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The Parachilna Stockman

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published September 7th 2018
Art in the Outback
The big landscapes and even bigger sunsets in the Flinders Ranges provide a picture-perfect backdrop to a large collection of bold and exciting sculptures. An empty block and an old and unused railway siding at Parachilna is the perfect spot for the rustic ironwork and wrought iron sculptures, made and installed by the Manning family.

Parachilna Stockman
Parachilna Stockman (©paula mcmanus)


The Mannings - Rod, Ty and Trent showcase some of their finest work in this wonderful free exhibition, which is directly in front of the iconic Prairie Hotel. The hero of the exhibition is surely the sculpture named the Parachilna Stockman. It's the quintessential outdoor sculpture - visually powerful with a believable and very strong connection to Australia, the outback and the people who live in it.

Parachilna Stockman
Parachilna Stockman (©paula mcmanus)


The Stockman sculpture is set on the railway siding and is in an elevated position which makes for stunning viewing with the setting sun or with the pre-dawn pastel sky. Other sculptures are dotted around the landscape - they are all different but are very similar in style. I recognised the sculptors' style from others that I have seen around Adelaide - most notably each year at the Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures exhibition.

Parachilna sculptures
Parachilna sculptures (©paula mcmanus)


Rod, Ty and Trent make their sculptures at the family home in McLaren Vale. Their sculptures are in public and private art installations all over Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Ireland. Their works are for sale and they are available for private commission.

Parachilna Stockman
Parachilna Stockman (©paula mcmanus)


Parachilna is a country town in South Australia and is approximately 500kms from Adelaide. The town sits alongside a now unused railway line. The line once ran from Adelaide to Marree and connected with the Ghan line to Oodnadatta and Alice Springs. Today, all that remains in the town is the Prairie Hotel, railway station, the airstrip, a few homes and a group of Atco accommodation huts.

Parachilna sculptures
Parachilna sculptures (©paula mcmanus)


The road to Parachilna is sealed and suitable for all car types. There are always lots of kangaroos on the road, so be vigilant, especially in the early morning and late evenings.

The Prairie Hotel offers luxury self-contained accommodation, budget cabins with ensuite, campgrounds, meals, fuel, scenic flights over Lake Eyre and the Flinders, internet access and lots more. Check their website for current stay/fly/eat packages.

Parachilna accommodation
Parachilna accommodation (©paula mcmanus)


There are some summer closures, so check before you go to avoid missing out.

Parachilna sculptures
Parachilna sculptures (©paula mcmanus)
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Why? The big landscapes and even bigger sunsets in the Flinders Ranges provide a picture-perfect backdrop to a large collection of bold and exciting sculptures
When: All year round
Where: Parachilna, South Australia
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Congratulations winning first place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12030) 19 hours ago
Some destinations are worth it just for the photographic opportunities, aren't they Paula? Gorgeous photos!
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4046) 5 days ago
Love the sculptures, Paula!
by Elaine (score: 3|5470) 13 days ago
Wonderful article Paula.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|1611) 13 days ago
Lovely photos as always Paula.
by May Cross (score: 3|2893) 13 days ago
Thank you for bringing this to our attention Paula. Marina
by Marina Marangos (score: 2|595) 6 hours ago
I loved reading about this as have been to the area and loved the Parachilna pub! Must go again. Congratulations on winning!
by Olga Junek (score: 2|298) 15 hours ago
Congratulations Paula
by Roz Glazebrook (score: 2|469) 6 hours ago
Beautiful photos, those sunset shots are simply stunning.
by ElizaDoLots (score: 1|80) 9 days ago
Wow. Fantastic. Well done.
by David (score: 0|5) 14 days ago
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