Prairie Hotel


Where the desert meets the Flinders Ranges, the Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, South Australia, is an Australian icon.

First licensed in 1876, Ross Fargher, fourth generation cattleman, and wife Jane, bought their ‘local’ in 1991, and created the quintessential Australian outback Hotel and Lodge which they continue to run today.

This tiny footprint on the vast landscape is a destination in itself.

The hotel’s ‘Prairie Outback Lodge’ of just 12 rooms radiates elegance, comfort, a quirky, relaxed country style delivered with gracious attention and hospitality.

The restaurant is renowned for feral fare with flair, accented with native ingredients and its own ‘The Flinders Range’ condiments. A tidy beverage list includes their own ‘Fargher Lager’ and a fossil inspired wine range referencing the globally significant Ediacaran fossil fields on nearby Nilpena Station.

Enjoy the gallery of significant artworks and a curated experience of the options available on the doorstep.

Flight of the Ranges and beyond, guided visit to the fossil site, world class hiking and biking in collaboration with other local operators.

The Prairie is 90 kilometres of bitumen north of Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.


Bar Carpark Communal Lounge Conference/Function Facilities Free Wifi Laundry Non Smoking Outdoor Dining Area Outdoor Furniture Restaurant

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available


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The high ceilinged, cleverly styled four Heritage Rooms and en-suites are in the original part of the historic stone hotel, featuring country charm with a fresh twist.
An oasis in the outback, you will feel deliciously comfortable and definitely country.
Step from your room directly to the Lodge lounge and courtyards. This exclusive domain of Lodge guests is dressed with interesting artefacts, collectible artworks and sculpture.

Air Conditioning Alarm Clock Bath Electric Blankets Private Bathroom Hairdryer Heating Tea/Coffee making facilities

Award winning eco-designed accommodation.
Deluxe King bedrooms or a Deluxe twin share option of a Queen & King Single bed combine energy-efficient design with outback architecture.
Step down from the entrance lobby and ensuite (shower only) area to an over-sized, elegantly styled living and bedroom area with wide plantation shuttered windows. An oasis in the outback, you will feel deliciously comfortable and country.
Rooms are adjacent to the Lodge lounge and courtyards, exclusive domain of Lodge guests.

Air Conditioning Alarm Clock Blankets Electric Blankets Private Bathroom Refrigerator Hairdryer Heating Minibar Tea/Coffee making facilities

Award winning outback architecture featuring innovative, energy efficient design, partially set into the earth.
Enjoy the comfort of elegantly ‘Prairie-Outback’ styled Executive King Suite or Executive Queen Suite of twin queen beds, each with double spa en-suites. From the entrance lobby step down to a spacious living and bedroom area offering panoramic views of the Flinders Ranges. Your haven where the outback meets the Flinders Ranges.

Air Conditioning Bath Blankets Hairdryer Internet Access Iron Kettle Linen supplied Lounge/Dining Area Outdoor Furniture Private Bathroom Refrigerator Spa Bath Tea/Coffee making facilities


From AU$225.00

Prairie Outback Lodge Dinner, Bed and Breakfast packages on-line at
Single person supplements apply.
Railway Fettlers Cottages and the ‘Overflow’, adjacent to the Hotel, are closed for the 2020 season.

Trading Times

Check In: 2:00 pm
Check Out: 10:00 am

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