Ranges National Park is a great place to visit.
Flinders Ranges National Park is one of the most famous national parks
in South Australia.
It is a huge park with some famous landmarks like
Wilpena Pound, Arkaroo Rock, Sacred
Canyon and Parachilna Gorge. There is some Aboriginal and European
history, lookouts, bushwalks and bush camping, and it is a good place
to see yellow footed rock wallabies.
National Park sign. Poster by AllPosters.
How to Get to Flinders Ranges
Coming from Adelaide
in the south, you’ll first
come to a small town, Quorn, and then to Hawkers
– the gateway to Flinders Ranges National Park. From here, the
Moralana Scenic Route goes to the national
park. The park is huge - 400km from south to north, so you will have to
do a fair bit of driving even inside the
Flinders Ranges National Park,
Wilpena in the south, Bunyeroo Gorge and Brachina Gorge in the west,
Valley in the north and Wilkawillina Gorge in the east. There are 17
bushwalks in the park that take you to historical sites, lookouts and
art sites, and
can camp in many places.
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In the southernmost end of the national park is Wilpena Pound, the
famous attraction. For geologists
it is a significant geomorphological feature showing folding of
sediments. For bushwalkers, artists and photographers it is a favourite
place to visit, particularly at sunrises and sunsets.
Wilpena Pound. Poster by AllPosters. Click
Bushwalks and Camping around Wilpena Pound
There are a few bushwalks departing from Wilpena Pound, that take you
Ohlssen Bagge, Wangarra Lookout, the historical Hills Homestead,
Falls and St Mary Peak - the highest peak in the Flinders Ranges
Park. You can camp at Cooinda camping ground, and there is also the Wilpena Pound Resort
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Arkaroo Rock and Sacred Canyon
South-east of Wilpena Pound is the Arkaroo Rock,
the creation of Wilpena Pound. East of it is the Sacred
Canyon, an Aboriginal
cultural heritage site where there
are rock paintings of waterholes, tracks and people.
Aboriginal Paintings. Poster by AllPosters.
Bunyeroo Gorge and Bunyeroo Valley
North of Wilpena Pound is the Bunyeroo Gorge, and the scenic Bunyeroo
Valley with many lookouts. There is also the historical Yanyanna
Hut from the 1850s, the central point in the Aroona
run. You can camp at the Acraman camping ground west of the hut, and at
Bunyeroo Valley Lookouts.
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North of Bunyeroo Gorge is Brachina
Gorge, known as Australia’s most
important habitat of yellow-footed rock
wallabies. Many species of Australian
birds and reptiles
can also be seen. One of the most interesting things is
the Brachina Gorge Geological Tour, a 20km self-guided track that takes
you through 130 million years of the Earth's
history. You can pick up a
geological map and more information about the tour at the visitor
centre in Wilpena Pound. There is a camping ground at Cambrian.
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North of Brachina Gorge is Aroona
Valley, one of the most scenic
valleys in the Flinders Ranges National Park. Many bushwalks start from
the ruins of the old Haywards Station, and take you around in
valley and to some lookouts. There are camping grounds at Koolamon and
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North from here is Parachilna Gorge which links the small townships
Blinman and Parachilna. It is a scenic drive with many lookouts and
camping spots. Once in Parachilna there is the famous Prairie Hotel
that has camp sites in the back and serves emu,
camel and kangaroo
Prairie Hotel. Poster by AllPosters. Click
North of Parachilna Gorge is Iga
where members of a local Aboriginal
community run a range of
tours to their ancestors’ home ground. Other tours include some other
historical sites of the area.
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Here's a map of Flinders Ranges National Park,
where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You
can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click
anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the
map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with
Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.
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