One thing that’s a quintessential part of the Flinders Ranges Outback experience is a visit to a good old Aussie outback pub. Drenched in history and surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of our native lands, you’ll be kicking yourself if you take a trip to the outback without dropping in to any (or all) of these iconic outback watering holes.
The Prairie Hotel
This pub is an oldie, having been around since 1876. It’s the perfect blend of grit and glamour. You’ll come for a beer at sundown and stay for the friendly service. The Prairie Hotel restaurant is renowned for showcasing Australian native produce, including “Flinders Feral Foods”. Tuck in to emu, kangaroo or wallaby, dressed with an array of native herbs and locally sourced fruits and vegetables. Stay in one of the heritage rooms and feel the deep, rich history that goes back generations on your trip through the outback.
Known well as a meeting place for those making their way through the outback, the Innaminkea Hotel is a serene place to lay your head while you explore, adventure, and discover what the Flinders Ranges has to offer. Go for a swim or a fish in Cooper Creek, and breathe in the fresh air while watching the beauty of the bird life. Take the whole family for a fun day of mini golf and bring your stories back to the hotel bar for a good yarn with the locals. Accommodation is available in huts, motel rooms or bunkhouses – ideal to soak up the true Aussie outback lifestyle.
William Creek Hotel
Find this sanctuary of unique outback hospitality halfway along the Oodnadatta track. This tiny town has a good serving of history and an air of charm. This hotel is famous for its memorabilia studded front bar, which you’ll enjoy perusing while downing an ice cold beer. “Pig” the dog is in charge of the pub, so give him a pat while you get acquainted cause there’s no Wi-Fi to be found here! Enjoy the tranquil silence of a digital blackout and get acquainted with the friendly staff and other adventurers – you might learn a thing or two.
by Megan Voo