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Iconic Flinders Ranges Prairie Hotel to get $1.5M upgrade

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The Prairie Hotel at Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges is set to undergo a major refurbishment with financial support from the South Australian Government’s Tourism Industry Development Fund.

The famous Prairie Hotel at Parachilna in the spectacular Flinders Ranges is set to undergo a $1.5M upgrade thanks in part to $464,419 in support from the South Australian Government’s Tourism Industry Development Fund.

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The Prairie Hotel’s application to the fund was successful as the refurbishment is expected to result in an increase in visitor numbers to the Flinders Ranges and outback SA.

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The Prairie Hotel, which has been run by Ross and Jane Fargher since 1991, was first licensed in 1876 and the hotel’s current stone building was erected in 1905. These days, the hotel is famous for its feral food menu, which includes the popular feral mixed grill with kangaroo fillet, emu mignon and camel sausage with red wine native pepper leaf jus and chef’s choice of vegetable matter. Other native produce used in various meals at the hotel includes quandongs, wattle and acacia seeds, saltbush, lemon myrtle, native limes and bush tomatoes.

The pub also serves its famous Fargher Lager that’s currently brewed off-site, but this is set to change with the hotel refurbishment which – along with a bar, restaurant and accommodation upgrade – will include a new brewhouse.

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Stage 1 of the Prairie Hotel refurbishment is expected to be completed by mid-2021. The hotel is currently closed for Summer but is scheduled to reopen on 1 March. Reservations can be made by emailing reservations@prairiehotel.com.au.

The Prairie Hotel is a great base for 4X4 travellers who want to explore the Flinders Ranges; it’s a stone’s throw from the spectacular Parachilna and Brachina gorges (with their incredible campsites), a day trip to the amazing Skytrek 4×4 loop on Willow Springs Station, and just down the road from the well-preserved Farina Ruins.

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