Experience the natural beauty of the South Australian hinterland at Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Once a sacred meeting place of the native Adnyamathanha people, today these mountains serve as a gathering place for hikers, photographers, campers, and art-history buffs. Home to Aboriginal rock carvings, winding trails, and gorgeous views, the park offers a memorable experience in the stunning Australian bush. Take the walking path from Sacred Canyon to visit the rock carvings in just 15 minutes (30 minutes round trip), or opt for a one-hour hike from Arkaroo Rock to see some of the park's best carvings. For sweeping views and a hike through a gum tree and acacia tree forest, make the trek up to Wangara Lookout, where you'll get picturesque views over Wilpena Pound—a massive, natural rock amphitheater that reaches toward the sky.
Located six hours north of South Australia's popular coastal capital Adelaide, the park is best experienced over the course of a couple of days. Indulge in the natural beauty of the Australian outback with a two-night stay at Wilpena Pound Resort inside the national park and a scenic flightseeing tour of the crater.
Insider's Tip: The hour before sunset is the best time for spotting kangaroos in the grasslands.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is located six hours north of Adelaide and 1.5 hours north of Hawker. It's best accessed by car. While the road to Wilpena Pound is paved, many other roads in the park are graded dirt and gravel. Most are accessible to two-wheel drive vehicles, except in times of inclement weather when 4WD drive is required. Avoid the stress of driving by visiting the park on an organized tour with transportation included.
Temperatures in winter, from April to October, are the most pleasant for activities, since the heat in summer can often stretch upwards of 100°F (37.7°C).
Admission costs AUD 10 per vehicle, and tickets to Old Wilpena Station are AUD 7 for adults and AUD 5 for children.