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Flinders Ranges National Park Reopens for Visitors

Flinders Ranges National Park
Photo – National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia
Melissa Smith

Dive into Australia’s Ancient Past in the Flinders Ranges

Ever wondered what Earth was like over 550 million years ago? The Nilpena Ediacara National Park in the Flinders Ranges has all the answers. Having recently celebrated its first anniversary it’s reopened to the public after its summer closure.

Nilpena Ediacara boasts the richest and most diverse collection of Ediacaran fossils on Earth, sprawled across a whopping 60,000 hectares. Here, you’ll find the earliest evidence of a creature with a head – the Spriggina.

Alice’s Restaurant Bed – Nilpena’s Most Significant Fossil Bed In Over 1000 Pieces In The Fossil Fields

World Heritage Hopeful

The Flinders Ranges are so unique, that they’re vying for a prestigious title as a World Heritage Site, which if successful will recognise the Flinders as a place with exceptional cultural and natural significance. In 2021, Australia took a huge leap towards this goal by getting the Flinders Ranges on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) ‘tentative list’ – a major step in the nomination process.

South Australia already boasts one World Heritage Site, the Naracoorte Caves National Park and the Flinders Ranges could become the next.

Plan Your Flinders Ranges Adventures

Nilpena’s Former Blacksmith’s Shop

With the cooler months upon us, it’s the perfect time to plan a trip to the Flinders Ranges and experience this South Australian gem. Visitors can access the park on a pre-booked guided tour including a brand new experience, a 3.5-hour Fossil Field Exploration Tour, which takes visitors to the historic Nilpena Woolshed, the Blacksmith’s Shop, and of course, the world-famous fossil beds.

Click here to learn more about Nilpena Ediacara National Park and find out more about SA’s bid for World Heritage status for the Flinders Ranges here.


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