4km South, Leigh Creek SA, Australia
This beautiful wilderness Sanctuary was originally established for the town's water supply but now remains as a food and water source for native flora and fauna. Home to the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby, the surrounding ranges and water will take your breath away.
Have your picnic at Aroona Dam with one of our cooler bags that you can use to keep your food and drinks cool! Drop offs and pick ups to the Dam can be arranged for $40
Also available at Aroona Dam is recreational fishing. You will need a permit from RecFish SA to catch some delicious Golden Perch or Murray Cod: https://recfishsa.org.au/
The new Akurra Walking Trail from Leigh Creek to the Dam is a marvel where you can experience local flora and fauna on Adnyamathanha land. Maps can be collected from the Visitor Information Outlet from 10am - 3pm on weekdays (located at the Town Centre).
Private kayak hire is available and enquire at reception.
25 Black Oak Drive, Leigh Creek SA, Australia
Leigh Creek Outback Resort Dining
If you are feeling hungry and want a great selection of meals to choose from; for breakfast; lunch; or dinner; then our restaurant or bar is the place to eat! Please book ahead so that we can ensure sufficient staff are available to make your dining experience as enjoyable as possible.
Beltana, South Australia
Nestled in the Northern Flinders Ranges, the town of Beltana dates back to 1870. Originally the township was surveyed and used as the termination for the Great Northern railway, the population boom was thanks to the discovery of copper ore just 20kms away at Sliding Rock. Beltana was the location of one of South Australia’s largest pastoral groups, Beltana Pastoral Co., who also ran a camel depot from the area. The camels were used to work on the Overland Telegraph line from Port Augusta to Darwin.
Consider booking a camel experience when you visit! Take a guided tour on the back of a camel, with rides lasting from 30minutes to a 4 night safari.
Copley, South Australia
Copley is a small township located between Leigh Creek and Lyndhurst. Established in 1891, the settlement is recognised for its use of bush tucker with a visit to the Bush Bakery and Quandong Café a must for any visitor. A truly unique Australian dining experience, think kangaroo, emu and other native animals. Don’t forget the quandong fruit, this has been used to produce many products including jams, sauces and pies.
Lake Eyre, South Australia
Situated in the Lake Eyre National Park, Lake Eyre is actually two lakes connected by a channel. Known as the lake that hardly ever fills up with water, it is 144km long and 77km wide. The Lake Eyre Basin is so large that it crosses the borders of South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. The traditional owners of the Lake Eyre region, the Arabana people, have lived in the Lake Eyre Basin for thousands of years.
Over the last 160 years, the lake has only been filled to capacity three times and it is estimated that the water only covers the lake once every eight years. Many visitors flock to the area after monsoon season to witness an amazing natural occurrence. Hundreds of waterbirds gather and the landscape comes alive with wildflowers.
Arkaroola Rd, Arkaroola Village SA 5701
Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is 130km East of Leigh Creek and is an accredited Ecotourism operator. Covering 610sq km, you’ll see some of Australia’s most stunning and iconic mountainous views. Home to over 160 species of birds and native fauna, keep an eye out for the endangered Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby.
Stare in awe at the towering granite peaks and magnificent gorges with a guided tour or discover one of the many bush walking tracks such as the Mawson Valley Trail. Choose to self-drive with an option of either 2 or 4WD tracks spanning 100km of graded road, ranging from two to four hours.
Nilpena, South Australia
Ediacara Fossil Site, Nilpena
A geologist by the name of Reginald Spriggs first discovered the fossil imprints at the old Ediacara minefield located in the low hills of the Western Flinders Ranges. The fossils preserved in the ancient seafloor are the first known multicellular animal life of earth.
Ediacara is also home to the largest early known animal; Dickinsonia Rex. These organisms became trapped as sea levels changed and the seafloor became part of the Flinders Ranges. These discoveries were the first of their kind to be found in abundance anywhere in the world!
Barndioota Road, Leigh Creek SA 5731, Australia
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Iga Warta, South Australia
Iga Warta Experience
Iga Warta means place of the native orange tree in Yura Ngawarla, the language of the Adnyamathanha people, the traditional owners of the area. Held on Adnyamathanha land, visitors are offered a unique opportunity to experience Adnyamathanha culture through guided tours. These tours include painting sites dating back 35,000 years, women’s sites to learn about traditional as well as contemporary issues and the Red Gorge with ancient engravings over 80,000 years old. Iga Warta is 100% owned, managed and staffed by Indigenous people.
Lyndhurst, South Australia
Approximately 40kms from Leigh Creek, Lyndhurst is a township at the Southern end of the Strzelecki Track. The township has served as a rail outlet for talc mining operations at Mount Fitton in the North Flinders Ranges and supported some large pastoral properties along the northern outwash plains of the Ranges including the substantial Mount Lyndhurst and Murnpeowie runs.