Highlights: Road tripping the Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges are an Australian icon. Located in outback South Australia, these ancient land forms form an incredible backdrop for any road trip. They are South Australia’s biggest mountain ranges, and home to a wealth of Aboriginal history, native flora, fauna and much more.

Exploring this region is a true outback experience. So you can enjoy all possible touring routes, we recommend bringing or hiring a 4WD vehicle such as the Apollo 4WD Adventure Camper for your trip. Starting from Adelaide, travel north from Clare Valley; you’ll soon find yourself in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. Here are some of our favourite highlights, the perfect inspiration for your next holiday.

Alligator Gorge

Alligator Gorge in located in the stunning Mount Remarkable National Park. As you may know, Australia is not home to alligators; instead, the gorge is named after a local shepherd.  The quickest way to reach the gorge is via a short walking trail, although you can also take longer hikes around the area. The gorge is full of wildflowers and native orchids in spring, and has toilets and picnic facilities. Why not make a day of it?

Alligator Ranges

(Image by @upinanniesroom – shared with permission)

Pichi Richi Railway

About 45 minutes north of Alligator Gorge is the town of Quorn, home of the Pichi Richi Railway. There’s a museum and regular heritage train journeys to and from Port Augusta along the old Ghan railway line. Here, you can visit the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. The Gardens offer incredible views of the ranges, plus a rich diversity of desert flora.

Pichi Richi Railway

(Image by @gavsta40 – shared with permission)


Hawker is a great little town to base yourself in while exploring the Flinders Rangers. It’s home to internationally-acclaimed artist Jeff Morgan whose gallery is in the centre of town. The gallery features stunning 360 degree panorama paintings of the ranges, which will give you a new perspective on this iconic landscape.

Bunyeroo Gorge is a great spot for a day trip and is easily accessible from Hawker. It offers spectacular views and you’re likely to see plenty of native wildlife on the drive. However, caution is recommended – the road to Bunyeroo can be very rough and stony.

Wilpena Pound(Image by @littleboozle – shared with permission)

Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound from the air

(Image by @pheychien – shared with permission)

We simply can’t write about the Flinders Ranges without mentioning Wilpena Pound. It’s one of the most iconic landforms in SA, if not Australia. This ‘geological bowl’ and natural ampitheatre has to be seen to be believed. Its floor is 200m higher than the surrounding landscape, and it peaks at 1188m above sea level. It is best seen by air, so be sure to book a scenic flight if you want to see it in its entirety.

We hope you enjoyed our Flinders Ranges highlights. This spectacular region in South Australia is absolutely worth visiting – we’ll see you there soon!

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