Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : 2016-2017 Flinders Ranges and Outback VG
45 fast track | flindersandoutback.com.au PICHI RICHI RAILWAY Travel The Ghan’s original route through the stunning Pichi Richi Pass. Beautifully restored heritage trains depart from Port Augusta or Quorn. Full-day, half-day and private trips available. Advertisement on page 9 Phone: 1800 PR RAIL | 1800 77 7245 www.pichirichirailway.org.au Thomas Elder and Robert Barr Smith. The Woolshed Museum at Beltana Station contains over 130 photos and items dating back to 1860. Entry is free. There are several historic sites including the town railway station, completed in 1881. In 1956, the Leigh Creek line was opened and the Beltana Railway Station was closed down. A mounted policeman was appointed to Beltana in 1879 and the historic stone police station was completed in 1881. The first school in Beltana was opened in 1878 to serve the town’s 31 children. Beltana Station was one of the region’s most significant properties in the 19th century. It now offers family-friendly accommodation, a woodshed museum/café and camel safaris during the main tourism season. Other attractions include the Beltana Art Gallery which features a unique rock labyrinth. Look out for the open flag. The Warraweena Conservation Park, previously a working station, is home to Yellow-footed Rock wallabies and also one very rare plant, Menzel’s Wattle. COPLEY Five kilometres from Leigh Creek map reference F6, page 18 Visit the renowned Quandong Café in Copley for a bite of bush baking, now situated at the Copley Caravan Park and open daily. Copley is a friendly gateway to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, the Vulkathunha–Gammon Ranges National Park and is a day’s drive to Innamincka, Birdsville, Oodnadatta and Adelaide. About 100 kilometres from Copley is the Vulkathunha–Gammon Ranges National Park (or ‘the Gammons’), an arid wilderness with spectacular scenery, wildlife and a wealth of Adnyamathanha culture and European heritage. ARKAROOLA 129 kilometres from Copley map reference E1, page 17 Breathtaking by day, dazzling at night, the award-winning Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is South Australia’s premier ecotourism destination. The sanctuary is located 600 kilometres north of Adelaide and just three hours from Wilpena Pound. In the 1960s, Reg and Griselda Sprigg bought a 610 square kilometre sheep property in the Northern Flinders Ranges and dedicated their lives to returning the land to its natural state. The result is the world-renowned Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, featuring some of the most spectacular views in the country. Arkaroola Village has a great range of accommodation options and a caravan park and bush camping. A wide range of driving and walking tracks provide access to spectacular arid mountain landscapes. The world-famous Ridgetop Tour is a guided 4WD adventure experience across the steep ridges of the ancient Flinders Ranges. Don't forget to bring your camera. See the stars as you’ve never seen them before at one of Arkaroola’s nationally acclaimed astronomical observatories in the region. LYNDHURST 33 kilometres from Copley map reference F5, page 18 Lyndhurst began as a railway town and is now a gateway to the drive north-east to Innamincka along the Strzelecki Track, or north to Marree and the Birdsville and Oodnadatta tracks. The roadhouse is open 7 days a week for fuel and food. Cornelius ‘Talc Alf’ is a local character who uses cast-off slabs of talc from the Mount Fitton talc mine to sculpt statements about politics, religion and his unusual theories. The ghost town of nearby Farina offers a self- guided walk, shearers’ accommodation and campsites. A small fee applies for showers, flushing toilets, barbecues and firewood. A major volunteer-run restoration program is underway here and in June/July they run the underground bakery. Five kilometres north are spectacular red, brown and white ochre cliffs used for thousands of years by Aboriginal people who traded this ochre with other groups. Visit the Ochre Cliffs, 44 kilometres from Lyndhurst. This is the site where Aboriginal people used to dig for ochre. Experience a wide range of colours, from reds to yellows and browns. MARREE 80 kilometres from Lyndhurst map reference E5, page 18 Marree is the gateway to the Kati Thanda– Lake Eyre Basin and is at the junction of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta tracks. From Marree, continue on the Birdsville Track or the Oodnadatta Track to Coober Pedy. Once a thriving centre for transport and communications, relics of a bygone era remain. Aboriginal people, Afghan cameleers and Europeans lived in relative harmony as the fortunes of the town ebbed and flowed over time. Facilities include a caravan park with luxury rooms and cabins. They also provide a general store and post office. The Marree Hotel, built in 1883, offers friendly outback hospitality and the Roadhouse and Oasis Café/Bistro is open daily 7:30am–late. The Arabunna people celebrate their heritage at the Arabunna Aboriginal Community Centre. Inside are authentic artefacts, fossils and other displays. Visit the Marree Mosque, a reminder of ‘Ghantown’, which was once home to 60 cameleers, their families and 1500 camels. See the old mail truck used by renowned Outback mailman Tom Kruse at the Museum Park. The Marree Hotel now hosts the 'Tom Kruse Collection', a tribute to the legendary Birdsville mailman. Follow the stunning 120 kilometre self-drive 4WD route of The Witchelina Loop. You will need to allow a full-day, be experienced and have a well prepared 4WD. Take a breathtaking scenic flight of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, around one and a half hours in duration, and bookings can be made at the Marree Hotel or Oasis Café/Bistro. About 60 kilometres out of Marree, are remnants of the 4.2 kilometre long image of an Aboriginal man, known as the Maree Man, which has been ploughed into the Outback on top of a plateau on the edge of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre.
Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide