The Nilpena site, as a privately own pastoral property, has no public access and is currently closed for access except for tours organised through the Prairie Hotel.

Nilpena Station, a 150-year-old sheep station west of South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, is also home to both living and fossil animals, spanning more than 550 million years.

It’s a place for adventure, intrigue and science.

The Flinders Ranges Ediacara Foundation looks to fund and create a sustainable equitable access for visitors to Nilpena providing educational, research and tourism access to this globally significant fossil site into perpetuity whilst ensuring protection of the site. The first phase of site development will be the conversion of the historic Blacksmith’s Shop and we plan to make announcements during our 2019/2020 Fundraising Campaign relating not only to this project but also to enhanced site access from July 2020.


Small group visitor access to the fossil beds at Nilpena can be arranged through the Prairie Hotel who currently manage all site access/tours.

Please note these are scheduled in the cooler months and are always subject to weather conditions and date availability with minimum numbers required. Terms and condition do apply.

For information please contact the Prairie Hotel direct:  
Telephone: 0428 887 889
Telephone: 1800 331 473 (Australia only)
Telephone: (+61) 8 8648 4895 (International)

The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, starting about 200 km north of Adelaide. The rugged, weathered peaks and rocky gorges form some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the country. It’s a place rich in Aboriginal history and home to a vast array of wildlife, early settler heritage, wonderful night skies and the exceptional fossil timeline. 

Following the scenic roads, 4WD tracks and walking trails that crisscross this wild countryside will take you on a remarkable exploratory self drive adventure but there are also many options for a range of tours.

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