The Dutchmans Valley Hike
Starting from the Gate 3 car park on Dutchmans Stern Road, Quorn, this walk takes you to the Middle Lookout and back via The Dutchmans Valley Hike. Located northwest of Quorn in the Flinders Ranges, The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park is a protected area containing a mountain known as 'The Dutchmans Stern', named by Captain Matthew Flinders due to its similarity to 18th-century Dutch sailing ships. Western grey kangaroos, red kangaroos, yellow-footed rock wallabies, euros and echidnas can be seen in the park, and the diverse vegetation attracts a wide range of birdlife. This hike partially follows a section of the Heysen Trail west of the Dutchman Range, leading to two lookouts with spectacular views down Spencer Gulf and northwest towards Lake Torrens. The hike climbs gradually along the Northern Boundary Track, then heads south along the Valley Track and continues to the Middle Lookout, located a couple of kilometres beyond the turnoff for the Heysen Trail. After spending some time enjoying the views, walkers can head back along the same route. This hike consists of wide fire tracks, with some short steep hills, suitable for average fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.