Autumn in the Flinders Ranges

23 Mar 2021

Autumn is a popular time to travel in the Flinders Ranges, the temperature is pleasant with an average top of 25 degrees and an average low of 11 degrees. 

This year there are two weeks of school holidays, two long weekends and Easter during Autumn, which opens up plenty of opportunities to travel. With attractions such as the Wilpena Pound Walking Trails and our very own Woolshed Restaurant opening back up after summer closures, the Flinders Ranges is ready to welcome you. 

Here’s our guide to exploring the Flinders Ranges during Autumn:


Book early:

Booking early and having a plan is essential for accommodation. As mentioned, it is a peak travel time in our tourism calendar, and therefore our accommodation can book quickly, particularly self-contained cabins/homesteads and even campsites in some cases. With Australians keen to explore the Flinders Ranges, ensure you have a plan and have booked in before you arrive. If you’re having trouble finidng a place to stay, give us a call. It is also advised to check on what’s open with the COVID restrictions still in place for South Australia.


Take advantage of the mild weather and embark on a hike:

Hiking up Rawnsley Bluff can be a challenge but it is worth it for the views once you reach the top. You can truly appreciate the beauty of this ancient and rugged landscape. Lone Pine Point Lookout provides views of the Elder Range, and Wilpena Pound Lookouts provides a unique view inside of Wilpena Pound and also of the Chace Range. There are several other walks on the property if you’re looking for something less challenging, why not try the Ferntree Falls, Clem Corner or Pines Cove for some moderate options. 


Enjoy a scenic drive:

Take a route right through the middle of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park along the Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorge Scenic Drive, up past Parachilna and back through Blinman. At Blinman you can grab a bite to eat at the Blinman Hotel before touring the Heritage Blinman Mine site with a knowledgeable local guide. Before you arrive back at Rawnsley Park, stop in at Stokes Hill Lookout for incredible views of Wilpena Pound, particularly at sunset.


Fly over the Flinders:

Ever seen the Flinders Ranges from the sky? Autumn is a great time of year to jump on one of our scenic flights. Take a helicopter experience with 10 minute to 30-minute flights, with sunrise cooked breakfast and sunset drinks and canape experiences on offer. If you’re looking to venture further, scenic flights around Ikara-Flinders National Park vary from 30 minutes to an hour in duration or make a day of it with our full-day offerings. 


If you’re reading this and don’t want to miss out, you know what to do! Give us a call or jump online to arrange your next stay at Rawnsley Park Station in the Flinders Ranges.