Stretching over 420 kilometres, Flinders Ranges offers an ancient and magical landscape, with towering mountain peaks, gnarled gum trees and several national parks protecting plenty of wildlife and birds.
Red and western grey kangaroo, and the common wallaroo (euro) all thrive amongst the region’s waterholes. Amongst the wildlife of Brachina Gorge is an important population of yellow-footed rock wallaby, a species once on the verge of extinction.
Flinders Ranges is home to numerous bird and reptile species, including the grey-fronted honeyeater, the wedge-tailed eagle soaring above the deep red Simpson Desert, and the delicate Lake Eyre dragon, which can be found tiptoeing across the hot sand of the salt lake for which it is named.
Away from the permanent waterholes, the flora of Flinders Ranges has adapted to the special semi arid environment – with cypress pine, mallee and sugar gum. Damper areas support evergreen grevilleas, ferns and Guinea flowers. Explore the stunning land formation of Wilpena Pound and discover the area’s geological past along the Brachina Gorge Geological trail, along the many bushwalks or on picturesque drives.
Located in the heart of the rugged and spectacular Northern Flinders Ranges is the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. This 61,000 hectare private sanctuary is home to an array of birds and wildlife.
As well as its natural highlights, Flinders Ranges offers a slice of the region’s cultural history from important sites of aboriginal rock art, such as Arkaroo Rock, to early pastoral settlements and the ruins of the once prosperous copper mining town.
Ideal for viewing: yellow-footed rock wallaby, wedge-tailed eagle, Lake Eyre dragon, emu, common wallaroo
Where: South Australia, Australia
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Visiting some of South Australia’s diverse and wildlife-rich habitats, we hope to see over 200 species of birds including Cape Barren goose, little penguin and three species of cockatoo, as well as many fascinating endemic mammals, such as short-beaked echidna, southern hairy-nosed wombat, koala and kangaroo.
When to go: Sep-Oct
Duration inc. flights: 15 days
Price inc. flights: From £4,395 pp
Trip type: Group tour
Staying in luxury properties at Kangaroo Island and Flinders Ranges, explore the picturesque landscapes of South Australia in search of its wildlife, including Australia’s largest macropods: red kangaroo, western grey kangaroo and common wallaroo, as well as fur seal colonies and prolific birdlife.
When to go: Jan-Dec
Duration inc. flights: 12 days
Price inc. flights: From £6,095 pp
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Amidst the ancient landscape of the Flinders Range lies Arkaba Station, home to Australia’s largest macropods: red kangaroo, western grey kangaroo and common wallaroo. The homestead has five luxury en suite rooms which have been carefully restored to showcase the property’s pioneering history.
Tucked away in a secluded area of the Flinders Ranges are the luxurious eco-villas of Rawnsley Park Station. These self-contained units have well-appointed living, kitchen and dining areas, separate bedrooms with skylights and a private verandah offering spectacular views of Wilpena Pound.