Last Updated on July 26, 2019
Flinders Ranges National Park
A rugged, 540 million-year-old landscape. Ruins of early homesteads and gnarled gum trees…
Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, is a fascinating place. Millions of years of erosion have created a natural amphitheater, surrounded by majestic mountain ranges.
Famous Australian Artist, Hans Heysen, quoted: “the bones of the earth laid bare”. It provides insight through exposure – layers, colors, vastness – an almost intimidating reminder that we are only on this earth for a short time.
The Flinders Range is a rugged outcrop of sandstone and quartzite that begins about 250 kilometers north of Adelaide and stretches for 800 kilometers. The mountains are extensively folded and fractured, with several deep gorges cut through them. One of the most unusual features in the range is Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheater of stone covering 83 square kilometers, with interior dimensions of 11 kilometers by 8 kilometers. Source: Thunderbolts.info
Driving to the Flinders Ranges from Adelaide
The drive to Wilpena Pound from Adelaide can be done via two routes that take about the same length of time and only vary by 33 km. Heading north through Port Augusta takes 5 hours 2 mins / 456 km or wandering up via the famous Barossa Valley takes 5 hours 5 mins / 433 km.
Driving from Melbourne to the Flinders Ranges
Visitors to the Flinders Ranges from Melbourne have a couple of options too. Driving via Ballarat and the outskirts of Adelaide takes 12 hours 38 mins / 1,179 km or via Mildura takes 12 hours 19 mins / 1,161 km.
Another option could be to drive to Ballarat, Horsham and then deviate via the Painted Silo Trail to Mildura and on to the Flinders Ranges. Read about the driving from Melbourne to Adelaide…
Driving from Sydney to Flinders Ranges
A return self-drive tour from Sydney to Wilpena Pound would provide a round trip that takes in some awesome scenery. Driving via Wagga Wagga, the Murray River, and Mildura takes 17 hours 4 mins / 1,165 km or via Cobar and Broken Hill takes 18 hours 3 mins / 1,626 km.
Driving from Brisbane to the Flinders Ranges
This would certainly be quite an epic drive to the Flinders Ranges and could incorporate a tour south through Victoria and along the coast too.
Brisbane to the Flinders via Moree and Broken Hill takes 21 hours 29 mins / 1,999 km or via Tamworth to Nyngan and Broken Hill takes 22 hours 45 mins / 2,076 km.
Location Map of the Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges Accommodation – Wilpena Pound Resort
The Resort offers motel-style rooms with a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. It has easy access to walking trails.
Two other options in the area include The Prairie Hotel near Parachilna in the northern ranges and Edeowie Station to the west of the ranges. Former shearers quarters and a holiday house can be rented for groups.
Caravan and Camping Parks
We camped with our Kombi tent in the camping area at the Wilpena Pound Resort. A great spot for the kids to ride bikes and explore a little, plus easy walking access into Wilpena Pound itself.
Rawnsley Station Caravan Park, Camping and Self-contained Cabins
Just outside the National Park boundary, Rawnsley offers camping and cabin accommodation.
Nearby Windana Cottages offers a great alternative place to stay.
Free Camping in the Flinders Ranges
It is possible to free camp in many spots in the Flinders Ranges, some campsites are well off the beaten track and can be found using the WikiCampsAU app. It costs under $10 to purchase on Google or Apple and is well worth the money.
Glamping in the Flinders Ranges
Glamping – staying in an upmarket tent with added luxuries! Two rather awesome options exist for anyone wishing to glamp in the Flinders Ranges.
Flinders Bush Retreat offer Glamping
(and also Camping or an old homestead to rent…)
If you are looking to get away from all the stresses of everyday life, get back to nature and experience Glamping.
Accommodating 2 people, our Deluxe Eco Tent is a steel-framed, insulated canvas tent with eco decking floor. A queen-size bed including linen, a small kitchenette, and quality outdoor furniture is provided. Complete with an attached ensuite with solar hot water – no dash to a shared bathroom block in the middle of the night!
Our Eco Tent is designed with minimal environmental impact creating the perfect nature-based experience.
Read more here.
Ikara Safari Camp, Wilpena Pound
Our 2 person Ikara safari tents are suitable for singles or couples wanting a luxury ‘glamping’ getaway.
Each tent has a modern ensuite bathroom, a luxe King bed, reverse cycle air conditioning and it’s own private deck and fire pit.
Our two family safari tents sleep up to 4 people and have all the luxuries of the couples tents, with an annex added for the extra people.
Read more here.
Walking into Wilpena Pound and Lookouts
Old Wilpena Station (PDF download available) one of the most spectacular pastoral settlements in South Australia. It was a working station for 135 years before ceasing operations in 1985 and is now a place to learn about our pastoral history.
It is also an important Aboriginal heritage site and the setting of Ikara – The Meeting Place, an interpretive display providing an insight into the Adnyamathanha way of life.
Kanyaka Homestead Ruins, north of Quorn. Established in 1852, Kanyaka was one of the largest cattle and sheep stations in South Australia and at one time 70 families lived and worked on the property. The drought finally brought about the demise of the station and it was abandoned.
One of the most famous outback tracks in Australia. The Oodnadatta Track can be reached via the Flinders Ranges. Read a complete guide to the track by local experts, Gary and Amanda.
The Flinders Ranges can be included in a big lap tour of Australia including Uluru, Alice Springs and beyond…
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Stunning place! We haven’t been to Australia yet but your pictures definitely make me want to visit it! if you like photography, you should check out our Travel Photography Competition. I will send you a link on Twitter. Take care!
Thanks for the Twitter link, I shall check it out! Do make sure to have Australia on your list of ‘to do’s sometime!..Hooroo!