Step back in time and visit the many Aboriginal sites in the Flinders Ranges
The Flinders Ranges of South Australia are truly awe inspiring. That may be an overused word, but it is the only one worthy of them. In order to appreciate them fully, you have to step a little bit out of your comfort zone and take a hike away from the main road, but you don’t have to go far. As soon as you get away from the last signs of civilization (easy to do), you feel you are living in the aboriginal Dreamtime. Raw, jagged and yet hauntingly beautiful – this is the Flinders Ranges.
Both timeless and rich in history, exploring the Flinders Ranges is an experience like no other. While you will enjoy all the comforts and safety of home, the early explorers were not so lucky. You will see how harsh conditions were for the early settlers in the Appealinna Ruins and other historical sites in the region.. The Old Timers Mine and Museum in Coober Pedy gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse into what it would be like to be an opal miner and even a chance, if you’re lucky, to find a piece of opal yourself.
As fascinating as the 19th century attractions are, that is only the beginning of your trip back in time in the Flinders Ranges. Indigenous Australians have recognized the special significance of the region for many thousands of years. The local aborigines have recorded their lives and beliefs here for at least 5000 years in the hundreds of amazing rock art creations you can find throughout the ranges. Some of these are now easy to find and are now protected for future generations. Others you may stumble across on your own as you explore the Flinders.
As ancient as the aboriginal culture is in this region, the rocks will reveal evidence of far more ancient inhabitants. Take the 12 mile (20 km) Brachina Gorge Geological Trail and you will learn about its 130 million year history. Don’t worry, though: you don’t need to be a geologist to appreciate what you are seeing. You will come across signposts along the trail that will explain everything about geological history of this, one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges.
The Flinders Ranges is home to many species of Australian wildlife. Notable amongst these is the now protected Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby. Almost hunted to extinction for their skins, these shy animals are now thriving here in their natural habitat. These are joined on the ground by red and grey kangaroos and echidnas as well as many different reptile species. In the air, you see parrots, galahs and wedge-tailed eagles, just to name a few of the many bird species.
While you’re in the Flinders Ranges, you simply have to take in Wilpena Pound. In fact, there is so much to see and do in the Flinders, you would be making a big mistake if you limited your stay to just a few days. Don’t let the restrictions of time stop you from fully appreciating the timeless wonder of this amazing part of the world. For a truly amazing experience, combine a camping trip with an occasional stay in a comfortable eco lodge or other Flinders Ranges accommodation. This way, you can lose yourself in the landscape as well as enjoy it in luxury.
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