Quorn

Historic railway station, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 1073

Nestled in a valley in the Flinders Ranges, Quorn was established as a town on the Great Northern Railway line in 1878. The line was built by Chinese and British workers and operated for over 45 years (it closed in 1957). Part of the line through Pichi Richi Pass has been restored as a tourist railway, taking passengers on a scenic 33-kilometre round trip via Port Augusta. The town's old charm has not been lost on movie producers – the historic streetscapes and surrounding landscapes have been used in many films.

Visitor Information

Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre, 3 Seventh St; (08) 8648 6419 or 1800 220 980

www.flindersranges.com

Nearby national parks

  • Mount Remarkable National Park

    Mount Remarkable National Park, in the southern reaches of the Flinders Ranges, is a beautiful bushland park with pretty creeks, steep...more

  • Lake Torrens National Park

    The 250-kilometre-long ephemeral Lake Torrens is timeless, wild and starkly photogenic. Protected within Lake Torrens National Park, this is...more

  • Flinders Ranges National Park

    Flinders Ranges National Park covers a vast ancient landscape of rippled outback terrain and exposed ridges, culminating in the striking...more

Nearby towns

  • Port Augusta

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  • Wilmington

    Robert Blinman had the foresight to build an inn, called the Roundwood Hotel, at the base of Horrocks Pass in 1861, and soon the Cobb &...more

  • Melrose

    Melrose, a quiet settlement at the foot of Mount Remarkable, is the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges. Indigenous groups who occupied the...more

In Town

Railway Workshop Tours: guided tours of the workshop where locomotives travelling on the Pichi Richi line are maintained and restored. Tours by appt; book at visitor centre.

Junction Art Gallery: local art exhibition; Railway Tce.

Outback Colours Art Gallery: Seventh St.

Town walks: the Walking Tour of Quorn and the Quorn Historic Buildings walk; brochures from visitor centre.

Nearby

Pichi Richi Railway: historical tourist train travels through dramatic countryside from Quorn to Port Augusta and back; tours by arrangement; bookings 1800 440 101 or through visitor centre.

Quorn Native Flora Reserve: stone reserve, once the town's quarry, with informative brochure available that details the reserve's flora; Quarry Rd; 2 km NW.

Pichi Richi Camel Tours: award-winning camel tours through the gorgeous native bushland, with candlelit dinners and moonlight rides on offer; Devils Peak Rd; (08) 8648 6640; 6 km SE.

The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park: colourful rocky outcrops observed on 2 trails through the park. The Ridge Top Trail (8.2 km return) offers spectacular views of the Flinders Ranges and Spencer Gulf; 8 km W.

Devil's Peak Walking Trail: panoramic views up steep climb to the summit; closed Nov–Apr (fire season); 10 km S.

Mt Brown Conservation Park: mixed landscape of ridges and woodland. The loop trail, starting at Waukarie Falls, offers a side climb to the Mt Brown summit; Richman Valley Rd; 15 km S.

Warren Gorge: imposing red cliffs popular with climbers. Also the habitat of the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby; 23 km N.

Buckaringa Gorge Scenic Drive: drive past Buckaringa Sanctuary and Proby's Grave (he was the first settler at Kanyaka Station) to a lookout accessed via a short walk; begins 35 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Fitzgerald Bay 69 km

Snapper fishing has a language all of its own. In Queensland and NSW, anglers talk about small snapper as ‘squire’. In Victoria, small snapper are ‘pinkies’; in SA, they are known as... Find out more


Point Lowly 77 km

The Point Lowly lighthouse marks the southern extremity of Fitzgerald Bay. Near the lighthouse is a small community of shacks. These lighthouse cottages are cared for by the Uniting Church, and are available for hire. It... Find out more


Whyalla 87 km

Whyalla is snapper central for anglers. Every Easter the Australian Snapper Championships are based here and the top ten snapper weighed in are always over 10 kg. As you would expect with a destination where fishing is... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden 30 km

Located at Port Augusta West (at the head of Spencer Gulf) and spread over 200 hectares, this centre showcases the Australian arid landscapes and their vegetation. There are 12 kilometres of walking tracks, guided tours... Find out more


Diving with cuttlefish, off Whyalla 88 km

Every year between May and September, thousands of Australian giant cuttlefish converge on the rocky coastline between Fitzgerald Bay and False Bay at Whyalla (on the Eyre Peninsula’s north-east coast) to breed and... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Quandong Cafe

The quaint shopfront captures the heritage charm of this famous town. Inside, the historical theme continues with country cottage-style decor and old photographs and posters recalling Quorn’s role in feature films,... Find out more


Campsites around town

The Dutchmans Stern camping area (walk-in camping) 9 km

There is no vehicle-based camping here, so it’s walk in and be self-sufficient. Many sites are provided west of the Dutchman Range, reached from Arden Vale Rd, 10 km north of Quorn.... Find out more


Warren Gorge camping area 18 km

A popular haunt for self-sufficient travellers touring the Flinders Ranges, this area has eye-catching rock formations and classic groves of native pines to wander through. It’s 20 km north-west of Quorn via Arden... Find out more


Stony Creek Camp (bush camping) 40 km

The park’s northernmost campground, this walk-in site is off the Stony Creek Track, 8 km north of the Alligator Gorge carpark. It is on the Heysen Trail. Only gas/fuel stoves are allowed and you need a permit from... Find out more


Eaglehawk Dam camping area (bush camping) 44 km

This walk-in bush camp is on the Ring Route Track, 4 km north-west of the Alligator Gorge carpark. A permit is required from the self-registration station, and you need to use a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more


Longhill Camp (bush camping) 46 km

Just 1 km south-west of Alligator, this walk-in camp (gas/fuel stove only) is at the start of the Ring Route Track. A permit is required from the self-registration station.... Find out more


Fricks Dam camping area (bush camping) 46 km

This elevated walk-in site is close to The Battery, with valley views. On Fricks Track, it is 10 km north of Mambray Creek. A permit is required from the self-registration station and you need to bring a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more


Kingfisher Flat camping area (bush camping) 48 km

Delightful woodland walk-in camping is offered close to Alligator Creek. The facilities and ease of access make this a popular base for day walks to surrounding highlights. Situated 4 km south of the Alligator Gorge... Find out more


Stringers camping area (bush camping) 48 km

This walk-in camp is high on The Battery in the west of the park, 2 km north of the Hidden Gorge Hike. This site is gas/fuel stove only; pick up a permit from the self-registration station. Bring drinking water.... Find out more


Goat Rock camping area (bush camping) 49 km

A walk-in bush site (gas/fuel stove only), close to the junction of Woolfords and Racecourse tracks, this camping area requires a permit from the self-registration station.... Find out more


Hidden Camp (bush camping) 50 km

This sheltered walk-in site is close to the dramatic ravine of Hidden Gorge, 8 km on foot north of Mambray Creek. The site is gas/fuel stove only, and a permit is required from the self-registration station.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Shoreline Caravan Park 30 km

This park has good facilities in a quiet, off-the-highway location. It has sea frontage and views of the Flinders Ranges. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Port Augusta Big4 Holiday Park 31 km

With very good facilities, this park is strategically based at the junction of the Eyre, Princes and Stuart highways. It can get quite busy here, even in the low season. The park is about 1.5 km from the town centre.... Find out more


Nuttbush Retreat Caravan Park 65 km

This park adjoins the huge Pandurra sheep and cattle station, 40 km south-west of Port Augusta on the Eyre Highway. The park has very good facilities, including a licensed bar and restaurant.... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Parks – Whyalla Foreshore 88 km

This large park close to town has most amenities for tourists. Bookings are required at Easter.... Find out more


Port Pirie Beach Caravan Park 93 km

This beachfront caravan park is just 1.5 km from the town centre and offers a range of facilities to suit most travellers. Nicely angled drive-through sites, clean amenities and friendly staff make this our pick of the... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Endilloe Lodge

This contemporary stone cottage has a tranquil and secluded garden setting on the outskirts of town. The lodge offers fully self-contained luxury with three bedrooms, well-chosen antique furniture and quality fittings.... Find out more


Wilderness Cabin

This basic but cosy two-bedroom cabin in the spectacular ‘pound-like’ Horseshoe Range, 30 kilometres east of Quorn, overlooks a bush dam. The secluded surrounds are an oasis for a delightful diversity of bird... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Rawnsley Park Station 93 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


Rest areas around town

Wilmington park area 34 km

At Wilmington

Just off the highway. On the south side of town.


Hancocks Lookout rest area 40 km

T/O 18km SE of Princes Hwy (R) or 4km W of Wilmington (L)

At the lookout 7km (unsealed) south of the highway.


Tent Hill rest area 48 km

36km N of Port Augusta (R) or 137km S of Pimba (L)

Just off the highway and surrounded by scrub.


Willochra Creek rest area 53 km

17km S of Wilmington (R) or 3km N of Melrose (L)

Just off the highway among trees.


Information Bay rest area 53 km

130km NE of Kimba (R) or 26km SW of Port Augusta (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Mambray Creek camping area 55 km

T/O 48km S of Port Augusta (L) or 47km N of Warnertown (R)

At the base of some ranges 5km east of the highway in Mt Remarkable National Park.


Mambray Creek rest area 56 km

T/O 48km S of Port Augusta (L) or 47km N of Warnertown (L)

Under trees on both sides of the highway.


Tank Hill Rest Area 57 km

126 km NE of Kimba (R) or 30 km SW of Port Augusta (L)

Large secluded area just off the highway in the scrub. Limited shade.


Mount Whyalla rest area 65 km

11km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 36km N of Whyalla (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Murray Town camping area 68 km

At Murray Town

Large area just off the highway. In the middle of town. Good facilities. Limited shade.


Fitzgerald Bay camping area 69 km

T/O 36km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 11km N of Whyalla (R)

On the foreshore 24km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Port Bonython and Point Douglas rds.


Point Lowly camping area 76 km

T/O 36km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 11km N of Whyalla (R)

Near the foreshore 23km east of the highway via Port Bonython Rd.


Port Germein South rest area 78 km

72km S of Port Augusta (L)

Secluded behind trees. For southbound only.


Ippinitchie camping area 82 km

T/O at Wirrabara

In the forest 8km (partly unsealed) west of Wirrabara in Wirrabara Forest Reserve.


Knobbies camping area 94 km

At Iron Knob

Among a few small trees on the edge of town. Donation requested.


Laura park area 96 km

At Laura

Under shady trees opposite a caravan park.


Warnertown rest area 99 km

At Warnertown

Just off the highway. On the south side of town. For northbound only.


What's on around town

Flinders Ranges Bush Festival: Apr.

Taste of the Outback: Apr.

Race Meeting: June.

Pichi Richi Marathon: July.

Quorn Show: Sept.

Spring Craft Fair: Oct.

Christmas Pageant and Party: Dec.

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