Flinders Ranges Travel Guide
Things to Do
Where the vegetation thins out
Emus at Wilpena Pound
Nature, nature like at the beginning. . . .
Dust, haha, but only for those who like clean cars. . . .
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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!
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...
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