4WD Adventures in South Australia
Northern Region of South Australia
Within the northern areas of the state are South Australia's most well known 4WD tracks. The arid terrain and wide open spaces make these tracks very popular with enthusiasts. Comprehensive maps are recommended, and it is important to be prepared. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and take your own water and food supplies. Scroll down for brief descriptions of some of the areas worth exploring.
For detailed information on some the state's northern regions, please choose one of these feature stories:
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Flinders Ranges Region
One of Australia's most scenic and wonderfully diverse regions, the Flinders Ranges are a must for any 4WD enthusiast. The ranges stretch from Quorn in the south to about Leigh Creek in the north, including the amazing Wilpena Pound.
The Flinders Ranges National Park conserves the central section of these incredible ranges. The tracks throughout the park wind through some stunning rocky gorges and across shallow creeks. The crisp clear air, the vibrant colours and abundant wildlife will take your breath away.
There are excellent camping facilities at Wilpena Pound and a fantastic visitors centre. The remainder of the park has more remote and basic camping areas, but all are well maintained and provide clean facilities. Walking tracks criss cross the park, including the challenging climb to St Mary's Peak, one of the highest points along the rim of Wilpena Pound.
The 4WD traveller will find more challenging routes in the northern Flinders. The rugged Chambers Gorge region to the north-east is worth the drive. This area is more arid, but no less interesting. There is a camping area here. Many tourists overlook the southern region where you can find some quiet places to camp with wonderful scenery and wildlife. Spend some time in Warren Gorge, and Buckaringa Gorge in this southern region to appreciate the diverse geography of the Flinders Ranges.
Gammon Ranges National Park
The Gammon Ranges National Park covers a vast region of rugged wilderness. The arid gorges and mountains are remote and spectacular and 4WD tracks will take you through some wonderful outback country. Arkaroola-Mt Painter Sanctuary to the north has an interesting drive starting at Arkaroola and crossing to the west. This rugged track passes through some remote country, where the red rock formations are truly different.
Visit the information centre at the Balcanoona homestead for details and camping permits.
The Strzelecki Track and Innamincka Regional Reserve
Running from Lyndhurst, north of Leigh Creek, through Moomba and on to Innamincka, the majority of this track is relatively well travelled and well maintained. Detours at Montecolina Bore and Yaningurie Waterhole will add interest to the trip. If you have the time for a longer detour, go across the NSW border at Cameron's Corner and spend a day in Sturt National Park. There is a terrific camping area just inside the park at Fort Grey.
You will need a Desert Park Pass to camp and stay anywhere in the Innamincka Regional Reserve. There are numerous places to put up your tent along the banks of the oasis of the Cooper Creek. This gum-lined permanent water source is a fantastic place to relax for a few days. From here there are a number of walks to do, you can try your luck with the fishing line, or go for a swim. The wildlife is plentiful along the length of this creek and it is a bird watcher's paradise.
The rough track out to Coongie Lake is challenging. If there has been significant rain it will be closed so check before you head out. There is remote camping near the shores of the lake where the peace and tranquillity of this region will make you feel relaxed very quickly.
Please go to the Feature Story to read more about the Strzelecki Track, Innamincka and the Coongie Lakes Region
Oodnadatta Track - Birdsville Track - Simpson Desert
A recent trip across the Simpson via the Oodnadatta Track and the Birdsville Track is chronicled in a Feature Story. Find out more about this trip by going to the Feature Stories link or just click here: Simpson Desert Feature
Other Northern Tracks
For some serious adventure the Anne Beadell Highway starts near Coober Pedy and heads to the west beyond the border and into Western Australia. Making its way through the Great Victoria Desert this is a remote and desolate region. Permits are required to travel the Anne Beadell Highway.
Further details about these areas will be included at a later date.
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