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Flinders Ranges Named in World’s Best Destinations

Flinders Ranges

Nilpena Ediacara National Park comes out on top

The Flinders Ranges, including the new Nilpena Ediacara National Park, has found global recognition, being named one of the world’s top places to visit in 2024 by Explore Travel, a leading travel publication. This accolade places the region alongside renowned destinations in Hawaii, New Zealand, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, showcasing its historical significance.

With a monthly reach of up to 4.6 million people through its online and print publications, Explore Travel has shone a spotlight on the park, drawing significant international attention from researchers, paleontologists, and conservationists, including NASA and Sir David Attenborough. Nilpena Ediacara National Park has also become a pivotal component in the World Heritage listing bid for the Flinders Ranges.

Situated on the western fringe of the Flinders Ranges, 30km north of Parachilna, Nilpena Ediacara National Park has become a jewel in South Australia’s crown since its opening in April 2023. Recognised as the richest and most diverse Ediacaran fossil site on Earth, the park boasts specimens dating back approximately 550 million years.

Susan Close, expressing her admiration for the park, notes, “Nilpena Ediacara National Park is a place unlike anywhere else in the world. This is a place where visitors can have the unique experience of witnessing the first evidence of animal life on Earth, which is truly amazing. This recognition is just another shining example of the wonder of the Flinders Ranges and adds further legitimacy for the World Heritage listing.”

Zoe Bettison celebrates the global recognition of South Australia’s iconic Flinders Ranges and Outback, stating, “What a wonderful accolade for South Australia’s iconic Flinders Ranges and Outback, being recognised as one of Explore Travel’s world’s best places to visit in 2024.” She highlights the economic impact, with visitors contributing $690 million to the region’s economy in the 12 months to June 2023, enjoying unique experiences such as ancient fossil tours, and local beer in remote pubs amidst stunning scenery.

Ranger-in-Charge of Nilpena Ediacara National Park, Kym Geue, expresses gratitude for the park’s recognition, stating, “Nilpena Ediacara National Park being named as one of Explore Travel’s best places to visit next year is an honor.” He emphasises the unforgettable experience offered through guided tours and the innovative audio-visual display, which allows visitors to witness the first signs of life on Earth. Since the park’s opening in April 2023, the new attraction has proven popular, and Kym looks forward to welcoming more people to this incredible place in 2024.

For those seeking a unique journey through time and a glimpse into the earliest evidence of intelligent life on our planet, Nilpena Ediacara National Park stands as an unparalleled destination, now rightfully recognised on the global stage.

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