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Blinman - Cities, Towns and Localities

Located at the northern edges of the Flinders Ranges National Park, about 60 km north of Wilpena Pound, Blinman offers a great place to base yourself, from which to explore the Flinders Ranges region.

An isolated settlement, the town got its name from Robert Blinman in 1859, a shepherd who was employed at H. C. Swan's Angorichina Station. It was Robert Blinman who in December 1859 having discovered a mineral outcrop, gambled some of his hard earn wages on a mineral application.

With the application approved, he was able to convince others to join him and in January 1861, a lease was issued in the names of Robert Blinman, Alfred Frost, Joe Mole and Henry Alford. This was the start of the largest and most productive copper mine in the Flinders Ranges.

Attractions in the region include Brachina Gorge, Parachilna Gorge, Blinman Mines, as well as providing a stop off, on the way to Arkaroola.

Check out our listing of Blinman accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Blinman Attractions

Blinman Pools Walk
• Angorichina Village, FLINDERS RANGES SA • Ph: 08 8648 4842
• Blinman Pools are located 520 km north of Adelaide. The trail begins at Angorichina Village, look for the trail shelter. Angorichina Village is located between Blinman and Parachilna.

The Blinman Pools are named after Robert 'Pegleg' Blinman, who was the shepherd at Angorichina Station until 1859 when he discovered a seam of copper and went on to make his fortune as a miner.

The two spring-fed creeks keep the first pool filled with water all year round, The second pool is low in summer, but after big rains it can fill up to 3 metres. During such times, the cool green coloured water stretches about 20-30 metres across. With its waterfalls, the Blinman Pools have been a popular picnic spot since the 1800s.

The Walk
There are physically demanding sections, with no formal track. The walk is challenging with rocky creek bed to large boulders, steep inclines. Good hiking boots are recommended.

  • To 1st pool 10 km return (approximately 4 hours return)
  • To 2nd pool 12 km return (approximately 5 hours return)

There is some signage used for direction and distance indicators, and points of interest along the walk.

The best season for walking is April-October.

Blinman Pools Walk brochure (PDF 423 kb) can be downloaded from the South Australian Trails site.

Warning and Advice
Weather conditions may vary from very hot and dry during the day to very cold at night. Pack food and water in a small lightweight backpack so your hands are free for climbing.
  • Take at least 2 litres of water per person (more if it is very hot)
  • Wear a wide-brim hat, good hiking boots, sunscreen
  • Please respect private property and the environment
  • Move quietly near stock or wildlife
  • No dogs allowed
  • Observe fire restrictions
  • No camping
  • Tell someone about your plans
  • Allow enough time to get back before dark
  • Please take all your rubbish with you.

Source: South Australian Trails

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Blinman Events

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Blinman Gymkhana
• Blinman Racecourse, Airstrip Arkaroola Rd, BLINMAN SA 5730 • Ph: 08 8648 4871 • Email
• October
• One of the longest running Gymkhana's if not the longest running with the first recorded meeting was held in 1868, when the races used to held over a two day period, today the event is held over one day.

There are 16 horse events, including the Blinman Cup and the Bracelet with novelty events throughout the day for both children and adults. There is all day bar facilities and food available with a barbecue tea available. Great music and entertainment on the night.
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Blinman Local Services

Blinman Hotel
• BLINMAN SA 5730 • Ph: 08 8648 4867
• First opened in 1869 and still retains a lot of its original features, including slate floors and its dominating fire places. Front bar, fully licensed award winning restaurant. 17 en-suite hotel and motel style rooms, powered sites and camping areas.
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