The tiny town of Parachilna (don't blink or you'll miss it) is the gateway to the northern Flinders Ranges. From here, the road passes through Parachilna Gorge which marks the end of the long distance Heysen Walking Trail which runs for 1,200 kilometres from Cape Jervis on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The historic mining town of Blinman marks the end of the Mawson Trail, an 800 kilometre mountain bike path from Adelaide. The northern end of the Flinders ranges includes the Great Wall of China, a limestone ridge, Aroona Valley, Brachina Gorge and Scenic Glass Gorge, noted for its spring wildflowers.
In Parachilna itself there is little more than the pub. The Prairie Hotel boasts outback friendliness with a good dose of city style, together with good food, comfortable accommodation and wide open vistas of the Flinders Ranges.
Photo courtesy of SA Tourism