Flinders ranges, South Australia
There’s one big problem with the Flinders Ranges: there’s just too much to do in a weekend. Lucky, then, it’s only a short four/five-hour drive north of Adelaide and you’re transported into the land that time forgot.
The area is crisscrossed with excellent 4WD tracks (ranging from beginner level to more challenging) that take you to remote bushwalks, waterholes and amazing views. A group of station owners in the region also open their doors to 4WD-based tourers and this is a great way to experience both life on the land and score that private outback campsite.
For cyclists – MTB and tourers – the Flinders includes parts of the Mawson Trail, one of the country’s most famous cycle trails, and this means you definitely need to pack those bikes; being able to sample even a small section of this great trail is a must-do for any rider.
There’s more than 50km of singletrack in the Southern Flinders alone, plus – for those after more of a challenging weekend – there’s the epic 200km Flinders Ranges by Bike loop trail.
Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is another must-do in this region. The walking here is sublime, as is the wildlife spotting, with the mighty wedge-tailed eagle a favourite with visitors.