Wilpena Pound

The magnificent natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound is the centrepiece of Ikara–Flinders Ranges National Park. Its red ramparts, measuring 8km by 17km, hold spiritual significance for the local Aboriginal people and have inspired artists for generations.

Wilpena Pound Resort provides amenities for visitors, a shop, and a visitor information centre where you can book guided cultural 4WD tours/walks and scenic flights. Accommodation options include a campground, air-conditioned motel rooms, or glamping in the Ikara Safari tents. Several trails around the resort are suitable for mountain biking, and bike hire can be arranged.

Enjoy the ‘Living with Land’ interpretive trail at Old Wilpena Station. Part of the trail is a large public artwork entitled ‘Ikara’, an Aboriginal word for ‘meeting place’.

Wilpena Pound is a paradise for bushwalkers with popular hiking highlights including a challenging trek up St Mary’s Peak (almost 1200 metres high), the Old Homestead and Wangara Lookout, Arkaroo Rock, and Edeowie Gorge.

To fully experience the spectacular views of Wilpena Pound, take to the skies. There is
no vehicle access into Wilpena Pound, but flights and 4WD cultural tours of the national park and surrounding ancient mountain ranges can be booked.

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