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Flinders Ranges & Outback Weekend Escapes

The largest mountain range in South Australia is one not to be missed. Amongst the Flinders Ranges, lofty cliff faces, deep craters and red earth will truly take your breath away. Wilpena Pound – at the core of the Flinders Ranges – is an expansive orange amphitheatre beyond your wildest dreams. Explore this outback region 5 hours north of Adelaide and surround yourself with nothing but panoramic mountain views.

Dusty roads leading to deep unexplored gorges and lofty summits found amongst these stunning peaks, allow for spectacular hiking experiences and the best views in South Australia. Meanwhile, you’ll witness darkness at night like you’ve never seen before, allowing you to star gaze to your heart’s content. Aboriginal rock art sites, and a 360 view of ancient rock formations create a sense of awe and ignite the imagination in Flinders Ranges, South Australia.


Explore the true Australian outback; experience a Flinders Ranges Weekend Escape.

Things to do in Flinders Ranges & Outback

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Your Ultimate Guide to Flinders Ranges & Outback

Flinders Ranges, 450 kilometres north of Adelaide, is a hauntingly beautiful spot for a getaway from Adelaide. Fascinating Aboriginal and European history, and rugged red landscapes unlike anywhere you’ve ever seen, will put you in a trance. Whether you’re searching for a romantic weekend getaway from Adelaide with your partner, a holiday immersed in nature with the kids or even an active weekend in the mountains, Flinders ranges South Australia should absolutely be promoted to the top of your list.

To uncover more tips regarding things to do in Flinders Ranges, check out our Ultimate Guide. This Ultimate Guide will help you craft your very own Flinders Ranges Weekend Escape.

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Arts & Culture

The majestic Flinders Ranges in South Australia emits a strong sense of the past. Elements of Aboriginal and European history can be found across the region, and despite its remoteness, there are plenty of things to do in Flinders Ranges to help you grasp the fascinating history. Hop on the steam train between Quorn and Port Augusta and take a leap back in time. Old mines, allowing you to explore the development of South Australia, make for an excellent day out, and a gallery offering awesome artistic representations of the dramatic region is a must-visit during your Flinders Ranges getaway. At the Wadlata Outback Centre, explore the history of the region through the “Tunnel of Time” and learn about how the expansive outback region has evolved over time.

The remarkable natural features of Flinders Ranges are of strong cultural significance to the Adnyamathanha people. Flora and Fauna, as well as the striking topography of the land here feature in the traditional stories recited by Aboriginal people from the region. Significant Aboriginal sites are accessible by 4WD trips, which are well-worth your time.


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Nature & the Outdoors

If you’re heading for South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, it’s likely that you’re a nature-lover and looking for a fix of the great outdoors. Steep gorges, sheer orange cliff faces and wild bushland zones are hauntingly beautiful across this outback region. Naturally, rock climbing in the Flinders Ranges, as well as mountain biking and hiking is popular due to the region’s rugged yet magnificent scenery.

Wilpena Pound, at the soul of the ranges is an otherworldly setting. This sweeping natural amphitheatre is entirely unique and brings visitors from far and wide. Wilpena Pound is of great significance to Aboriginal people too, and guided tours of the area provide guests with fascinating knowledge regarding its cultural importance. Flinders Ranges hiking offers some of the best hikes in the state and entire country. Well sign-posted walks make organising a hiking trip effortless.


Food & Wine

Despite its sheer remoteness, Flinders Ranges offers a couple of fascinating dining options which serve up the outback on your plate. An adorable Flinders Ranges accommodation, family-owned and running since 1876 sets the scene for a wild dinner in a rugged spot. Expect the innovative use of native ingredients and a foodie flair you haven’t tasted before. Think emu egg omelette and camel sirloin. A second Flinders Ranges hotel, sat inside a corrugated iron woolshed and situated just outside of Wilpena Pound, offers panoramic views. All the way up here, 450 kilometres from Adelaide, find high quality modern Australian dining and grasp a taste of the outback.

In Port Augusta, an hour and a half from the rugged ranges, there are a handful of tasty dining options, including that inside an arid botanic garden. Granted, a Flinders Ranges getaway might not revolve around wining and dining, but what you do indulge in here is totally unique; a real taste of the South Australian outback.

Where to stay in Flinders Ranges & Outback

John Pirie Motor Inn

Friendly and convenient accommodation in Port Pirie

John Pirie Motor Inn is a friendly and conveniently located hotel in Port Pirie. Rated number one by TripAdvisor for accommodation in Port Pirie, the property boasts a cosy and personal vibe. Rooms at John Pirie Motor Inn include those for families, those with kitchenettes as well as apartments, perfect for larger groups.

The property offers a range of facilities onsite including the popular Angus & Co. Bar and Grill, which serves guests steakhouse food with a modern twist. An outdoor swimming pool, a lawn and BBQ area, a function room and off street car parking is also available for guests.

Discount code

Use the promo code SAWE10 on the hotel’s booking engine for a 10% discount off your stay!

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