Working closely with National Parks South Australia
We've achieved Advanced Ecotourism Certification with Ecotourism Australia. This guarantees that our operation leaves minimal impact on the environment, and that we deliver interesting and innovative ways for visitors to learn about the environment. We are committed to achieving best practice, being aware of how to utilise all resources wisely to conserve the environment and helping the local communities where we operate.
Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Certification program is accredited through the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Integrity Program.
We've achieved EcoStar Certification through the Australian Quality Tourism Framework. EcoStar provides a practical framework for tourism operators working in and around conservation areas and high value natural and cultural destinations, to implement the highest levels of business practice and measures to minimise their impact on the surroundings. This certification shows that we have demonstrated our commitment to the very highest standards of sustainable environmental and cultural practices.
Water is a precious resource to sustain life, especially in an arid environment. All water used at the resort is sourced from a local spring and treated on site, using the most efficient, remotely monitored, water treatment technologies. All grey water is also treated on site, allowing a wholly self-sufficient system which is off the grid.
Wilpena Pound Resort is committed to water efficiency and usage throughout operations. We encourage all guests to take 3-minute showers and only request their rooms to be re-made by housekeeping as required.
Wilpena Pound Resort is powered by the largest off-grid solar electricity system in Australia.
Owned and operated by AGL Energy, the $2.5 million system delivers reliable, high quality power 24-hours a day while also offering quiet, efficient and environmentally-sound power supply which is sensitive to the natural surrounds for which Wilpena is world renowned.
The hybrid power station combines multiple generation sources - 100kW solar cells convert sunlight into electrical energy, 400kW of battery storage, an inverter and three diesel generators totaling 440kW. It is controlled by a high-tech computer system.
Annually this solar component of the power station provides up to 40% of Wilpena Pound Resort’s power. During the daytime, with good sunshine, the solar cells will meet the resort’s demand. For cloudy periods, the batteries or diesel generators or both can be used to supplement the solar power.
At night, the most efficient diesel generator combination is switched on to meet the load. Also at this time, any excess solar energy stored in the batteries is used to offset the diesel consumption.
The automatic system offers unattended operation and it is remotely monitored and controlled via a modern-link. The Wilpena Solar Power Station represents the state-of-the-art in remote power technologies.
Wilpena Pound is one of South Australia’s best known landforms so it is appropriate - visually and environmentally - to use renewable energy to power the resort. By installing a solar system, the natural environment is not spoiled with power lines nor by the excavation work that would have been required to extend the grid.
Travellers to Wilpena Pound Resort and the Ikara-Flinders Rare are lucky enough to enjoy nature in the pristine state mother nature intended. To ensure future generations of campers, hikers and holiday-makers can create their own memories, we need to consider potential threats to this delicate environment, including Climate Change. In the future, Climate Change will bring more hot days and warm spells with a continued increase in average temperatures across all seasons leading to harsher fire weather climates which are all likely to impact Wilpena. That’s why it is important to do our bit through responsible tourism.
Wilpena Pound Resort support the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Climate Change Strategy 2015-2050 - Towards a low carbon economy. Find out more here.
While you're there, check out this Infographic to learn more about how Climate Change impacts tourism.
Tourism is responsible of about 5% of global CO2 emissions. In terms of radiative forcing, tourism contributes to 4.6% of global warming. The accommodation sector accounts for approximately 20% of emissions from tourism*. This involves heating, air-conditioning and the maintenance of bars, restaurants, pools and so on. The impact of global warming and climate change can be mitigated through a coordinated effort. Wilpena Pound is committed to reducing our operating emissions in order to achieve our Vision Statement to minimise our environmental footprint.
We also encourage guests to offset their travel to Wilpena Pound to enjoy a carbon neutral holiday.
The average double cab 4x4 Ford Ranger travelling from Adelaide to Wilpena return produces 164 kg of carbon equivalent emissions on the 900km journey. You can offset this amount for $2.30 with Greenfleet.
You can compare your car emissions at: https://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/
* “Climate Change and Tourism: Responding to Global Challenges”, UNEP and UNWTO, 2007
Adnyamathanha people have lived in the Flinders Ranges for tens of thousands of years and the region remains of enormous significance today in contemporary Adnyamathanha society.
European occupation of the Flinders Ranges in the mid-nineteenth century brought widespread environmental modifications. Despite these changes, the Park supports examples of natural and semi-arid ecosystems, and includes many plants and animals of conservation significance. The most notable of these is probably the yellow-footed rock wallaby which occurs in rocky gorges within the Park.
The Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in South Australia, and has been made famous by the paintings of Sir Hans Heysen. The Park is world renowned for its geological history, including impressive fossil remains.
Bushfire is a natural part of the South Australian landscape. Summer in Southern Australia brings conditions that are ideal for bushfires: hot, dry, windy weather and vegetation that quickly dries out.
The Fire Danger Season (FDS) generally runs from November to April. During the season, restrictions are placed on lighting fires and use of certain equipment to reduce the chance of bushfires starting.
Know the Fire Danger Rating in your area and be aware of local conditions. The Fire Danger Rating, which is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology daily, is not a predictor of how likely a bushfire is to occur, but how dangerous it could be if it did occur. It should be used as an early indicator only. We recommend that you Check the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) website or contact the CFS hotline on 1300 362 361 for current fire ban and bushfire information.
For your safety, the Wilpena Pound campground does not permit campfires between November and March annually. At other times, always use existing fire pits and bring your own wood to conserve native timber and habitats. Never leave a campfire unattended - extinguish it with water (never dirt or sand) until it is cool to touch before you leave the area.
If you’re planning to go bushwalking, please let a responsible person know before you go. Tell them where you’ll be going and your expected return time. Please check in advance with the Wilpena Pound Visitor Information Centre for track closures. 08 8648 0048
Also be aware that mobile phone coverage is not reliable in the National Park, particularly in remote areas and where there is steep terrain.
For information on sustainable bushwalking, downloade the Green Guide to Bushwalking.
Travelling in the country during the bushfire season needs to be done with extreme caution and vigilance.
Plan to restrict or avoid unnecessary travel on days of high fire danger. Be prepared and remember that roads may be closed and access disallowed during an emergency event.
For fire safety tips and more information visit the South Australia Country Fire Service website.