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Wilpena Pound.
Wilpena Pound.
Flying over Wilpena Pound.
Driving around Wilpena Pound.

Wilpena Pound

Thursday, August 3, 2000
You won't forget your visit to Wilpena Pound with its vast mountain range and peaceful tree-lined gorges - and it's a paradise for birdwatchers.

Access is on good-quality sealed roads and it takes about four-and-a-half hours to drive to the Wilpena Pound Resort. There are regular coach services into the area from Adelaide and Port Augusta, or you can fly in by private air charter.

Keith and Lynette Rasheed from the resort offer various tours and can even tailor one to suit individual requirements. Half- or full-day 4WD tours will take you to easily accessible and more remote areas of the ranges.

The Mountain Tops tour goes over the peaks of Arkaba Station, giving wonderful views of the Elder Range, Moralana Valley and Wilpena Pound.

The Corridors Through Time tour passes through some of the geological marvels of the Flinders Ranges, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge and Aroona Valley. It was here that Hans Heysen was inspired to create his paintings and this special area has some of the earth's oldest fossil forms.

Another tour goes through Blinman township where copper was mined for 30 years in the 19th century. It travels through the Parachilna Gorge and returns through the Moralana Scenic Route. In the heat of summer you can take a Sunset Tour and watch the wildlife, and the Flinders take on the colours of the sun.

You might like to take a Tag-a-Long Tour in your own 4WD drive vehicle, joining in with others to enjoy this wonderful experience.

A Breakaway Package includes two nights at the Wilpena Pound Resort, two country breakfasts, lunch in the mountains and two à la carte dinners at the resort's restaurant. The Indulgence Package is similar to the Breakaway Package, but covers five nights.

The Wilpena Pound Resort has 60 units, styled to suit all budgets, and it has a 100ha caravan and camping park. There are powered sites, bush camping locations and a purpose-built coach group area.

You can relax with other guests and locals in the resort's lounge and bar, and the restaurant serves a terrific variety of South Australian food and wine. A cooling dip in the pool is a perfect way to end the day.

There is a store in the centre which sells essential items, food, drinks, liquor, ice and souvenirs. There is also a wide range of tourist information giving details on walking tracks and local attractions.

From March to August the Rasheeds arrange special events such as artists' and photography workshops and 4WD training.


South Australia's Flinders Ranges, 429km north of Adelaide.


Wilpena Pound Resort has rooms starting at $99 per double per night. 4WD tours start at $77 per person for half a day and scenic flights start at $61 per person for 20 minutes.
The best time to go is late March and mid-October.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Wilpena Pound Resort
Ph: (08) 8648 0004 Fax: (08) 8648 0028
Qantas: 13 13 13

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