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Australia, Parachilna

Prairie Hotel, Parachilna

Authentic, Charm, Socializing, Traditional, Hideaway , Desert, Near nature reserve, Bar, Wedding & Honeymoon, Art collection, Gastronomy, Eco-friendly, Getaway, Family friendly, Swimming pool, Restaurant, Spa, Wildlife, Safaris

At Parachilna, where the Australian bush ends, at the foot of the majestic Flinders Ranges, the Prairie Hotel offers its guests eco-luxury accommodations with a clever blend of tradition and modern comfort. The well preserved hundred year old building was totally renovated by architect John Maitland, creating the paradox of urban luxury in the heart of the bush. Cave paintings and aborigine engravings celebrating the important theme of traditional aboriginal art decorate the walls of the common areas. The typical bush atmosphere in the hotel’s 12 rooms provides guests with an authentic experience in the heart of the Outback. Renowned for the quality of its traditional cuisine including kangaroo meat, camel sausages, emu paté and wallaby hocks, the Prairie Hotel is the ideal site for being in harmony with nature, like the Adnyamathanha, the ancestral aborigine people who live here.

Parachilna - Outback

In the heart of the semi-arid back country or Outback region of Australia, the vast desertlike plains come to an end at the foot of the majestic Flinders Ranges, whose purple projections continue all the way to the banks of the dried up Lake Callabonna. A favorite spot for hikers, the mountain chain contains a great many paths and trails ideal for discovering the local fauna and the sumptuous landscapes of the Australian bush. The region, once the property Adnyamathaha aborigines and taken over in the 19th century by the first European settlers who came here to exploit mines and create animal breeding farms, is full of rock paintings and engravings bearing witness to the presence of prehistoric man in these hostile lands.

The entrance to the Flinders, namely the small village of Parachilna would go unnoticed if the railroad tracks linking Port Augusta and Leigh Creek did not pass through here. A few buildings, a train station, a landing strip and a hotel are the only remaining vestiges of the city’s former activity.

On ancestral aborigine land

470 kilometers north of Adelaide and facing the steep relief of the majestic Flinders Ranges, the Prairie Hotel dominates the desertlike landscape of the famous Australian Outback. The hotel, a vestige of the time when Parachilna was a thriving village thanks to the Ghan, the legendary train that ran between Port Augusta and Alice Springs. Completed in 1906, the Prairie has undergone a great deal of renovation under the supervision of the site’s owners, Jane and Ross Fargher. Out of this old establishment and the only hotel in the village, where farmers and miners would get together, the Farghers built a trendy hotel renowned for the quality of its traditional cuisine consisting of kangaroo meat, camel sausages, emu paté and wallaby hocks all washed down with beer brewed by the Prairie itself. Rock paintings and aborigine engravings decorate the walls of the common areas, around the favorite themes of traditional aborigine art: dreamtime, mythology, time and the former presence on these lands of the Adnyamathanha people. Entirely designed by architect John Maitland, the ecological rooms reflect the typical atmosphere of the Australian bush, and offer guests an authentic life experience in the heart of the Outback.

The beauty of the site and the remote character of the Prairie Hotel attracts a great many artists in search of inspiration. Several filmmakers have used the site for certain scenes in their films. Actors Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel stayed here during the shooting of “Holy Smoke”, directed by New Zealander Jane Campion.


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Charm hotel / Eco-friendly / “Flinders Ranges” national park / Pioneer spirit / Typical Australian bush atmosphere / Prize winning cuisine with Aborigine and bush specialties / Private dining / Lounge & Bar / Swimming pool / Art exhibitions / Air safaris / Hiking

When open:

Open all year

Number of rooms and suites:

12 rooms


Double occupancy from 140 euros

Nearest airport:

Adelaide International Airport (ADL) - West Beach

Hotel details:


Cnr High Street & West Terrace


South Australia 5730

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Flight time from Paris:

21 to 24 hours

Time difference from Paris

Australia is in three time zones:
- Western Standard Time: +7h
- Central Standard Time: +8h30
- Eastern Standard Time: +9


Two main types of climate: Tropical in the North and temperate in the South

Necessary travel documents for French nationals:

Valid passport six months after return date
For a visit of less than three months, electronic authorization required
This visa (E-Visitor) is free of charge and available only on the internet and only from abroad. Requests should be addressed to www.immi.gov.au)
No vaccinations reauired


The Australian dollar (AUD)

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+33 1 75 43 70 26 *Our reservation department is always happy to assist you via phone or via email. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 18pm (GMT +1).