Flinders Ranges - Yes!

Submitted: Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 at 22:19
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This pic is the most frequently taken. This was in May this year. Going back Sept/Oct for 2 weeks to explore more. Love it.

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Reply By: Member - Redbakk (WA) - Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 at 22:30

Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 at 22:30
It's on my bucket list.........................
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 at 23:10

Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 at 23:10
Hi Terry

Heading to Bunyeroo Gorge, a great drive.



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Follow Up By: lancie49 - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 09:17

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 09:17
Stephen, would Bunyeroo Gorge be 'doable' in a Hiace Campervan ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Terry W4 - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 09:59

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 09:59
We camped at Acraman and I drove the Bunyeroo Gorge road every day for 4 days in May. It was dry (but very cold at night). I drive a Prado and we were towing a Cub camper.

Most of the road is doable by 2WD vehicles I would say if the road is dry and you drop your tyre pressures by about 25%. There are just a couple of areas of 'rocky road'.
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Follow Up By: Farquo - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 10:10

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 10:10
I agree with Terry W4. Drop your tyre pressures and take it easy and it will be fine in dry weather.
It was closed this week after rain Tuesday night.
If your campervan is hired, check your hire conditions. Companies often prohibit driving on this type of road.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 11:10

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 11:10
Hi Lancie

We have been going to the Flinders for well over 45 years, and back then there were no bitumen roads in the area. Back then the only people that owned four wheel driver were the local station people and my mode of transport was a Toyota Corolla, Toyota Celica and Toyota Corona.

We travelled on every track in the Flinders, and to be very honest, it has only been in the last number of years that true four wheel drive tracks have been open to the general public. One one of our trips through the Flinders, my brother in-law brought along his Mini and we went everywhere, but just had to slow right down over the rocky sections, with no dramas at all.

The only times that we had to be very careful, was when it was very wet, but that is another very interesting story.

Here are some more images of the drives through the Flinders and your camper will be able to go everywhere the main tracks are, proving you just drive to the track conditions. Do not get put off by people telling you that you have to have a four wheel drive, whick is totally not true.


Enjoy one of South Australia best travel destinations.



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Follow Up By: Kevin G6 - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 18:22

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 18:22
The roads look better than NSW sealed roads.
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 18:30

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 18:30
We stayed at Acraman 2 yrs ago and normal cars were quite regular.....but the morning we left it had rained for 2 hrs and the road was very skaty even for a 4wd, so especially around that red clay type roads, keep away if you have a car and it's raining..
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Follow Up By: lancie49 - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 18:45

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 18:45
Great info, thanks chaps.
We did Brachina and Parachilna Gorges 3yr ago and loved the experience, but that was in the Pajero towing our homebuilt Teardrop camper. Both survived well.

The Hiace is a little closer to the ground so it's ruts and gullies that concern me most.
It is an ex-hire, but ours, so if it goes wrong, I don't have to explain to anyone other than Annee why and how I got it wrong...........LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - P and JM - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 21:47

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 21:47
Hi all,

Now come on Stephen, you are showing your age now! Going back 45 years ago was when I was at the Brachina Highways camp maintaining these roads through the Flinders. You are making me feel older. LOL.

It's good to see they are still well maintained and in good nick which allows all sorts of vehicles access through the Brachina, Parachilna Gorges and Aroona Valley roads.

Cheers P&J
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 23:10

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 23:10
Hi Paul

Yes when you look back, so much has changed since then.

All dirt roads were dirt from Wilmington to Quorn, then from Hawker all dirt again. The original Leigh Creek town was north of Copley and there was no National Park at Wilpena.....

Gee, things have realy changed in that time.


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Follow Up By: bruce bb1 - Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 11:51

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 11:51
as Stephen L says - he was in Toyota's in his early trips, say no more, they're Toyotas. Warden and i did our first trip through there in a Toyota Corolla towing a pop top in 1972. And soon to be heading back there but in a mates ford ranger. i can't believe that i'm driving a ford but.......
cheers - bb
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 at 00:38

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 at 00:38
I think I can go back even further than Stephen, but I was too young to drive...... 1951 I believe.
The vehicle was a Bradford.







Margaret and I first drove into the Flinders in a Mini 850 and camped in Brachina Gorge to watch the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon go through.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London%E2%80%93Sydney_Marathon
We would probably have been back on 30 or more occasions since and keep finding new places to explore.

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Peter
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 at 23:14

Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 at 23:14
A beautiful photo Terry.

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Reply By: Australian Landscape Jewellery - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 07:11

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 07:11
Absolutely classic.
I reckon that South Australia could do much more to "sell" the Flinders to overseas tourists. Those Ranges were my first taste of what felt like the "outback" and they remain a favourite place to take visitors.
One day I want a photo taken at sunset from the top of St Mary's peak.
Mike
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Follow Up By: Member - Terry W4 - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 10:40

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 10:40
My brother (a professional photographer) and I took pics from Razorback lookout (which is where this was taken) at sunrise, sunset and at night with star trails. It was very cold though.

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Reply By: Tessysdad - Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 21:37

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 21:37
We were there in May for a week. No difficult roads to speak of. Didn't think much of the place though.
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