WEEKEND ROADTRIP: FLINDERS RANGES/PICHI RICHI RAILWAY
Our weekend roadtrip to Flinders Ranges summed up in a 7 minute video. During this two day trip we have stopped by:Canola Fields in Clare Valley, Lake Bumbunga (not in picture)Port Augusta – Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout, Quorn – where we stayed overnight. Experienced Quorn Silo Lights Show, Quorn Pichi Richi Railway (booked in advance) and went to Scenic Points: Arkaba Hill Lookout, Station Hill Lookout in Rawnsley Park Station, Wilpena Pound Resort, Giant Gum Tree – Orroroo SA, Magnetic Hill – Orroroo SA.
Here’s our itinerary if you would like to explore the same route.
5.00 am Depart from Adelaide to Lake Bumbunga (via picturesque Clare Valley)
6.30 am Stop by Canola Fields along Horrocks Hwy on the way to Clare Valley
7.30 am Stop for breakfast at Jitter Bean Oasis/Lake Bumbunga (Pink Lake)
8.00 am Drive to Port Augusta (approximately 2 hours)
10.00 am Approximate arrival Port Augusta
Sightseeing: Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout (note: when navigating to this place use map to Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden). They are nearby each other.
Sightseeing: Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden Visitor Centre
11.30 am Drive to Quorn (check-in accommodation Great Northern Lodge) – Settle luggage and have lunch
13.00 pm Drive to Wilpena Pound Resort. Along the way stops:
- Arkaba Woolshed/Arkaba Hill Lookout
- Elder Range Lookout
- Rawnsley Park Station
- Station Hill Lookout,
- Wilpena Pound Resort (stop by for Fuel and last minute Groceries)
17.00 pm Drive back to Quorn to catch the Silo Light Show at 18.30 pm
18.30 pm Watch Silo Light Show just across Great Northern Lodge
Dinner and Sleep
8.30 am Breakfast at Great Northern Lodge
9.45 am We should all be in Quorn Training Station
10.30 am Catch Pichi Richi Explorer (pre booked prior to scheduled date visit www.pichirichirailway.org.au to find timetable of train)
1.30 pm Back to Quorn from Pichi Richi Train. Have lunch
2.00 pm Drive back to Adelaide and stopping along the way to Giant Gum Tree and Magnetic Hill
3.00 pm Arrive Giant Red Gum Tree, Orroroo SA 5431. Toilet break in Town centre
3.45 pm Arrive Magnetic Hill, test the illusion of rolling uphill?
4.00 pm Drive to Adelaide via the picturesque R.M Williams Way (B80)
7.00 pm Back in Adelaide
Enjoy and take lots of pictures!