Picturesque Blinman is the only survivor of numerous copper towns in the Flinders Ranges. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside. From whichever direction you come here, it is a magnificient drive.
Bushwalking, four-wheel-driving tours, exploring the old copper mine and historic buildings - there is much to do to keep you busy for a day, or two.
Scenic drives through Glass Gorge and to Parachilna via Parachilna Gorge are very worthwhile and a great experience.
Copper was discovered in 1859 by shepherd Robert Blinman, and three years later mining began. Drought and low copper prices closed the mine a few times. The final closure was in 1910.
At its peak the town had a population between 1500 and 2000, which declined everytime the mine closed.
A Police station and school were built in the early days, both operated until 1970.
Today, only 22 people live in South Australia's highest town (alt. 615 m). Blinman is a good base to explore the gorges and the beautiful scenery in the northern Flinders Ranges.
Historic buildings and the old mine area are the main attractions in town, and most of them are lined along the wide main road.
All routes to Blinman can be called a scenic route. The Flinders Ranges offer beautiful scenery anywhere.
Coming from the south you have a sealed road all along the way from Hawker via Wilpena.
Access from the west is along the stunning Parachilna Gorge. In dry weather there are no problems with a conventional car.
Another option is a drive along Glass Gorge when you drive from / to Parachilna.
The same is valid for the Arkaroola to Wirrealpa road. These roads are in fairly good condition when the weather is dry.
To be on the safe side check out the road restriction report for South Australia Ph: 1300 361 033 before you go.
Have a safe trip and enjoy South Australia's highest town.