Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy and Lake Eyre Attractions

View the magnificent Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre from the air or go underground in Coober Pedy in search of opals.

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Elder Camp, Arkaba Walk, Flinders Ranges Elder Camp, Arkaba Walk, Flinders Ranges

1. Scenic flight over Wilpena Pound
Taking a flight over the rugged landscape of the Flinders Ranges is the best way to see Wilpena Pound and the region. Most operators offer 20 minute scenic flights through to full-day excursions. If timing is limited and you can’t get to William Creek for a Lake Eyre flight, they also depart from the Flinders Ranges. southaustralia.com

2. Arkaba Walk
Australia's environment is one of the most specialized and diverse on earth and the best way to appreciate its subtleties is on foot. With expert guides to interpret the geology, flora and fauna of the Flinders Ranges, the Four Day/Three Night Walking Safari brings a few luxury touches to an immersive bush experience. arkabawalk.com   

3. Noodling for opals, Coober Pedy
Many people spend their lives trying to find the perfect piece of opal and visitors to Coober Pedy can while away an afternoon noodling (searching). Stay in an underground hotel in Coober Pedy to escape the heat while you’re there. cooberpedy.sa.gov.au

4. Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
In the heart of the northern Flinders Ranges, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is a perfect base for bushwalkers and four-wheel drivers (4WD).  Book Arkaroola’s Ridgetop Tour to traverse the ridges and valleys, finished by the magnificent climb to to Sillers Lookout.arkaroola.com.au

5. Pichi Richi Railway, Quorn
Operating between Quorn and Port Augusta, the Pichi Richi Railway is a charming rail journey through the Flinders Ranges. Board a steam locomotive or historic diesel and take a step back in time. prr.org.au

6. Painted Desert, Coober Pedy
The Painted Desert is an area of spectacular colourful hills. It's an amazing sight - you'll see rocky outcrops of large and small hills, which emerge suddenly out of a flat, desert landscape. It's perhaps best viewed in bright sunlight which brings out vivid colours such as ochre yellow, oxide red, and deep, rich brown, contrasting with crisp whites and jet blacks. Created more than 80 million years ago, it forms part of the spectacular breakaway country, located 50 kilometres south west of Oodnadatta. The Painted Desert is a superb example of the forces of nature weathering and eroding the desert landscape. painteddesert.com.au

7. Lake Eyre
The 1.2 million hectare Lake Eyre National Park (including and surrounding the 8430sqkm Lake Eyre) is located deep within the South Australian Outback. In parts the lake bed is 15 metres below sea level and when dry the lake’s salt crust is up to 460mm thick. Nearly one-sixth of Australia drains into Lake Eyre from inland rivers such as the Cooper Creek, the Diamantina, the Warburton and the Finke, and when in flood the lake boasts a vast variety of fish and tens of thousands of birds – including coastal seagulls and pelicans who know instinctively that the lake is filling. environment.sa.gov.au

8. Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, Port Augusta
Enjoy a relaxing stroll through a range of natural and themed gardens including the innovative and award-winning AridSmart Display and the nationally significant Eremophila and Rare Plants collections.Or take one of the longer garden walks that wind through dappled woodlands, fragile red sand dune country and chenopod plain and claypan country. Spy on native birds from one of our bird hides and then enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Flinders Ranges from the historic Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout. Relax al fresco at the award-winning visitor centre with a freshly brewed espresso or a glass of wine and some delicious country fare at the Bluebush Cafe.aalbg.sa.gov.au

9. 4WD touring and Sunset on the chase tour, Flinders Ranges
Whether you are looking at travelling in a group or taking your own car on a 'tag a long' tour then there is bound to be a four-wheel drive (4WD) tour here for you.If you are limited on time, do experience the Sunset on The Chace tour operated by Rawnsley Park Station. This two-hour sunset tour first takes you across Rawnsley Park Station to along old station and 4WD tracks to watch the outback sunset reflected on the stunning Chace Range whilst enjoying a glass of sparkling and gourmet canapes. southaustralia.com

10. Tracks, Flinders Ranges and Outback
Cross the rippled, red sand. Drive along the Birdsville Track or Oodnadatta Track. The Strzelecki Track will take you from Lyndhurst to Innamincka, where you can visit the graves of explorers Burke and Wills.Remember to check road conditions before you start your journey. southaustralia.com

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