The Prairie Hotel

The Prairie Hotel

Australia’s most awarded outback hotel in the stunning Flinders Ranges.
Australia’s most awarded outback hotel in the stunning Flinders Ranges.

Where the jagged escarpments of the Flinders Ranges end and dusty red plains begin sprawling towards Lake Torrens, find The Prairie Hotel.

A welcoming retreat in an otherwise remote landscape, this rustic yet elegant property is not only a hotel, fine-dining venue and brewery but a South Australian landmark and destination.

With 12 beautifully appointed guest rooms and a range of curated experiences, The Prairie Hotel offers the perfect balance of outback adventure and relaxed bush luxury.

Indulge in private dining experiences, browse the eclectic collection of Australian art in the Gallery, and connect with friends and family over a house-made larger in the Brew House.

Beyond Parachilna, the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings await; fly over ancient natural wonders on a scenic flight, hike to tranquil natural springs, or discover the region's fascinating history with knowledgeable local guides.

Bookings are essential, so call ahead of time to secure your stay at The Prairie Hotel and make some truly unique travel memories in the South Australian Outback.

The History of The Prairie Hotel

South Australia’s favourite outback pub is owned and run by Ross and Jane Fargher, who in 1991 decided to buy their local pub. With a strong connection to the region - as a fourth generation pastoralist and cattleman - Ross and his wife Jane have since transformed the property.

Whilst The Prairie Hotel has been an integral element to the Flinders Ranges tourism experience for 30 years, the business received funding in 2021 to expand its services. In doing so, the hotel now offers refurbished accommodation and restaurant facilities as well as a new Brewhouse.

These exciting developments support the involvement of next generation Fargher Family members at the characterful Flinders hotel.

Must Try Experiences

  • Fly over iconic natural wonders including Wilpena Pound and Lake Eyre with Fargher Air
  • Discover permanent art exhibitions by contemporary and Indigenous artists
  • Book a private dining experience with the Prairie's Executive Chef. The famous Feral Food platter is a must-try for any gourmand, , featuring a range of native Australian produce.
  • Sample a few of the favourite local beers at the Brewhouse including their own Fargher Larger

Kindly note that bookings are essential.

Getting to The Prairie Hotel

Secluded and easy to spot in-front of the dramatic peaks of Flinders Ranges, The Prairie Hotel is located over 450km north of Adelaide. The Flinders Ranges can be reached by road or air.

  • The Prairie Hotel via Hawker

    Found at the intersection of The Outback Highway B83 and Parachilna Gorge Road, The Prairie Hotel can be accessed 90km past Hawker on The Outback Highway. Moralana Scenic Drive is a great spot to stop for iconic Flinders snapshots.

  • The Prairie Hotel via Blinman

    Those arriving from Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park can reach the hotel from Blinman on Parachilna Gorge Road. The drive takes approximately 40 minutes and a 4WD vehicle is recommended.

If I could give 6 stars I would. Loved this place! A+ for everything. Rustically sophisticated if you know what I mean. Interesting and delicious native food choices - emu parfait lipsmackingly great - indigenous art gallery vibe, with some seriously good art for your visual pleasure, and awesome service. All this after exploring spectacular Flinders Ranges country. As good as it gets.
Keryn, via Google Business Review