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Blinman Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Blinman B&B and Inns
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
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4  Thank Ellemay
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

What more could you want, a bed, food in your belly, a beer and a beautiful view. To see the Flinders is a must do and this is a great place for a night or 2 stop. The staff do a good job with the resources they have, they are hours away from towns etc and they do a fab job to keep it all going!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank Jessica W
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

Our experience in whole in the Flinders Rangers was a great short get away and we were taken there by a travel voucher needing to be used. Due to the travel voucher we paid a great price for accommodation and the rooms we stayed in had been updated although i think we may have stayed in the largest and maybe most updated room due to traveling in the quiet season (Jan 2012). Not 5 star standard but nor was that standard expected by us from an outback pub.

The locals were friendly and happy to share information and the food was brilliant, Tony the owner is a fantastic chef and if you are lucky enough to be there on a Friday night - the pizzas are a must!

The service in general however was a bit lacking, we often found ourselves lingering around the bar for 5 or more mins waiting to be served when there was noone else in the bar and we were told breakfast would be available however the first morning we went to have it, none had been served up (continental style) and the second morning, at 9am, everything was still locked up with noone else in sight. Luckily there was a nice little cafe - Wild Lime Cafe just next door which does fresh coffee and breakfasts.

All in all a great experience, the owners are kind, friendly and happy to help - just a bit slow off the ball and could have easily welcomed us to spend much more time there than we did.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Sheri D
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

If you call painting over cracks and fittings as newly updated heritage you might be happy but when you move the cubart to look for the power point to make a cuppa and see the months of dead flys and then you see dirty tissues under the bed you start to know you have made a big mistake there where 3 of the 4 I will not go on
The food was excellent

Room Tip: Dont go unless you are desparate
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dillon022
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

Choice is limited in and around the pound, particularly if you do not want to camp! This was an average sort of a place, nothing to write home about. The food was good though, as was the ice cold beer, the stars, sunrise and the location. That's really what it's all about.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank hammockman
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Reviewed December 7, 2010

Roof of entire building leaks in minimum rain. When a downpour came we were on our own to move from a fully flooded room where electric wires were now submerged. The location has no mobile ph coverage and no landline was supplied anywhere for guests use in an emergency. We found skeleton keys on cleaning trolley in open cleaning room. Water flood was the least of our worries.
A safety & security nightmare. No apology after more than 24hrs since leaving.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Blahnii
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Reviewed November 3, 2010

Sadly, bitumen roads have replaced the winding dirt tracks of the last century from Wilpena Pound to Blinman. The ease of travel therefore increases the volume of traffic to this wonderful old copper mining town, and increased volume does not mean better more affordable accommodation. As Blinman is somewhat out of the way, there appears to be a notion by the proprietors that they can charge what they like, due to the "lack of competition". For one night a cost of $140, seemed hugely excessive for what was available. A room to the rear of the hotel, clean and reasonably comfortable with a TV about the size of a postage stamp, and beds that were past their use by date. The bathroom was an anomaly, Blinman totally relies on rainwater, which is scarce at the best of times, but two shower heads in the one shower alcove, I tried them and yes, both worked perfectly spraying copious quantities during my short stay. Leaping from the shower I was greeted with two very threadbare towels, they may have been some heirlooms from my earlier visit in 1970? The front bar was virtually empty and there were only a few in for dinner none of whom seemed overjoyed with there location…. Certainly not like the old days !

  • Stayed: October 2010
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3  Thank Oztraveller1953
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Address: Mine Rd | Blinman, Blinman, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia 5730, 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
Number of rooms: 21

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