Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : 2018 Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide
18 Southern Flinders Ranges | flindersandoutback.com.au When you immerse yourself in all the region has to offer, ‘pleasantly unexpected’ is perhaps the most fitting description that springs to mind. Welcome to the Southern Flinders Ranges: one of South Australia’s most surprising destinations. Stretching from Spalding and Yacka in the South to Orroroo and Carrieton in the North, and Port Pirie and Port Germein in the West to Peterborough in the East, this beautiful region begins just two and half hours from Adelaide but is a lifetime away from the hectic pace and continuous pressures of the big city. The incredible diversity of this region can only be described as a feast for the senses with experiences ranging from revisiting and remembering bygone eras, to fun activities for the whole family designed to create lasting memories. Be enchanted by the region’s many historic towns. The history and culture of the local Nukunu people, the Melrose Courthouse Heritage and Interpretive Centre, the Port Pirie National Trust Museum, and the Steamtown Rail Museum in Peterborough are just waiting to be discovered, while legendary ‘Sentimental SOUTHERN FLINDERS RANGES Bloke’ poet CJ Dennis is immortalised in the main street of Laura in a larger than life copper sculpture. To raise the heart rate little, walk the Heysen or Mawson trails or the tracks and trails at scenic Alligator Gorge, jump on your treadlie and ride the many mountain bike tracks in the area, or challenge yourself and your 4WD on the Bridal Track or at Bendleby Ranges. Gentler pursuits include visiting regional art galleries, browsing in the many shops for that quirky little something, marvelling at the views of the Flinders Ranges from Mount Ellen and Hancock’s Lookouts, and inhaling fresh sea air while you stroll along the impossibly long jetty in Port Germein. The kids will love swimming, fishing, crabbing, and canoeing in Port Pirie and Port Germein, catching tadpoles and looking out for wildlife in Mt Remarkable National Park and Bundaleer Forest, and scoffing Golden North Giant Twins ice cream in Laura. And speaking of scoffing, the Southern Flinders turns it on with a tempting selection of restaurants, pubs, cafés, bakeries, and wineries. Outstanding produce in the form of organic fruit and vegetables, cured and smoked kangaroo meats, and dried fruit, plus artisan products like olive oil, picked capers, breads, succulent seafood, local honey, and award-winning wines are available throughout the region and at the farmer’s markets in local towns. Tired after cramming your day full of Southern Flinders activities? Pop your head on a pillow at any number of accommodation offerings including hotels, motels, apartments, self-contained units, caravan parks, cabins, lodges, bed and breakfasts, retreats, resorts, backpackers and farm stays. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, foodie, wine aficionado, hiker, nature lover, history buff, culture vulture, kid or even a big kid at heart, the Southern Flinders Ranges, lets you do it all. Port Pirie Foreshore Bundaleer Reservoir is now open for shore-based recreational fishers to reel in rainbow and brown trout, Murray cod, and golden and silver perch. The area has received an infrastructure upgrade including toilet facilities, a new car park, tables and park benches, signage and fencing.
2017 Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide