Flights & Fossils



Reopening plans for our small bar & restaurant areas will be reviewed on a weekly basis to ensure a manageable COVID safe operation within capacity limitations. Maintaining the health and safety of our guests and staff remains our main priority.


PRAIRIE BAR  remains closed until further notice, a Restricted Entrance point for pre-booked Restaurant Reservations and Prairie Outback Lodge House Guests only.

PRAIRIE RESTAURANT  strictly pre-bookings only, no walk-ins         

LUNCH | 5 days | Thursday – Monday  CLOSED Tuesday & Wednesday

Restrictions apply to Group numbers. Strictly Cashless Transactions Only

Phone 0428 884 224  | reservations@prairiehotel.com.au

DINNER | Available to Prairie Outback Lodge Guests only

Ediacara Experience 3-Night Package 

Limited availability for bookings between Oct 1st – Oct 5th 

Enjoy Outback Lodge accommodation of your choice, a private departure Nilpena Station Fossil Tour and our Executive Chef’s exclusive menu each evening and morning. 


from $875 per person 


Nilpena Station boasts one of the most significant fossil sites in the world

‘Early Animal Life Unearthed’ Fossil Tours to Nilpena are offered exclusively with Prairie Outback Lodge Packages


The Prairie Hotel
South Australia's iconic Outback Pub

The Prairie Hotel was first licensed in 1876, the current stone hotel replaced the original structure in 1905.

Fourth generation Flinders Ranges pastoralist and cattleman Ross Fargher and wife Jane, bought their ‘local’ in 1991 and created the quintessential Australian outback hotel.Radiating a welcoming, quirky, yet elegant country style, it has become Australia’s most awarded outback hotel, international landmark and destination. Jane and Ross continue running the Prairie and cattle on their Nilpena Station, with sons Lachy and Eddie an integral part of the ongoing adventure.

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authentic outback experiences

UNSUNG | 21 November 2020

Join Amelia Ryan & Libby O’Donovan Nostalgic l Raucous l Loud Cabaret
celebrating 1960’s iconic Australian women singers who against the odds of their time graced our pop and rock scene.

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The Fargher’s have recently surrendered two thirds of the Nilpena Pastoral Lease to the South Australian Government.   Partnering with the Flinders Ranges Ediacara Foundation to

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Discover the true meaning of Outback. Experience the astonishing, contrasting beauty of Australia’s desert zone, stretching from Parachilna in the south to Birdsville in the

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Exploring the Flinders Ranges and Outback from The Prairie

Parachilna is a perfect base for limitless touring options in public access and locally owned areas.

From packaged to DIY adventures, 4 & 2WD, hiking and biking, (Heysen Trail and Mawson Trail access), cultural and history tours, to insider tips on local events, we can tailor on enquiry.

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Exploring from the Prairie

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For assistance tailoring your Flinders Ranges experience please be in touch with us - flights, fossils, stations, culture, hiking, biking and 2 and 4 wheel driving, events and more.


South Australia's true outback experience.

The Prairie Hotel restaurant is renowned for innovative dishes with Australian native and ‘Flinders Feral Food’ twists, and a focus on local and South Australian produce.The Chef and team proudly prepare and present dishes from seasonally designed menus.

Try the ‘FMG’ – Feral Mixed Grill – listed as one of the top 100 Gourmet experiences in Australia. Or our signature ‘Feral Antipasto’ which includes kangaroo mettwurst, emu pate, goats cheese and bush tomato chilli jam among other tastes.

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Heritage Rooms

Deluxe Rooms

Executive Rooms

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Fly Over the Flinders Ranges & Outback

Fargher Air flights are conducted under the Aerostar Air Operator's Certificate (No. C443668), Helistar AOC (No. C585948) or Blinman Scenic Flights AOC (No. C550249) depending on aircraft availability.