Home of the Adnyamathanha people
A Park Pass is required to access the Flinders Ranges National Park. Park Passes ($11 per vehicle as of 1 July 2019) can be purchased at the Wilpena Pound Visitor's Centre. You can also purchase a Multi Park Pass. Valid for 12 months, this pass offers entry for you and your vehicle to many of South Australia’s National Parks.
Due to the high fire danger, wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited between late October 2020 to mid April 2021. Exact dates to be advised.
Anunal Summer Walking Trail Closures
Multiple walking trails within Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park are closed during the summer months in the interest of public safety, as a result of anticipated high daytime temperatures likely to be experienced during this period. Track closure dates for this summer are 1st December 2020 to 1st March 2021. Details.
For further information on the trail closures see the National Parks South Australia website or contact:
Natural Resource Centre - Port Augusta
Phone: (+61 8) 8648 5300
The Flinders Ranges is South Australia’s largest mountain range. Its iconic natural amphitheatre, Ikara (Wilpena Pound), stands out in the vast landscape as the centre piece to the National Park.
Adnyamathanha people have lived in the Flinders Ranges for tens of thousands of years and the region remains a place of enormous significance today in contemporary Adnyamathanha society. The Adnyamathanha people translate the word Wilpena as Ikara meaning 'meeting place'.
The Flinders Ranges National Park encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in South Australia, made famous by the paintings of Sir Hans Heysen and is world-renowned for its geological history with impressive fossil remains. With rugged mountain scenery, peaceful gorges and a huge array of wildlife and flora, the Flinders Ranges epitomises the Australian outback.
From 1 April 2020, visitor access to Sacred Canyon will be through Commercial Tour Operators that are approved to provide Adnyamathanha guided tours.
Adnyamathanha guides from Wilpena Pound Resort will run cultural tours to Sacred Canyon.
Access to Sacred Canyon for independent visitors or Commercial Tour Operators without Adnyamathanha guides is not permitted.
Sacred Canyon is located in the southern section of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. The site preserves ancient engravings of images representing animal tracks, people and waterholes in the sandstone walls of the canyon. It is an area of great cultural significance to the Adnyamathanha people and is part of our national heritage, containing some of the oldest rock engravings in the world.
Wangarra Lookout Walk - This popular 7.5km (return) bushwalk takes you along Wilpena Creek into the Pound, via Sliding Rock and Hills Homestead. The short walk up Wangarra Hill from Hills Homestead takes you to the lower (5 minutes) and upper (20 minutes) lookouts, offering panoramic views of Wilpena Pound. Allow approximately two hours return. To save your legs, you can take the Wilpena Pound shuttle bus part way into the Pound and be picked up two hours later.
Hills Homestead - Located just beyond the entrance to the Pound, on your way to Wangarra Lookout, is the Hills Homestead. Renovated from ruin in 1995 by local craftsman Heath Fels, the crumbling walls, rotting beams and collapsed verandah were restored, bringing the homestead back to its original glory. You will find interpretive signs on the history of the Hill family and the Aboriginal dreamtime story nearby.
Old Wilpena Station is 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.
Join a guided cultural walk "Yura Udnyu - Our Culture, Your Culture", and learn about the landscape and bio-diversity from the perspective of the areas traditional owners.
Located at Old Wilpena Station, Ikara - The Meeting Place is an award-winning public art space that shares an important story of the Adnyamathanha people. The Adnyamathanha community has widely endorsed sharing information with visitors about their land to encourage a deeper appreciation of Aboriginal culture.
This contemporary artwork represents the first attempt within the Flinders Ranges (and South Australia) to acknowledge and interpret the impact of pastoralism on an Indigenous community. Ikara provides an inspirational space where Adnyamathanha people can share their culture with park visitors and discuss the role played by their community as the pastoral industry developed.
Brachina Gorge is one of the Park’s most popular and spectacular tourist attractions. The gorge is an important refuge for the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby as well as many species of birds and reptiles. The Brachina Gorge Geological Trail is a 20km self-guided trail that passes through 130 million years of earth history.
Detailed interpretive signage is positioned along the route providing an insight into past climates, the formation of the ranges and the evolution of early forms of life. The trail is best travelled east to west, commencing at the Brachina Gorge/Blinman Road intersection.
This 28km drive passes between the Southern wall of the Pound and the magnificent Elder Range. Part of the Heysen trail, the route runs through Arkaba sheep station, linking main roads from Hawker to Blinman and Parachilna.
Midway along the route, take the turnoff for Black Gap Lookout to enjoy magnificent views of the outer Pound wall.
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.
Located approximately 20km north toward Blinman, on the Hawker-Blinman Road you will find Stokes Hill Lookout, offering spectacular panoramas of Wilpena Pound, Mt Patawarta, and the Druid, Chace, Elder, Heysen and Bunker Ranges. Interpretive signs at the site include a 3D model of Wilpena Pound and explanatory panels for Adnyamathanha dreamtime legends, traditional plant uses and pictorial symbols.
This lookout is particularly scenic at sunset and the perfect place to enjoy a cheese platter and bottle of wine with your loved one. Secure your spot on the hugely popular Sunset Spectacular Tour guided by Adnyamathanha cultural guides, by booking prior to arrival.