Introducing Flinders Ranges
The shimmering red and purple folds of the majestic Flinders Ranges herald one of the most stunning destinations in SA. Beloved of bushwalkers and artists, this ancient range rises from the northern end of the Spencer Gulf and runs 400km north into the arid outback. It’s a spectacular geological formation, sanctuary for wildlife and significant destination for campers, caravaners and travellers seeking the essence of the Australian bush.
Winter and early spring are probably the best times to visit, although there are attractions any time of the year. After rare and sporadic good rains, usually in spring, the country can soon be carpeted with wildflowers. During summer, the daytime temperature can be searing, but the nights are usually cool.
In 1802, when Matthew Flinders landed near Port Augusta, several Aboriginal tribes lived in the region. You can visit some of their sites: the cave paintings at Yourambulla (near Hawker) and Arkaroo (near Wilpena); and the rock carvings at Sacred Canyon (near Wilpena) and remote Chambers Gorge.
Bushwalking is a major attraction of the area, but this is wild, rugged country and care should be taken before setting out.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009