To explore the Flinders Ranges is to experience the essence of Australia.
The story of the Flinders Ranges began 800 million years ago when natural forces stretched and thinned the earth’s crust, creating a deep hollow. The sea flooded in, depositing over the next 300 million years huge amounts of rock and debris. Over time, this ancient seabed was sculpted into a fractured, furrowed landscape, where deep valleys covered with twisted cypress pines drop away into sheltered creeks lined with river red gums. So unique were the fossils found in this landscape that geologists revised their time-line of the earth’s history, identifying a new episode called the Ediacaran period.
Famous for its dramatic scenery, ancient mountain ranges, rich Aboriginal heritage, character-laden country towns and abundant native wildlife, The Flinders Ranges Council area is ideal for short breaks or longer stays. The region offers visitors a taste of the Australian Outback within a comfortable drive of a capital city, making it ideal for short breaks or longer stays. In fact, many of the growing number of people who are choosing to travel around Australia spend a week or two in the Flinders Ranges. Ride the delightful Pichi Richi Railway for a heartwarming journey through the region’s charming historical towns. It operates from April to October