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From time to time, as updates to the information in our books occur, we will post it here at our updates page. Keep an eye on this section for the very latest news and information that you will not be able to find anywhere else.


The FLINDERS RANGES – An Adventurer's Guide book

Our new 4th edition of our guidebook has all the latest information on travelling through the Flinders Ranges, however there are always ongoing updates that can be added to this page.

For extensive Biblography for the FLINDERS RANGES, click on the link below:

Biblography - a comprehensive listing of books on the Flinders Ranges for further reading.


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Bundaleer Forest Reserve - Picnic Ground - NO CAMPING (page 89)
There is no camping allowed now at the Bundaleer Picnic Ground. You can download a brochure on the Bundaleer Forest from the Forestry South Australia web site at:
wirrabara forest camping
ForestrySA’s Wirrabara Forest reopens to visitors (page 101) 
ForestrySA is pleased to advise that parts of the popular Wirrabara Forest have reopened to visitors, following January’s Bangor fire.
Popular forest locations the Wirrabara Picnic Ground, Ippinitchie Campground, King Tree Paddock and the “A” Plantation are now open.
Arkapena Bush Camping CLOSED (page 141)
Arkapena Bush camping is closed - but there are plenty of other camping options nearby.
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Camping in Brachina - CAMPING only allowed in Designated Areas by National Parks (page 146)
Camping is only allowed along the Brachina Gorge Road in the designated National Park campgrounds. For a full listing of all campgrounds in the Flinders Ranges National Park, check out the web site: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Flinders_Ranges_National_Park/Camping
Willow Springs Station & Skytrek - Self-drive 4WD Track - NEW TRACK (pg 151)
Willow Springs Station has established a ‘new’ Skytrek track which offers a great drive and fabulous views – it just won’t get to the top of Mt Caernarvon. Check out their web site at:  www.skytrekwillowsprings.com.au.
The station no longer has access to the section of the track that takes in Mt Caernarvon (see below), however their new track is a beauty.
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Mt Caernarvon Opens Again (page 151)
The crest of Mt Caernarvon in South Australia's Flinders Ranges is again open to limited access by self-drive 4WD vehicles. Total length of the new route is over 50km and it is open on most long weekends and on allocated weekends for group bookings of more than 10 vehicles. Bookings well in advance are essential; check out: www.caernarvontrack.com.

Pinch of Salt self-drive 4WD - CLOSED & NO FUEL at Parachilna (pg 163)
Pinch of Salt self-drive 4WD track at Nilpena Station is now closed, while Parachilna no longer sells fuel.

Talking of fuel, or lack of it, Blinman doesn't sell fuel either, even though the bitumen now reaches this small outback town. The only place with fuel in the area is Angorichina Station, or Leigh Creek further up the main road.

Beltana Roadhouse - CLOSED & NO FUEL (pg 167)
The roadhouse that was located beside the highway is now closed and there is no fuel.

Talking of fuel, or lack of it, Blinman doesn't sell fuel either, even though the bitumen now reaches this small outback town. The only place with fuel in the area is Angorichina Station, or Leigh Creek further up the main road.

Leigh Creek South & Copley Area (pg 172-174)
With the closure of the coal mine at Leigh Creek in late 2015, things have slowed down in Leigh Creek or Copley. However most of the facilities listed in our guidebook are still available. Remember the Foodland store is open 6 days but closed Sunday.

There doesn't apper to be a visitor information centre any more in Leigh Creek unfortunately.

According to the Leigh Creek Community Progress Association the Caravan Park is open, ph: 0429 012 445; or you could stay at Leigh Creek Stays, ph: 0428 134 311 - http://www.leighcreeksa.com.au/come-stay/.

Copley - The Packsaddle General Store - Copley's only destination for camping, hardware and groceries, looks like shutting its doors in May 2018 after 20 years of operation. (https://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/5259819/leigh-creek-and-copley-in-ruins/)

You can still get a quandong pie at the Bush Bakery and Quandong Cafe in Copley - https://brandsanews.com.au/fancy-quandong-pie-outback-cafe/

The Copley Caravan Park has a web site: http://www.copleycaravan.com.au/

Farina Station & Ruins (pg 177)
We've given quite a bit of information about this station and its camping in our guidebook. However the owners of Farina Station in conjunction with the Farina Restoration Group (www.farinarestoration.com) have done a heap more restoration work on the ruins and the surrounds, making it a much more interesting place to visit and stay. The camp site on the creek is just as good as it has ever been. Check out their web site at:

Mineral Collecting banned in Arkaroola (pg 195)
(page 195) Most of Arkaroola and a portion of the Mt Freeling Pastoral Lease next door have became a protected area.
It is now illegal to collect minerals from within the Arkaroola Protection Area and large fines apply.
This is the first private land protected in such a way in SA and is the result of the No Mining fight that Arkaroola ran for six years, and finally won. It should be noted that not all of the Yudnamutana mining field is outside of Arkaroola, and outside of the Arkaroola Protected Area.

Yudnamutana the old town and cemetery is certainly outside the Arkaroola boundary, but some of the eastern old mine sinkings lie inside Arkaroola.



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