What to expect
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Outdated but confortable and well located
We stayed for 3 nights in an Edeowie room. The room is part of a 4-room block. It has a convenient kitchen, a double bed, a bunk bed and an extra single bed. Bathroom is rather large. The cabin is comfortable and rather well organised. You can park nearby. It has large windows which gives a good view outside but on the wrong side, it brings a lot of heat inside. Of course with A/C you can cool down the place, but not the best for environment... The space with the bunk bed doesn't have a window we can't open either. Annoying if you want to bring in some fresh air at night. The swimming pool is very enjoyable, and the resort location is fantastic for hikes and tour around with SUV or 4x4. I would put 3 stars for the cabin and an extra star for the location and nature around. Close-by, there is a small IGA supermarket, petrol station and restaurant within the resort.
An adventure in more ways than one
We only stayed one night due the Covid 19, which has put a hold on most things, and prevented us from dining in Or BBQ-ing, and kind of took the shine off a bit. However, in the face of such beauty and wildlife, it was truly a lovely night. We had a safari tent with our friends the wallabies and Maggie’s, which we found to be quite large. Although there were no kitchen utensils, wine glasses, plates so I guess you were supposed to be camping after all.
A stay in the wilderness
The accommodation is comfortable enough, but would advise you to take food for at least some of your stay. The power generating ability isn't up to scratch, which means it can go off any time. During dinner service it went off for long periods, came on briefly then off again. We ordered our dinner at 6.30pm and it hadn't arrived at 9.30pm. Our friends, who were with us, ordered after us but theirs arrived about 8.30pm. We gave up at 9.30 and resigned ourselves to no dinner! Despite the problems we enjoyed our time here. There is a good general store where you can purchase lunch food and general provisions.
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.
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