Dine or drink at Parachilna’s Prairie Hotel and there’s every chance you will be in famous company. The pub is a hub for a growing number of international moviemakers, drawn to the hauntingly beautiful outback landscape. Famous visitors include Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel, during the filming of ‘Holy Smoke’, Australian rock star Paul Kelly, Hollywood director Philip Noyce and cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, who wrote that “The Prairie Hotel is God’s gift to cuisine and fellowship”.
The pub, first licensed in 1876, is one of few buildings in Parachilna. The town has a population in the single digits and is located between the Flinders Ranges to the east and Lake Torrens to the west. It has got a sensational range of accommodation and a deserved reputation for ‘Flinders feral food’, including anything from kangaroo, emu and yabbie to quandongs, native limes and bush tomatoes.