The Flinders Ranges are an ancient mountain range, once higher than the Himalayas ! The colours of the landscape are remarkable: as the day passes, the mountains change from soft green mornings to midday brown and ochre red sunsets. Before the Europeans arrived, the Flinders were well known by the Adnyamathanha people for their medicinal and ritual uses. Sacred caves, rock paintings and carvings exist throughout the ranges. It’s beautiful to drive around, do bushwalks (if it’s not too hot) and admire the amazing wildlife: wedge tailed eagles, kangaroos, wallabies, emus and lizards. The Wilpena Pound is the major attraction, which we will visit tomorrow. Today we do a 4WD drive through the Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge and Geological Trail, all on dirt road, and make a loop back via Stokes Hill, back to Rawnsley Park, 110 km in total. It’s so beautiful, and there are hardly any other cars or people. I bet the majority of South Australian residents has never been to Flinders Ranges. They have to, it’s maybe one of the most stunning parts of the state.
The only residents we see early this morning
Drive through Bunyeroo Valley
The famous Heysen Trail is a 1,200 km (!) walking trail from Cape Jervis in the south of South Australia to Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges. Only for the very experienced !
Along the trail you find huts like these, where bushwalkers can stay overnight, have a wash, and barbecue their dinner. And surprisingly, it’s so crisp and clean. No rubbish, no grafitti, no poo. Every visitor cleans up. This is only possible in Australia !
For if you still don’t know (…)
Bunyeroo Valley, with the mountain ridge of Wilpena Pound in the distance
Although temperatures in January can easily reach the 40s, it’s remarkable cool these days. It’s just 20C around 10h00 in the morning, therefore you still see us wearing jumpers. It is so quiet here, if you don’t talk you can hear each other breathing from far. Amazing !
Despite lots of rain they had in the past few months, Bunyeroo Gorge is still dry
You come across ‘sliced rocks’ in colours from pale yellow to ochre red where you can almost dig into the history of this mountain range
And old it is ! Sign along the Geological Trail
In the middle of nowhere: Emma Smith’s grave, a 2-year old girl who died here in the early 1860s during the transportation of copper
Video of our adventures in the Flinders Ranges