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Four-day Flinders Ranges and Outback winter itinerary

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Head north this winter and discover how the desert blooms in the cold weather. Follow this itinerary on a journey of discovery through the southern towns of Laura and Beetaloo Valley, then a little north to Quorn and Hawker, before uncovering the natural wonders and deep history of Wilpena Pound and Parachilna.

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DAY ONE

Coffee and Breakfast | Over the Edge Melrose
Nothing matches better than bicycles and coffee. The flat whites at combined caf
é and bike shop Over the Edge are so good that even non-cycling enthusiasts will be blown away.

Activity | Alligator Gorge or Heysen Trail from Wirrabara to Beetaloo or Wirrabara Producers Market

Dinner | O’Reilly’s Orchard
David and Jackie O’Reilly invite small groups into their home and serve a three-course dinner cooked with produce they’ve grown themselves.

Accommodation | Beetaloo Grove
“It’s a real hidden gem,” says Beetaloo Valley local Kirstie Jamieson. “You’ll experience the valley as those of us who live here do – the wildlife, the beautiful silence, and incredible starry nights.”

Beetaloo Grove. Photo: Tyrone Ormsby

DAY TWO

Coffee and Lunch | Teas on the Terrace

Activity | Pichi Richi Railway
A dedicated group of volunteers restore vintage trains and take curious Adelaideans and those from further afield for regular journeys on the Pichi Richi Railway. While walking us through the highly-detailed restoration of the trains, all of which have some authentic original connection to the region, member services manager Chris McDonald draws attention to notes and signatures scratched into a wood panel by WWII soldiers in one carriage.

“We have to preserve this because otherwise children of the future won’t know,” he says.

Dinner | Emily’s Bistro
A hub of the Quorn community, Emily’s Bistro is a meeting place for locals and tourists alike. “Everyone you meet here is on an adventure,” says co-owner Sally Brown.

Accommodation | Great Northern Lodge
Newly-built rooms decorated with a restrained and minimal touch, this is the perfect city-style accommodation in the desert.

Pichi Richi Railways. Photo: Tyrone Ormsby

DAY THREE

Coffee and Breakfast | Flinders Food Co.
Serving Proud Mary coffee roasted in Melbourne and with a focus on fresh, local, and native ingredients in their breakfast and lunch menus, Flinders Food Co is a slice of big city life in the outback.

Activity | Arkaroo Rock Hike or Helivista Scenic Flight
Explore the history of the Flinders Ranges and Outback by hiking out to experience a piece of the Adnyamathanha culture, or by viewing the ancient forms of the Ranges from above.

Dinner | The Woolshed Restaurant
The star ingredient in this high-end restaurant is the locally-raised lamb.

Accommodation | Ikara Safari Camp Glamping Tents
These tents have more modern amenities than most homes; or

Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas
Featuring low-impact, highly energy-efficient straw-bale construction and retractable ceiling for comfortable and cosy night sky viewing.

Flinders Food Co. Photo: Tyrone Ormsby

DAY FOUR

Coffee and Lunch | The Miner’s Crib
In the up-and-coming town of Blinman, this caf
é is serving home-made cakes and coffee that help you start the day right.

Activity | Heritage Blinman Mine Tour or Nilpena Station Fossil Tour

Lunch | The North Blinman Hotel
A pub that operates in the finest friendly outback tradition, the lunches here are surprisingly delicious, especially the homemade pie specials.

Dinner and Accommodation | The Prairie Hotel
Known for its feral food menu and superbly-outfitted rammed-earth, hotel-style accommodation, The Praire Hotel is also a place that brings isolated travellers together for a friendly chat at the front bar.

Prairie Hotel. Photo: Tyrone Ormsby

Solstice Media has partnered with the South Australian Tourism Commission to tell South Australian’s the reason why they need to take their next holiday in their own state.

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