Unique holiday accommodation steeped in history and located in the historic centre of Quorn. A perfect base from which to enjoy the range of activities in the majestic and beautiful Flinders Ranges, together with the interesting activities in Quorn itself.
The Savings Bank of South Australia (SBSA) building dates back to the early 1890's when it was built as a saddlery. It was later converted into a shop and private residence by Mr J Rock. The Savings Bank of South Australia purchased the building in 1909 for £1,100 and opened a branch in the important northern centre of Quorn. The SBSA later became the State Bank of South Australia and then a Bank SA branch before it closed on 13th September 1997. Fittings and furniture in the banking chamber were panelled with polished cedar and the counter was edged in brass, with an iron foot-rail mounted on the customer side of the counter. Gas was used to light the premises.
The SBSA building in Quorn was subsequently renovated and is now available as comfortable holiday accommodation, centrally located at the gateway to the central and northern Flinders Ranges.
This former SBSA branch with manager's residence is tastefully presented, with comfortable accommodation, available for holiday and vacation rentals. Featuring 2 double bedrooms with queen sized beds, 1 twin bedroom, 2 bathrooms (one on each floor), kitchenette, two large sitting rooms and off-street parking.
Fully air-conditioned with reverse cycle air conditioning in the bedrooms and lounge rooms upstairs and also fully air conditioned downstairs. An electric barbeque is available on request.
The SBSA - Old Quorn branch provides comfortable accommodation all year round.
Accommodation and town overview
The Savings Bank of South Australia - Old Quorn branch is within walking distance of four pubs, supermarket, bookshop, art galleries, craft shops, laundromat, post office, newsagent, chemists, Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre and the famous Pichi Richi Railway Station. We suggest that you also allow some time to visit the PRR railway workshops which are located just past the hospital. If interested in a visit there is information on the Pichi Richi Railway website and you can book with at the Flinders Ranges Visitors Information Centre located in the Quorn Railway Station.
In 1878 the Pichi Richi Railway began as the Port Augusta and Government Gums Railway. The Quorn railway station became the cross-roads station when you travelled north to south, or east to west across Australia. Historically it is a very significant station and the Quorn railway station was featured on an Australia Post stamp, released in October 2013 showing four beautiful and historic railway stations from around the country. During the Second World War, a great number of Australian troops passed through Quorn heading north and south. The Quorn CWA served over one million meals to troops passing through. For more than 40 years Quorn has been the home of the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society.
Take a walk to see the station, museum and Visitor Information Centre.
The local produce and craft market is held on the last Sunday each month in the Quorn Town Hall, just one block's walk from the SBSA. Here you will find locally grown food like figs, apricots, nuts, (depending on the seasons produce) chutneys, jams, sauces and some unique craft gifts.
In Quorn town there is the lovely arid flora "Powell Gardens" at the eastern end of First Street which is well worth a visit, and here you can see hundreds of different flora which exists in this climate of extremes. The ABC Gardening Australia program visited these gardens and you can see more info about it on the Gardening Australia website. Working bees are on each 2nd Sunday and 4th Thursday of the month.
In early 2015 the Flinders Ranges Council opened the renovated "Quorn and District War Memorial Swimming Pool" so if you would like to visit we would suggest that you check the opening hours which do vary according to the season and the temperature.
Operating within the original RW Foster's Great Northern Emporium (just one block away) is Emily's Bistro where history in retail shopping stopped. You can drink or dine here and Flinders Flicks show monthly movies; the dates in 2015 are 15 May, 19 June, 17 July, 21 August. We recommend a visit and suggest you pre-book for any of the movie nights.
The Flinders Ranges
From the SBSA it is an easy drive to Warren Gorge on the recently sealed road, and appropriate for day trips to Brachina Gorge, Wilpena Pound, Blinman, Hawker, Cradock (renowned for sunsets, pub food and art on display), Hammond, Bruce, Melrose, Moockra Tower and Laura.
The Flinders Ranges extend in a north-south direction for about 430 Km from near Port Pirie to Mount Hopeless in South Australia. The ranges are composed of folded and faulted sediments of the Adelaide Geosyncline. This very thick sequence of sediments were deposited in a large basin on the edge of the ancient continent of Rodinia about 840 million years ago. During the Cambrian period approximately 540 million years ago, the area underwent folding, buckling and faulting into a large mountain range, the eroded stumps of which can today be seen as the Mount Lofty and Flinders Ranges. Before erosion, the ranges are though to have been up to 40,000 feet high.
Wilpena Pound is a world class attraction - a large, sickle-shaped, natural amphitheatre covering nearly 80 square kilometres, containing the range's highest peak, St Mary Peak (1,170 m (3,840 ft)) and adjoining the Flinders Ranges National Park. Wilpena Pound is well worth a scenic flight available from many surrounding points. The northern ranges host the Arkaroola wilderness sanctuary and the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park. The central part of the ranges are notable for the Pichi Richi scenic railway and the southern ranges feature Mount Remarkable National Park and Port Germein gorge.
Fossils are found in the Adelaide Geosyncline - those discovered in the Ediacara Hills of the northern Flinders in 1946 are of worldwide significance for being some of the oldest examples of fossilized animal life ever found. They date from the very end of the Neoproterozoic, and in 2004 the location gave its name to the last geological period of the era, the Ediacaran.
The flora of the Flinders Ranges consist of species adapted to a semi-arid environment such as sugar gum, cypress-pine, mallee and black oak. Moister areas near Wilpena Pound support grevilleas, guinea flowers, Liliaceae and ferns. Reeds and sedges grow near permanent water sources such as springs and waterholes.
Since the eradication of dingos and the establishment of permanent waterholes for stock, the numbers of red kangaroos, western grey kangaroos and euros in the Flinders Ranges have increased. The yellow-footed rock-wallaby, which neared extinction after the arrival of Europeans due to hunting and predation by foxes, has now stabilized. Other marsupials include dunnarts and planigales. Insectivorous bats make up a significant proportion of mammals in the area.
There are a large number of bird species including parrots, galahs, emus, the wedge-tailed eagle and small numbers of water birds. Reptiles include goannas, snakes, dragon lizards, skinks and geckos. The streambank froglet is an endemic amphibian.