Flinders fun

Red SATIN shoes, check; long, black, off-the-shoulder dress, check. The pile keeps growing next to the open suitcase, and when a friend pops in and wants to know where I’m going this time, I breezily – and studiously – respond: “Just the Outback...” 

And I’m not teasing. I’m headed for Wilpena Under the Stars, an annual fund­raising event for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), which takes place against the most spectacular backdrop Mother Nature can provide: Wilpena Pound in South Australia, an easy five-hour drive from Adelaide.

The Flinders Ranges must be the most aesthetically appealing of all the mountain ranges in Australia. On approach they look tame, almost too green for this sunburnt country, heavily covered with trees and folds that somehow look like giant handkerchiefs delicately dropped from the sky. 

Sir Hans Heysen, the South Australian artist who made the Flinders – and