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Are you heading to the Big Red Bash and looking to include some of South Australia’s most iconic tracks and places of interest on your way? Sampling wine in the Clare Valley, exploring the Flinders Ranges, driving part the Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks are all things you can do while attending some or all of the newest music tour in South Australia: 500 Miles of Music: Wombat Flat to William Creek.

Here are some suggestions for things you could include on your trip:

Concert 1 The Barn At Wombat Flat July 6, 2019

Plan to arrive in Eudunda, closest town to Wombat Flat, on July 4 or 5. There are some great caravan parks nearby ( Eudunda Caravan Park, Riverton CP, Kapunda Tourist Park, Big 4 Barossa Tourist Park)

Things to see while here:

  • The Eudunda Gardens
  • Kapunda is the oldest copper mining town in Australia and has some great local museums.
  • The Barossa Valley is close by with many great wineries to check out like Wolf Blass on the Sturt Highway or Yalumba just out of Angaston.

Concert 2 Quorn Oval July 7, 2019

This Concert is at 2pm, so not a lot of time to sight see on the way to Quorn from Wombat Flat.

The suggested route though is via Burra , Hallett, Jamestown, Melrose and Wilmington.

Concert 3 Blinman July 8, 2019

From Quorn you will have all day to venture through the magnificent Flinders Ranges on your way to our third show at Blinman the next night.

  • First have a look at Kanyaka Homestead ruins, just 25 min from Quorn, lots of history there and old buildings to wander through.
  • Next, stop at Jeff Morgan’s Gallery in Hawker just 20 mins from Kanyaka. This has two huge panorama paintings plus several other large displays as well, it’s not to be missed.
  • From Hawker you can then head to Wilpena Pound, take a relaxing walk, have a great lunch, even do a scenic flight if you wish. (Discounted for 500 Mile Ticket Holders)
  • From Wilpena to Blinman you can take two roads: The tracks thru the National Park (all Dirt 2hrs ) or the faster run straight to Blinman which takes about 60 mins depending of how many pictures you stop to take!
  • When you get to Blinman you can do an award winning underground tour in an old copper mine. The tour runs many times a day. The last tour is 4pm and lasts about 1 hour.

Concert 4 and 5 William Creek July 10 and 11

The tour takes a travel day off in order to get ahead and prepare for the next two concerts, so essentially you have a day and a half to enjoy. If you didn’t get to do the Blinman Mine tour, you can do it on Tuesday morning as we will still be packing up!

  • From Blinman , travel back towards Wilpena for just a couple of km until the turn off to the right posted Angorichina and Parachilna. This is another great drive thru an ancient gorge. It will take about 50 mins at a slow pace to get to Parachilna. Once you reach the bitumen road you should head to the Parachilna pub for some morning tea.
  • Next town north from Parachchilna is Leigh Creek. This is the last fuel stop before Marree, approx. 120km away. Marree is a welcome site and here you can get lunch at the cafe/fuel station. We suggest you fill up with fuel here.
  • Lyndhurst will be the next town after Leigh creek and from there it’s dirt road with short patches of bitumen. This road can be quite corrugated in places.
  • William Creek is just over 200km of dirt road further on and the start of the Oodnadatta Track. There are many interesting things to look at on this track:
    • 52km Mutonia Sculpture Park. There are old planes and metal sculptures to see here.
    • 91 Km, Lake Eyre viewing.
    • 100 km Curdimurka siding
    • 131 km Coward Springs - an old rail siding that has an in-ground spa using the natural spring water bubbling from the ground!
    • 136 km The Bubbler and Blanche Cup. Here are a couple of mound springs, which is a great sight to see in the desert landscape.

After the concerts, on July 12, head to Marree. From there it’s a day trip up the Birdsville Track to Birdsville and The Big Red Bash!