What to expect
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Last 5 reviews
Not so luxurious
This resort was very quiet. Maybe it was the time of year as it is normally very hot. So although there was a lot of accommodation the atmosphere was mediocre. We had booked a luxury Ikara safari tent. It was ok but I wouldn’t describe it as luxurious. Perhaps that’s because I’ve stayed in ones in Africa which were much more isolated that this with much more to offer. The tents were worn and many of the zips didn’t work. The staff were helpful. We were unable to do our 4WD excursion because the storms the previous weekend had closed most of the roads. We enjoyed our walk to Hills Homestead through a gorge and saw kangaroos and Emus. Our flight over Wilpena Pound the following morning was spectacular.
Some Good, Some Bad
Wilpena Pound is not to be missed. The wildlife and situation is unforgettable and something not to be missed. I travel extensively and try to compare where I stay with similar establishments. I have stayed in Xanterra run Yellowstone and Grand Canyon South Rim. Both the accommodation and food offered at Wilpena Pound Resort is far superior to the accommodation in both whereas the quality of food on offer far exceeds the canteen approach adopted by Xanterra. However, Wilpena Resort has a long way to go to provide what I believe the normal tourist wants or expects. The owners are sitting on a goldmine but there are a number of shortcomings that will continue to put tourists off and result in adverse publicity if not addressed. These are: Kangaroo poo left throughout the resort - at doorways to accommodation, on the sun deck and around the area where food is served. During our stay no attempt was seen to clear this up. Kangaroos allowed into the area where food was served and seen to steal food off peoples plates. Pool not cleaned at all during our 3 day visit. Cockroaches, ants, moths etc. floating on the surface and leaves, soil and tree bark on both surface and pool floor. The first day we were there a duck was swimming in the pond and duck poo remained on the pool surround our entire time there. You have a great asset in Wilpena Pound. Do not loose it. Tourists are a potential to a great future.
Needs some work
Really nice retreat. Friendly staff and was very quiet so was peaceful. Nice pool and little bistro. Kangaroos everywhere. The place is looking run down and the ablution blocks need to be kept clean. They were disgusting. They are old which is no problem but they need to be kept clean. Wilpena pound needs to lift there game.
Luxury Escapes package
We stayed for 3 nights in Ikara Glamping Tent #1 - extremely spacious and well appointed with bar fridge , wine glasses , wardrobe , huge bed and ensuite. A bottle of wine on arrival was included along with breakfast , possibly could have a wider selection , and dinner , which was above standard , considering the remoteness, and very generous portions. An informative and interesting 4WD , 5 hour tour with Jacquie to Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorge was excellent. On the down side , we had gale force winds , which made our Glamping tent feel like we were going to be blown away and a huge dust storm ! Overall a memorable experience.
Wonderful experience in great place
We experienced at least 3 seasons in 4 days. 44 degrees C, dense smoke from Bush fires, an overcast pleasant day, squally winds and cool rain. But put it all together and it was fantastic. The accommodation was clean and tidy, the restaurant food plain but good, the drinks menu diverse enough, a great pool, and views and walks and immense geological history and native wildlife to surely satisfy everyone. The first people who host the tours were friendly, informative, knowledgeable and genuine. Overall - a fantastic experience.
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