Roving the Flinders Ranges and outback is on the bucket list of tourists and locals alike

Picturesque: Expect goosebumps when you take a scenic flight or drive to view the wondrous Wilpena Pound and surrounds. Photo: Wilpena Pound Resort
Picturesque: Expect goosebumps when you take a scenic flight or drive to view the wondrous Wilpena Pound and surrounds. Photo: Wilpena Pound Resort

Long regarded as one of the most magnificent destinations in the world, and certainly near the top of many bucket lists, the Flinders Ranges and outback offer visitors a seemingly endless range of experiences.

If you are looking for adventure, biking, hiking, birdwatching, scenic flights, and off-road driving are just some of the many activities available for visitors.

Start by visiting one of the many historic towns including Port Augusta, Quorn, Arkaroola, Wilpena Pound, Parachilna, Hawker, Leigh Creek, Blinman, and Lyndhurst.

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.

All are worth exploring with interesting histories and individual attractions including museums, galleries and an assortment of gift shops and local markets.

Delve into the rich Aboriginal culture on a tour with traditional owners, take a scenic flight over the vast Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, drive across a desert landscape, or have a cold beer with the locals at an outback pub.

Worth visiting too is the opal town of Coober Pedy, the Heysen Trail, and the breathtaking Brachina Gorge, while the historic Pichi Richi Railway is always a hit with the kids.

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.

Less dusty pursuits include canoeing, sailing, fishing, plus other water sports in Port Augusta, Port Germein and Port Pirie.

The Flinders Ranges produce a huge range of bush foods, with feral game of interest to foodies who want to try kangaroo and emu along with quandong and local wine.

The region also offers a vibrant calendar of country races, rodeos and other community events according to a spokesperson from the South Australian Tourism Commission.

“There are so many classic attractions, tours and features to the whole entire region that makes us say, ‘Yes, we are four hours away from Adelaide, but we are worth coming to’.”

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.

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In fact, attractions across the Flinders Ranges and Mid North have claimed eight positions in a bucket list of things to do in SA.

Compiled by tourism tour and attractions provider Experience Oz, the list features 100 attractions and experiences, with the stunning Wilpena Pound coming in at number two.

A representative from the Wilpena Pound Resort said they were delighted to be a top location for travellers.

"Set among towering River Red Gums and within walking distance to the entrance of Wilpena Pound, the resort is a showcase of Australian outback flora and fauna.”

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.

“On offer are 4WD tours as well as scenic flights over Wilpena Pound and the majestic Flinders Ranges, so that guests can immerse themselves in the geology and history of this spectacular region.”

When planning your visit consider a station stay as an accommodation option for an unforgettable experience.

The great part about a station stay is the unique range of options including luxury bush retreats, eco villas, farmhouses, homesteads, shearer’s quarters, bunkhouses, overseer’s cottages, bush huts, railway carriages, bed and breakfasts, plus powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites.

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.

Skytrek Willow Springs Station owner Michelle Reynolds said stations stays are a great opportunity to experience Australian culture through a locals eyes.

“Not only do you have the opportunity to stay in a rural setting on private land, but you are also supporting Australian farmers/pastoralists through a continual injection of income in years when the station cannot always support them,” she said.

“For us here at Willow Springs, we are proud to be situated in a central location that puts our customers within 30 minutes to an hour from the majority of the major highlights of the Central/Northern Flinders area.”

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.

Photo: Skytrek Willow Springs Station.