Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park

Flinders Ranges & Outback

The Flinders Ranges and Outback boast stunningly beautiful landscapes and feature national parks and icons, such as Wilpena Pound and the Kanku-Breakaways.


The Flinders Ranges are one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth with many significant geological sites. Wilpena Pound offers excellent bushwalking, abundant wildlife and dense native vegetation. Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary's Ridgetop tour is recommended for spectacular views from the back of a four wheel drive.

The Outback is Australia’s most legendary countryside, with vast dramatic landscapes, huge horizons and skies, unique towns and people. It’s a region of outstanding natural attractions, a unique Aboriginal culture over 45,000 years old. The country is far from arid and barren: there’s remarkable flora and fauna, and clear waterholes and thermal springs that host abundant birdlife. The frontier town of Coober Pedy is recognised as the largest producer of precious opal in the world. It is famous for its underground homes, churches and other attractions.

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Best way to travel to the Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges are a five hour drive north of Adelaide and can be explored by self-driving or on tour. Fly from Adelaide to Port Augusta via charter planes, which can land at Hawker, Quorn, Wilpena Pound and Rawnsley Park Station, near Arkaroola and Leigh Creek. Wilpena Pound can be explored on foot, by four wheel drive tour or scenic flight. 

Birdsville Track

Best way to travel to the Outback

Regional Express operates scheduled flights to Coober Pedy. Daily coach services from Adelaide to selected towns are also available. The legendary train, The Ghan, passes through Port Augusta and the Outback on its way to Darwin from Adelaide, with Coober Pedy stops available. Many tour operators cover the region ex Adelaide.

Must See & Do

Driving the Flinders Ranges

The Arkaba Walk (part of Great Walks of Australia) is a 4 day experience where groups are immersed in a private wildlife conservancy. At the end of each day, walkers are greeted by a camp that has been set up and guests can sleep under the stars in a deluxe swag or under newly erected shelters. 

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is a private sanctuary that offers a complete outback experience with accommodation, four wheel drive tours, bushwalks, abundant wildlife, astronomical observatories and scenic flights. The Ridgetop Tour is highly recommended for spectacular views from the back car.

The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden is located on the shores of Upper Spencer Gulf with spectacular views to the Flinders Ranges. The Garden showcases a collection of arid zone habitats in a picturesque setting of more than 250 hectares. It also features a rich marine environment dominated by grey mangroves.

After recent extensive excavations it is now possible to take a tour through the Blinman Mine tunnels that were once worked by the Cornish Miners in 1862. Share their experiences on the personalised guided tours combining an intimate theatrical presentation using art and sound scapes. Tours run daily.

There are many cycling trails throughout the Flinders Ranges, these include the Mawson Trail, an ideal option for those who want to travel through remote rural areas.  At almost 900 kilometres long it starts just north of Adelaide and continues to the outback town of Blinman. 

The Prairie Hotel in Parachilna (population two) is one of Australia’s most iconic outback experiences, offering a unique combination of authentic bush pub, innovative cuisine and stylish accommodation. It's where locals and visitors congregate to savour the feral and not-so-feral food for which the hotel is renowned.

To discover this vast and ruggedly amazing landscape from the air take a scenic flight with Air Wilpena, Rawnsley Park Station or Wrightsair. View spectacular mountain ranges and gorges including Wilpena Pound, the Heysen Range, St Mary Peak and Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges.

Station Stays provide an insight into life in the Outback. Experience a working station with mountain ranges as a backdrop and then relax with a glass of wine on the verandah at the end of the day. Rawnsley Park Station offer a range of accommodation from camping under the stars to luxury eco-villas.

One of the world's great walking trails and at 1200 kilometres The Heysen Trail is the longest dedicated walking trail in Australia. It includes Mount Remarkable National Park, Alligator Gorge, rugged peaks and gorges including Wilpena Pound before ending at Parachilna Gorge near Blinman.   

Wadlata Outback Centre is a multi-functional tourist attraction, visitor information centre, and has a gift shop that sells authentic Aboriginal paintings. Learn about fossils, the Outback’s precious opals, the early explorers, the School of the Air, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Wilpena Pound in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth and can be explored on foot, by four wheel drive tour or chartered flight. There is plenty of wildlife and excellent, well-signed bushwalking and four wheel drive tracks. Organised tours run to and throughout the region.  

Driving the Outback

The 3000 kilometre Explorer's Way road trip from Adelaide to Darwin travels through the Clare Valley before making its way to the Flinders Ranges and into the outback. The breathtaking scenery of the outback interwoven with historic towns, locals and the starry outback sky provides an unforgettable journey.

Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre attacts thousands of people when it fills with water, which is a rare occurrence. When empty, the lake is a giant salt pan with white crystals reflecting the sunlight. The best way to see the Lake is on a scenic flight departing from William CreekWilpena PoundRawnsley Park Station or Akaroola.

Old Timers Mine and Museum in Coober Pedy allows visitors to experience what was once a working opal mine. Discover the history of the mine on a self-guided tour, see opal mining machine demonstrations, try opal noodling and visit the gift shop for cut and polished opals.

Visitors can try their luck finding that perfect piece of opal. Noodling (searching) for opals in the lunar landscape of Coober Pedy is a highlight. Opal shops have more opal on display than anywhere else in the world offering opal from all around Australia. Some retailers also offer opal cutting demonstrations.

Umoona is an original opal mine on Coober Pedy’s main street that has been converted into an underground visitor attraction offering extended and custom tours to suit both small and big groups. Learn about the different types of opals, how they are formed and mined and see a modern underground home.