Ngarlparlaru Yarta

Welcome to our Country

Ngarlparlaru Yarta

Welcome to our Country

Cultural tours

The Adnyamathanha people have lived in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges for tens of thousands of years. Wilpena Pound or Ikara, which in the traditional Adnyamathanha language means ‘the meeting place’, is a sacred place with strong cultural and spiritual significance to the Adnyamathanha people. Learn about the region from the land’s Traditional Owners by joining an Aboriginal cultural tour. All of the tours are led by an Adnyamathanha (Yura) guide.

Adnyamathanha Yarta
Welcome to Country

Each evening a Yura guide welcomes visitors to the area. The Welcome to Country is offered in the traditional Yura Ngawarla language and interpreted into English. The Yura guide explains the background to the Adnyamathanha flag and some of the traditional stories of the Yura Muda (dreaming).

All guests and visitors to the region are welcome to share in this complimentary Aboriginal cultural experience.

Runs daily, meet on the front lawn beside reception. No booking required.
March to November: 4.30pm
December to February: 6pm

Yura Udnyu Our Culture, Your Culture

A walking tour starting from the resort, join an experienced Yura guide for an informative stroll to Old Wilpena Station, one of South Australia’s oldest and best-preserved pastoral settlements. Walk along Wilpena Creek past magnificent river red gums with stunning views of Wilpena Pound in the distance. Learn about the landscape and biodiversity from the perspective of the Adnyamathanha people. Approximately 2 hrs duration.

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Sunset spectacular tour

Join a Yura guide on an adventure to one of the best vantage points to see the sun set over Wilpena Pound. Marvel at the changing colours as the sun sets over the Ikara-Flinders Ranges while enjoying sunset drinks and canapes inspired by local flavours. Enjoy creation stories from the Yura guide about the landscape through Adnyamathanha eyes. Approximately 2 hours with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and canapes provided.

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Yura Malka Sacred Canyon tour

Join a Yura guide for an informative walk into the Sacred Canyon. Learn about the cultural significance of the site and the creation of the lands. Uncover the stories behind the ancient rock engravings from the perspective of the Yura people as you walk on their Country. Only appropriate Adnyamathanha community members can share these stories, and Sacred Canyon is only accessible on an Adnyamathanha-guided tour. Approximately 2 hrs duration.

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Time travel and gorgeous gorges

Adventure into the gorges to explore the landscape whilst hearing stories from a Yura guide and seeing more than 800 million years of geological history. Enjoy sweeping views of Bunyeroo Valley and the eastern wall of Wilpena Pound and marvel at the age of this landscape with a visit to some of the oldest fossils on the earth. Keep an eye out for yellow foot rock wallabies along the way. Morning or afternoon tea provided with bathroom stop along the way. Approximately 4hrs duration.

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Whilst we always try our best to accommodate everyone, our tours can be impacted by weather and minimum numbers apply. Please check with the resort 24 hours prior to your tour departure.

Personalised cultural experiences

Our team can offer personalised experiences for your group or event designed to share and educate people in the rich culture of the Adnyamathanha people. From learning about bush tucker to walking through this ancient land and hearing stories from the Traditional Owners, you can choose between a range of experiences. Contact our team to discuss your personalised group experience.

Take a scenic flight

Explore the Flinders Ranges on foot, then take to the sky to see this spectacular landscape from up high. Choose from a range of scenic flight itineraries on offer right from the resort’s airstrip.

Gift vouchers

Looking for a unique gift idea? Give the gift of travel with a memorable experience at Wilpena Pound Resort.