Need to book ahead for Flinder's

Submitted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:43
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We are heading to the Flinders Rangers for a week or so in late September which is school holidays. I was wondering if I need to pre book camp-sites or tours like skytrek? We will be splitting our time between north and south.
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:56

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:56
Hi Kalex,
I was there in Oct 07 after the school hols and virtually had the pick of sites and was told it was their off season. It was getting a little warm but the lack of crowds more than made up for it.

We stayed at Rawnsley Park Station just outside the Wilpeena Pound.

School hols are very busy there, inside the park and at Rawnsley, and booking would be a very good idea but a better idea is wait till after the hols if you can.

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Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 14:07

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 14:07
Hi Alex,
There should be plenty of camping spots available in and around the gorges it could get busy if we have a good season, wild flowers etc. Booking tours like skytrek would probably be a good idea but I would do it closer to your intended tour as things like the weather and where you are camped may come into play. No matter what happens I'm sure you will have a good trip.
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Reply By: Kalex - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 17:55

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 17:55
We would of preferred not to go school holidays, but some things can;t be avoided.
Has anyone got any recommendations as to the quieter spots to camp? We are fully set up for bush camping.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 19:21

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 19:21

As you like Bush Camping, Willow Springs Station (where Skytrek is) has some great bush camping spots. Once camped, there is very little "traffic" as the short tracks to various camping spots only have a few camping areas on each track.
You can also stay at some rustic cottages, etc, on the property, but these you would need to book.
Willow Springs is only a short trip north of Wilpena Pound and (unfortunately) the main road is now sealed, all the way to Blinman. Has taken a little of the "bush" character away IMHO. I would guess that there would be less people camped at Willow Springs than other spots such as Brachina and Buyeroo Gorges, or the more "commercial" places such as Wilpena Resort and Rawnsley Park.

Camping at Willow Springs will give you an excellent base point to take day trips further north to say Blinman, or back to Wilpena Pound, etc.

Take a look at Willow Springs Station for further information.


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Follow Up By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11:29

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11:29
We spent the easter weekend at Argadells Station about 30km north of Quorn and can highly recommend it. You need to book and they will assign a camping spot. Good 4WD tracks and the trip to the top of Mt Arden is excellent.

For further north the bush camping area at Rawnsley Park is great but can get a little busy during the holidays but you will get in without a booking.

Warraweena is further north again and is very good.


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Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 19:31

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 19:31
Hi again Alex,
We camped in Aroona Valley about 6 weeks ago even though there was us and another camper we were woken in the morning by a dingo (we latter saw two of them), so I guess that isn't a quiet spot. If you wander through Brachina, Parachilna gorges or Morallana scenic drive you'll find a good spot somewhere and probably depends on how early you are.
There is also good spots to camp at Warren gorge near Quorn or if you wish to go further north the creeks around Chambers gorge would probably be less crowded. I'm sure you'll find something to your liking.
Have a good trip

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Follow Up By: gottabjoaken - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 12:35

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 12:35
No camping allowed in Moralana Scenic Drive.

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Reply By: Member - Graham Watson (SA) - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 00:47

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 00:47
We have camped twice at Brachina East. S31°19.750' E138°35.011'.
Good bush camping. There are two camp areas at Brachina East. one for 2wd and one across the creek for 4wd. Both times we were there were school holidays (late September 2010 and July 2008) On neither occasion was it crowded.
See photos here and here. In both cases the two vehicles and tents/campers were the one party.
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