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Flinders Ranges & Outback is a frontier of far horizons and harsh beauty. In the Flinders, long-abandoned mines, Aboriginal rock art, wildflowers and waterholes teeming with birdlife reward every curious, keen-eyed traveller.
Further north, you're confronted by the survival challenges of the true desert. And who could resist the chance to 'noodle' for opals in Coober Pedy? Camp under the stars at one of the region's many well equipped camp-sites and caravan parks, then return to the comforts of civilisation at a heritage cottage, wilderness resort, underground hotel or updated outback pub.
Gauge the scale of this country by taking a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre that's part of the 100,000-hectare Flinders Ranges National Park. On the ground, there's a network of bushwalking tracks for all fitness levels. For a different sort of overview, check out Port Augusta's Wadlata Outback Centre, or board a Pichi Richi steam train from Quorn to Woolshed Flat and return (April through November).
While you don't need a 4WD vehicle to tour the region, the recent surge of interest in off-road driving has seen station owners between Wilmington and Arkaroola open up new tracts of land. Full and half day 4WD tag-along tours are widely available.