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Bruce, between picturesque Wilmington and Quorn, lies on the Willochra Plain surrounded by the Flinders Ranges and the Horseshoe Range.

Mount Remarkable, Mount Brown and Moockra Tower are among many landmarks that can be seen and explored from this 1880s settlement.

Bruce has three cottages, a memorial institute and a railway station that has been restored. The railway line is still in existence from Bruce to Quorn, and is owned by the Pichi Richi Railway Society.

During Bruce's settlement, settlers were allocated a square mile, 640 acre blocks of land of what had been open pastoral holdings. In the 1890s drought forced many settlers off their properties and in most cases the land was reverted to grazing for sheep and cattle.

Bruce: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Pichi Richi Railway

Experience the timeless Flinders Ranges in style aboard the Pichi Richi Railway.

This historic railway line has been progressively restored and operated as a working museum for the past 40 years by the dedicated volunteers of the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society.

Operating between Quorn and Port Augusta, this is the last remaining operating portion of the "Old Ghan" railway line. Trains use steam locomotives or historic diesels, and genuine timber-body carriages up to 115 years old.

Full or half-day trips are available or hire a private train.

The Afghan Express: A steam-hauled train using timber-bodied carriages built in the late 1920s. Port Augusta to Quorn (return), six hours including a two hour stop for lunch in historic Quorn.

The Pichi Richi Explorer: A steam train using South Australian railways carriages, some dating from the nineteenth century. Quorn to Woolshed Flat, return two hours.

The Barwell Bull: 85 year old heritage diesel railcar travelling the Pichi Richi Explorer route.

Twilight Explorer: During March and November, relax with a drink aboard the Barwell Bull and watch the evening sun paint the ranges the colours of sunset.

Visit the website for all departure times and costings for all trains.

Railway Station,
Railway Terrace
Quorn, SA, 5433

Located 18.9K from Bruce

Devil's Peak Walking Trail

The bushwalk up to Devil's Peak is steep in places and is recommended for experienced and fit walkers.

It may take one-and-a-half to two hours for the return journey but you will see a large variety of native vegetation, wild flowers, and birds and get fantastic panoramic views at the summit, which is 670 metres above sea level.

Devil's Peak Walking Trail is closed from 1 November to 15 April each year due to fire danger season.

Devil's Peak Road
Quorn, SA, 5433

Located 19.1K from Bruce

Warren Gorge

Warren Gorge offers a variety of experiences for visitors, from bush walking to picnics and camping (fees apply per vehicle, bring your own wood).

Warren Gorge is an excellent example of the many varying micro-climates that exist in pockets throughout the Flinders Ranges due to the slight changes in geology, environment and topography.

Walking along the trail you may notice some spots that have quite different vegetation to the surrounding area - these pockets of temperate vegetation exist due to the different micro-climate they experience, as geology affects the local climate and soils, which then determines the type of vegetation that can grow. It is so fine-tuned that different slope sides in the same gully may have varying vegetation.

The southern slopes receive less sunlight giving them a temperate micro-climate, while the northern slopes receive more sunlight causing them to have a more arid microclimate. In the gullies and gorges there are some small caves and hide-holes that the animals use for protection from extreme weather and predators.

You may be fortunate enough to see Yellow- Footed Rock wallabies drinking from the pools of water, which whilst endangered and generally rare, are iconic to the Flinders Ranges.

Pets are permitted.

Arden Vale Road
Quorn, SA, 5433

Located 23.6K from Bruce

Sansouci Puppet Museum and Gallery

Relive your childhood memories at the Sansouci Puppet Museum and Gallery at Wilmington in the beautiful Flinders Ranges. The museum is located directly opposite the Post Office and very easy to find.

Sansouci is Australia's only puppet museum where you can see over 1,000 puppets, marionettes and ventriloquist dolls on display. The puppets range in age from 100 years old to present day puppets.

See your favourites like Punch and Judy, Pinocchio and even Shrek and the Muppets.

Owners, Brian and Rosemary Whitehead give guided tours through the museum and are always happy to demonstrate the puppets and encourage everyone to try puppeteering. A gold coin donation is requested for the tour.

The gallery has many items for sale including puppets and marionettes designed and made by Brian, a range of Native American Indian dream catchers and wind chimes made by both Brian and Rosemary and lots of collectables and giftware.

17 Main North Road
Wilmington, SA, 5485

Located 24.7K from Bruce

Bruce: Travel Tips

Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre

The Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre is located in the picturesque town of Quorn in the Flinders Ranges.

The centre is a fully accredited centre and is open five days a week from 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm. It is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers from the local area who are happy to assist visitors to the region.

The Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre has an extensive selection of local and regional brochures, plus a range of souvenirs, maps, pictures and books for sale. The internet access is available for all online needs. The Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre can do bookings online for accommodation and tours.

The Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre endeavours to provide high quality service and information to assist making your stay in the Flinders Ranges a memorable one. We look forward to meeting you and hope that you enjoy your stay.

Quorn Railway Station,
Railway Terrace
Quorn, SA, 5433

Located 18.9K from Bruce

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