HIKING FROM WILPENA POUND RESORT
We've listed some popular hiking trails around Wilpena Pound Resort with information on the degree of difficulty of the trails, the distances and what to be prepared for.
Cazneaux Tree - EASY
2 hours - 4 km each way
Walk west along the Wilpena Creek bed behind the Visitor Information Centre until you reach the tree.
This magnificent River Red Gum was first made famous by Harold Cazneaux, a photographer who won first prize at an International Photographic Exhibition in 1937 with his photograph of the tree, which he entitled "The Spirit of Endurance”.
The tree is an important local landmark in the Flinders Ranges, photographed and painted by many visitors. It is located on the left, a few minutes drive north of the entrance to Wilpena Pound Resort.
Old Wilpena Station - EASY
1.5 hours return - 4km (Yellow line on National Parks map)
Start at the Visitor Information Centre, walk north to the back of the Wilpena Campground and then east along a dirt track to Old Wilpena Station, one of the most scenically spectacular pastoral settlements in South Australia. A working station for 135 years, Old Wilpena Station slipped into retirement in 1985 and is now a tranquil archive of pastoral history.
The station is also an important Aboriginal heritage site and the setting of Ikara - The Meeting Place, an interpretive display giving fascinating insight into the Adnyamathanha way of life: past, present and future. Wilpena Pound and the Wilpena Station lands hold enduring cultural significance for the Adnyamathanha people of the Ikara Flinders Ranges.
Wilpena Pound Resort offers daily 2 hour Aboriginal Guided Walks to Old Wilpena Station and the Ikara Monument for $45 p/p. Details here Tours. Please book online or at the Visitor Information Centre.
Hills Homestead - EASY
2 hours - 6.6km return (Black line on National Parks map)
Start at the Visitor Information Centre west along Wilpena Creek,through Pound Gap and into the Pound.
See European pioneering heritage inside Wilpena Pound, giving an insight into local history. Interpretive signage at the homestead tells the story of the daughter of the first pioneer family to live here, and nearby signage tells an Aboriginal dreamtime story. The building was renovated from ruin in 1995. There are toilets and picnic tables here.
Wangarra Lookouts - MODERATE
3 hours - 7.2km return to lower lookout, or 7.8km to upper lookout return. (Light purple line on National Parks map)
Extension of the Hills Homestead Walk which gives spectacular views inside Wilpena Pound. The lower lookout is 300 metres from Hill’s Homestead. Continue past the Adnyamathanha sculpture and on to the lookout 150 meters along the trail.
Mount Ohlssen Bagge - DIFFICULT
4 hours - 6.4km return (Red line on National Parks map)
Excellent views of Wilpena Pound,diverse reptile life and peak at 941metres above sea level. Steep rocky inclines followed by rewarding views of Wilpena Pound and surrounding areas.
Drought Busters Hike - DIFFICULT
1.5 hours - 2km return (Light green line on National Parks map)
See the adaptation of bush plants, and seasonal array of wildflowers. Discover how plants survive water shortages in arid conditions on this Loop trail. This hike is referred to on the National Parks Map as the Boom and Bust Hike.
St Mary Peak - STRENUOUS
The Adnyamathanha traditional owners ask that you respect their wishes and do not climb to the peak (top) of St Mary Peak.
1171 meters above sea level - Outside Trail 6 hrs, 14.6km. Inside trail - 9 hrs 21.5km return (Light blue line on National Parks map)
This is the highest peak in the Flinders Ranges, offering 360 degree views of the ranges, salt lakes and surrounding plains. The direct route (outside trail) is relatively easy for the first hour but the final hour to Tanderra Saddle is steep, stony and exposed. This section is difficult and can be dangerous.
DO NOT CLIMB IN WET WEATHER
There is a pleasant return route through the Pound. Signs indicate the way from Tanderra Saddle via Cooinda Camp and Hill’s Homestead and back to Wilpena Pound Resort.