We can sum up the Wilpena Pound with only one word – Spectacular. Located in the Flinders Rangers, this natural amphitheatre provokes the imagination to conjure up 101 different ways this ‘out of place’ land formation could have come to be. Surrounded by desert, the spectacular Wilpena Pound is guaranteed to impress, especially from the air.
Flying around Wilpena Pound was probably the best part of visiting this area, but stopping off and spending some time on the ground was definitely well worth it.
When travelling by air, the best place to land is at the Rawnley Park Station. There are a few other strips in the area, but these are mainly used for tour operators and they discourage visiting planes. Rawnsley Park Station offer a great little airstrip with free transfers from the runway, for their guests.
Located on the southern side of the Pound, Rawnley Park station was once a large sheep station. Today they still run about 2000 sheep on the property, but tourism has become their primary business.
Being so remote it is a great place to relax and unwind in nature. There are some good bush walking tracks around the park that are worth exploring. If your staying the night make sure you check out the stars. The sky is so clear and the starts seem so much bigger, brighter and closer then anywhere else in the world!
Rawnsley Park Station Attractions
Rawnsley Park Station offer a range of different activities and experiences. For more information visit www.rawnsleypark.com.au. Below are the attractions we enjoyed during our stay.
Surrounding the park are many bush walking tracks to suit all levels of fitness. During the summer months many of the tracks are closed as too many tourists get themselves into trouble as they are not prepared for the conditions. While the view from the air outperforms most of the vantage points on the ground, it is definitely well worth exploring a few of the bush walking tracks and seeing the countryside from a different perspective.
Info: Maps and information are available from Rawnsley Park Station.
Tip: Make sure you carry plenty of water. Best time to visit is between March and October
A range of accommodation options are available to suit every style and budget. These include:
- Luxury Eco Villa’s
- Rawnsley Homestead
- Cabin Accomodation
- Caravan Park
We stayed in the Cabins located at the Caravan Park. These were you typical budget style cabin accommodation with shared bathroom facilities.
Bring your own food would be advisable. The Woolshed Resturant is open for lunch during peak seasons, and dinner all year round. A small kiosk with basic essentials is located at the caravan park.
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