Restaurants and Bars - Eat and Drink
While there are some nice places to eat in the Flinders Ranges, there is also a lot of average pub, takeaway and cafe fare. When touring the area, most towns will have a general store or supermarket in which to stock up. These include Hawker, Melrose, Booleroo Centre, Leigh Creek, Laura, Orroroo, Quorn, Wilmington and Wirrabara, although there are many more. If you are camping make sure you are well prepared with food, water and stove fuel.
- North Star Hotel (Melrose) A modern restaurant in an old pub serving wonderful contemporary dishes, not your average ho-hum Aussie pub fare. Check it out!
- Bluey Blundstone's Blacksmith - Coffee Shop (Melrose) An historic working forge, with attached B&B accommodation and a special little coffee shop out the back with home cooked meals and an endearing old-timey atmosphere.
- Austral Inn A pub with some interesting outback grub. It also has basic accommodation.
- Criterion Hotel Motel Serves fish n' chips, steak, schnitzel; your basic pub grub.
- Old Willows Brewery Restaurant A delightful restaurant 10 km south of Quorn in an old Brewery that's been lovingly restored. It's well worth the trip out of town, but you must book.
- Quandong Cafe A good place for a baguette or a Quandong pie. By the way, a Quandong is a red native Australian bush berry.
- Transcontinental Hotel A historic hotel next to the train station with a restaurant.
- Flinders Bikes & Bytes Hire a bike or have coffee at this cafe. Also has WiFi, hence the "bytes".
- Hawker Hotel Motel An old pub, with some very basic accommodation.
- Hawker General Store Not just a store, it also has a sweet little cafe.
- Old Ghan Restaurant & Gallery A lovely spot for a bite in the historical Ghan Train Station.
- Sightseer's Curiosity Cafe A welcoming cafe and gallery with a pot belly stove to keep you warm; granted it's not 40 degrees outside!
- Liz's Open Cut Cafe (Leigh Creek) A large cafe with the usual cafe fare, sandwiches, pies, milkshakes, etc. A corner of the cafe is devoted to visitor information with pamphlets and maps as the town has no Visitor Centre.
- Woolshed Restaurant (Wilpena Pound) A rustic but homey restaurant in a woolshed-style corrugated iron building. It's pretty good, and you can get takeaway pizzas too.
- Wild Lime Cafe & Gallery (Blinman) A pleasant stop for some lunch and you can peruse the crafts on sale or pick up a homemade jam or chutney. Other than the Blinman Hotel and a general store, there's little else in the way of food in this tiny town.