Flinders Ranges, South Australia

South Australia and The Southern Outback

Beyond the heritage architecture and bustling food markets of Adelaide lie vast outback landscapes, lush vineyards and abundant wildlife.

South Australia is a land of extreme contrasts, from arid cattle grazing country, to the wild coastline of the Eyre Peninsula and the environmentally diverse Kangaroo Island.

South Australia’s outback covers 80% of the state yet is home to just 1% of its population. The Flinders and Gawler Ranges offer a chance to get off grid and escape the world before sampling world-class wines amidst the vineyards of the Barossa and Clare Valleys. Meanwhile the rugged coastal waters play host to a wealth of marinelife including seals, dolphin and whales.

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Kangaroo Island

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.

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Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

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. On the grasslands of the ranges, you can witness one of Australia’s greatest wildlife spectacles when great mobs of kangaroos and emus dot the steppes and springtime brings a profusion of wildflowers to the region.

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Eyre Peninsula

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.

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Nilpena National Park Fossils

Visit Nilpena National Park in the northern Flinders Ranges where the remains of ancient seabeds dating from the Ediacaran period reveal thousands of incredibly well preserved early life form fossils, some half a billion years old!

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Kangaroo Island

Meet with conservationists and witness first-hand Kangaroo Island’s natural regeneration following the devastating fires.

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Bushfire Recovery

Join like minded people to assist in land rehabilitation activities in areas worst affected by bushfires. Unite with Steppes Travel in supporting the Koala Clancy Foundation – enjoy wildlife encounters whilst engaging in meaningful conservation projects such as tree planting, habitat maintenance and wildlife counts of species affected by the fires.

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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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Ballooning, Rawnsley Park Lodge, Flinders Range, Australia

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 in Southern Australia.

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Kangaroo Island Adventure

Explore dramatic coastlines and secluded beaches on Kangaroo Island.

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