Quorn is a quaint town with some interesting old buildings.
The unique heritage streetscapes have been a backdrop for many Australian films during the 1970s and 1980s including Gallipoli, the Shiralee and the Sundowners.
It was once an important railway town to service the Old Ghan railway before the route was discontinued in 1980 in favour of the less flood-prone route that more closely follows the Stuart Highway.
This is the first town after the turn-off for Wilpena Pound and is worth a stop.
3 Seventh Street, Quorn
Tel (08) 8648 6419
Open 9am-5pm daily
There are four pubs in Quorn, although the Transcontinental, aka the Tranny, is by far the most popular with excellent meals at bargain prices.
This small scenic reserve makes a nice daytrip from Quorn or a detour en route between Quorn and Flinders Ranges National Park.
The gorge itself is around 300m long and 100m deep and is one of several small gorges in the area.
The main reason to visit is to spot the endangered yellow footed rock wallaby. You can spot the wallaby from your car as you drive around the reserve, but you’ll have better luck if you walk around, as they’re easier to find if you are quiet.
Warren Gorge is around a 20-minute drive north of Quorn and there are no entry fees to the reserve. Free camping is available in the reserve.
This hill, northwest of Quorn, has a popular hiking trail (10.5km, five hours) that goes up to the ridge offering views to Port Augusta and Wilpena Pound. It is accessible by bicycle from Quorn, making it a popular excursion for travellers staying at the Andu Lodge.
Enthusiasts have restored part of the Old Ghan railway and now operate a number of steam trains between Quorn and Port Augusta.
Tel (08) 8658 1109
One-way $45; return $39-71
Trains run Apr-Oct Sat-Mon