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Outback

Discover the vast interior

Journey deep into the heart of the outback. Feel the red earth beneath your feet. See the sunrise over the Flinders Ranges and let the morning light wake you.

Flinders Ranges and Outback, South Australia

Escape from the city lights and travel north to South Australia’s outback. It’s about a 200 kilometre (124 miles) drive from Adelaide. If you don’t want to drive, there are plenty of guided tours. Air and bus services operate between Adelaide and Port Augusta.

Aboriginal culture

Learn about the outback’s Aboriginal history by following the self-drive Aboriginal Dreaming Trail. See 5000 year old cave wall paintings at Arkaroo Rock. Visit rock carvings at Chambers Gorge. Try the cultural tour of Lake Eyre and the Oodnadatta Track. You will learn about the Adnyamathanha people, bush medicines and taste “bush tucker”.

The Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges is South Australia’s largest mountain range. Its iconic natural amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound, is a rough diamond in a vast landscape. As one of Australia’s most recognised outback destinations, the Flinders Ranges is the perfect base for exploring the outdoors.

Bushwalking and exploring

Put on your bushwalking boots and venture into Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Hike to mountain top ridges for spectacular views of the land below. With 610 square kilometres (236 square miles) of wilderness to cover, see more in a short space of time by taking a four wheel drive tour (4WD). 

Millions of years ago, this area was covered by a vast, inland sea. Fossils lay buried below the earth and etched into rock faces. Don’t be surprised if you stumble across them. The world’s oldest animal fossils were found in the Flinders Ranges.

Today, Arkaroola’s granite peaks, gorges and waterholes are home to over 160 species of birds and the endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby.

Coober Pedy

Escape the heat at Coober Pedy and head underground. This outback town is the opal capital of the world and is also famous for its dugout homes. Due to the searing temperatures above ground, (it often averages over 40°C or 104°F in summer), many homes are carved into the hillside. Stay at one of the underground hotels. “Noodle” (fossick) for opals. Play golf at night with glowing golf balls on a desert course.

Lake Eyre

If you travel down the 620 kilometre (385 miles) Oodnadatta Track, stop at Lake Eyre. In the middle of the desert, it’s the largest lake in Australia but only fills with water occasionally. At other times, it becomes a giant salt pan, stretching across 9,500 kilometres (5903 miles).

Things to Do

Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.

What’s On

There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas you might like.

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