This well-run bush resort is the only accommodation inside the Flinders Ranges National Park.

The highlight of South Australia’s Flinders Ranges National Park, Wilpena Pound is a stunning natural amphitheatre set among the astonishing hues of an 800 million year-old quartzite and limestone outcrop that’s sacred to the Adnyamathanha people and rich in wildlife. Kangaroos and emus roam freely at this resort, which offers the only accommodation in the park and is sensitively constructed to blend in with its remarkable environment.

There’s an on-site restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine, a sociable bar, and a general store for any self-catering needs. Inside the resort you’ll also find the National Park Visitor Information Centre, which has a wealth of information including detailed maps and bush walking trails. A fantastic range of tours and activities on offer include 4x4 trips into the park and scenic flights.

A campground is situated on one side of the resort, with the hotel rooms in a separate area on the other side. Brachina and Aroona make up the standard rooms and are best suited to couples, while the deluxe rooms – Heysen and Edowie – are more spacious and have a kitchenette, ideal for families or if you’re looking for more self-catered facilities. For a premium camping experience, the new Ikara Safari Camp has 15 safari tents complete with kingsize bed, en suite bathroom, air-conditioning and a private deck, perfect for a rustic luxe Outback experience.

4 stars
Nov - Feb
Inside the Flinders Ranges National Park, on the banks of the Wilpena Creek just outside the entrance to Wilpena Pound
5 hours’ drive from Adelaide. The resort can also arrange transfers (at extra cost) from Port Augusta if you’re disembarking The Ghan or Indian Pacific there


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