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Australia Travel > South Australia > Adventures > Bushwalking


The 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.

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