The Prairie Hotel.
Inside the Prairie Hotel.
Ben enjoys good tucker.
With its surrounding gorges, creek beds, red sandhills, claypans, mountains and vast open areas, the Prairie Hotel is the perfect answer when you're travelling to the Flinders Ranges and want a welcomed stop.
The Prairie Hotel in Parachilna, a town with a population of five, was first licensed in 1876. The Ghan railway used to run through it, and the hotel was an oasis for thirsty rail workers who constantly passed through the area. Now it is a welcome stop for people driving through, or on coach tours of, the Flinders Ranges.
The area is extremely beautiful, with gorges, creek beds, red sandhills, claypans, mountains and vast open areas.
Jane and Ross Fargher own Prairie Hotel, as well as Nilpena Station, where the old woolshed is used as an entertainment venue. They have put a lot of work into the hotel, and it is now classified five-star, without any compromise to the buildingâ€™s historic character.
The Prairie has 12 rooms: four heritage, six standard and two executive. The hotel has been brought into this century by being extremely energy-conscious and cleverly built to be cool in summer and cosy in winter. The rooms in the new wing have been set into the earth, which not only provides wonderful natural insulation, but also gives uninterrupted views.
Recycled materials have been used where possible, and ceilings have been constructed from wood taken from the old Port Adelaide woolstores. There is air conditioning, plus a guest pool just across the road.
The oranges and red earthy colours used in the decor are sympathetic with the surrounding countryside and flora.
If you plan to make Parachilna your base, tours of the area can be arranged from the hotel. Consider a personalised 4WD tour conducted by local pastoralists, or enjoy a drink while watching a spectacular sunset. You might like to catch a bird's eye view of the ranges and salt lakes on a Blinman scenic flight, or maybe a visit to Iga Warta, an environmental and cultural centre run by the local Adnyamathanha community.