Wilpena Pound to Adelaide

Submitted: Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 09:27
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Will be travelling from Wilpena Pound to Adelaide in a couple of weeks and am seeking views on which route is the best to take. Google suggests via Quorn, Crystal Brook, Port Wakefield and then Princess Hwy into Adelaide. Another route would be via RM Williams way or Orroroo, Jamestown, Clare and Gawler. Not seeking quickest route and would prefer most scenic. Many thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Anne M (VIC) - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 09:39

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 09:39
Hi Steve,
We think the RM Williams way is the most appealing route from Wilpena to Adelaide. Stop at the service station/ shop in Spaulding for a really good coffee. Mim and Bruce who used to run the William Creek Hotel are the new owners and brought their very good coffee making skills with them.
Have a great trip
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 10:00

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 10:00
Thanks Anne.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 10:07

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 10:07
For scenery, I'd take the RM Williams way and go through the Clare Valley.

Main highway between Port Augusta and Adelaide is pretty much a highway with an odd windfarm, lochness monster or spaceship as you approach Adelaide!
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 10:27

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 10:27
Anyway other than the highway is good, try and have a visit to Alligator Gorge near Wilmington on your way down, some great walks and scenery, you may as well head out to Hancocks lookout while you're near Wilmington , fantastic views over the gulf.
Via Clare if you like a wine or two.
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Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 11:41

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 11:41
Hi Steve,
I would suggest Quorn, Wilmington, Melrose, Gulnare, Spalding and Clare. You will always have ranges in your view and there is plenty of quiet towns to stop at.

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Follow Up By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 16:29

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 16:29
Thanks everyone - the R M Williams way looks best.
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Follow Up By: P and JM - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 17:56

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 17:56
Hi Steve,

Being in the area and knowing it well you are far better of going the route that Graham N has suggested above. This time of the year the it's nice and green with the wild flowers out around Quorn, Wilmington, Melrose, Wirrabara, Laura, Gladstone as you are at the bottom of the Southern Flinders Ranges on the eastern side, then to Clare via Gulnare or Brinkworth.

Going the R.M. Williams way is all farming country and all you will see is crop after crop. Not a lot to see this way.

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Follow Up By: tazbaz - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 18:18

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 18:18
Agree with Graham N, P&JM
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 22:32

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 22:32
Hi Steve,
You may be getting confused with the different roads from the Flinders, there are three main roads from this area the R.M.Williams way through Orroroo, the Main North road through Quorn Wilmington etc. (I'm bias I live in that area) and the Princes Highway Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Port Wakefield.
As above I would choose the Main North Road the wild flowers are in full bloom at the moment, as you drive past Mt Remarkable near Melrose you may see a glint of some metal down from the top particularly on the Wilmington side, it is unfortunately the remains of a aircraft that crashed there in the late eighty's.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 09:28

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 09:28
Hi,

Here's a photo of the wreck that I took in August this year when I walked up Mt Remarkable. It's about 4km along the track.



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Reply By: Bob R4 - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 21:05

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 21:05
Hi Steve,
You should be sure to time your arrival in Wilmington for morning tea. The Beautiful Valley Cafe has lovely coffee, and the pies are to die for. Keep it quiet, because I want to be able to get back there with the expectation of getting some. They have some game pies, and probably the best I've had in my 60 plus years. But don't tell anyone!
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Follow Up By: P and JM - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 22:19

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 22:19
Bob,
Not sure about Wilmington for the Pies & Pasties, but Stone Hut between Wirrabara & Laura have some very nice home made Pies & Pasties, cookies that are recommended by who ever has purchased them.

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Reply By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 08:55

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 08:55
Thanks everyone for the additional information. The Main North Road sounds like the best. Much appreciated. I'm a sucker for a good pie or sausage roll so I'll just have to follow up on your suggestions!
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 20:46

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 20:46
I'm with most others here RM way the other road is just a hwy , just south of wilmington is Alligator gorge " a must see place " the road in is "No cavan road" .... i towed in our heavy o/r camper & i see why they say that , cruisers brakes where smoking !!! But what a pretty place ...give your self a bit of time for a good walk .
At Wilmington a bloke has a few old land rovers on display .

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 18:33

Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 18:33
Just arrived back about an hour ago from Rawnsley Park Station (just short of Wilpena).
We travelled via Gawler, Clare, Jamestown, and Orroroo along RM Williams Way and Forth Street to Hawker. This is the way suggested by the RAA of SA Travel Planner and is quite scenic as well as being the quickest way.

Perhaps if someone was starting in the western suburbs, the drive along Pt Wakefield Road and turn off at Stirling, then through Quorn may be a better option.

Great weather, great company (our friends) and a good stay , bush camping in Rawnsley Park, but with all facilities near by.

The flies were a bit thick and the bloody prickles annoying. Still enjoyed the long weekend anyway.

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Follow Up By: Member - VickiW - Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 21:23

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 21:23
Bill, you were probably 3 hours ahead of me.

And if travelling through Orroroo make sure you stop at the Orroroo Café & Takeaway for really yummy pies & pasties.
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Reply By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 10:10

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 10:10
Thanks Bill - I've got the aeroguard packed but thanks to you I'll make sure to pack the sock savers.
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