The Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound

DSC_3316Wilpena Pound, set in the Flinders Ranges is approximately 430-kilometres to the north of Adelaide.

The landscape is breathtaking and dated to be over 800 million years old. The Flinders Ranges National Park offers a wide range of activities that you can undertake, including bush-walking and four-wheel drive touring.

Shaped like an amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound has an abundant range of wildlife, including emus, kangaroos, plenty of birds, and the endangered yellow footed rock wallaby.

There are a number of aboriginal art sites within the region, and the country is home to the Adnyamathanha people of the Northern Flinders Ranges.  Adnyamathanha meaning “hills” or “rock people” is a term now used to describe the Kuyani, Wailpi, Yadliaura, Pilatapa and Pangkala, the traditional groups in the Flinders Ranges.

Today many Adnyamathanha people live and work in the area. Nepabunna in the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges, Leigh Creek and Port Augusta are central settlements for the Adnyamathanha people. Rock art, stone arrangements, occupation sites, graves and ochre quarries are reminders of the area’s cultural heritage and are of significance to the Adnyamathanha peoples’ connection to country.

Our camp for the next three nights will be at the Wilpena Pound Campground.

For certain, we will find a vantage point that will afford us a view of the sun setting on Wilpena Pound, the colours should be spectacular!

Flinders Ranges, Australia

Speaking of spectacular, the drive from Broken Hill was just that, and we passed many ruins of an era long gone gone, along the way.

 Click here to see where Baz, “The Landy” is today…

Photos: Baz, The Landy
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9 thoughts on “The Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound

  1. Lavinia Ross April 15, 2014 / 12:47 am

    Beautiful country and love the descriptions. Thank you for a view into the land over there!

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  2. nancytex2013 April 15, 2014 / 12:26 am

    The landscapes are breathtaking, but I have to ask… how big are the spiders???

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    • Baz - The Landy April 15, 2014 / 10:19 pm

      Strewth, bigger than Texas! Okay, only after a couple of beers, but I still reckon they are big! 😉

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      • nancytex2013 April 15, 2014 / 10:56 pm

        GAH! I would have to carry an army of small children with me. (So I could toss them to the spiders in sacrifice.)

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  3. mmmmerle April 14, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    Full moon & Lunar Eclipse tomorrow night. The Eclipse ends in South Australia just before 6pm and you need to be on a high point to see it. However, the full moon will be spectacular out there under the endless star-filled sky. Say hi to mum!!!

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