From weathered peaks to rocky gorges, get lost in the magic of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

Taking the top spot for the largest mountain range in South Australia, the Flinders Ranges were naturally created over 800 million years ago and have been home to the traditional owners, the Adnyamathanha people, for tens of thousands of years. Explore stunning valleys, gorges, and creeks while uncovering stories of these ancient landscapes on a hiking adventure. Get up close to the region's unique wildlife and unusual Outback flora in Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Or meet an Adnyamathanha guide to learn about their culture, history and connection to the land at a family-run cultural centre.

Our Flinders Ranges tours

10 Days From 2322

Explore the South Australian outback on a 10-day small group tour which includes Coober...

7 Days From 1459

Get a taste of South Australia’s Flinders Ranges on a 7-day adventure, including...

7 Days From 2475

Set off on a six-day adventure through the Flinders Ranges, joining a local leader and...

Tailor-Made trips

Take four or more on an exclusive trip and tailor your itinerary

Highlights of the Flinders Ranges

Traveller standing at the top of Mt. Ohlssen Bagge.

Climb Mt. Ohlssen Bagge

If you’re looking for a challenge or want to tackle one of the park's most famous trails, look no further than Mt. Ohlssen Bagge. This 6km trail takes you up steep, rocky terrain and is bound to make you break a sweat, but you'll be treated to breathtaking scenery every step of the way. The view from the top is well worth the challenge with clear views of Ikara (Wilpena Pound).

View from Dutchmans Stern in the Flinders Ranges.

Hike the Dutchman's Stern

Embark on a scenic hike from Dutchman's Stern, weaving through a sugar gum forest that gives way to incredible views of the Spencer Gulf and surrounding ranges and plains. On the way back down, keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos and other native wildlife as you pass through shaded she-oak woodlands.

Aboriginal rock engravings in Sacred Canyon.

Visit Sacred Canyon

Sacred Canyon is a culturally significant site for the Adnyamathanha people. Connect with Country and immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture as you listen to the stories shared by your Adnyamathanha guide. Learn about ancient rock engravings on the smooth sandstone walls, discover bush tucker and see how native plants are used to create bush medicines.

A jeep tour in Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, South Australia

Discover Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Explore Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, a protected wildlife reserve, on a four-wheel drive tour. Boasting extraordinary Outback landscapes, Arkaroola is not only full of breathtaking peaks, valleys, gorges, and creeks, but it’s also home to abundant native flora and wildlife. From spidery wattle trees to the red-barred dragon, there’s so much to uncover here.

Flinders Ranges tour reviews

Flinders Ranges FAQs

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 proof of vaccination policy

Our Flinders Ranges trips start in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. There are daily flights into Adelaide from most major cities in Australia.

From Adelaide, the only way to get to the Flinders Ranges is to drive (if you're not joining us on a small group adventure, that is). The park is remote, and you'll struggle to get there without a car. The drive from Adelaide takes about 5.5 hours.

A four-wheel drive is recommended, as many roads in the park are steep, unpaved and uneven.

Learn more about getting to the Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges sits in a semi-arid climate zone with seasonal weather variation. Summers are hot with temperatures as high as 40°C in January and February, while winters are mild. Although rainfall is sporadic, there's a higher chance of rain in winter and autumn. Ground frost is common on winter mornings, and it has been known to snow at Wilpena Pound and Blinman, although it's extremely rare.

The best time to visit the Flinders Ranges is from May to October when the weather is warm (but not too hot), dry and sunny. There is a chance of experiencing some rain during these months, but it's unlikely to disrupt your trip. The summer can be oppressively hot, and the high temperatures can make hiking and spending long periods outdoors unsafe.

What to pack largely depends on what time of the year you're travelling and the activities you'll be doing. During the warmer months, bring shorts/leggings, t-shirts and a loose shirt to cover your shoulders in direct sunlight. You'll also need a hat and sunglasses. During the winter months, make sure you bring warmer layers, including a down jacket and a beanie for those chilly winter mornings.

If you plan on hiking, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, a day bag and a reusable water bottle.

The phone service is fairly good in the Flinders Ranges, especially at your accommodation. However, as in any national park, phone service will be patchy in places and may even drop out. Visitor centres in the park have wi-fi, but prepare to disconnect if you're camping or going on long hikes.

The traditional custodians of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges are the Adnyamathanha people. They have lived on these lands for tens of thousands of years and have a deep connection to Country. As you explore the national park, you'll see ancient rock paintings and carvings that tell the creation stories of the landscape and the history of its people. The Ikara-Flinders National Park is now co-managed by the Adnyamathanha people and representatives from the Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources.

Read more about the traditional owners of the Flinders Ranges

Your safety is our number one priority, so we don't cut corners. Ever. All our leaders are adequately qualified, experienced and insured, and we only hike on well-settled trails. If the local authorities tell us it’s not advisable to walk specific trails, then we won’t. If the weather isn't looking good, we'll change our plans. If the trail is too busy, we'll turn around and hike elsewhere. It's as simple as that.

The Flinders Ranges features plenty of walking trails over varied terrain, so these trips are best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Our walking trips in the Flinders Ranges have a high physical rating so training in the lead-up to your trip is recommended. Before joining the trip, ensure you have the appropriate footwear and, if you feel like you'll need them, a set of walking poles. 

All of our walking trips in the Flinders ranges are point-to-point style, meaning you'll start and end in different locations. You'll walk between two and 15 kilometres per day.

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Learn more about Accessible Travel with Intrepid

Read more about South Australia