Known simply as 'the Flinders', this ancient mountain range is an iconic South Australian environment. Jagged peaks and escarpments rise up north of Port Augusta and track 400km north to Mt Hopeless. The colours here are remarkable: as the day stretches out, the mountains shift from mauve mornings to midday chocolates and ochre-red sunsets. Emus wander across roads; yellow-footed rock wallabies bound from boulder to boulder.
Before Europeans arrived, the northern Flinders Ranges were prized by the Adnyamathanha peoples for their red ochre deposits, used in medicines and rituals. Sacred caves, rock paintings and carvings abound throughout the region. In the wake of white exploration came villages, farms, country pubs, wheat farms and cattle stations, many of which failed under the unrelenting sun.
The Southern Ranges were home to different tribal groups: the Nukuna around Port Pirie extending up to Quorn, and the Ngadjuri around Peterborough and Orroroo.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Flinders Ranges.