Quorn's trail to the bush tucker capital of Australia

Quandong Café owner Patricia Gilbert in Quorn.
Quandong Café owner Patricia Gilbert in Quorn.

Quorn etches closer to the title of bush tucker capital of Australia, with plans to showcase the native flavours of the Flinders Ranges.

The re-brand comes in the wake of government funding to build a new walking path connecting its southern and northern reaches with surrounding bush food gardens

The bush tucker trail will be a tourism drawcard for the region, offering Far North favourites like quandongs and Iga Warta - the native orange.

Flinders Ranges Council Mayor Peter Slattery said the idea was touted some six months ago and the $480,000 trail project was a welcome kick-start.

Council are expected to provide half the funding for the project.

"We are hoping this will help raise the profile, we do have a number of native fruits that grow around the Flinders and we recognise we need some diversification with the agriculture sector," Mr Slattery said.

"The idea of branding Quorn as the bush tucker capital, it's been brought into our discussions around various opportunities to create more of an identity for Quorn."

The walking and cycling trail will follow alongside the red gum-lined Pinkerton Creek, passing through the centre of town.

Among bush food grown in the local area is the quandong - a fruit so synonymous with the region, one local café owner named her business after it.

An Aboriginal supplier sells the fruit to the local Quandong Café so owner Patricia Gilbert can make quandong cheesecake, pie, chutney, jam and slice.

She said the fruit was more expensive as plants had smaller yields and likened its taste to rhubarb with a slight tartness - the fruit creating much interest among visitors to the town.

"I also sell quandong jam and syrup," Ms Gilbert said.

"All of my staff are well trained in how to answer simple and more complex questions about the quandong."

The bush food project funding was part of the State Government's announcement of $65.5million for local community projects across South Australia.

Among other regional projects, the Mount Remarkable council area in the southern Flinders Ranges won funding to expand its existing biking and walking trail from Wilmington to Melrose.

The plan was to link the existing rail trail to Booleroo Centre in the popular mountain biking region, with work to start in December.

Planning Minister Stephan Knoll said successful local projects would help build local jobs and support businesses to deliver better, greener open spaces in the community.

"These projects will build better communities that will help our state come back stronger and better than before, with park and playground upgrades, walking trails and public space upgrades," he said.