Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australian Tourism Commission

Wilpena consists of a resort and caravan/camping park on the edge of Wilpena Pound, in Flinders Ranges National Park. In 1902 the Hill family, wheat farmers, built a homestead inside the pound, but abandoned it after a flood washed away the access road in 1914. The pound is a vast natural amphitheatre surrounded by peaks that change colour with the light, and is a fantastic destination for bushwalking.

Visitor Information

Wilpena Pound Visitor Information Centre, Wilpena Rd, via Hawker; (08) 8648 0048 or 1800 805 802


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In Town

Wilpena Pound Resort: partly powered by the largest solar-power system in the Southern Hemisphere (viewing area accessed by a walking trail). The visitor centre at the resort has extensive information on 4WD and organised tours, self-guide drives, scenic flights, bushwalking and hiking; (08) 8648 0004.


Flinders Ranges National Park For thousands of years the ancient landscapes of the Flinders Ranges were home to the Adnyamathanha people – the 'people of the rocks'. Their Muda (Dreamtime) stories tell of the creation of the slopes and gorges that ripple across the landscape for over 400 km, from south-east of Port Augusta to north of Arkaroola. In the 1850s stock runs were established at Arkaba, Wilpena and Aroona. Foreign plant and animal species were introduced and the natural balance of the ranges was altered. Within 50 years of European settlement many endemic animals had been pushed to extinction. Today conservationists are trying to recover the natural balance of the area, and have had success in the recovery of yellow-footed rock wallabies. The central ranges are a fabulous place for hikers. There are 17 walks and hikes to choose from and the choice is difficult. All provide a different historical, geological or scenic look at the ranges. For a look into early European settlement take the 5.4 km return Hills Homestead Walk into the extraordinary natural rock formation of Wilpena Pound. Impressive rock paintings depicting the creation of the ranges can be seen on the Arkaroo Rock Hike (3 km loop track). And for nature lovers there is the Bunyeroo Gorge Hike, a 7.5 km return trail that follows the gorge and reveals fantastic wildlife and rock formations. There are also driving tours that reveal some of the park's most spectacular scenery. The popular Brachina Gorge Geological Trail is a 20 km drive that details the long physical history of the ranges, from when the hills were layers of sediment beneath an ocean, to when they were compressed and pushed up into the shape of mountains. Look out for the yellow-footed rock wallaby in the rocky upper slopes of this beautiful gorge. All the roads north of Wilpena are unsealed, but are generally 2WD accessible. Among all of this, at Wilpena, is some of the best accommodation and facilities north of Adelaide. Drop into the Wilpena Pound Visitor Information Centre for a park guide, or to book scenic flights and other tours; (08) 8648 0048.

Sacred Canyon: Aboriginal rock carvings and paintings; 19 km E.

Rawnsley Park Station: camping and holiday-unit accommodation, scenic flights, horseriding and 4WD tours; (08) 8648 0030; on Hawker Rd 20 km S.

Moralana Scenic Drive: 22 km route between Elder Range and south-west wall of Wilpena Pound with lookouts and picnic spots en route; drive starts 25 km S.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Heysen Trail

Some 1200 kms long, this renowned walking track stretches from Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula all the way to Parachilna Gorge in the northern Flinders. It covers a vast range of scenery from coastal cliffs and... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Woolshed Restaurant

The Woolshed Restaurant’s rustic outback theme gives diners a unique Australian experience. Great views of Rawnsley Bluff. Banquets and special events catered for; (08) 86 480126... Find out more

Campsites around town

Wilpena Pound Campground

This is the main hub for visitors and bushwalkers exploring Wilpena Pound. The extensive facilities, easy access to the nearby resort and the magnificent river red gums along Wilpena Creek make this a very popular haunt... Find out more

Cooinda camping area (walk-in camping) 5 km

This sheltered but no-frills walk-in site tucked within Wilpena Pound is 12 km from the visitor centre; a permit is required. This camping area serves as a base for bushwalks to St Mary Peak and Edeowie Gorge. The views... Find out more

Acraman camping area 14 km

Nestled in the ranges, this area for self-sufficient campers is a handy base for exploring the Heysen Trail, Bunyeroo Gorge and the scenic majesty of Bunyeroo Valley and Wilpena Pound. From the visitor centre it’s... Find out more

Willow Springs camping area (bush camping) 18 km

This family-run sheep property just north-east of Wilpena offers a range of camping options as well as cottage accommodation. It’s also a popular destination for remote camping, bushwalking and  adventure 4WD... Find out more

Cambrian camping area 19 km

Self-sufficient campers will find 13 sites at this 4WD-access campground off Bunyeroo Valley Rd, 37 km north-west of the park HQ. This is a pleasant campground and is near the western end of Bunyeroo Gorge. The drive... Find out more

Dingley Dell camping area 22 km

There is basic camping here in the open hill country near Oraparinna, just off Blinman Rd, 31 km north-east of the visitor centre. A permit is required.... Find out more

Brachina Gorge camping area (bush camping) 22 km

Through the twists and turns of the gorge there are several designated nooks for bush camping. Many have fine views of features like Heysen Hill and The Guardian, though in peak sightseeing times there can be a lot of... Find out more

Teamsters camping area 22 km

Teamsters is at the western entrance to Brachina Gorge, a short walk from some of the steepest and most colourful gorge faces. It is 42 km from Wilpena, not far from the Hawker–Leigh Creek Rd, and suits off-road... Find out more

Brachina East camping area 22 km

The gateway to all the Brachina action, this campground for self-sufficient campers is accessible from the east by 2WD and is pleasantly situated on the banks of Brachina Creek. Signposted along Brachina Gorge Rd, 48 km... Find out more

Trezona camping area 22 km

This camping area on Brachina Gorge Rd, 44 km north of Wilpena, takes its name from the ancient shales and limestones of the craggy Trezona Range. There is a self-guided nature walk here as part of the Brachina Gorge... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Rawnsley Park Station

Well known for its cabins and caravan park, this one-time sheep property on the southern flanks of Wilpena Pound has blossomed into a many-faceted resort. Their rendered straw-bale ‘eco-villas’ offer some of... Find out more

Willow Springs

Taking in secluded valleys and lofty ranges on the eastern border of Flinders Ranges National Park, Willow Springs pioneered the private off-road adventure with its ‘Skytrek’ drive. A manager’s... Find out more

Wilpena Pound Resort

Tucked among the shady river red gums beside Wilpena Creek, this landmark resort has been a magnet for Flinders Range’s travellers for more than 50 years. It offers unrivalled access to Wilpena Pound, with walking... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Rawnsley Park Station 13 km

Eight modern strawbale eco-villas with grand views perch on this sheep station, on the southern slopes of Wilpena Pound. Tourism is now the main industry on the property, and the one- and two-bedroom eco-villas are the... Find out more

Willow Springs Station, near Wilpena Pound 18 km

Another working sheep station, Willow Springs on the edge of the national park is home to the legendary six-hour 4WD route Skytrek, passing through Bunkers Conservation Reserve and culminating at the 921-metre-high... Find out more

What's on around town

Wilpena Under the Stars: black-tie dinner and dance to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service; Mar.

Tastes of the Outback: Apr.

Flinders Ranges Event Program: events run in autumn and spring, including guided walks, tours and cultural activities; details from visitor centre.

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