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Looking for accommodation in the Flinders Ranges?  You’re in the right place with this Flinders Ranges accommodation guide. The remote South Australian outback offers a sustainable and meaningful travel experience with an irresistible knockabout charm.

Wilpena Pound Resort

Owned and operated by the local Adnyamathanha people, Wilpena Pound Resort has a small IGA Supermarket on site plus a restaurant, and offers a choice of accommodation. The Ikara Safari Tents include all the luxe mod cons like a king bed or two single beds, air-conditioning, and air conditioning. Resort rooms come with queen size beds, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities, and there’s a campground with a choice of powered and unpowered sites. Staying at this resort means you’re perfectly placed for early morning explorations of Wilpena Pound.

Ikara Safari Camp
Ikara Safari Camp at Wilpena Pound Resort

Rawnsley Park Station

Rawnsley Park Station accommodation ranges from self-contained one and two-bedroom cabins to luxury eco villas, a large homestead that’s perfect for families and a campground. There’s also a restaurant that dishes up impressive meals for a reasonable price. Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth dropping in for dinner after you’ve watched the sunset from one of the hills near the station. The view from here is fantastic and the station is only a minute or two away by car. Rawnsley Park Station is a 25 minute drive from Wilpena Pound.

Self contained cabins at Rawnsley Park Station

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

If you want to experience the ‘real’ South Australian outback, this is the place to come. After a bouncy three-hour journey along dirt roads with mobs of emus racing alongside your 4WD, the low-set accommodation buildings at Arkaroola appear ahead of you like a welcome mirage. There are campsites, self-contained cottages and three different types of lodge rooms to choose from, depending on your budget. However, you’re unlikely to spend much time in your room as there’s so much to see and do at this privately owned wilderness sanctuary which covers more than 600 sqm. There’s also a (very) small shop, a rustic bar and a restaurant serving terrific meals.

Wallabies at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Meet the locals at Arkaroola Wilderness Sancturary

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The Prairie Outback Lodge

This classic outback stone hotel sits on the edge of the Flinders Ranges and offers a mix of old-world outback hospitality mixed with luxury. The accommodation at this lodge houses 12 elegantly styled ‘country chic’ rooms with a private lounge, courtyard and stunning views out to the ranges. Facilities here include an in-house brewery, restaurant and art gallery that curates a mix of contemporary and First Nations art.

Prairie Hotel
Prairie Hotel


The jewel in the crown of the Flinders Rangers is Arkaba, a luxury lodge that features stunning accommodation with views and amenities that take your breath away. Arkaba is an all-inclusive eco-retreat limited to ten guests who stay in the restored five-room 1850s Arkaba Homestead. Taking in an area of 63,000 acres this privately-owned and carefully protected wildlife conservancy is a once-in-a-lifetime stay that will leave and lasting memory and many a dining conversation story to tell. Your credit card might whimper a bit at the cost, but when you’re taking in the sunsets, abundant wildlife and incredible vistas on fully guided walks, you might think it’s a bargain.

Arkaba Luxury Lodge
Arkaba Luxury Lodge

Flinders Ranges Caravan Parks

There are multiple options for camping around the Flinders Ranges with a range of campsites, including Carrieton Caravan Park, Hawker Caravan Park, Quorn Caravan Park, Rawnsley Park Station and Wilpena Pound Campground. Your choice comes down to the facilities at each site and also their location, with some caravan parks closer to Flinders Ranges National Park than others.

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Trevor Templeman is a photographer and writer who travels the world capturing the essence of locations through their landscape, architecture and people. His words and photographs are published in magazines, newspapers and online around the world.