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ORROROO TO ARKAROOLA VIA LEIGH CREEK

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496.36 Km

You can just head straight for the Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound, and have a quick getaway there like many people do, but there's plenty of reward for a more leisurely migration through the region, that takes in some of the southerly towns and continues on into the even harsher land in the north. After all, the Flinders Ranges themselves extend a fair way either side of the National Park! A true tour starts down south in one of the towns that way, say Orroroo. There's some cool corrugated sculptures of horses in the main drag, a heritage cottage and a lookout surveying the town from the height of one of the early outcrops of the ranges. Other towns you can start at, or dip into, include Wilmington, which features a rainbow of old Land Rovers out the front of a museum, or Melrose, with an authentic old brewery (Jacka Brothers) and the annual Fat Tyre Festival for cycling enthusiasts. Continuing onward and upward towards Leigh Creek, you'll soon come onto the Outback Highway, which runs through Parachilna and grants you access to the national park to the east. A few must-check-out places include Razorback Lookout, the drives through Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorge (a geologist's delight), Pugilist Lookout, Parachilna Gorge, the Cazneaux Tree, the pub at Parachilna, the ruins of Kanyaka Homestead, and of course, the unavoidable Wilpena Pound. Winter really is the best time to be at this last place, because pulling up your camper and setting up in one of the many spaced-out sites at the resort here will put you in perfect position for a few days of bushwalking. The walk to St Marys Peak, or just shy of it, starts on the outside here and continues on, to deposit you over the rim of the soapbowl and down into the Pound below. It's a dry place, but even in the rain (and especially in the thunder), the atmosphere is electric. There's a few tracks that could test your 4WD in the Flinders, but only really if you seek them out. Higher up though, in the Gammon Ranges and in Arkaroola (which is known for its 4WDing), having a capable 4WD, and planning to leave your camper behind when you take on the tracks, will enable you to properly experience these rugged roads. A day drive out to Lake Frome or to one of the waterholes in Gammon Ranges, and a stay at the friendly station, round out this trip.
Step by step
Orroroo
Distance to next destination: 51.62 Km
Head northwest
Turn left onto Fourth Street (B80)
Turn right onto Second Street (B56)
Turn right onto Horrocks Highway (B56)
Turn right onto Dignan Street
You have arrived at your 1st destination, on the right
Wilmington
Distance to next destination: 23.93 Km
Head northeast on Dignan Street
Turn right onto Beauval Street
Turn right onto Tuckwell Street
Turn left onto Horrocks Highway (B56)
Turn left onto Jacka Street
Turn right onto Spratt Street
You have arrived at your 2nd destination, on the right
Melrose
Distance to next destination: 219.02 Km
Head southwest on Spratt Street
Turn right onto Nott Street (B82)
Turn right onto Stuart Street (B82)
Turn right onto Horrocks Highway (B82)
Turn right towards Hawker
Turn left onto High Street
Turn right onto West Terrace
Turn right onto North Terrace
You have arrived at your 3rd destination
Parachilna
Distance to next destination: 66.73 Km
Head west on North Terrace
Turn left onto West Terrace
Turn left onto High Street
Turn left onto The Outback Highway (B83)
Turn left onto Black Oak Drive
Turn left to stay on Black Oak Drive
You have arrived at your 4th destination, on the right
Leigh Creek
Distance to next destination: 135.06 Km
Head southwest on Black Oak Drive
Turn right
Turn left
Turn left onto Black Oak Drive
Turn right to stay on Black Oak Drive
Turn left onto The Outback Highway (B83)
Turn right onto Gammon Ranges Road
Turn left onto Arkaroola Road
Make a slight left
Make a slight right
Make a slight right
You have arrived at your destination, on the right
Arkaroola Village