The drive from Blinman to Parachilna leads you through one of the most scenic gorges in Outback South Australia. The change in scenery is dramatic. Once you leave the Flinders Ranges and arrive on the vast plains of the Australian Outback it seems you're in a different world. Get out of the car, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
Of course, if you drive in the opposite direction, you traverse the flat plains of the Outback first before you approach one of the most stunning mountain ranges in Australia. This is just a fantastic sight.
Coming from Blinman you are on an elevation of approximately 600 m, so the winding road goes down, and down and down. Parachilna creek has cut its way deep into the mountains, leaving a steep and rocky gorge.
On the way to the bottom of the gorge you pass by Angorichina tourist village. This is a good place to stay and explore the surroundings either by foot, or by mountain bike.
Conditions: The road is usually in good shape although very windy, narrow in parts & with a lot of crests. However, as it crosses the creek a few times in the gorge, these crossings can cause some troubles after rain. You would need a car with high ground clearance then as the water might leave stones & other debris on the road.
Please check the road before you cross a flowing creek. It is a good idea to ask in Blinman or Parachilna for road & weather conditions before you go. Always drive carefully & according to the conditions.
The town was originally surveyed close to the gorge in the foothills of the Flinders Ranges in 1863. It was moved to its present place when the Great Northern Railway was built about 10 km away from the settlement. The railway provided the supplies for the growing mining town Blinman.
The derelict railway station and the grand old pub, called Prairie hotel, and a few other buildings remained.
Today, Parachilna has a population of 7. The railway line opposite the pub is still in use. However, it isn't the Great Northern Railway anymore.
Trains passing by come from Leigh Creek in the north, and bring their huge loads of coal down to Port Augusta. These are "monster trains" of up to 3 km in length. It takes 5 minutes until the entire train has passed by.
If you don't want to do the planning for a journey to the Flinders Ranges yourself, you can also join a guided tour from Adelaide.
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Choose from a 3-day small group tour to the central Flinders Ranges including Rawnsley Park and Wilpena Pound, or
decide for this extended 5 days tour that takes even further north to Arkaroola.