Brachina Gorge is one of the Flinders Ranges National Park's most popular and spectacular tourist attractions. The gorge is an important refuge for the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby as well as many species of birds and reptiles.
This colourful and spectacular gorge has long attracted visitors to marvel at its beauty. The gorge was used from 1862 as a commercial route for cartage of copper ore from the Blinman Mine, 35 kilometres to the north. It provided access to the western plains until a road through Parachilna Gorge was established in the 1880's to connect Blinman to the northern railway. The gorge today provides a pathway through the rock sequence which reveals their history as a corridor through time.
Rocks which are exposed along the Brachina Gorge were once sediments deposited in a shallow, elongated basin known as the Adelaide Geosyncline. These sediments were transported by rivers and at times by glaciers and deposited on the seafloor between 650 and 500 million years ago. The area was flooded by the sea for much of that 150 million year period, during which the sea level rose and fell many times.
The colours, sounds and peace of Brachina Gorge as the sun rises are an unforgettable experience.
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