Take in the sweeping views at Rawnsley Park Station in the Flinders Ranges.
Quirky antique store St Just (stjustcafe.com) in Burra also serves up breakfast staples and homemade lunches, while the Austral Inn Hotel (australinn.info) in Quorn offers camel, roo, rabbit and goat dusted in bush spices. If you’re in the mood for curry, head to Port Augusta’s Standpipe (standpipe.com.au), where the thali plates let you try a little bit of everything.
See the Clare Valley on foot or bike along the Riesling Trail (clarevalley.com.au). Further north, vines give way to dusty red hills – make a stop at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden (aalbg.org) near Port Augusta to see, smell and get up close to hardy native plants. Then it’s all aboard the Pichi Richi Railway (pichirichirailway.org.au) for a steam-powered ride through the southern Flinders Ranges.
If you’re planning a visit to Mount Remarkable, rest up at Melrose’s North Star Hotel (northstarhotel.com.au) or, for the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, head to Rawnsley Park Station (rawnsleypark.com.au). Its accommodation ranges from a caravan park to luxury lodges, plus it offers a range of activities to keep you busy: take your pick from tours, scenic flights and even a spectacular heli-camping experience.