The Flinders Ranges is South Australia’s largest mountain range and offers some of the very best bushwalking experiences in Australia. If you’re looking for a ‘Crocodile Dundee’ taste of the outback, you’re in the right place. You can take a full-on, eight-day walking tour that takes in stunning geological wonders, ancient Aboriginal shelters with ochre paintings tens of thousands of years old, Dutchmans Stern, Wilpena Pound and Bunyeroo Gorge as well as taking in the world-famous Heysen Trail with its rolling hills, peaks and rugged ridges but you can also do shorter, more leisurely day or half-day strolls.
Whether you’re in for the long-haul or taking it easy, you’ll see some of Australia’s most incredible landscapes as well as the amazing animal and bird species including Red and Western Grey kangaroos, the yellow-footed rock wallaby, bats, snakes, dragon lizards, skinks and geckos as well as parrots, galahs, emus and the wedge-tailed eagle.
Wherever you are along the c.265 mile long Flinders Ranges, there are plenty of great places to stay including caravan parks, B&Bs and working cattle stations all the way up to luxurious hotels and you don’t just have to stick to bipedal travelling. You can take 4×4 drives or ride the Ghan, a train that take you through the heart of Australia’s red centre as well as taking part in some truly unique events such as the Melrose Fat Tyre Festival or the Pichi Richi Marathon…
As you hit the towns in the Flinders Ranges you’ll find great bakeries, wineries and old stone pubs as well as local delights such as emu egg omelettes, kangaroo tail soup and camel steaks but there is also a word of warning.
During the summer months, temperatures can get as high as 45°C (113°F) and some of the trails close due to Extreme Fire Danger so if you are coming in the summer, be prepared and follow the advice you’re given from the locals. The milder temperatures between April and October are the best time to come and while it’s not as hot, it’s still hotter than you think it’s going to be. The most obvious piece of advice it may be but there’s no harm in reiterating it – take lots of water with you wherever you go.
The half-billion year-old rugged, ancient landscape will change the way you look at the world and you will have an experience that’s unlikely to ever be repeated.