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Published October 16th 2019
Kick start your trip to the Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre at Quorn Railway Station
Adelaide to Quorn The Flinders Ranges in South Australia are beautiful all year round, but it's in spring when most people head up to see their spectacular scenery, fantastic flora and wonderful wildlife. With milder weather and only occasional rain, the journey is pleasant and colourful wildflowers abound.
Driving from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges you will have many opportunities to discover the realities of life in country South Australia. As you travel on the road north, you can see how our state grew and prospered from the fruits of the country towns. Sadly global economic change hit South Australia hard, and some of these towns are now showing signs of hardship. Despite that, the things you can see are memorable - here are some of my favourite places to see along the way.
Foggy Hills in the Flinders Ranges Near Melrose SA
By the time you reach Melrose and Mt Remarkable you will have already noticed the rolling ranges on the horizon, but it's as you reach Quorn that the true beauty of the Flinders Ranges becomes apparent.
I love the town of Quorn. It's full of magnificent quirky heritage buildings, huge historical hotels, and is home to the much loved Pichi Richi Railway - an authentic outback steam train that winds through stunning scenery in the Pichi Richi Pass.
After arriving in Quorn there are plenty of places to unwind and relax with a drink and a meal. I ate at the Transcontinental Hotel, but I'm sure the food would be just as good anywhere in town. After a tasty lunch, why not burn off the calories with a relaxed walk around town? Take the well signposted Quorn Historic Buildings Walk and you will see the best of the heritage buildings and other Quorn attractions.
The Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre is based in the Quorn railway station, an essential stop on your walk. Their visitor guide has plenty of suggestions for fun things to do, places to eat, and accommodation in Quorn. While you're there, take a trip on the Pichi Richi Explorer or a tour of their railway workshops if you can.
What to See and Do Near Quorn The Kanyaka Station ruins are less than 50 kilometres from Quorn, and a must-see as you pass through to the Flinders Ranges. Established as a cattle station in February 1852, workers battled the harsh climate in this extremely remote location until it grew to be the largest station in the district. At its peak, there were 70 families living and working there, but severe droughts eventually caused Kanyaka Station to be abandoned.
Another popular day trip from Quorn is to the Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park, with its walking trails where you can see varied wildlife and native wildflowers in spring.
Warren Gorge is another of the highly recommended Quorn attractions on Tripadvisor that are easily reached on a short drive. It boasts a caravan park, loop trail past unusual rock formations, views of Wilpena Pound, and other fun things to do if you care to stay a while.
Our final suggestion for things to do near Quorn is the Mount Brown Summit Hike - it may not be the easiest of walks, but you will see ancient gums, lots of wildlife, and be rewarded with stunning views at the peak.