Wilpena Pound

Submitted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 13:30
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As we all know...Wilpena Pound is a circular ring of ranges.....

Is there anywhere accessable by car (4x4 ) to actually look into and take in the beauty of the Pound ?? ( maximum of 1K walk would be OK , for the elderly person in our group) There seems to be lookouts for seeing the general Flinders Ranges but maybe not for looking INTO the Pound ?
Geez it sure looks nice from a plane, but that won't be an option !!
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 13:52

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 13:52
If you drive in to the Wilpena Pound lodge/caravan park they run a shuttle bus service into the pound.
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:00

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:00
Hmmm.. Can't find any reference to it on their web site. Must be getting old timers disease ;-)

It's only about a 3k walk anyway, but it takes you into the pound, not to a lookout. You have to get a bit more energetic for that.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:09

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:09
John, you posted similar while is was typing.

Can you recall what the walk from the Homestead to the first lookout is like? I think it was easy, whereas the Mount Ohlssen Bagge climb to the top of the ridge was far more challenging and involved rock climbing in places. When we were coming down, some tour groups were heading up, and a few women were falling by the wayside due to overheating.

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 15:48

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 15:48
The flight there is great, no where near as expensive or extensive as the Lake Eyre flights but great views.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 16:03

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 16:03
Hi John

Although we didn't take any flights, i recall it was a lot cheaper than the flights at Arkaroola.

http://www.wilpenapound.com.au/scenicflights/

for current flights and costs.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:02

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:02
Hi Gronk, There is a shuttle bus that takes passengers to the entrance (although we chose to walk from the camp ground), then an easy walk trail into the pound which goes to the old station homestead, however for views into the pound there is an climb to a couple of look-out platforms, but it is not long or difficult. The other walks are far more challenging. Best advice is to start out early so as not to be walking in the heat of the day.

Check out Hills Homestead Walk:

http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/pdfs/FLRA_PDFS_PARK_GUIDE.PDF

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Reply By: Gronk - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:24

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:24
As long as the walks are no longer than 1K then it will be OK..

Heat during the day shouldn't be a problem in early September ( will it ?? )

I notice most camp grounds are pay jobs....are they self register or a ranger comes around ?? Are there any free ones in the Flinders ??
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:30

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:30
At Wilpena Pound itself, there is a resort and visitor centre. Payment is at visitor centre. I think the camps sites along Brachina Gorge were free, but Park entry pass is needed to enter the park area other than just driving through. There are other opportunities for free camping with no facilities in the park.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:35

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:35
Re heat: We were there in April, and found days pleasant, but hot if walking. At least when we got to the top there was a breeze which revived me, as i do feel the heat. As said, others who started out an hour or two later were suffering.

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Reply By: HGMonaro - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 16:28

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 16:28
The climb up to the 1st lookout near the homestead is up a decent track and some steps, after that (to the 2nd lookout... where you actually get some feeling of the pound) it's somewhat more difficult in that it's got some rock areas where footing is not great where the path is on a fair bit of a sideways slope. Not for someone who's a bit 'tottery'.
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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 11:22

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 11:22
while I'm on a picture posting frenzy...

here's a bit of a view of the second lookout. Did take pics of the view but none uploaded.

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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 21:47

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 21:47
Gronk, there is no way you will get a view looking down into the Pound with only 1 Km walk.
I think you can drive to within about 1 Km of the Pound from near the Chalet, and there is a shuttle bus that goes from the Chalet and follows the Wilpena Creek for about 1 Km then you have about a 1Km walk into the pound from there.
But, at that stage you will be on the floor of the Pound, and would have quite a walk up the side of the ramparts to get a view of inside the pound.
It is an easy enough walk if you are capable of walking on rough surfaces for a while, but it is going to be a lot further than 1 Km from the time you get out of your car or off the shuttle bus.
As others say, the flight is terrific and you can get a 20 minute flight that circles the pound. Offhand I think it's about $60 PP.
There is no vehicular access into the Pound.
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Reply By: Member - G N (VIC) - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 22:02

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 22:02
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Reply By: Member - John & Sally W (NSW) - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 10:44

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 10:44
Hi Gronk,
I know it is not into the Pound, but there is a terrific lookout at Stotts hill lookout, North of Wilpena just before the Skytrek turnoff. There is a bronze diarama/map of the Pound up there with interpretive signs. It is well worth the visit. Fairly steep driving grade up a good dirt road but flat and easy access once up there.
The shuttle bus into through Wilpena Creek was $2 each way a couple of years ago. The walk from the bus park to the homestead is relatively easy going on a well defined path, sorry I can't remember just how far in it is but it isn't km+++'s but you are basically into a wooded valley once you get in there. You don't get an actual view of a broad expanse of what the Pound looks like from there as there are trees and hills. Still beautiful though. The tourist centre at Wilpena have walking track pamphlets that have all the walks marked with grades and distances. Hope this helps a bit.
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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 11:19

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 11:19
here's pic of said spot! We found it quite interesting.

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Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 21:59

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 21:59
Re av daytime temps, click Places on the menu bar above, search for Wilpena Pound. Then scroll down below the map.
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Reply By: Gronk - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 00:55

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 00:55
Thanks for the replies....looks like a walk will have to happen to see it ..
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