Relax, explore and unwind in Blinman

A short distance north of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park and Wilpena Pound is the small township of Blinman.

The population of Blinman is around 18 people and its origin dates back to the 1860s when copper was found and the township began to grow rapidly.

The Blinman mine is the largest in South Australia's north and is now a non-working mine open for daily tours.

Blinman is an ideal holiday base with a Hotel that has 12 ensuite rooms plus caravan and camping sites.

The Hotel also has a large dining room offering food for all, including the popular big pub pies and every Friday night the Hotel is popular for its pizzas.

Tours and charters plus pickups and drop-offs can also be arranged through the Hotel.

"On April 21 the Hotel will be celebrating 150 years and we are celebrating with live jazz music and a barbecue smorgasbord," said Born Free Photography shutterbug, barman and part-time cook, Tim Lindner.

"All are welcome to come along and help us celebrate this milestone."

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"On July 8 we will be having Adam Harvie here to play for the 500 Miles of Music festival too."

To buy a ticket log onto the Blinman Hotel Facebook page.

To the west of Blinman is the spectacular Parachilna Gorge and nestled in the middle is Angorichina Tourist Village, the popular walk to the water holes known as the Blinman Pools starts at Angorichina.

Angorichina was established in 1927 as a hostel for the ex-servicemen and woman suffering from Tuberculosis.

Today it is a tourist park which offers self-contained accommodation including cottages, units, chalets, powered and unpowered sites plus a dormitory for larger groups.

There is also a general store that supplies fuel and also does tyre repairs.

Angorichina also offers 4WD tours and bus charters plus pickups and drop-offs with fully accredited operators.

While in the area you can do several walks like the Heysen trail and Blinman pools walk and for those who wish to drive, you can do the Parachilna Gorge, Glass Gorge, Bunyaroo Gorge or Brachina Gorge.

All will leave you with lasting memories of this beautiful unspoilt region.

Photos: Tim Lindner, Born Free Photography