAST, but stop and go for the short walk and you will love what you see!It was WOW!.....The prettiness of the waterhole took my breath away, it was so beautiful and so calm with many nice reflections. It's known as Kanyaka waterhole, and was the...

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  • BUCKARINGA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    Buckaringa Sanctuary is also along Arden Vale road. It is here where there the largest colonies of the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby are. Over 60 birds and four mammal species have been recorded at Buckaringa Sanctuary, there maybe even more.We didn't get to see any of these as the gate was locked to the Sanctuary.

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  • SIMMONSTON RUINS

    I'm afraid there was very little left of Simmonston ruins, a little disappointing really, but at least there was an information board that gave details. You see, they thought the Railway line would come through here, but instead it was built some 20kms further east, at a place known as "Gordon."It never eventuated, but Simmonston was to be the...

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  • WILLOCHRA CREEK

    As we travelled a little further along Arden Vale road, we came across Willochra Creek, the one where Proby drowned.It hadn't rained recently, so there wasn't much water, even so, the water worn rocks made it rather pretty.

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  • BUCKARINGA GORGE

    Buckaringa consists of sandstones, siltstones and shales that are layered. The sandstone forms the present pattern of the ridges and ranges. Buckaringa and Middle Gorges have formed when streams have cut through the ridges forming steep-sided gorges with numerous crevices, caves and fallen boulder piles.Reaching here was by car along a dirt road.

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  • WARREN GORGE

    I have been to Warren Gorge before, so decided on a return visit to get some photos.Being a Gorge, nothing had changed, there still were the jagged bright orange rock formations and the native Pine Trees. I walked the road thrugh the Gorge enjoying the nice Gums for shade and the cliffs on either side of me. There is a 5.3 km long loop trail,...

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  • ARDEN VALE ROAD

    After viewing Dutchman's Stern, we continued along the Arden Vale dirt road through Yarrah Vale Gorge. From here, there are sweeping views of the mountain ranges beyond the Willochra Plain.A surprise sight was dead Foxes hanging from a fence. Obviously, a farmer had caught them and had quite a collection on display. We continue along Arden Vale...

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Flinders Ranges Nightlife

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    by kokoryko Written Jul 2, 2008

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    A good thing with the dry climate of the outback is that you can sleep outside, in the biggest and most beautiful sleeping room of the Universe. To get there, before the sun sets, drive to an isolated place (not difficult to fond one), preferably on a high area (a hill or a plateau) park the car, take along a light trekking inflatable mattress, a sleeping bag, something to make tea or coffee, and find a nice place where you can set up a little camp. Enjoy! Ah! That is a poor word for the show nature will offer to your ayes and your soul!
    Lay on your back and look at the stars, the galaxies, the universe. So beautiful Southern Cross, the Milky Way, Magellan’s cloud. . . . I did not have one with me, but a map of the sky would have helped to give names to the stars and constellations.
    I have seen beautiful skies in the Sahara, on the peaks of the Pyrenees, in the Massif Central in France, or during summer nights on the shores of the Atlantic, but it was the first time I saw Magellan’s cloud so clearly with bare eyes. You MUST have seen that once in your life! I felt part of the universe, belonged to the nature. It is not just literary licence, it is a deep feeling! I was the minuscule Kokoryko in the infinite world, I was the world, the world was mine! No! I am not owner of the world, neither am I of words; world. . . words. . . words, in certain special circumstances, with special persons, with other words, they have a special meaning, and in this world, . . . well, beware of imagination less plagiarists! I am naïve and innocent in this world, discovering it every minute! Ah! Enjoy the galaxies and the universe, feel how tiny you are in the universe, look at its beauty, its marvels! Forget about the plagiarists, who just are able to lead astray the very sense of the words, and look at the Southern Cross (main picture), and at Magellan’s Cloud, on the East side of the Milky Way (picture 2); the infinity of the galaxies (euh, the picture has borders. . ) on picture 3, and the Southern Cross again (picture 4, upper right side), and even a shooting star in the right lower quadrant of this “noisy” picture 5, taken with 800 ISO.

    Southern cross Magellan's Cloud Milky Way Discrete Southern Cross Milky Way and shhoting star
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Flinders Ranges Warnings and Dangers

  • WATCH THOSE EMUS!

    Most people say, watch out for the Kangaroos, true, they are bad, but mainly morning and late afternoon.Emus on the other hand, are around anytime of the day. We always slow down to a crawl when we see wildlife on or near the road, as you never know what they are going to do.Emus are much more reliable than Kangaroos, as if they are heading in one...

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  • BE CAREFUL CAMPING

    The Flinders Ranges is home to many beautiful Red Gums. They are my favorite tree, and probably by the end of your visit, will be yours too!IN the Summer heat, they do drop big limbs without warning.You also need to be aware, in the Flinders Ranges, the empty creek beds look very enticing camp areas, but be very careful, many lives have been...

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  • WALK TO YOURAMBULLA CAVES

    I am not sure how long the walk is to the Caves, but recommended time is 1.5hours.From the start, the pathway is rather rough, gradually getting rougher as you proceed. It is gradually going uphill all the way. The walk is scenic, it's amongst many boulders and there were some flowers out.Once you reach the cave, then you have a set of VERY STEEP...

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Flinders Ranges Tourist Traps

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    by kokoryko Updated Aug 18, 2008

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    You can drive from Parachilna to Blinman either via a northern scenic loop route or a direct route crossing the ridges of the Flinders; 7 km east of the junction, on the direct route is Angorichina village or Angorichina mountain resort; if you like a dusty (but there is dust everywhere around) and dirty place, there is the place to go! The road leading there is beautiful, but once at the village, you see rows of identical “bungalows”, not in good shape, dusty (but the outback is like that!), a sort of strange town in the dry mountains. All this is not bad, after all, but when you arrive you see also rubbish, and. . . a cemetery of old cars greets you when you arrive; no, not vintage cars, just left overs of our civilisation. . . . . I did not “investigate” further and drove back to Moolooloo, on the northern loop.

    View from the road Road to Angorichina Car cemetery. . .
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Flinders Ranges Off The Beaten Path

  • Bunyeroo Gorge

    If there is just one drive in the Flinders Ranges that you have time to drive, then the Bunyeroo Gorge Scenic Drive is one of the finest scenic routes; though it is mainly on dirt roads. No matter how many times you drive this route, you will never get tired of the picturesque landscapes that unfold before your eyes, from sweeping plains covered in...

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  • Yuluna

    It had inspired Hans Heysen, famous Australian landscape painter who was the man who started the Heysen School. Today there’s a multi day trail named after him that runs from the tip of the gulf right up through the Flinders.The walk I chose out of Aroona, where Heysen often stayed, was called Yuluna and it said, “..experience the landscape that...

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  • Edeowie Gorge - Malloga Falls

    I had St. Mary’s Peak listed and Malloga Falls as back up. As I arrived at Wilpena Pound clouds covered all the peaks so I took the Falls option and left at 8.15 on the listed walk. You’re supposed to register at the office but the lady didn’t seem to care so I put my name down on the walkers’ list outside and headed off on the 9 hour hike.It takes...

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Flinders Ranges Favorites

  • ROCK BULL DOG

    Located quite close to the Wilpena Pound turn-off, is a parking/picnic area.Somebody has had some fun with a rock, quite clever really. They have painted white lines over the large rock and it really looks like a Bull dog!

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  • The Cazneaux Tree et al

    I've got a thing about eucalypts. I've travelled to a few countries around the world and, when I'm there, one thing I miss is our gum trees; although it's not uncommon to glimpse a few around the Mediterranean. The second tree shown here is one of my all time favourites. It had been a few years since I last visited the area and I went searching...

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  • Brachina Gorge

    The gorge is an important refuge for the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby as well as many species of birds and reptiles. The Brachina Gorge Geological Tour is a 20 km self-guided trail that passes through 130 million years of earth history. Trail signage provides an insight into past climates, the formation of the ranges and the evolution of early life...

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