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Walk through the Pound Gap into Wilpena Pound, and up to one of the Wangara Lookouts for panoramic views into the inside of Wilpena Pound.
The walk begins from the trailhead at the Wilpena Visitor Centre. The start of the walk is through the Pound Gap, following Wilpena Creek through tall river red gums and pines. After crossing Wilpena Creek and passing the water hole, the trail road ends next to an info shelter. At this point you can choose to continue along the walking trail, which is easier, or along the dirt road which climbs above Sliding Rock - watch out for kangaroos and echidnas. The walk continues past Hills Homestead, where you can read about the original inhabitants of the cottage and their struggles with the harsh Australian conditions. There are toilets and picnic tables here. From the homestead, the trail continues past an Adnyamathanha sculpture, climbing up the pound edge. The first lookout is 150 metres up the trail, with the second upper lookout a further climb and another 450 metres up the trail. Both lookouts have viewing platforms.
GPX file courtesy of Walking SA. File may not contain elevation data and may only represent half the length on return hikes.
About the region
Ancient and rugged mountain landscapes, peaceful tree-lined gorges and a seasonal wealth of wildlife. The sense of space unique to the semi-arid zone combine to make Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park one of South Australia’s iconic destinations.
The park comprises approximately 95,000 hectares. It includes the Heysen Range, Brachina and Bunyeroo gorges and the vast amphitheatre of mountains that is Wilpena Pound. Experience the native wildlife, rich cultural heritage, impressive geological features, camping opportunities and a range of activities including bushwalking, four-wheel driving, birdwatching, photography and mountain biking.
Max elevation: 606 m
Min elevation: 590 m
Total climbing: 27 m
Total descent: -12 m
For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA