Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : 2013 Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide
91 PETERBOROUGH Refer to page 87 under the ‘East Coast to Flinders’ itinerary. ORROROO 57 kilometres from Jamestown map reference D3, page 51 Orroroo is the ideal place from which to explore the majestic beauty of both the Southern and Central Flinders Ranges. Attractions Goyder’s Line On the road to Port Augusta between Orroroo and Wilmington is Goyder’s Line – the line where pastoral and farming lands meet. Make sure you observe the difference in vegetation. Gaze across undulating pastures where merino sheep and cattle graze, surrounded by cereal crops. Goyder’s Line was mapped out in 1865 by the Surveyor-General of South Australia – George Woodroffe Goyder – and the line became an important factor in the state’s settlement as it was a good indication of the limits of reliable cropping land. Tank Hill Lookout Drive up to Tank Hill Lookout for spectacular views across the township and scenic Pekina Creek home, the 500 year-old Big Gum Tree and historic rail bridge. Lion’s Park Located near the local swimming pool and golf course, Lion’s Park is the perfect place to stop for a picnic lunch, with barbeques provided for 1/9th Ad blAck jAck get-A-wAy Contact: Susan Woolford Mob: 0427 581 302 Fax: (08) 8658 9039 www.blackjackgetaway.com.au ‘your choice of three country b&b retreats in central Flinders Ranges’ • Nanna’s Home-Beautiful, large old stone, self-contained B&B, centrally located in Orroroo. Sleeps up to nine. • Magpies Nest and Kangaroo Cottage – on the edge of Orroroo overlooking Pekina Creek, home to River Red Gums and plentiful birdlife. Sleeps 6. follow the murray | flindersoutback.com public use, as well as public toilets. You can drive right up to the shaded picnic area on the Pekina Creek, from where walking and cycling trails commence, linking various sites of interest. Pekina Creek walking and cycling trails Walk or cycle Orroroo’s newly established trails, taking in breathtaking scenery along the Pekina Creek with highlights including Aboriginal carvings, the reservoir and a poem carved into rock in the late 19th century. Bountiful wildlife inhabits the area and makes it a perfect location for avid photographers and families. You can hire bikes from the nearby caravan park. Big Gum Tree The area’s Big Gum Tree rates a mention as one of SA’s significant historic trees, estimated at being around 500 years old, with a circumference of up to 10 metres before it forks in the trunk. Magnetic Hill Kids will love Magnetic Hill – a phenomenon that needs to be experienced to be believed. Leave your car in neutral at the bottom of the hill and watch as it rolls back up to the top. Other attractions in close proximity include iconic ghost towns, challenging cycling tracks, geo-caching locations and award-winning 4WD tracks. ‘Find the Magpie’ walk Step back in time as you wander along Orroroo’s picturesque main street lined with shop facades dating back to the 1870s. For an adventure, embark on the historical building walk ‘Find the Magpie’, which is a great way to explore this friendly scenic town. Bendleby Ranges In the Bendleby Ranges, exhilarating 4WDing, action-packed mountain biking, breathtaking views and pristine campsites await. Relax at Gumdale Cottage, the Shearers’ Quarters or Crotta Homestead, or bush camp, either close to the camp kitchen and showers, or in a more secluded spot. There are also eco-campers available. CARRIETON 36 kilometres from Orroroo map reference D2, page 51 Named in 1878 after the daughter of Governor Jervois, this small but enchanting town is surrounded by beautiful gum creeks. Carrieton has a number of nearby attractions, including Yanyarrie Whim, Moockra Tower and the Horseshoe and Almerta stations, which feature self-drive 4WD tracks and mountain bike trails. Attractions Carrieton Rodeo Held annually, each December, the Carrieton Rodeo is one of the biggest and more popular rodeos in South Australia. People descend from all around Australia to either participate in or watch the rodeo action. Carrieton Mural Consisting of almost 900 hand-sculptured and painted clay tiles weighing about one tonne, the Carrieton Mural depicts an array of European activities in the Carrieton area dating back to the 1870s. The mural stretches for over 12 metres around the Carrieton public toilets. Yanyarrie Whim See the remains of the large stone Yanyarrie Whim, which has become a significant watering hole for drovers using the north to south droving route through Carrieton. Keep an eye out for road signs that will tell you the attraction is coming up. Make sure you visit the old building and ruins of the almost deserted town of Johnburg, an easy side trip. HAWKER 27 kilometres from Cradock map reference B7, page 52 Once a thriving railway town, Hawker retains much of its 1880s charm. It’s a great base for day trips, as well as offering shops, an airstrip, vehicle repairs, a hospital, sports centre, scenic flights, 4WD tours, bicycle hire and various places to eat and stay. Hawker’s heritage walk is a fascinating tour of discovery, including the Hawker Hotel, railway station, stone goods shed and other places of interest. Guides are available for a small fee from the Visitor Information Centre. Refer to page 66 under the ‘Scenic Route’ itinerary for more town information. From Hawker you can travel north to Arkaroola on the ‘Scenic Route’ via Wilpena or take the ‘Fast Track’ to Parachilna and further north to travel the ‘Oodnadatta Track’ to the west or the ‘Strzelecki Track’ to the east.
Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide
2014 Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide