Bunyeroo valley scenic drive

Submitted: Friday, Apr 14, 2017 at 14:21
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Is anyone able to give me information on the road conditions along the Bunyeroo scenic drive to Aroona ruins, then back down via Brachina Gorge?
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Reply By: RobAck - Friday, Apr 14, 2017 at 14:50

Friday, Apr 14, 2017 at 14:50
Just search outback road report here https://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/OutbackRoads. For more detailed information on the roads through the NPK call the Hawker VIC

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Reply By: Member - Robert1660 - Friday, Apr 14, 2017 at 20:45

Friday, Apr 14, 2017 at 20:45
We did the Flinders last December. All the dirt roads were in good condition. As usual reduce your tyre pressures and your speed and you should have no trouble. The Aroona ruins are very interesting and although Brachina Gorge is quite dramatic the signposting leaves something to be desired. Not sure where you are staying but can thoroughly recommend Rawnsley Park Station. Overall, Flinders is a great place to visit.
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Reply By: Member - WBS - Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 at 00:04

Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 at 00:04
We drove Parachilna, Brachina, and Bunyeroo Gorge in November 2016. We also drove through Glass Gorge which is not quite up to the other three gorges standard but still worth driving. All are relatively easy drives if you just take your time. 4WD is not really required if you have the ground clearance. We experienced some flowing water in all the gorges but very shallow and definitely not an issue.
I can't comment about the Aroona ruins.
As with all the Flinders Ranges I wouldn't want to be there in a very heavy rain event. The local advice is to do the Bunyeroo Gorge from south to north. We headed that advice and were glad we did, the best view is then in front of you. Parachilna and Brachina Gorges are oriented east-west and the direction of approach is probably not as critical but time of day to avoid sun glare should be a consideration if you are in to photography.
We were based at Wilpena Pound Resort which was ok, but nothing special. We drove Parachilna and Brachina Gorge in one day and Bunyeroo Gorge in one morning. There are plenty of other places to see around the Flinders Ranges and if you want to see something really special head out to Arkaroola.
PS: I agree with the sentiments expressed by Robert 1660
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Reply By: Mick O - Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 at 17:57

Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 at 17:57
All well maintained gravel roads. Corrugations in some sections light to medium only. Brachina trail may have a few puddles. Campgrounds at Aroona and alongside the ABC Range are excellent. The roads are prepared with 2 wheel drive access in mind. Be aware that conditions will deteriorate around school holiday times due to the excess in traffic.

As stated earlier, climatic conditions will affect dramatically so be aware and check the relevant park and roads sites.

If you intend camping, I recommend the Acraman and Cambrian campsites along the Bunyaroo Gorge site. A magnificent area and one we stop at each year on our way home from the centre.



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