Do and See
Carrieton: distance 25 KM
The town of Carrieton was surveyed around ‘Yanyarrie Whim’ in the early 1870’s and in the initial stages was known as ‘Yanyarrie Whim’.
Horseshoe Range and Moockra Tower
The Horseshoe Range gives you the opportunity to take in some spectactular views from many lookout points along the walking trails. It also features the unusual Moockra Tower Rock.
The Yanyarrie Whim, is a large stone tank with a local slate trough built many years ago for watering stock. Later the Yanyarrie Whim became a significant watering hole for many drovers using the north-south route that passed through the district of Carrieton. The remains of the Whim can still be seen today.
Hammond: distance 6 KM
The town of Hammond was surveyed in May 1879 on the banks of the Bellaratta Creek. It is named after William Henry Hammond Jervois, the eldest son of Governor of South Australia William Jervois.
Melrose: distance 57 KM
Melrose is the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges. It is in the shadow of Mount Remarkable and was once named “Mount Remarkable”.
Mount Remarkable National Park
Mount Remarkable National Park is an ideal place to take the family. There’s lots of diverse wildlife. The park is a popular destination for bushwalking, with trails for all ages and abilities. There are some incredible views. The 960m high Mount Remarkable Summit presides over the Willochra Plain and looks out to the Spencer Gulf.Wineries and Cellar Doors:
Melrose and the surrounding district is home to some great vineyards and wineries. With a wonderful Mediterranean climate, the conditions are perfect for creating some truly remarkable wines. A great variety of wines is produced in the region including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, and Merlot.
Orroroo: distance 63 KM
Giant Gum Tree
This magnificent example of red gum has statistics which could not be matched elsewhere. It is 10.4 metres or 34 feet in circumference, and it climbs 6 metres or 20 feet before there is a fork in the trunk.
This community park is a small picnic area with free BBQ’s, tables, toilets and plenty of shade. The duck pond, which is a part of the Pekina Creek, provides plenty of wildlife and beautiful scenery, from where a walking trail commences to various sites of interest. On this walking trail the Aboriginal Carvings, Rock Poem and Reservoir can be sighted.
Magnetic Hill is a well-known tourist attraction because of its ability to make vehicles roll uphill. Park your car at the bottom of the hill, put it in neutral and feel it roll UPHILL. Magnetic Hill is worth a look, seeing is believing.
This structure was erected in 1882, prior to the opening of the railway line to Carrieton in that year. The line was opened to Orroroo in November 1881.
Peterborough: distance 83 KM
Peterborough, (or Petersburg as it was known until 1918) was settled to service the agricultural and pastoral endeavours of the 1870s. There are two theories as to how the town got its name. One is that it was named after Mr Peter Doecke, the original owner of the land on which the town was built. The other, that it was named after ‘Peters Store’, the first General Store in town. Since the settlement of Petersburg, the railways have been incredibly important to the district, with the town being the ‘crossroads of Australia, linking north, south, east and west.
Port Augusta: distance 72 KM
Wadlata Outback Centre:
A self-guided tour through Wadlata’s, “Tunnel of Time”, is the must see and do before or after visiting the Flinders Ranges & Outback as it will give you a better understanding of how it evolved and make you want to get out there and enjoy it yourself.
You will be transported back to where the dinosaurs roamed the land, be introduced to the people who first owned, explored, settled and who live there today.
Australia Arid Lands Botanic Garden: distance 75 KM
The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden was established in 1993, with the Garden officially opening in 1996, to research, conserve and promote the wider appreciation of Australia’s arid zone flora. Located on the shores of Upper Spencer Gulf with spectacular views to the ancient Flinders Ranges, the Garden showcases a diverse collection of arid zone habitats in a picturesque setting of more than 250 hectares.
Quorn: distance 42 KM
Nestled in a valley in the Flinders Ranges, Quorn was established as a town on the Great Northern Railway line in 1878. The line was built by Chinese and British workers and operated for over 45 years (it closed in 1957). Part of the line through Pichi Richi Pass has been restored as a tourist railway, taking passengers on a scenic 33-kilometre round trip via Port Augusta. The town’s old charm has not been lost on movie producers – the historic streets-capes and surrounding landscapes have been used in many films.
Wilmington: distance 35 KM
Originally known as Beautiful Valley. Wilmington is nestled in a lovely part of the lower Flinders, surrounded by highly productive rural holdings.
Mount Maria Walking Trail: distance 35 KM
The Mount Maria Walking Trail is a pleasant 2hr walk, well signposted pointing out various sites of interest. A popular attraction experienced by visitors to Wilmington.
Approximately 4.5 km from Wilmington, on the Port Augusta Road. Hancock’s Lookout turn off is clearly signposted on the left. A further 7km to the Lookout is rewarded with incredible views over the surrounding area.
Alligator Gorge is offering some of the most spectacular and colourful rock formations in the Flinders Ranges. Alligator Gorge is within the Mt Remarkable National Park. The turn-off is opposite the entrance to Beautiful Valley Caravan Park. A 12km sealed road winds through magnificent scenery leading visitors to a car park, several walking trails start here. An entry fee is applicable per car.
Spring Creek Mine: distance 46 KM
10km south of Wilmington a turn-off to the right leads to the historic old Spring Creek Copper Mine which was discovered in 1860 and closed in 1874 because of flooding. From 1891 the mine has supplied water to the town of Wilmington from its 50 metre shafts. The buildings in the creek are on private property, please respect them. The mine is within the Mt Remarkable National Park. Visitors are reminded that the taking of rock specimens is prohibited within the park.
Wilpena Pound: distance 147 KM
Wilpena Pound is a natural amphitheatre of mountains located 429 kilometres north of Adelaide in the heart of the Flinders Ranges National Park. The Pound is the most northern point with access via a sealed road in this part of the Flinders Ranges. The closest town to the north is Blinman and to the south is Hawker. Attempts at farming the Pound failed during the early 20th century. Following this the tourism potential was recognised in 1945.