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Flinders Ranges are the most popular walking destination in
South Australia, offering a variety of options and experiences in several
different national parks. Only three hours from
Adelaide, in the southern
Flinders, is Mount Remarkable National Park. Here, the camping area at Mambray
Creek is the starting point for several good day walks as well as multi-day
excursions. The central
Flinders Ranges located four and a half hours from
Adelaide and mostly encompassed by
Flinders Ranges National Park, feature some
of the state’s most spectacular scenery, which is best appreciated on foot. The
most prominent feature is Wilpena Pound, an immense natural amphitheatre ringed
by peaks and crisscrossed by marked trails of varying lengths and difficulties.
One of the most strenuous hikes here is to the summit of St Marys Peak. Other,
gentler walks explore woodlands, gorges and rock art.
Both Mount Remarkable National Park and
Flinders Ranges National Park are
traversed by the 930-mile Heysen Trail, which begins at Cape Jervis south of
Adelaide and winds up in Parachilna Gorge, just north of Wilpena Pound. Nearer
Adelaide, the trail runs along the Mount Lofty Ranges and through the
picturesque Barossa Valley.
Experienced hikers seeking a challenge should investigate off-track walking in
the Gammon Ranges, at the northern end of the Flinders. This is a serious
undertaking as water supplies can be unpredictable and the area’s maze of
valleys and gorges can make navigation difficult.
At the opposite end of the scale of difficulty, and the state, are the walking
tracks in Flinders Chase National park on Kangaroo Island. Here, where the
climate is far more temperate, gentle marked trails pass through tall eucalypt
forest and take in dramatic coastal scenery.