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The Flinders Ranges and a Quinoa Porridge recipe

Vast blue skies, gently undulating land and ancient mountain ranges. In terms of magnificent scenery and great bushwalking trails, the Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia sure does deliver.

flinders ranges

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Flinders Ranges for a mini-break with my family. It was the first time I’d visited the area since a school camp more than 20 years ago and it was my children’s first time.

flinders ranges

The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia and are situated 430km north of Adelaide. After a five-hour drive we arrived at Rawnsley Park Station, where we were staying, and immediately set off on a walk on the property.

Rawnsley Park Station

After a week staring at a computer screen, hiking around this magnificent, wide open space was an incredible tonic. The air was so clean and fresh and I took deep, grateful breaths of it.

Wilpena Pound

THA Wilpena Pound

The next day we took a short drive down the road to Wilpena Pound,  a magnificent natural amphitheatre. The landscape in this area is 800 million years old and has been home to the Adnyamathanha people for tens of thousands of years.

We chose to do the ‘Easy Trail’ as it was a comfortable walk for the kids and shaded from the hot sun by towering Eucalyptus trees.


This was a very easy walk – there are much longer and more difficult trails within the park. You can also catch a bus from the information centre into the park, for a shorter walk to the pound. You can also stay in the national park itself.

THA wildflowers

At one point we took a detour off the main path and came across a 2-metre tall emu.

THA emu

This native Australian bird is a flightless one – all its strength and speed is derived from its incredibly powerful legs. It can kick a fully-grown kangaroo — or a man —  to death with them.

The emu stopped and looked at us.

THA emu

I took the above photo and then realised that we were potentially at risk: being attacked by a panicked emu was not something I wanted to experience. I also registered the fact that I was holding my son’s hand and that my daughter was standing a couple of metres away from us. I wanted to run to her and pull her behind me but I also didn’t want to startle the emu.

All these thoughts flashed through my mind in seconds and then the emu started running straight towards us. Thankfully, it veered off to one side a mere five metres away.

My heart was beating fast as I imagined what could have happened but my children were delighted by our wildlife encounter.

“We were attacked by an emu!” they told everyone upon our return. “It was amazing!”

Our visit to the Flinders Ranges was short — only three days — but bar the emu incident, it was wonderfully relaxing. Next time we’ll stay for longer.

Quinoa Porridge with Berries

quinoa porridge with berries

One of the dishes I cooked while we were in the Flinders Ranges was this Quinoa Porridge with Berries.

I love porridge made from oats but sadly, oats don’t agree with me so I’d resigned myself to never eating porridge again. Then I learned about quinoa, a gluten-free superfood, and started making porridge with quinoa flakes instead.

It’s beyond easy to prepare and is so light and easy to digest. I love eating it with honey, milk, yoghurt and fresh berries.


Quinoa Porridge
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Australian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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A gluten-free porridge with fresh fruit
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 2 cups water
  • Milk
  • Yoghurt
  • Honey
  • Berries
  1. Bring water to the boil in a small saucepan and then add quinoa flakes.
  2. Reduce heat to low and then cook the quinoa, stirring occasionally, until all of the water is absorbed (8-10 minutes).
  3. Spoon quinoa porridge into two bowls and add milk, yoghurt, honey and berries to taste.

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  • http://cooksophiecook.com CookSophieCook

    It looks beautiful there, gorgeous photos…

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Sophie. It is a stunning part of the world.

  • http://padaek.com/ Padaek

    That emu is impressive! Seriously freaky though. Love the incredible landscape and photos. Best wishes! :)

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      The emu was impressive and a little scary! I have no idea what I would have done it had kept charging towards us. Thanks so much for your kind words x

  • skiourophile

    Gorgeous photos – we camped up there when I was a child. I learned to hate camping (!) but the scenery was astonishing and I feel very nostalgic now.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Haha! I’m not a big fan of camping either although I did love the eggs and bacon my dad cooked in his wok for breakfast :) The Flinders are a fantastic place to visit though – will definitely take my kids back.

  • http://sherryspickings.blogspot.com.au sherry from sherryspickings

    gorgeous photos. i would love to head down there and check out the scenery for myself. yep emus are scary! same with cassowaries in north qld. love the look of that porridge. i must hunt up some quinoa flakes.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Sherry. You should definitely try to to visit one day – it’s a very special spot. I’ve never seen a cassowaries but I imagine that they are similarly impressive/scary. I found my quinoa flakes at my local supermarket – hope you can track some down.

  • http://www.gourmanda.me/ Amanda @ Gourmanda.me

    Those landscape photos are gorgeous – it really looks out of this world. What a wonderful getaway with your family – emu incident aside!

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Amanda. The scenery is incredibly striking out there. It was a great family trip.

  • http://www.gourmetgetaways.com.au/ Gourmet Getaways

    Happy vacay, Christina! Love your porridge bowl with yoghurt and berries!

    Gourmet Getaways

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks! We did have a wonderful family holiday :)

  • liz @ Strayed Table

    How lucky to see an emu in the wild even if he did make a run for you. Cheeky bugger. Great looking porridge might be a good one for my little one too.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Liz. It was extremely lucky seeing an emu so close – I was just glad he didn’t come any closer! This porridge would be a great option for your little one.

  • http://www.orgasmicchef.com/ Maureen | OrgasmicChef

    I love the emu story! When I first moved to Australia there was an animal park in Albury, NSW that had a huge enclosure with tame emus. I loved visiting there. Someone decided it wasn’t a good idea after a while and they were all fenced away. I bet even they would like your porridge!

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Maureen. Cleland National Park here in SA also has tame emus in an enclosure that you can walk through – I think it’s fine as long as they’re used to humans and humans don’t do anything silly. As it was, I just didn’t know how this wild one would react! Thankfully, it all turned out fine.

  • http://www.thesagenext.com/cloud/quickbooks-hosting.html lily smith

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this site.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thank you!

  • Akshay patel

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  • https://theeighthours.wordpress.com/ Eight Hours

    Your pictures are amazing.
    Gorgeous scenery.
    And quinoa porridge is my favourite at the moment.


  • http://www.toursnhotels.com Tom Miller

    Interesting post, mesmerizing images. Thanks for sharing your views

  • http://www.aussiecampervans.com/ Alice Genoh

    Well I just hope that Emu would’ve stopped by my side and stared at me like this. The images are superb. Sometimes, it gives the superficial version of the already amazing places. Think I get the point of getting the best of the camera along.

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