Ancient Acacia Tours offers a range of premium day tours from our base in the historic township of Beltana. We can start our tours from Beltana or pick you up at your location in either Leigh Creek or Parachilna (or Ikara-Wilpena, Blinman and Stations north of Ikara for an additional fee)
Our tours are carried out in a Mitsubishi Pajero Platinum and therefore, for your comfort, and to provide a personal service, we will accept groups from 1 to 3 people.
If you wish to “Tag Along” in your own vehicle contact us to discuss options, bearing in mind that many of our tours include low range 4WD tracks so appropriate vehicles, and confidence in these conditions would be required for any self-driving options.
Beltana Town Tour
A walking tour of this picturesque town full of iconic history.
Beltana had a role to play in a range of important aspects of the colonial history of South Australia including, but not limited to, the Ghan, the Overland Telegraph and the founding of the Australian Inland Mission which was the forerunner of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Due its unique place in the history of South Australia, Beltana was State Heritage listed in 1987.
View buildings associated with the history and life of the town, led by a long time resident. Your tour will include entry into at least one historic building.
Tour Time: 2 hours Cost: $50 per person (includes a drink & snack)
Transport from Parachilna or Leigh Creek: $50 return
Take a day trip through the stunning gorges of the Northern Flinders Ranges. A truly scenic outing, this tour includes: Parachilna Gorge, Glass Gorge, Blinman, Bunyeroo Gorge and Brachina Gorge and Parachilna.
This is your go to if you want to see the famous sights the Northern Flinders have to offer but are short on time. This set of gorges display the full range of experiences and scenery – from the arid plains to the west, through the rugged mountains and out into the rolling foothills of the east. Keep your eye out for iconic wildlife: Wedge-tailed Eagles, Emus, Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies and many more as well as a wide range of native flora.
The tour includes morning tea and a late lunch. Please note, the itinerary may vary depending on pick up location or road conditions.
Tour Time: 6 hours + Cost: $250 per person.
Sliding Rock and Warraweena
Warraweena Conservation Park is one of the hidden Jewels of the Flinders Ranges. Tucked away in the north-east, at the end of the road through Beltana, Warraweena is an ex-sheep station with a spectacular landscape including rugged rock formations, hidden springs and rocky creek beds lined by towering Red Gums and a forest of Native Pine.
Your tour will start with a look around the ruined copper mining township of Sliding Rock (Cadnia) and then we will move on to the Warraweena Station Homestead and then embark on an adventure into the depths of the conservation park. The exact location of your exploration will depend on the day, but there is always one thing that is guaranteed – exceptional views.
The tour includes a morning tea and a picnic lunch. This tour is a fantastic partner to the Beltana Town Tour, and if you wish to add it to your day just let us know when you book.
Tour Time: 5 hours + Cost: $200 per person.
Following the original Cobb & Co coach road from Sliding Rock (Cadnia) to Blinman this tour offers something for everyone. From stunning views, to intriguing history this exhilarating 4WD journey will start with a tour of the ruined copper town of Sliding Rock and then head into the hills to the south. Guaranteed stunning vistas await at the top of the hills and kilometres of creek driving amongst the ancient red gums make for a wonderful day. Stop in at State Heritage Place – Nuccaleena mine, where some of the ruins have been repaired and show the workmanship of the miners. Continuing on we will exit the 4WD track into Glass Gorge and then head for lunch at Blinman. After lunch we will head underground on a Heritage Mine Tour of the amazing Blinman mine. These tours are not to be missed and at 70 minutes they will round out your historic Flinders Ranges copper mining experience. Heading home via Parachilna Gorge will be a relaxing end to the journey and makes this trip one of the most scenic on offer.
This tour includes track access, morning tea, lunch in Blinman and Heritage Mine tour fees.
Tour Time: 8 hours + Cost: $350 per person
There are so many unique landscapes in the Northern Flinders, and this tour explores one that few people get to see. An intriguing mix of 4WD adventure and history, you will venture off the highway into Beltana Station, visiting ruins of old worker’s cottages and driving through stunning shale hills and creeks.
Morning/Afternoon tea at your guide’s Great Great Grandparent’s home and learn about life on stations in the 1890s before continuing out through the valleys to the north.
Tour Time: 3 hours + Cost: $150 per person
Lyndhurst & Farina
Head north on the highway out of the Flinders to explore the start of the great Outback desert. Lyndhurst offers a visit to artist Talc Alf and sacred ochre cliffs and then on to the abandonded town of Farina which is being rebuilt by energetic volunteers.
Morning/Afternoon tea at the famous Farina Bakery (subject to opening season) or enjoy a provided picnic before returning home.
Tour Time: 3 hours + Cost: $150 per person
Iga Warta Connection
Iga Warta is an outstanding cultural eduation and accommodation centre situated in the Northern Flinders Ranges. This proudly Adnyamathanha owned and operated facility provides a range of tours and experiences which will enrich your stay in the area.
We offer a connection service for guests wishing to visit this wonderful place and experience all it has to offer. We will pick you up from your preferred Northern Flinders location, transport you to Iga Warta and, depending on your length of stay, spend the time there with you or return to pick you up, and transport you back to your starting point.
Cost: $100 – $200 per person depending on starting location
Not what you are looking for?
While the Flinders Ranges are our home, we are more than willing to explore further afield, especially in the Outback of this amazing country.
With some lead time for planning, we can customise a tour just for you. Contact us to discuss your exploration dreams and we will present you with some itinerary options.