Caravan Adventure # 48 – Red Hill to the Red Centre – Days 19-25- Flinders Ranges and Whyalla

Posted: 04 July 2016 in Australia - travel

Nothing can prepare you for the magnitude and magnificence of the Flinders Ranges – the place would have to be the most undersold Australian iconic destination – are you getting the impression we were gobsmacked by the beauty of the Ranges ?  It is certainly no wonder that Hans Heysen devoted so much time painting various aspects of the area. The mountain and gorges are only just accessible and a 4WD is certainly recommended to see the gorges, as to drive through them means driving up rocky creek beds albeit made easier as many vehicles have formed a easily followed “road”.

When approaching it is tempting to take a photo every kilometer so I will just give a few of my favorites so you can see what we are raving about.

Wilpena Pound - View of Outside peaks 02 - 30 June 2016

and just one more of Tony on our walk up and over the Tanderra Saddle from one side of the Ranges into Wilpena Pound – that’s the inside of the Pound behind him.

Wilpena - Tony on descent from St Mary Peak crop  - 28 June 2016

There are many Aboriginal rock art sites in the Flinders ranges but the pick for me would have to be Sacred Canyon. Getting there on foot also involves following a creek bed around many bends to a small amphitheatre.  The art is on a flat surface that looks like a school whiteboard next to a series of small water basins that feed down to the creek.  One can imagine young men being brought here at night to receive instruction on their upcoming initiation ceremony.

Sacred Canyon - Rock Art and creek 01 - 30 June 2016

We drove through Blinman, a remote South Austrailan town, and walked their 7km town history track on the way to probably the most photographed and painted gorges in the Ranges.  You probably will not recognize the names of the gorges but they will be familiar from the famous Heysen paintings and from travel brochures. Yes they are remote and take some getting to but the visual reward is priceless.

Parachilna Gorge 02 - 30 June 2016

Parachilna Gorge above.

Flinders Ranges - DMax in Brachina Gorge 01 crop - 30 June 2016

Driving through Brachina Gorge – and yes that is the main road.

and last but not least the road to Bunyeroo Gorge, probably the most recognizable photo of the Flinders Ranges.

Flinders Ranges - Razorback Lookout 01 - 30 June 2016

Oh and just one more – truly if you have never visited the Flinders Ranges I beg you to do so before you depart this world.

Flinders Ranges - View heading into Bunyeroo Gorge 05 - 30 June 2016

The Flinders Ranges is a visual delight so I will post a second post about Whyalla, where we were on Election Night 2016 – more words less of a slide show.




  1. Karen Hutchinson says:

    WWOOOOWWWW!! Am blown away with the incredible beauty you’ve captured……thank you!! Kaz xo

  2. Thanks for sharing. Flinders Ranges has been on our wish list for a long time a very long time. Too long.