Best places to camp in Flinders Ranges?

Submitted: Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:23
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Hi all,

Just about ready to take my wife and myself on our first fully self-contained Camper Trailer trip.

We love the Flinders, and in the past have camped in our tent in the Wilpena Park etc. Now we would like to take advantage of our new freedom and find a place away from the crowds.

I have a Hema map of the area, and notice that places like Brachina and Bunyaroo gorge offer camping areas. Does any one know any specific area that they would recommend around there? I understand that ammeneties are limited, but would love to be right in amongst it.

Cheers!
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Reply By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:38

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:38
Hi SmokeyD,

Check out my blog -a week spent exploring the flinders ranges last year on our return from WA. I hope it might help.

There is also so much more of that area we have yet to explore but it is a start for you.

It is a wonderful place to camp.

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Heather

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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:39

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:39
Have a look at the Acraman camping area between Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorge.

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Reply By: Member - GREENDOG - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:44

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:44
Brachina Gorge has a nice camping spot,for what i remember it's to the right of the main track just before a creek crossing you go past the car camping area before crossing the creek up to the 4wd camping area it has a long drop toilet and looked to be a top spot,if any one else could help narrow this spot down that would be a help as it looked like a great spot to camp.cheers GREENDOG
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Follow Up By: Graham Watson - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 01:03

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 01:03
I think you are talking about Brachina East. We stayed there a couple of years ago, relatively quiet (in July). We stayed with another family, and there was someone else well away from us. S31°19.750' E138°35.011'.
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Follow Up By: Graham Watson - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 01:07

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 01:07
Sorry try this photo


The track in the background is the access track to the campground so no through traffic.
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Follow Up By: Member - GREENDOG - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 20:34

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yep thats the spot,it's a little beauty.cheers GD
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Reply By: tg123 - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:46

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:46
Hi Smokey!
Camped in Bunyeroo Gorge for a few days last winter - magic spot. SO much better than the Wilpena campground but facilities are limited. You will need to pay at the self registration station on the way in but fees are nominal.

Cheers
TG

PS - take your own firewood - collection prohibited
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 22:09

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 22:09
Many of the best camping areas in & around the Flinders are on private property with various levels of ammenety available. Warraweena for example has a great spot opposite the Sliding Rock mine. Ron Moon's "Adventurers Guide to the Flinders" has the vast majority of campsites available including those free, in Parks & private.
Cheers Craig...........
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Reply By: SmokeyD - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 23:30

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 23:30
Hey guys - thanks for your input. I reckon we'd do alright ending up at any of the places you mentioned.
Can't wait - only two more sleeps!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 09:09

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 09:09
The Brachina Gorge area is great (might be better than that) - we always stay at the eastern end (there is 2 camps only - the other is at the western end) - firewood is scarce in the camps (not allowed to pick it up anyway)..... plenty of good walks in the region - just a short drive to many of them from any camp. Trezona camp, just a little further east is excellent too - there are 630M year old stromatolites on a walk from there and the famous Geologic golden spike is just along the creek a bit fromTrezona - there are even red capped robins flitting about in that camp.

Gold ! ... well.... not quite :-o)
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Reply By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 09:26

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 09:26
Guys,
We have camped in the Flinders Ranges on several occasions and the last four times in Parachilna Gorge, which is close enough to the Prairie Hotel which is a must visit while in the area.
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Reply By: Mike - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 09:31

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 09:31
Hi Smokey,

Got to agree with Brachina East! We spent a week there, week before last and, as usual, just loved it. Go along the creekbed to the 4wd section, ala the photo above, but if there are just 1 or 2 campers, I would go in to sites 3 or 4, i.e. past the toilets, more sheltered. BTW, it's not too far to drive back from a great lunch at the Prarie at Parachilna, or from the best burger in the country, at the Blinman Pub. Enjoy.

Happy trails, Mike.
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Reply By: lizard - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 09:33

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 09:33
We enjoyed Willow Springs station camp , and the Skytrek drive , good water is one of the needs for extended stays & this had it (excellent bore water - tasted like rain water ) ... also stayed at Merna Mora on other side for two nights .
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Reply By: Wontok - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 12:04

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 12:04
Waraweena just in from Beltana is also a great place to camp. Check out the linkhttp://www.warraweena.com/
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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 21:32

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 21:32
Personally I like Warraweena. If you have a 4wd I would recommend there as well as the national park. It doesn't have the daily vehicle traffic.

Inside the park Aroona campground is my favourite. Hans Heyson has a hut there he udes as a base when painting the ranges. Whichever campground you choose in the NP they all have toilets. You are only ever a short drive from the Wilpena resort if you want anything.

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