Flinders Ranges Free Camping

The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia and consist of a discontinuous series of ranges stretching for 430km from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna.

Cradock Hotel

Cradock Hotel was built in the early 1880's when farmers first opened up this country for cropping. Today it is a wonderful oasis where travellers can enjoy well serviced outback style meals with free camping adjacent to the hotel.
Free Overnight CampToiletsTent SiteHot ShowersLong RigGenerators AllowedCold DrinksCoffee & TeaPets WelcomePowerMealsTakeaway FoodAsk PermissionIceCaravansCamp TrailersPost Box
  • Camping Area
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Sit Down Meals
  • Alcohol Licence

Peterborough RV Park

Peterborough RV Park is A large flat rest area within walking distance of shops.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 72 hrsMobile Phone CoverageNo FiresBinCaravansLong RigCamp TrailersNo TentsPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area

Peterborough Rest Area

Peterborough Rest Area is a large shady overnight camp between the road and the railway line.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets Welcome
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Goyders Line Rest Area Melrose

Goyders Line Rest Area Melrose is a level gravel rest area with some shade and bins. There is a strong mobile phone signal here.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaShadeBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Ranges View Rest Area

Ranges View Rest Area is a good comfort stop on the Stuart Highway with plenty of parking space.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsShadePicnic TablesPets WelcomeDrinking WaterPhoto Opportunity
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Parachilna Gorge

Parachilna Gorge is strictly a bush camp with no facilities. The campsites start at the head of the Heyson Trail and continue along the gorge on the bank of Parachilna Creek as you head east.
Rough Road ConditionsFree Overnight CampShadeCaravansCamp TrailersTent SitePets WelcomeWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Camping Area

Orroroo Rest Area

Orroroo Rest Area is a large spacious rest area on the south-eastern side of the Flinders Ranges, 8km west of the town of Orroroo. There is good shade with multiple tracks and room for large rigs. There are no amenities here.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesCaravansLong RigTent SitePets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
The ranges consist of a series of folded and faulted sediments that were deposited in a large basin around 540 million years ago. The most notable formation of the Flinders Ranges is Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre of around 80sq km in area. This was once used as a sheep grazing area and formed a natural confinement to which there was only one entrance.

Wilpena Pound is part of the Flinders Ranges National Park and should be high on the list of must do places to visit. There is a well managed caravan and camping park here and lots of wildlife to observe, from large lazy kangaroos snoozing under a shady tree to the small and agile rock wallabies.

There is a walking trail that takes you into the Pound, where you can climb up to a lookout and observe the landscape from an elevated perspective. You can also visit the historical cottage that the settlers established in the 19th century, as their homestead in the Pound.

AT the northern end of the Flinders, adjacent to the Gammon Range is Arkaroola, a private sanctuary established by Reg Sprigg, a geologist and biologist who purchased a former sheep station to set up his conservation park. These days it is a bustling tourist destination where people travel to enjoy the outback, gaze through telescopes at the stars and experience camping in the wilderness. The resort is still run by the family of Reg Sprigg.

In the southern end of the Flinders is the township of Quorn, home of the Pichi Richi Railway, a historic steam rail system that is kept operating as a working museum. It runs from Port Augusta to Quorn during the tourist season, providing a unique day out for visitors to the area.