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“A true to itself outback hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Main Road | Blinman, Blinman, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Blinman B&B and Inns
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“A true to itself outback hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Since we weren't looking for a resort experience in the first instance, we enjoyed our two nights at South Australia's relatively remote North Blinman Hotel.

We appreciated the historic fabric of the original hotel, the appropriate decor of our room and the fact that we could keep it cool by day (blinds down etc) without having to leave the air conditioning on, despite the mid 40s temperatures.

Thus said, we agree with earlier reviewers that the nightly rate for a couple was pricey compared to say a basic hotel room in downtown Adelaide, or Peterborough even. However, it must be kept in mind that Blinman is a long way north, as in pretty 'far out' as they say in Australia, and keeping up supplies is costly and time consuming, especially in the recent heat wave. Certainly our experience compared well with what was on offer at the more southerly town of Hawker, for example, where it was hard to purchase fresh food, let alone a decent meal.

To us, the attraction of Blinman was its authenticity as an old mining town and the sense that townsfolk were keen to avoid turning it into some kind of 'faux' touristy experience. On on!

Yes, we saw evidence of the said mouse and commented to ourselves about the long life milk but these were minor concerns.

The old style outback bar atmosphere was great and the wine and beer list good, as were the meals we had at night, the steaks especially (apart from one overdone always tricky dish). Our friendly host Lindsay was a real asset to the tiny town. Long may she stay!

Leaving aside the hotel, Blinman is surrounded by scenic rangeland country, including the Parachilna and Chambers gorges. In particular we wanted to get a bit closer to Mount Partawarta, an unusually shaped mountain that fascinated legendary South Australian artist Hans Heysen whose family had emigrated from Germany in his childhood.

We'd caught tantalising glimpses of its rough-shaped conical form while driving to Blinman from the Angorichina village in Parachilna Gorge. And it's a relatively short uphill walk to the cairned lookout just east of Blinman (visible from the hotel) where sunrise and sunset views of this iconic mountain convey a sense of what attracted Heysen to this district in the 1930s and 40s.

As we were behind the wheel of a 2WD Holden Commodore sedan for our two week 'short hot summer', we jumped at the chance to hire a 4WD from the hotel, and set off along a local track into what would be 47 degrees plus celsius heat, towards Mount Partawarta. While the scenic drive was well worth it, on our next visit, we'd make time to visit the town's extensive historic mining complex, an added attraction.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

Recently stayed 1 night in the pub rooms. Don't expect to much bang for your buck. My bath towel should have been thrown out a long time ago.. Dinner at the pub was just OK.. And breakfast.. I didn't like room temp milk and long life juices.. But alas the beer was cold :-) local scenery Fantastic...

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Dropped into the Blinman Hotel twice for lunch, Prices were reasonable and serves generous. I can recommend the Blinman burger. They have James Squires 150 lashes on tap. Thanks to Lindsay for the quick and friendly service.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, South Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stayed a couple of nights here - it's a friendly place with OK rooms (nothing special, but prices are reasonable for out here). The bar is a good place to be and the food is very well priced and suprisingly good. Friday nights for pizza is a hoot.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We spent two memorable nights at the Blinman Hotel. The pluses: spacious, generally well-equipped rooms; good food (though not fine dining); hospitable, friendly staff; and, most of all, the opportunity to sit in front of the fire and yarn for hours over a glass or two with the locals, as well as other visitors. The minuses: yes, the towels are threadbare (apparently, it's the fault of the laundry service, but they really need to fix this); $15 an hour for wi-fi is very steep (though that was blamed on the expense of providing it in such a remote area); and the extra $10 for a mediocre breakfast (instant coffee!). However, for all that, I'd go back there again . As another reviewer has said, they do a good job in a very remote area; in the outback you have to roll with the punches. And what a beautiful area it is -- absolutely stunning We went on an all-day four-wheel drive excursion to Chambers Gorge with Sally Henery whose family owns the nearby Alpana Station (www.alpanastation.com). Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

$155 for a double room. Threadbare towels, sheets with holes, plus the 'resident' mouse. Mouldy shower and no exhaust fan in bathroom which came with inbuilt unpleasant odour. Mud wasp nest on the curtains. Wasn't advised that a booking was required the night before for breakfast so a nice breakfast was had at the general store, thanks guys. General store also has self contained accommodation which we will use on our next trip to the beautiful Flinders.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

We finally arrived in Blinman for morning coffee & found the local pub had the best coffee ever! The town is very interesting as it used to be a thriving mining town with a population of 1500 but today there are only 22.

The town began with the discovery of copper in 1859 and commencement of mining in 1862. The Blinman Mine is today a popular visitor attraction & there are tours available at the mining tin shed. The 4WD’s lined up against the Blinman Hotel made a fabulous opportunity for a great shot of an Australian Outback scene.

After our little coffee break we head towards Parachilna for lunch but after seeing all the 4WD’s let’s hope not everyone has the same idea about lunch.

We didn't stay here as we used Rawnsley Park Station as our base for exploring the Flinders Ranges & they have amazing luxury villas if one wants to spoil themselves.

Blinman makes a perfect stop for lunch or coffee if heading to Parachilna.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Main Road | Blinman, Blinman, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Flinders Ranges > Flinders Ranges National Park > Blinman
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Blinman

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