Wilpena Pound Resort
South Australia is providing some amazing hidden glamping gems. “Wilpena Pounds Resort” is one of those diamonds. Located in the Ikara “Flinders Ranges” which is approximately 429 km north of Adelaide. Ikara boasts some of the most beautiful and world renowned outback scenery in Australia. Located literally in the centre of some of the most iconic landmarks in South Australia. A Two hour drive south by car and you arrive at historic Port Augusta. It takes approximately the same time to get to the Salty lake Torrens. lake Frome is to the east but can be difficult to get to, especially without a 4wd. Driving 2-3 hours north and you will find yourself at the most famous lake in Australia Lake Eyre. however if you only have 2 or 3 days at the resort we recommend you just explore the amazing Flinders Ranges themselves.
Wilpena Pound Resort offers resort rooms and a camping ground but what we are interested in are the safari tents. Wilpena has two types of safari tents 1) Standard safari tent that accommodates 2 people and can have a king Bed or 2 single beds. 2) Family safari tent accommodates 4 people and the bedding consists of a king bed and a bunk bed. Both Styles of tents are priced the same which at the time of publishing $320 a night.
- Lake Eyre Scenic Flights
- Onsite Restaurant and Bistro
- Guided Walking Tours
- 4WD Tours Into Outback Gorges
- Sunset Tour
- Bush Walking and Hikes
- Mountain Biking
- Wildlife spotting
The Park is world-renowned for its geological history and amazing fossil remains. So amateur fossil hunters this could be the holiday for you. Just remember do not take anything and report what you find to the rangers. the natural custodians of the National Park are the Adnyamathanha who have lived in the area for thousands of years. Adnyamathanha means rock or hills people in Yura Ngawarla. When bush-walking you have every chance of running into kangaroos, emus, many types of reptiles and bird watchers are more than catered for. you may even run into some rarer species like the western quoll (reintroduced to the area) and the yellow-footed rock wallaby.
The serious hikers have a full day walk to St Mary Peak highest point in the Flinders Ranges National Park with a height of 1,189 metres. However the top of the peak is considered by the Adnyamathanha people as sacred so climbing it will require special permission. Walking through Brachina gorge is a must do on any trip to Wilpena Pound. It is like taking a time machine back through time. Fossils are not rare in this area and the geological stratification shows just how old this land is. Bunyeroo Gorge is where you may get a glimpse of the aforementioned yellow-footed wallaby.
Yes you are in a tent. We wouldn’t be calling it glamping if there wasn’t some luxury to be found. The Safari tents are luxurious with a comfortable king-sized bed and all the amenities. You have a shower and toilet in the standard safari tent and you have a bath in the family safari tent. Yes, we did say a Bath!
At Wilpena Pond you are surrounded by rugged South Australian wilderness but you can enjoy it, fully aware that you will have a comfortable bed to sleep that night. Can glamping get any better than this?