Flinders Ranges Way is the main road linking Hawker in the south and Blinman in the north. It spans 110 kilometres and features five scenic lookouts. During a recent trip to the region, I decided to take a slow drive and stop at each of the lookouts to see what views they have to offer. My only regret was not having a proper camera (as opposed to an iPhone) with me.
View from Arkaba Hill Lookout
Approximately twenty kilometres from Hawker, I found myself at the Arkaba Hill Lookout on the left-hand side of the road. Besides Wilpena Pound, the hills of Arkaba can easily be seen in the foreground. If you're familiar with the fine works of Sir Hans Heysen, you'll recall that these hills were his favourite subject. He loved the Flinders Ranges and became the first artist to capture its raw beauty.
Elder Range and Red Range
Driving along just another two kilometres led me to the Elder Range Lookout. This spot on the right offers a good view of Elder Range and Red Range, as well as Arkaba Hill. Named in honour of the abovementioned artist, the Heysen Trail
traverses between these two ranges.
Arkaba Hill and Elder Range
Approaching Flinders Ranges National Park
, there's a carpark on the right-hand side which also serves as the Rawnsley Lookout. Here, I got a clear view of the Wilpena Pound wall.
View from Rawnsley Lookout
Well in the heart of the national park, about halfway between Hawker and Blinman is the Hucks Lookout. It looks down the valley and provides a rather impressive view of its vast surroundings. This also became my lunch stop as I munched my Vegemite sandwich.
View from Hucks Lookout
Lastly, a further four kilometres took me to the turnoff for the Stokes Hill Lookout. Do be mindful though that the road leading up this hill is narrow and unsealed, but amazing views await at the top. I reckon it's a great location to admire the sunset if you happen to be here at that time of the day.