A few Flinders questions..

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Heading off in a couple of weeks to the centre. Traveling solo until I get to Uluru where I join my friends, then Kings Canyon, Finke Gorge (hopefully!), Simpson Desert, Innaminka etc - woohoo!!!!

I'll be heading thru the Flinders on the way and keen to find out:

1. a good place to camp, preferably bush camping, unless there is a commercial camping place that has specific benefits eg great scenery..

2. What are the "must-do's" while I'm there e.g. Skytrek? Very keen for this..solo driver/solo vehicle situation so hoping I'm not asking too much of my 90 series Prado diesel (basically standard but well set up, new muddies)..has always surprised me with its capability over the 11 years I've owned it..

3. Any other suggestions for a first time Flinders visitor?

Cheers and beers
Rich

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 17:23

Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 17:23
I suggest camping in Brachina Gorge (National Park fees payable). There are several good camp sites available to choose from.



Unfortunately, Skytrek is not what it used to be. Still a good drive though. You won't have a problem.

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Follow Up By: RichieK - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 17:44

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 17:44
Thanks Peter - Seems you aren't the only one to think that Brachina gorge is a good spot to stop. Will definitely try to aim for it.
Cheers!
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 20:57

Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 20:57
Hi Rich

If you do one thing only, the Flinders are a not to be missed location. Do not rush the area, as there is just fare more to see than you would think.

You can get goof bush camping fee in Wilpena Pound, with hot showers, flushing toilets, or if you want true camping, then head to one of the many locations that you are able to bush camp at within the National Park.

Below are some of the important things that I would not miss out on seeing..........




















I could keep going...the Flinders is such an unreal place to visit.



Have a great time


Cheers


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Follow Up By: bigden - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 10:07

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 10:07
stephen, they are great pics. cann you recommend any books or info on the area?

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 10:59

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 10:59
Hi Dennis

There are a number of publications available for the Flinders Ranges. A very good small soft cover book that covers the whole area, is the book "The Flinders Ranges - An Adventurer's Guide by Ron Moon.

My only advise that I tell anyone, is never rush the Flinders, there is just so much to see.


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Follow Up By: RichieK - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 17:42

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 17:42
Incredible pics! Thanks for posting, Stephen. I'm only in the Flinders for 1 day/2 nights so this will be a very quick reccie, hopefully for a return trip in Aug 2015..
Cheers!
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Follow Up By: Frank28 - Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 08:34

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 08:34
Fantastic pics!

Thanks for sharing
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Reply By: Member - Graham Watson (SA) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 23:37

Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 23:37
We like camping at the Brachina East Campground in the National Park. You do have to pay camping fees, but it has never been crowded when we have been there. Only facilities are long drop dunnies.
We haven't done the new Skytrek, but our 90 series diesel easily handled the old Skytrek.
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Follow Up By: RichieK - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 17:49

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 17:49
Thanks for that! The old Prados are a good bus, hey?
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Reply By: Les PK Ranger - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 08:35

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 08:35
If you want to do Skytrek, then Willow Springs itself has some beaut campsites, drop toilets and the ammen block / showers by the homestead close by.

Skytrek isn't the same without Mt Caerarvon summit, but still a pleasant drive and easy in the Prado.
We did the old route on the weekend before access was lost, and the new route just after it had been graded, was possibly more fun then with the track loose and having boulders still quite unsettled . . . it would be nice and settled now.

There are soooo many places to rough camp (Nat Pk fees only) or commercial places that are very nice.
Brachina Gorge is my pick in the park as well.
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Follow Up By: RichieK - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 17:48

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 17:48
Hmmm I'm starting to lean towards spending my time there doing Bunyeroo and Brachina gorge..might leave Skytrek till next time.. but glad to hear of your experiences with it - cheers!
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Follow Up By: Les PK Ranger - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 17:53

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 17:53
Only trouble then Richie is you won't get any ridgetop / peak driving / views.
But the gorges are very picturesque.

If you're coming up from the lower Flinders, then Argadells and Arden Hills properties near Quorn are good value, have some good driving with high views, and at least Argadells has some very nice camping.

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Reply By: SthOzRanger77 - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 13:54

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 13:54
We recently stayed at Angorichina Village not far from Blinman. Decent set up, camp kitchen, clean amenities all for just $11 a night. Nice scenery as well. There is an hour creek walk that you can do as well. Recommended.

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Reply By: Member - DingoBlue(WA) - Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 17:50

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 17:50
Try Angorichina Station
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Reply By: RichieK - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 15:34

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 15:34
thanks all! have decided to do the private tracks next year, and I'll use my day or so this year to do a nice loop along the main "roads" and the areas that have been mentioned..
Cheers
Rich
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Follow Up By: Les PK Ranger - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 16:31

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 16:31
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In that case Richie, you'll find some decent maps here that may help planning . . . Flinders (north & south) and other SA maps

Also this page lists PARs (public access routes) in SA . . .
PAR Tracks
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Follow Up By: RichieK - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 17:05

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 17:05
Les - they were very useful links - thank you!!
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