Welcome to Adnyamathanha Country

Home of the Yura people

Aboriginal Ownership

IBA is pleased to partner with the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association RNTBC through the joint venture investment in the Wilpena Pound Resort. Through this investment, the joint venture will make an important contribution towards a sustainable economic future for the Adnyamathanha people.

Our Vision

To be the first choice culturally responsible, accommodation and touring option for visitors to the Ikara Flinders Ranges, and to be our employees’ first choice of culturally safe, employment in hospitality. We aspire to provide a unique, cultural, personal and memorable experience for guests and employees. We aim to minimise our environmental footprint and participate in the conservation of the region. We aspire to develop a resilient and well trained workforce which includes a strong Adnyamathanha component.

About the Adnyamathanha people

Adnyamathanha people are the Traditional Owners of the Wilpena Pound (Ikara) and Flinders Ranges area, and are co-managers of the Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park that surrounds the Resort. Adnyamathanha means rock or hills people in Yura Ngawarla, the language of the Flinders Ranges.

The Adnyamathanha culture is a vibrant culture that continues to be passed down generation to generation in a culturally appropriate way. The Adnyamathanha people have a continued strong, cultural and spiritual connection to this land and for them Wilpena Pound (Ikara) is a very sacred place and they ask that visitors respect their beliefs.

The Adnyamathanha belief systems tell of the creation of their traditional lands, they tell of spiritual snakes making up the walls of the Pound, however, we recommend the best way to learn about their culture is from Adnyamathanha people themselves.

The Adnyamathanha people welcome you to Ikara, and ask that you respect all geological, cultural and heritage sites. They welcome you to join them at a traditional Welcome to Country.  Inquire at the Resort reception for the next Welcome ceremony.