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The Best of the Flinders Ranges

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published April 22nd 2022
The best of the Flinders
I love the Flinders Ranges. There is something spectacular to see at every bend and turn of the road.

Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges (©paula mcmanus)

I've written a few articles on some of my favourite places (so far) in the Flinders. There is so much to see, so much to do and so many wonderful experiences in the Flinders. This article is to summarise those articles as an easy reference for those who are travelling to the Flinders.

Let's start with accommodation: there's plenty to choose from. There's the resort in Wilpena Pound, there are glamping and camping and pub and station stays. When I've travelled to the Flinders, I've loved my accommodation at Merna Mora Station. It's close to everything, is cheap, clean, comfortable and has a true outback feel. There's air conditioning in the rooms for the warmer months and a great big open fire pit outside for stargazing for those cooler nights.

Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges (©paula mcmanus)

Close to Merna Mora Station is the western entrance to the Moralana Scenic Drive . The 28km drive takes you through some incredibly stunning landscapes in and around Merna Mora Station, Arkaba Station, Wilpena Pound and Elder Range.

When exiting the Moralana Scenic Drive from the west, you'll be on the main bitumen road to Wilpena Pound. There are many roadside parking bays where you can pull in and enjoy the spectacular views of the ranges.

Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges (©paula mcmanus)

Very close to Wilpena Pound is the iconic Cazneaux tree. The tree is named "The Spirit Of Endurance" and is definitely a spot to stop and enjoy.

From the main Wilpena road, you can also access the Bunyeroo Valley and Brachina Gorge drives.

yellow footed rock wallaby
Yellow footed rock wallaby (©paula mcmanus)

If you continue on with the Wilpena Road towards Blinman, you'll see the signs to Sacred Canyon and Arkaroo Rock. These are 2 of the 3 significant Aboriginal cultural sites that are open to the public. The other art site is Yourambulla Caves - approximately 11kms south of Hawker, near the Kanyaka Station ruins.

The drive through Brachina Gorge or through the Moralana Track will take you to the western side of Wilpena Pound. The Bunbinyunna Range at sunset is simply magical and it's a fantastic spot to be if you want spectacular sunset photos. The bitumen road from Hawker is an easier drive, but can be tricky at sunrise and sunset due to the large number of kangaroos on the road.

Arkaroo Rock
Arkaroo Rock (©paula mcmanus)

For a great meal and to sample foods that are a bit different and very unique, I can recommend stopping at the Prairie Hotel in Parachilna (population 2). You certainly won't forget it!

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Hi Paula,
Great article with photos. Had never been there. It would be tempted to visit it

by J.D.Wen (score: 2|368) 2480 days ago
Congratulations coming third.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12640) 2475 days ago
Great summary Paula, love it. Will be there for the annual pilgrimage over the first few days of October (never long enough). Am trying something different this time in terms of accommodation. Will be a great test for all of us !
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1251) 2482 days ago
Stunning photos, great article thanks
by Seafarrwide (score: 3|1940) 2482 days ago
Congratulations on winning a prize in this month's competition.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10456) 2475 days ago
A special place for me as I did lots of caving there - magic photos!
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1501) 2484 days ago
congratulations on an awesome article! Well Done!
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1453) 2474 days ago
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