Guide to Visiting the Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park in South Australia

The Flinders Ranges is South Australia’s most iconic destination and the highest mountain range in Australia. The area has a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years and rugged cliffs and peaceful tree-lined canyons.

The 95,000-hectare Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park is located 400km north of Adelaide, South Australia. These ancient mountains were formed 800 million years ago. They have been home to Adnyamathanha for hundreds of years. The park is a hub for outdoor activities, and park visitors come from worldwide.

Flinders Ranges National park has endless mountain landscapes rich in native wildlife and remarkable geological features. It is a popular spot for hiking, mountain biking, camping and photography.

We spent a week in the Flinders Ranges and wanted to share our highlights with you. Everything you need about the park and the incredible things you can do in Flinders ranges.

Flinders Ranges National Park: Essential Travel Information

Which is the best time to visit Flinders Ranges

The cooler months of April to October are the best time to visit Flinders Ranges. It is a pleasant place to go bushwalking because of the mild temperatures. The summer months can be hot in this area of South Australia, with temperatures reaching above 40 degrees Celsius. Many longer walks are closed between December and February or have restricted hours.

How to get to the Flinders Ranges

There are two main routes to the Flinders Ranges, located 500km north of Adelaide. You can fly to Port Augusta from anywhere globally, including Orroroo and Port Augusta. It’s only a 2-hour drive from Wilpena to the park entrance.

Park Fees and Other Costs

Vehicle entry fees are $9 per car or a valid concession. Camping fees can be added to your vehicle entry fee.

Multi-park passes are great for those who plan to travel to South Australia and visit other national parks like Coffin Bay and Lincoln National Park. Multi-park can be purchased for $44 or $99 for two months.

Are You a Pass Required for Flinders Ranges?

Yes, you will need a parking card to access the national park. You only have to pay the $11 fee for your day pass if camping. You can buy your entry pass.

Are You a Flinders Ranges resident?

You don’t need a 4WD for Flinders Ranges National Park. A 2WD is sufficient to access most of the spectacular tourist attractions in the park. A 4WD vehicle will let you explore the park even during the rainy season.

Accommodations in the Flinders Ranges National Park

Flinders Ranges National Park offers 10 Park campgrounds and one privately-owned campground at Wilpena Pound Resort. A few national park sites are scattered around the park, with limited facilities such as fire pits and drop toilets. Wilpena Pound Resort has a variety of accommodations, including showers and laundry facilities.

Wilpena Pound Resort

Wilpena Pound Resort is located in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. It offers a rustic escape from the harsh outback. The resort is located near Wilpena Pound, a large amphitheatre that the local Aboriginal people call Ikara. Wilpena Pound Resort has 60 rooms and 15 glamping safari tents. There are also over 300 campsites.

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