Flinders Ranges National Park

Flinders Ranges National Park is a great place to visit.

Flinders Ranges National Park is one of the most famous national parks in South Australia.


It is a huge park with some famous landmarks like Wilpena Pound, Arkaroo Rock, Sacred Canyon and Parachilna Gorge. There is some Aboriginal and European history, lookouts, bushwalks and bush camping, and it is a good place to see yellow footed rock wallabies.
 
Flinders Ranges National Park Sign in Front of the Ranges
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How to Get to Flinders Ranges
Coming from Adelaide in the south, you’ll first come to a small town, Quorn, and then to Hawkers – the gateway to Flinders Ranges National Park. From here, the Moralana Scenic Route goes to the national park. The park is huge - 400km from south to north, so you will have to do a fair bit of driving even inside the Flinders Ranges National Park, between Wilpena in the south, Bunyeroo Gorge and Brachina Gorge in the west, Aroona Valley in the north and Wilkawillina Gorge in the east. There are 17 bushwalks in the park that take you to historical sites, lookouts and Aboriginal art sites, and you can camp in many places.

Road Sign Near Parachilna, Flinders Ranges
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Wilpena Pound
In the southernmost end of the national park is Wilpena Pound, the park’s most famous attraction. For geologists it is a significant geomorphological feature showing folding of sediments. For bushwalkers, artists and photographers it is a favourite place to visit, particularly at sunrises and sunsets.

View Northeast from Mount Ohlssen-Bagge on East Escarpment of Wilpena Pound, South Australia
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Bushwalks and Camping around Wilpena Pound
There are a few bushwalks departing from Wilpena Pound, that take you to Mt Ohlssen Bagge, Wangarra Lookout, the historical Hills Homestead, Malloga Falls and St Mary Peak - the highest peak in the Flinders Ranges National Park. You can camp at Cooinda camping ground, and there is also the Wilpena Pound Resort in town.

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Arkaroo Rock and Sacred Canyon
South-east of Wilpena Pound is the Arkaroo Rock, with Aboriginal rock paintings featuring the creation of Wilpena Pound. East of it is the Sacred Canyon, an Aboriginal cultural heritage site where there are rock paintings of waterholes, tracks and people.

Adnjamathanha Aboriginal Engravings, Sacred Canyon, Flinders Range, South Australia, Australia
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Bunyeroo Gorge and Bunyeroo Valley
North of Wilpena Pound is the Bunyeroo Gorge, and the scenic Bunyeroo Valley with many lookouts. There is also the historical Yanyanna Hut from the 1850s, the central point in the Aroona pastoral run. You can camp at the Acraman camping ground west of the hut, and at the Bunyeroo Valley Lookouts.

Bunyeroo Valley, Flinders Range, South Australia, Australia
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Brachina Gorge
North of Bunyeroo Gorge is Brachina Gorge, known as Australia’s most important habitat of yellow-footed rock wallabies. Many species of Australian birds and reptiles can also be seen. One of the most interesting things is the Brachina Gorge Geological Tour, a 20km self-guided track that takes you through 130 million years of the Earth's history. You can pick up a geological map and more information about the tour at the visitor centre in Wilpena Pound. There is a camping ground at Cambrian.

Brachina Gorge, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, Australia, Pacific
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Aroona Valley
North of Brachina Gorge is Aroona Valley, one of the most scenic valleys in the Flinders Ranges National Park. Many bushwalks start from the ruins of the old Haywards Station, and take you around in the valley and to some lookouts. There are camping grounds at Koolamon and Youngoona.

Section of Aroona Valley, Flinders Ranges National Park, Australia
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Parachilna Gorge
North from here is Parachilna Gorge which links the small townships Blinman and Parachilna. It is a scenic drive with many lookouts and camping spots. Once in Parachilna there is the famous Prairie Hotel that has camp sites in the back and serves emu, camel and kangaroo meals.

Exterior of Prairie Hotel, Flinders Ranges
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Iga Warta
North of Parachilna Gorge is Iga Warta where members of a local Aboriginal community run a range of tours to their ancestors’ home ground. Other tours include some other historical sites of the area.

Kanyaka Historic Site Ruins, Flinders Range, South Australia, Australia
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Here's a map of Flinders Ranges National Park, where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

 
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