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Flinders and Far North

The Far North region has a rich and fragile environment unlike anything else in the world. The region is part of Outback country formed over 70 million years ago. Many of the diverse species found here are unique to these arid lands.

The region is rich in Aboriginal and European history and home to diverse native fauna and flora, which have successfully adapted to one of the world's harshest environments.

Situated on the coast, Port Augusta is the largest city and vital service centre for the region. Other major centres include Leigh Creek, Coober Pedy and Roxby Downs.

The Flinders Ranges, the Outback, Simpson Desert and Lake Eyre are draw cards for nature enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world.

About 400km long, the Flinders Ranges’ ruggedly spectacular landscape - one of the oldest in Australia, dating back 540 million years - is now home to sheep and cattle stations.

Its natural features have strong cultural significance to the Adnyamathanha people and Aboriginal rock paintings and engravings are common.

Wilpena Pound - the jewel in the Flinders Range’s crown, is a natural amphitheatre covering 80km2 with rock cliffs up to 500m high. A natural habitat for wildlife and famous for its bird populations, it is a tourist haven. There are many bushwalks of varying degrees of difficulty throughout.

The region is home to a significant proportion of the Lake Eyre Basin including numerous river systems and wetlands of high conservation value and international importance. The Basin, one of the world's largest internally draining river systems, covers one sixth of Australia.

This vast expanse of shimmering dry white salt lake is 15m below sea level. During the wet season rivers from the north east of the basin flow to the Lake and when flooded native freshwater fish can survive for some months while over 80% of Australia’s pelicans (200,000) come to feed at the Lake.