Flinders Ranges

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 13:23
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Hi,
My wife and I are heading to the Flinders Ranges for e few days in late April (23-26). I am an Adelaide boy and am ashamed that it has taken 49 years to get there.
Would love to hear of any suggestions on where to spend the three nights and any day trips (including some moderate 4wd).
We have the option of staying in cabins or doing the tent bit (as long as showers and toilets are avail).
Any input would be great.
Regards
David H
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Reply By: DukeAtty - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 13:37

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 13:37
call 86589064 and you wont be disappointed.....
there are 13 different campsites each with a longdrop.... and showers at the main homestead...
all sorts of tracks from basic to difficult and it would take two whole long days to do all the tracks on this property...they have cabins also...
breath taking mountaintops....
craps all over skytrek...
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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 14:55

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 14:55
"craps all over skytrek..."
How can you possibly beat going to the hightest, obtainable by 4wd point in the Flinders? Tell us where this Trek is PLEASE.

By the way, Willow Springs is a great place to camp for a few nights. Long drop dunny, showers a 5 minute walk away or you can drive, and the skytrek leaves from there. Highly recommended.
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 18:47

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 18:47
Agree with D-Jack....why do people on this forum feel the need to put down something to get their point across?......Just tell us about the spot........I would highly recommend skytrek and would welcome feedback from other places to visit.
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Follow Up By: DukeAtty - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 22:16

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 22:16
Hey guys... Relax..

I never said SkyTrek was crap... I said it craps over skytrek...
Skytrek is good for breathtaking mountaintops but it is far from moderate 4x4'ing....I am using it as a measuring stick....

Bendleby Ranges.... Its not like i am holding out... I gave the phone number...

I am surprised Stuart,, that you felt i was puting down Skytrek...
Both times we met,,,, you came across as a level headed person,,, couldnt get over any sand dunes or reverse down them,,, but level headed...lol...
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Friday, Apr 08, 2005 at 23:22

Friday, Apr 08, 2005 at 23:22
Who is this then?????? Obviously someone i have met who does not run 2 open diffs. Grant?
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 07:30

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 07:30
I would never knowingly serve it up to anyone i know or give them a public roasting. Stuart
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Follow Up By: DukeAtty - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 09:22

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 09:22
Your forgiven Stuart... Like i said i was just using Skytrek as a measuring device...Probably to no avail because the original poster had not been anywhere in the Flinders before but for anyone else looking for a good place to go whom had been to Skytrek would have thought about ringing the number i posted which in turn promotes 4x4'ing....
And yes you are correct....
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Reply By: Member - Johnno - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 13:46

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 13:46
Hi David H

Can recommend staying at Rawnsley Park Station near Hawker. They have a web site too. For a modest fee they will give you keys for gate to 4WD track (moderate but you will need a reasonable vehicle clearance) Magnificent views! Takes a few hours and well worth it.

Full camping facilities at Station plus nice restaurant. We were impressed. Mind you, we are from Darwin and we do impress easy!

Watch out for roos, sheep and umu on roads

Johnno
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 17:16

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 17:16
arrhhhh...run for ya lives UMU!!!!!!!!

Are they related to drop bears and Yowee's :-))))

Just winding you up mate :-)))
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Reply By: Chaz - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 14:20

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 14:20
David H,
Make sure you take time to do Sky Trek(See Trek Notes). Book in at Willow Springs Station before 10am. It will take up most of the day and cost you $45, and you will have had one of the best 4 wheel driving experiences available in the Flinders Ranges. Mt Canarvon is the highest place you can drive to in SA and the views are breathtaking. Have a great trip.

Chaz

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 16:14

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 16:14
David,

Regardless of your experience at camping, I would "do the tent bit".

As well as those places mentioned above, you also have the option of basing your camp:-
1. At Wilpena Pound Camp Ground which has shower/toilet blocks and a good walk into the pound and back. Good if you don't mind the company of others.

2. Anywhere within the Flinders Ranges National Park (e.g. Brachina Gorge) where you will find the best outback (long drop) dunnies in Australia. They operate on an air extraction process and there is no smell common to most long drops.
No showers available though, but hey, who can't go a day or two without one.
This time of the year, you can find a spot at one of the camping areas and be all on your own, just watching the emus by day and the stars by night.

Wherever you stay, there are plenty of walks, or you could take a drive to Blinman, or the Pound if you're not staying there.

Which ever way you decide mate, enjoy the Flinders experience; you will remember it for ever.

P.S. I'm not envious, because I'm going back there on the Anzac Weekend to do Skytrek.

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Follow Up By: jackablue - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 17:15

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 17:15
Let us know how the jack goes at skytrek.

Cheers

Jackablue
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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 18:04

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 18:04
A bit of careful positioning of the transfer case and should be no problems at all.
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 17:50

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 17:50
There are around 20 commercial campgrounds in and around the Flinders. Go to the SA Tourism site and follow the lead from there.

Warraweena Station Conservation Park is also a good camping destination with long drops, firewood and good camp sites. Hot showers at the homestead and also shearers quarters or old Homestead accommodation. Some easy, some hair raising tracks as well. Check them out at www.warraweena.com or phone Stony & Gina Steiner on 86752770
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 20:26

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 20:26
I loved Warraweena but a day trip would have been better than the coldest night in the car I have ever spent - in shorts and a wet oilskin raincoat to stop the ice forming on my body. Kind people coz they didn't charge us a fee for staying over!
Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 19:51

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 19:51
give the 4by a rest for at least 1 day and go to Wilpena pound and do the walk from the resorrt campgrounds past the homestead then to the top of st marys peak and down the outside of the pound and back to the resort campgrounds where a beer will never taste sweeter. it is an all dayer and gives fantastic views of both the pound and surrounding ranges simultaneusly from the top of the ring of the pound. i have done it 2wice - fantastic
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Reply By: Casnat - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 20:25

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 20:25
no showers (or facilities at all for that matter) but in my opinion there are not too many better bush camping places in the Flinders than Parachilna Gorge (if you are desperate for a shower a couple of bucks will get you one at the Blinman Hotel not too far down the road). There are numerous creek crossings etc where you can get away from the main road for good camping. Can be crowded at peak times of course.

Warren Gorge is good also at the Southern end of the Flinders, but again no showers (are long drops however)

Trevor
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Follow Up By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 21:49

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 21:49
Hi Casnat, all creek crossings in Parachilna Gorge at Easter were dry, did not see any water at all, was only 1 small patch of water in Brachina Gorge.

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Follow Up By: Casnat - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 22:08

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 22:08
Hi Bernie,

I probably used the terminology "creek crossing" a bit liberally. Most times they are pretty dry as you suggest (Although the one time I was there when they were running they were REALLY running!)

As you probably know the road through the gorge winds itself across the "creek" bed again and again and what I meant was that the bush camping spots are typically off the road from these crossings (dry though they may be).

Hope that makes sense????

Trevor
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Follow Up By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 22:28

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 22:28
Hi Trevor,
I understood what you ment & I thought it was the best place to mention that it was all dry at the moment, then again its dry every where.

It was so much different last year around the same time, whilst the Flinders generally was dry Parachilna Gorge had quite a few wet crossings and plenty of water.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 20:48

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 20:48
Closer to Adelaide can consider Bendleby Ranges

Its just north of Orroroo.
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Reply By: Dean (SA) - Friday, Apr 08, 2005 at 13:04

Friday, Apr 08, 2005 at 13:04
David,
If you dont already have it, the Flinders secrets book has plenty of good stuff. Wilpena and Rawnsley while crowded are still good spots. Both places have drives that you pay for, $20-40? They are centrally located and gives you different directions to head in. The walk to St Marys is a must do and take more water than you need, it takes as long as the recommended time. Weve been going up there every year for the last 12 years and theres still heaps to see and do. Enjoy
Dean

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Reply By: peter in sa - Saturday, Apr 09, 2005 at 18:09

Saturday, Apr 09, 2005 at 18:09
Hi Dave we camp out at at Parachlina Gorge it's free and not crowded you can do i 4wd track which is close bye or a day trip to do Skytrek if i was you i'd do Skytrek Fantastic cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: HUGGY (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 13:07

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 13:07
Hey Guys,
You were all very helpful and I can now plan a great trip based on all of your experiences.
The Skytreck seems to be the most popular and Parachina George a great place to stay. Whilst Sandra (my wife) pretends to like to rough it I can tell you she REALLY loves the creature comforts (as witnessed by a recent trip to the States where she insisted we stay at the Beverlay Wilshire - Pretty Woman fame - in LA and the Venetian in Vegas)
Once again may thanks for your input - I will post a report after the trip.
Huggy (Dave)
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