It’s big country few of us ever get to see. Out on the Blue Range Gorge Driving Tour, a local’s a must if you want to truly comprehend the vastness of the Southern Flinders Ranges.
With the right guide, like owner Nick Bailey, you can tap into a rich vein of yarns hidden away in the many gorges and ravines. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so it’s best to start out early.
When heading north from Quorn to iconic destinations like Rawnsley Bluff and Wilpena Pound make sure you pull off at the Kanyaka Homestead site, which tells a tale of struggle and loss.
It’s heart-breakingly beautiful country with ruins scattered throughout the landscape. Each – a memorial in stone to a family forced to pack up and leave due to series of savage droughts.
As you drive the backroads between Quorn and Hawker keep an eye out for Hugh Probys grave site. It commemorates the life of the man who first took up the Kanyaka run. They shipped a half tonne slab of granite out from Scotland and using a bullock dray they hauled it to Hugh Proby’s final resting place.
Not far from here the hard work of early settlers is still put to good use. At the start to Nick Bailey’s Blue Range Gorge property sits an 1840s stone cottage. It’s the perfect base from which to explore this impressive country. And when you do make sure Nick takes you to the dramatic finish to his Blue Range Gorge adventure where you can take in a 360 degree view of this spectacular country.