Flinders… – National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia

There are four walks and 14 hikes within the park. The maps on this website are a guide only. Please collect further maps, brochures and information on the walking trails from the Wilpena Visitor Centre.

Please note: On days of Catastrophic Fire Danger all walking trails are closed for safety purposes.

Where to start?

  1. Select a walk or hike to suit your ability.
  2. Allow enough time to comfortably complete your hike before dark.
  3. Be prepared, and carry relevant maps, a compass, whistle, jacket and plenty of water (at least four litres of water per person for walks of more than two hours).
  4. Enter your details into the Bushwalkers Register at the Wilpena bushwalking trailhead if you are planning a walk of three or more hours.
  5. Inform a responsible person of your planned route and expected time of return. Searches will only be initiated if staff are informed that walkers are overdue.
  6. Study the trailhead signs and familiarise yourself with the checkpoints and landmarks. Hint: take a photo of the map and refer to it while hiking.
  7. Follow the markers, keep to the trail and enjoy!

Easy walks

Hills Homestead Walk (2 hrs return, 6.6km)

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Pioneering heritage inside Wilpena Pound.

Living with Land Walk (2 hrs return, 1km)

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Aboriginal people, European settlers and their descendents share the pastoral heritage of the Flinders Ranges. This self-guided walk discovers the themes of self-sufficiency, improvisation and survival in the remote and isolated pastoral settlements of the Flinders Ranges.

Access: Old Wilpena Station.

Wilpena Solar Power Station Walk (30 mins return, 500m)

Discover the large Solar Power Station which supplies Wilpena with energy. A short walk to the lookout will give you a view of the set up.

Access: begins from the Solar Power Station car park, one kilometre from Wilpena on the main road.

Moderate hikes

Trezona Hike (4 hrs return, 8km)

Magnificent views of the open grassland country of Heysen Range. Discover some of the earliest life forms on earth in the Trezona geological formation. This area was heavily grazed when the park was a pastoral property.

Access: begins from Trezona Campground, 40 kilometres north of Wilpena along the Brachina Gorge Road.

Map and trail brochure

Boom and Bust Hike (1 hr 30 mins, 2km)

This loop trail contains a wide array of flora with a colourful display of wildflowers present in spring months.

Access: begins from the bushwalking trailhead at the Wilpena Visitor Centre complex.

Arkaroo Rock Hike (2 hrs return, 3km)

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Admire Adnyamathanha rock paintings featuring ochre and charcoal images that tell the creation story of Wilpena Pound. Enjoy spectacular views of the Chace Range at sunset. The rock paintings are best seen in morning light.

Access: begins from the Arkaroo Rock car park, 17 kilometres south of Wilpena on the Hawker-Blinman Road.

Bunyeroo Gorge Hike (3 hrs 30 mins return, 7.5km)

This peaceful gum-lined gorge is framed by rugged rock formations. The gorge provides great opportunities for observing the native wildlife. Bullock teams and coaches transporting copper, mail and produce used the gorge in the 19th century to access the western plains.

Access: begins from the Bunyeroo car park, 18 kilometres north of Wilpena along the Bunyeroo Gorge Road.

Bunyeroo and Wilcolo Creek Hike (2 hrs 30 mins return, 7.5km)

“Enjoy views of Wilpena Pound, escape the heat under the shade of native pine groves along the hilltops of the ABC range.

Access: begins from the Bunyeroo car park, 18 kilometres north of Wilpena along the Bunyeroo Gorge Road.

Map and trail brochure

Bridle Gap Hike (6 hrs, 18.8km)

The trail, which forms part of the famous Heysen Trail, bisects the floor of Wilpena Pound. A variety of mallee, native pine and heath habitats provide excellent opportunities for keen naturalists to observe local birds including wrens, robins, parrots and raptors.

Access: begins from the bushwalking trailhead at the Wilpena Visitor Centre complex.

Hard hikes

Aroona to Youngoona Hike (7 hrs one way, 15.4km)

This day walk tells the story of pastoral heritage with beautiful views and contrasting rock formations. You will follow the footsteps of early shepherds and discover the ruins of old pastoral runs. Pass through contrasting rock formations and plant communities while enjoying views of the ABC, Heysen and Trezona ranges.

Access: begins from the Aroona car park, 50 kilometres north of Wilpena.

Map and trail brochure

Malloga Falls Hike (9 hrs, 23.2km)

A long flat trail that traverses the floor of Wilpena Pound to the spectacular rock faces of Edeowie Gorge and the stunning Malloga Falls. Bushwalkers need to be experienced and possess navigational skills.

Prior to commencing this hike, bushwalkers must discuss their route with the Wilpena Visitor Centre staff. Please note, this trail is closed during summer months of December, January and February.

Access: begins from the bushwalking trailhead at the Wilpena Visitor Centre complex.

Mount Ohlssen Bagge Hike (4 hrs, 6.4km)

Steep rocky inclines followed by rewarding views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding area. Spot the diverse reptiles which frequent this area whilst being surrounded by the magnificent view.

Access: begins from the bushwalking trailhead at the Wilpena Visitor Centre complex.

Please note, this trail is closed during summer months od December, January and February

Red Hill Lookout Hike (4 hrs return, 9km)

Take in the view of Aroona Valley and beyond.

Access: begins from the Aroona car park, 50 kilometres north of Wilpena. Quite steep in sections.

St Mary Peak Hike – Ngarri Mudlanha (Direct route: 6 hrs return, 14.6km. Loop route: 9 hrs, 21.5km)

St Mary Peak (1171m above sea level) 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.

Access: begins from the bushwalking trailhead at the Wilpena Visitor Centre complex. Rangers recommend you leave on this hike no later than 9 am (or 10 am during Daylight Saving hours).

Please note, this trail is closed during summer months of December, January and February

Wangara Lookout Hike, including Hills Homestead Walk (Lower Lookout Hike: 3 hrs return, 7.2km. Upper Lookout Hike: 3 hrs 30 mins return, 7.8km)

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Follow Wilpena Creek through towering River Red Gums, native pines, scented acacias and a seasonal array of wildflowers for spectacular panoramic views of Wilpena Pound. ‘Ikara’, the local Adnyamathanha peoples’ name for Wilpena Pound, is a natural rock formation resulting from millions of years of erosion. The lower lookout is 300m on from Hills Homestead. Continue on another 300m to the upper lookout.

Wilkawillina Gorge Hike (6 hrs one way, 11.4km)

This gorge is the habitat of the native Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby. Spot the wallabies on the unique geological features of this gorge. The permanent water source is in contrast to its drier surrounds.

Access: begins at the Wilkawillina car park. 45 kilometres north-east of Wilpena off the Oraparinna – Wirrealpa Road.

Yuluna Hike (4 hrs return, 8km)

From the historic Aroona homestead and the restored pug and pine hut experience the landscape which inspired the famous artist Hans Heysen.

Access: begins from the Aroona car park, 50 kilometres north of Wilpena.

Map and trail brochure

Treks

The Heysen Trail

This is a long distance walking trail, which traverses the state’s principal mountain ranges between Cape Jervis, on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula in the south, to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges in the north. This trail passes through some of the most diverse areas in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.

Many of the walking trails within the park utilise parts of this long-distance trail. Walkers may choose to undertake whole sections of the Heysen Trail. It is important that walkers purchase the relevant 1:50 000 topographic maps before commencing the following hikes: – Wilpena to Yanyanna Hike (Hard) – Yayanna to Trezona Hike (Moderate) – Tezona to Aroona Hike (Moderate)

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