Some of Australia’s most special places are known as “National Landscapes”. South Australia has two and the Flinders Ranges is one of them.
Within the Flinders Ranges there's Wilpena Pound, Bunyeroo Gorge’s ancient seabed, brilliant Brachina Gorge, the yellow-footed rock wallabies in Warren Gorge, the Heysen Trail, Mawson Trail and much more.
The Heysen Trail meanders through the rugged Mount Remarkable National Park and past the spectacular Alligator Gorge. This park is close to Hancocks Lookout, which has panoramic views of Spencer Gulf.
Further south, the Telowie Gorge National Park has rock pools and a lookout. The Wirrabara Forest is home to a huge 500-year-old gum tree. Drive to Port Augusta and see some unique plant species in the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden.
The must-see Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is in the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park and not far from the historic Dog Fence. To the south, you’ll find an incredible Aboriginal rock art gallery in Chambers Gorge.
The Lake Eyre Basin National Park includes iconic Lake Eyre. This magnificent lake is described as an inland sea, which is what it looks like when it fills after monsoonal rains. Cooper Creek occupies about one quarter of the basin. It fills Lake Eyre with water from the Innamincka Regional Reserve and the World Heritage-listed Coongie Lakes National Park.
Another reason to visit the Innamincka Regional Reserve is to see Australia’s largest billabong, the Cullyamurra Waterhole. Like the Blinman Pools in the Flinders Ranges, the wildlife and birdlife here is remarkable.
It’s a long way to go for a hot “bath” but after crossing the Simpson Desert, the Dalhousie Springs in the adjacent Witjira National Park is a rare outback experience.
If you want to make that journey, you’ll need a Desert Parks Pass which covers six parks including Coongie Lakes, Lake Eyre and Innamincka National Parks.
Discover why the Flinders Ranges and Outback South Australia is recognised as a “National Landscape”. You’ll never forget it. The Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park has resorts, motels, cabins and camping grounds. Stay and explore.
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