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Flinders Ranges, South Australia

South Australia and The Southern Outback

A visit to South Australia is to visit a land of extreme contrasts from arid cattle grazing country, to the seasonal wetlands of the Coongie Lakes and the environmentally diverse Kangaroo Island.

South Australia’s outback covers 80% of the state yet is home to just 1% of its population.

Buffeted by the waves of the Southern Ocean, Kangaroo Island boasts some of Australia’s most spectacular coastline and a wildlife population protected from the predations of introduced species. A mix of small townships, rural land and wilderness, Australia’s third-largest island offers some of the best wildlife viewings in the country.

Ballooning, Rawnsley Park Lodge, Flinders Range, Australia
Flinders Ranges, Australia

The Flinders Ranges offers some of the most accessible and spectacular outback scenery in Australia with a long Aboriginal history and ancient fossil sites. Staying on an outback sheep station is the perfect way to experience this area for those looking for a holiday off the beaten track. On the grasslands of the Gawler Ranges, you can witness one of Australia’s greatest wildlife spectacles: great mobs of kangaroos and emus dot the grasslands and springtime brings a profusion of wildflowers to the region.

Aerial View of Glenelg, Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide, Australia

The Eyre Peninsula, ringed by the Southern Ocean, boasts 2,000 kilometres of wild and unpopulated coastline and wildlife as unique and varied as the landscape. Pods of dolphins, sometimes over a hundred strong, are visible from the cliff tops while the shallows of Baird Bay provide a remarkable wildlife experience where guests have the chance to join wild sea lions and dolphins in the water.

The capital of the region, Adelaide, is superbly set beside the River Torrens and close by are the wine regions of the Barossa and Clare Valleys.

Experiences

Kangaroo Island Adventure

Explore dramatic coastlines and secluded beaches on Kangaroo Island.

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Outback Sundowner

Enjoy a cold beer watching kangaroos graze as the sunsets over the Australian Outback.

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Wine Tasting

Sample world-class wines in the Barossa and Clare Valley vineyards.

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Flinders Ranges by Air

Take a scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia.

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Swim with Sea Lions

Meet playful sea lions at Bairds Bay on the Eyre Peninsula.

Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Arkaba Station £££££

  • Australia
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Arkaba Homestead sits on a 60,000-acre private conservancy amidst the Flinders Ranges; an ancient landscape moulded by millions of years of geological activity and home to some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery and wildlife. With just five rooms the homestead which dates from the 1850s offers guests a real taste of classic Australian hospitality. The decor of the homestead pays homage to its history, with headboards made from fence posts and bedside tables covered by wool sacks. Each bedroom opens onto a shaded verandah with views of the surrounding ranges.

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The Louise £££££

  • Australia
  • Boutique
  • Vineyard

Perched atop a gently rolling hillside, lined with vines, The Louise is a boutique hotel set in gardens amidst the wineries and vineyards of the renowned Barossa wine region. Each of the 15 suites offers a private terrace, contemporary furnishings and log fires. Additional amenities include a heated swimming pool, sauna, restaurant, boules court and bicycles.

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Prairie Hotel £££££

  • Australia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Literally in the middle of nowhere, The Prairie is a true outback hotel. Set in the vast outback of South Australia, with the Flinders Ranges on its doorstep, guestrooms are simply furnished but comfortable. The front bar has an authentic feel and remains a local watering hole. There is a quiet lounge for house guests as well as a swimming pool for hot, outback afternoons.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Amy Waters

After my degree in Fine Art I didn’t really know what career I wanted or what path I would take. The only thing I knew is that having spent a summer in America it had given me the desire to explore and see as many places as possible before becoming a grown up and entering the real world.
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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.
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