Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy and Lake Eyre

Stunningly beautiful and featuring some geological marvels such as Wilpena Pound, the Flinders Ranges stretch more than 300 kilometres from Jamestown in the south, to the Gammon Ranges in the north.

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Located about a five hour drive from Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges is the gateway to the outback, and boasts towering rock walls, spectacular gorges, abundant wildlife and Aboriginal culture, dating back millions of years.

 

Coober Pedy and Lake Eyre

In the opal mining outpost of Coober Pedy, half the population lives in underground dugouts to escape high temperatures in summer. Only in Coober Pedy will you find underground hotels, restaurants, bars, an underground church, and a golf course without a blade of grass.

If you’re looking for a real outback adventure, Lake Eyre is the place to visit. Huge and remote, the vast expanse of the shimmering salt lake surface is matched in intensity only by the blue desert sky. It receives a significant amount of water about every eight years, although the Lake has only filled to capacity three times in the past 150 years.

Getting There

Tours operate from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges and outback. Lake Eyre is a popular touring spot when in flood.

Self-drive is a fantastic way to explore the region and a four wheel drive (4WD) is not required for the Flinders Ranges. If hiring a car, first check with the hire-car company if there are any restrictions. It is sealed road from Adelaide to Coober Pedy. Four wheel drive (4WD) vehicles only are allowed into Lake Eyre National Park and on the Oodnadatta Track between Marree and Coober Pedy. Driving on the Lake’s surface is prohibited.

Sharp Airlines flies between Adelaide and Port Augusta. Regional Express flies between Adelaide and Coober Pedy.

The Ghan operates between Adelaide and Darwin. The Ghan stops at Manguri Siding (37km from Coober Pedy), however it is best to catch this on the south-bound service as the north-bound stops in the middle of the night.

Greyhound operates a coach service to Coober Pedy. Genesis Transport Service also operates a twice-weekly service from Adelaide to Arkaroola (only weekly in summer).

Download a map of Flinders Ranges and Outback.       

Download a map of Southern Flinders Ranges.

Download a map of Northern Flinders Ranges.

Download a map of the Outback.

Attractions

The Flinders Ranges has been named one of Australia’s outstanding national landscapes - recognised as an emotionally uplifting destination, where adventure, spirituality and tranquillity co-exist. Here you can be up in the sky on a scenic flight one day and underground at Coober Pedy the next.

Our picks of the top attractions in the Flinders Ranges and Outback.

Food and Wine

The Flinders Ranges’ proximity to the outback means the menus will feature some ‘interesting’ produce. Think camel, emu, kangaroo tail and quondong.

For the less adventurous, there are the usual menu staples and you can’t go wrong with a good Aussie pub meal!

Our picks for the top dining experiences in the Flinders Ranges and Outback.

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