Flinders Ranges and Outback - Getting Here and Around

The wide open road

Travelling in the Flinders Ranges and South Australian outback is an unforgettable experience. Ancient landscapes and humming wheels, it’s a holiday like no other.

Driving through Bunyeroo Valley, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Driving is the best way but not the only way to see the Flinders Ranges and outback. Planes, trains and coaches can take you to this vast and spectacular part of Australia. Travel by yourself or let a tour operator plan an experience especially for you.

A road well travelled

Highway 1 (A1) to Port Augusta is an easy 300 kilometre/186 mile drive. The gateway to the Flinders Ranges is Melrose, 275 kilometres (170 miles) from Adelaide. Drive there via Crystal Brook and Laura (A1 and B82) or for some lovely views, via Gawler and the Clare Valley (A20 and A32).

Four wheel driving (4WD)

You don’t need a 4WD to see the Flinders Ranges but thoroughly check your route before you leave. Hire a 4WD in Adelaide, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy and Alice Springs.


Ride the legendary Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin. Break the 47 hour, 2979 kilometres (1851 miles) journey at Port Augusta, where the Flinders Ranges meet the sea. Stop over at the famous opal mining town of Coober Pedy.

Daily flights

There are daily flights from Adelaide to Port Augusta and six-flights per week to Coober Pedy, every day except Saturday.

Charter a scenic flight over the awesome Lake Eyre basin. It covers one-sixth of Australia, this ancient seabed is an incredible sight after heavy rainfall.


Greyhound Australia and Premier Stateliner operate daily coach services into the Flinders Ranges and outback regions.

Join a tour

Take a journey of the outback. Marvel at Aboriginal cave paintings, sleep under the stars and enjoy a tale around the camp fire. Visit areas rich in Aboriginal history. Tours by Heading Bush can guide you through the South Australian outback.

A cyclist’s dream

The “Flinders Ranges By Bike” uses parts of the spectacular 800-kilometre Mawson Trail. Stretching from southern South Australia to the Flinders Ranges, hike the Mawson Trail from Wilpena Pound to Blinman.

The Flinders Ranges and outback, breathtaking however you see it.

Useful links

Here are some useful links for your visit to the Flinders Ranges and outback.

What's on

There are plenty of events on in the Flinders Ranges. Here are some ideas you might like.

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