Blinman

Population 151

During the 19th century numerous mining townships dotted the northern Flinders Ranges. Blinman is the sole surviving town surveyed at the time. The discovery of copper here in 1859 was accidental; the story goes that a shepherd, Robert Blinman, used to watch his sheep from a boulder. One day he absentmindedly broke off a chunk and discovered it was copper. Historic buildings in the main street are reminders of those rich (and temporary) days.

Visitor Information

General store, Mine Rd; (08) 8648 4370

www.blinman.org.au

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Nearby

Blinman Mine Historic Site: a 1 km self-guided walk explains the history and geology of the site. Contact the caretaker on (08) 8648 4874 for a guided tour; just north-east of Blinman.

Great Wall of China: impressive limestone ridge; Wilpena Rd; 10 km S.

Angorichina Tourist Village: Start point for 4 km walk along creek bed to Blinman Pools, permanent spring-fed pools in scenic surrounds. Accommodation ranges from tents to cabins; (08) 8648 4842; 14 km W.

Glass and Parachilna gorges: 10 km NW and 15 km W of town are these 2 beautiful gorges. Parachilna Gorge is the end point of the 1200 km Heysen Trail (bushwalking trail), which begins at Cape Jervis; for information contact Parks SA, (08) 8124 4792.

Flinders Ranges National Park: see Wilpena for more details; 26 km S;

Prairie Hotel: a historic hotel at Parachilna offering cuisine with a bush-tucker twist as well as first-rate accommodation. Hotel staff can arrange activities including 4WD tours, scenic flights and visits to nearby Nilpena Station on the edge of Lake Torrens to sample the outback life; (08) 8648 4844; 32 km W.

Scenic drive: travel east through Eregunda Valley (around 20 km E), then north-east to Mt Chambers Gorge (around 75 km NE), with its rockpools and Aboriginal carvings; further north is Vulkathunha–Gammon Ranges National Park; see Arkaroola.

Mawson Trail: this 900 km bike trail from Adelaide ends in Blinman. It is named after famous Australian explorer Sir Douglas Mawson and traverses the Mt Lofty and Flinders ranges; for details contact Bicycle SA, (08) 8411 0233.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Heysen Trail 47 km

Some 1200 kms long, this renowned walking track stretches from Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula all the way to Parachilna Gorge in the northern Flinders. It covers a vast range of scenery from coastal cliffs and... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Blinman Hotel

This classic bush pub is a mainstay of the distant township of Blinman, set in the rolling Flinders Ranges high country. The hotel retains many original features, including slate floors and big fireplaces. Alongside the... Find out more


Prairie Hotel

Great food is the secret to the success of this middle-of-nowhere pub. Many visitors – especially from overseas – have had their first taste of outback goodies here, including kangaroo, emu, camel, goat,... Find out more


Campsites around town

Artimore Ruins camping area (bush camping) 13 km

This former homestead occupies a scenic and secluded valley, 28 km north-east of Blinman. Access is via PAR 4 on a tough track. Bring in your own firewood and water.... Find out more


Parachilna Gorge camping area (bush camping) 17 km

The road heading east from Parachilna to Blinman follows Parachilna Gorge as it snakes through the Heysen and ABC ranges. Spectacular summits and rock formations create a memorable atmosphere for the designated bush... Find out more


Patawarta Gap camping area 19 km

This camping area lies in rugged terrain north of Artimore Ruins, with spectacular Patawarta Hill a commanding presence. It’s 42 km north-east of Blinman via PAR 5. Bring wood and water, and preferably a gas/fuel... Find out more


Aroona Ruins camping area 21 km

Close to the historic Aroona Ruins, this site has fine outlooks to the Heysen and ABC ranges. It’s also at the start of the Heysen Trail’s final dash up the beautiful Aroona Valley to Parachilna Gorge.... Find out more


Koolamon camping area 22 km

For classic creek-side camping among the old river red gums in the beautiful Aroona Valley, follow Aroona Rd 46 km north of the visitor centre. There are sites here for both 2WD and 4WD vehicles with camper trailers. The... Find out more


Youngoona camping area 24 km

Self-sufficient camping is available on the eastern slopes of the Trezona Range, from where walking trails loop back through historic grazing country to Aroona Valley. The site is just off the Brachina Gorge Rd, 48 km... Find out more


Trezona camping area 25 km

This camping area on Brachina Gorge Rd, 44 km north of Wilpena, takes its name from the ancient shales and limestones of the craggy Trezona Range. There is a self-guided nature walk here as part of the Brachina Gorge... Find out more


Nuccaleena Mine camping area 25 km

In a historic Flinders Ranges mine site, tucked among the sweep of hills north of Blinman, there are ruins to explore and hills to wander at this camping area on an elevated site near the ruins. Other accommodation is... Find out more


Brachina East camping area 26 km

The gateway to all the Brachina action, this campground for self-sufficient campers is accessible from the east by 2WD and is pleasantly situated on the banks of Brachina Creek. Signposted along Brachina Gorge Rd, 48 km... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Blinman Cottage

This classic restored 1880s cottage harks back to Blinman’s copper-mining heyday. Although a private and peaceful retreat, it’s still close to the heart of town. Now updated in heritage character but with... Find out more


Alpana Station

Straddling the heart of the central Flinders Ranges, this working sheep station just 5 kilometres from Blinman offers self-catered accommodation at the main homestead’s shearer’s quarters. Deeper into the... Find out more


Moolooloo Station

Tucked among the ranges 20 kilometres north of Blinman, this historic grazing property is a handy base for off-road exploring, including the historic Nuccaleena mine and nearby landmarks like the eye-catching peak... Find out more


Gum Creek Station

This historic pastoral property is now a popular haunt for groups and family parties as they explore the famed Brachina and Bunyeroo gorges, as well as other nearby highlights like Aroona Valley and the Heysen Range. The... Find out more


Prairie Hotel

The Prairie Hotel is one of Australia’s most surprising outback pubs, whose location – a lonely railway siding perched on a vast sweep of saltbush plain – makes the calibre of the bush tucker and... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Willow Springs Station, near Wilpena Pound 38 km

Another working sheep station, Willow Springs on the edge of the national park is home to the legendary six-hour 4WD route Skytrek, passing through Bunkers Conservation Reserve and culminating at the 921-metre-high... Find out more


Rawnsley Park Station 60 km

Eight modern strawbale eco-villas with grand views perch on this sheep station, on the southern slopes of Wilpena Pound. Tourism is now the main industry on the property, and the one- and two-bedroom eco-villas are the... Find out more


What's on around town

Land Rover Jamboree: Easter.

Cook Outback: food/wine festival with camp oven competition; Oct long weekend.

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