Flinders Ranges for Kids

The world famous Flinders Ranges just has to be on everyone’s bucket list. We did the driving, spoke to locals, drove the tracks, spotted all the wildlife, broke up all the back seat kid fights to bring you what we think is the best of the best of the Flinders.

The Flinders region is massive. It is so daunting to look at it and wonder where to even start. I have broken it up into southern, middle and northern, because the drive from the southern flinders to the north can be several hours!

We stayed 3 nights. One night each in the south, north and middle. We found this worked really well and allowed us to see as much of the entire region as possible, with travel between accomodation doubling as exploring time!

 

Kids in Adelaide acknowledges the Andyamathanha people, the Traditional Owners of Country throughout the Flinders Ranges and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.


Wilpena Pound Resort

This really is the jewel in the Flinders crown. An incredible resort nestled amongst the trees in the heart of Wilpena Pound. The resort will absolutely live up to its name with all the creature comforts of home, combined with incredible cultural experiences and breathtaking scenery. ** SPECIAL OFFER ** KIDS EAT FREE THIS SUMMER! As part of this great offer, any children up to 12 years can eat free in our restaurant or bistro, when dining with...

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Prairie Hotel, Parachilna

Located about 2.5hrs from Bendleby and right in time for lunch as we headed north we stopped into Parachilna and the famous Prairie Hotel. Famous for their ‘feral’ menu including emu, kangaroo and camel, we tried the feral antipasto and feral mixed grill and everyone, including the kids, loved it! Well it was a sliding scale from loved it, down to ‘didn’t know what he was eating but ate it anyway’. An absolute gourmet experience. They offer a...

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Bendleby Ranges

Located at the southern end of the Flinders, this stunning location is one that definitely needs a return visit to fully explore. As a bonafide city slicker, Bendleby is everything that you want it to be when you book your Flinders adventure. The views are simply stunning, the kind that you put on the computer screen saver and wish you could go back. We were met by the friendly Kylie, who showed us the very handy office building which doubles...

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Cradock Hotel

As we reached the southern Flinders area just near Hawker, we stopped in for lunch at the Cradock Hotel. As a parent who has eaten at hundreds of pubs and restaurants with kids, I will comfortably say this was the best I have ever been too. The nature style playground was amazing, let alone a playground at a pub! Dickie, who has owned the pub for about 3 years, built a lot of it himself and with materials sourced locally from his own property....

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Leigh Creek Outback Resort

This trip for me really awakened a love of exploring. Not Lleyland Brothers, ‘travel the countryside and sleep on the floor’ style exploring, but visiting places I had heard a little about and was keen to explore further. Leigh Creek fit this bill for me. Apart from knowing it as a mining town, I knew very little else. The first thing you notice about Leigh Creek is how big it is! It kind of just pops up in the middle of nowhere, after seeing...

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Flinders with the Family

The world famous Flinders Ranges just has to be on everyone’s bucket list. We did the driving, spoke to locals, drove the tracks, spotted all the wildlife, broke up all the back seat kid fights to bring you what we think is the best of the best of the Flinders. The Flinders region is massive. It is so daunting to look at it and wonder where to even start. I have broken it up into southern, middle and northern, because the drive from the...

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