The Flinders Ranges has been home to the Adnyamathanha people for tens of thousands of years. There are 15 National or Conservation Parks across the vast outback area, some of which formerly operated as sheep stations after white invasion.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park alone covers 95,000 hectares of semi-arid land, and includes the geologically and visually stunning Wilpena Pound, which SA Parks service calls “a lost world located inside a giant stone crater,” and the Adnyamathanha say is formed by two glutton lizards.
Some mining towns and pastoral stations are now geared to tourism. Others struggle on, or have been abandoned.
A wealth of camping, hiking and wildlife opportunities can be found, arguably some of the best outback experiences accessible by 2WD.