SA: Art in the Flinders Ranges


7 days/6 nights, ex Adelaide

Tour dates:                       Please contact Walking Matilda if you are interested in this tour


Cost:                                 $2195.00 per person, twin/share.

 Accommodation:             Twin/shared rooms in comfortable shearing quarters with shared facilities.

 Maximum group size: 10


What people have said about previous tours…………..

 “It just felt very comfortable and well done the whole time…..apart from being in one of the most amazing regions in the world. Janet of course is always a joy to be with and the whole combination was stunning.” (Diwani. Adelaide)


About the Flinders Ranges

 The Flinders Ranges have inspired artists since the first European explorers traversed them in the 1840’s. The shapes of the ancient ranges, the majestic river red gums and the ever-changing colours of distant hills and quartzite cliffs reflect the character of the Australian Outback. They are also home to a diverse flora, kangaroos, euros, wallabies, emus, colourful parrots, kites and eagles.

The Aboriginal people have lived here for thousands of years and left rock carvings, cave paintings and stone implements. Their dreaming stories still interpret the landscape in a mythical way. Europeans first settled the area in 1846 and there are picturesque stone ruins of the pioneering miners and farmers who have tried to live here.

Today the Flinders Ranges provide some of Australia’s best semi-arid walking and their rugged mountain beauty continue to attract our artists and photographers.

We will stay in comfortable farm accommodation on a large Flinders Ranges sheep station and set off each day to discover the best sites for sketching and painting. This tour is suitable for beginners and for those with some previous painting experience.


About Janet Ayliffe

 Janet is a noted South Australian painter, print maker and art educator who regularly exhibits her work nationally and internationally. She learned her craft at Ruth Tuck’s kitchen table classes, and later the South Australian School of Art. She completed a Graduate Diploma of Education.

To date, she has had sixteen one-person shows, the latest at Hahndorf SA in December, 2011. Her work is displayed in public and private collections and in art galleries throughout Australia and in other parts of the world.

 She helps students to enjoy working in the Great Outdoors, how to manage ants, flies and emus, to paint and draw with some comfort and make fine compostions. Reference is often made to Artists who have painted the landscape before us, a little traveling History of Art there for inspiration and advice.”

To see some of Janet’s work, visit her website at

Janet is also a highly regarded teacher, previously at Flinders University and for TAFE, and now conducting courses and workshops at the Hahndorf Academy, and in Sydney and Canberra. During the Flinders Workshop, she will be giving daily classes and providing lessons in watercolour, gouache and mixed media work.

Our Itinerary

Day 1

We depart Adelaide at 8.00am and travel to Port Augusta. Visit the Wadlata Outback Centre for lunch and then continue through Pichi Richi, Quorn and Hawker to our accommodation near Blinman. There will be a sketching session near the spectacular Elder Range en route. Overnight: Shearers’ Quarters (LD).

Day 2

Sketching and painting near Blinman this morning. Copper was discovered here in 1859 and there are some picturesque relics from the mining period. Overnight: Shearers’ Quarters (BLD).

Day 3

Today we focus on the gorges – Parachilna and Brachina. Spectacular rock formations, native pines and huge gums. The colours change throughout the day, gaining intensity. We look for the rare yellow-footed rock wallabies this afternoon. Overnight: Shearers’ Quarters (BLD).

Day 4

We explore the Wilpena Pound area, a huge bowl-shaped formation of red quartzite. Its ramparts are worthy subjects and viewpoints provide more artistic opportunities. Overnight: Shearers’ Quarters (BLD).

Day 5

Today we will stay near to our accommodation, and with Janet’s expert guidance, develop the ideas and sketches made over the past few days. The nearby hills and gum-studded creek-lines may inspire new works, and we can try some new techniques. Overnight: Shearers’ Quarters (BLD).

Day 6

We have some options; painting The Bunkers from a high view point, traveling into Glass Gorge or Moralana in search of new sites, or taking an extended walk. Overnight: Shearers’ Quarters (BLD).

Day 7

Leaving the Flinders Ranges, we head south to the beautiful Clare Valley wine region. Here we try to capture the gentler hills and autumn hues – and enjoy a little of the local product. Return to central Adelaide by 5.30 pm. (BL).


  • Six nights twin/share accommodation in comfortable shearer’s quarters on a Flinders Ranges sheep station,
  • All meals,
  • Wine with evening meals
  • Tuition in sketching, painting and mixed media work,
  • All ground transport,
  • All entry fees and charges,
  • Driver/guide,
  • Optional guided bushwalks.

Not included:

  • Art materials. (Janet will provide a list of things to bring),
  • Travel to and from Adelaide, (will arrange a central meeting point in Adelaide)
  • Optional scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges.
  • You will require bedding. Top sheet, pillow and pillowcase provided only.
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