St Mary Peak Circuit - Wilpena Pound
  • Length: 19km

  • Duration: 9hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: -31.530478997, 138.550146036

  • End: -31.530478997, 138.550146036

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

  • Distance from state capital: --

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -31.530478997

  • Longitude: 138.550146036


St Mary Peak Circuit – Wilpena Pound is a 19km, grade 4 circuit hike located in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park South Australia. The hike should take approximately 9hrs to complete.


A challenging circuit hike to the summit of the Flinders Ranges highest mountain – St Mary Peak at 1171m. Rewarding panoramic views of the Flinders Ranges, Aroona Valley, and the salt plains to the west.

A good options is to make it into a two day hike by camping at Cooinda Camp inside Wilpena Pound, but note there are no water or toilet facilities at this campsite. There is water at Hills Homestead, but this is close to the start of the hike at Wilpena Pound trailhead.

Rangers recommend you leave on this hike no later than 9am (10am during daylight saving).

St Mary Peak is central to the Adnyamathanha creation story. For this reason the Adnyamathanha people of the Flinders Ranges would prefer that visitors do not climb to the summit of the peak. The shorter option to Tanderra Saddle also affords spectacular views.

GPX file courtesy of Walking SA. File may not contain elevation data and may only represent half the length on return hikes.

Total distance: 18318 m
Max elevation: 0 m
Min elevation: 0 m
Total climbing: 0 m
Total descent: 0 m
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For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA


28 thoughts on “St Mary Peak Circuit – Wilpena Pound (19km)

  1. The notes say there is no water at the campsite and that’s correct but you can generally get water from some rock holes upstream – even in a bad year. We did the walk again late last year and found plenty of water. I’m happy to send the GPS coordinates of the rock hole if anyone wants them.