Published on October 14th, 2018 | by john.weir0
Five fantastic experiences in the Flinders Ranges
One of the hidden gems outback region of South Australia, a five-hour drive north from the vineyard city of Adelaide. Here are five fantastic ways to experience the Flinders Ranges in 2019.
Ocean to Outback Drive – The Explorers Way
Australia is known for its incredible road trips and this five-hour easy drive on sealed roads from the vineyard city of Adelaide is one of the country’s best. After spending time enjoying the beaches of Adelaide, head north to the wineries of the Clare Valley. Cycle the Riesling Trail, enjoy a long vineyard lunch, explore the cellar doors and bed down for the night at a winery sleepover. The next day head continue north along the Explorers Way to the Flinders Ranges for an outback paradise that needs to be seen to be believed. To continue the adventure, head north through the opal mining town of Coober Pedy and on up to Alice Springs.
Scenic Flight over Wilpena Pound
Wilpena Pound is an astonishing 800 million-year-old natural amphitheatre in the Flinders Ranges. Take to the skies to appreciate the true majesty of this natural wonder, before pulling on the boots for bush walks and fossil hunting amongst the many emus and kangaroos that call this special place home.
Heli-Swag at Arkaba Conservancy
Arkaba Conservancy, one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia, is now offering a new heli-swag adventure. You begin with a 30-minute flight over the 60,000 acre private wildlife conservancy and Wilpena Pound, before landing at an exclusive swag camp for a full bush dinner served under the stars. After sleeping in a cosy swag under the Milky Way you’ll enjoy a two-hour safari drive to view the best of the morning wildlife before enjoying a beautiful brunch back at the homestead.
Rawnsley Park Station 4WD Discovery Tours
4WD Rawnsley Park Station Discovery Tours take in some of the most spectacular scenery of the Flinders Ranges, and showcase the wildlife, geology and history of the region. Half day, full day, and Sunset on the Chase tours are available. Staying at Rawnsley Park Station is a special experience and owners Tony and Julie Smith are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate hosts, as the station has been in the family since 1953.
Aboriginal Cultural Tours, Wilpena Pound Resort
Adnyamathanha guides at Wilpena Pound Resort deliver unique and memorable Aboriginal experiences to visitors to the Flinders Ranges. The Yura Udnyu walking tour (“yura” being the name for Adnyamathanha people and “udnyu” meaning white) to Old Wilpena Station and the Ikara monument, covers the intertwining histories of both cultures. Learn about the diversity of the land, native animals, native bush-tucker, and uncover the rich history and mystique of ancient and contemporary Aboriginal culture.