Aboriginal Cultural Tours Wilpena Pound Resort

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

Adnyamathanha guides at Wilpena Pound Resort deliver unique and memorable Aboriginal experiences to visitors to the Flinders Ranges, South Australia.

The Yura Udnyu walking tour (“yura” being the name for Adnyamathanha people and “udnyu” meaning white) to Old Wilpena Station and the Ikara monument, covers the intertwining histories of both cultures. Learn about the diversity of the land, native animals, native bush-tucker, and uncover the rich history and mystique of ancient and contemporary Aboriginal culture.

On the half day 4WD tour, explore the gorges around Wilpena Pound which provide an ancient and fascinating history of the Flinders Ranges, and are visible in the fossil layers. Marveling at the rugged beauty of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges. Learn about Adnyamathanha Dreaming, which is still very strong in traditional Yarta (land).

Each night, a Yura traditional owner welcomes visitors to Wilpena Pound Resort and the Flinders Ranges, speaking in Yura Ngawarla, the language of the Adnyamathanha people, and telling stories of the creation of Ikara.

From the ancient and rugged beauty of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges to the brilliant sunsets over the vast landcape, the Adnyamathanha people will connect you to over 100 million years of tradition, culture and this unforgettable land.

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Services

$45

The Yura Udnyu walking tour (“yura” being the name for Adnyamathanha people and “udnyu” meaning white) to Old Wilpena Station and the Ikara monument, covers the intertwining histories of Aboriginal and European cultures. Learn about the diversity of the land, native animals, native bush-tucker, and uncover the rich history and mystique of ancient and contemporary Aboriginal culture. Walk along Wilpena Creek past magnificent river red gums with stunning views of Wilpena Pound in the distance.

Walk along Wilpena Creek past magnificent stands of river red gums with stunning views of the Pound wall in the distance. As you pass through the station gate you will step back 150 years to the early days of the pastoral runs. Explore a world of improvisation, dogged self-sufficiency and a powerful instinct for survival. Learn how the land changed with European settlement and how present day pastoralists and park managers are dealing with those changes.

Operates: Daily, on demand from the Wilpena Pound Resort Visitors Centre.

Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

From $169 to $299

The 30 minute scenic flight takes you slightly further than the 20 minute, and completes a circuit of Wilpena Pound where your pilot will point out the Elder Range, Edeowie Gorge, Heysen Range, Lake Torrens, Bunyeroo Gorge, Brachina Gorge, St Mary Peak and the Pound Gap. You will clearly see how the Flinders Ranges appears to be a backbone on the landscape – an extraordinary sight and great for photographers.

Operates: Daily

Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

$299

This flight takes you beyond Wilpena Pound over the Western Plains, Parachilna township, Parachilna Gorge, Blinman township and Copper Mine, the Bunkers Range and Skytrek 4WD track. You will see clearly the backbone shaped Flinders Ranges and the varying colours and textures of this ancient and beautiful landscape.

Operates: Daily

Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

$295

Travel to Blinman (highest town in South Australia) and explore the old copper mine, and wander the streets of this historic town. Indulge in lunch at the famous Blinman Hotel, a true Aussie outback pub. Travel home via Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges. Learn of the geological history and seek the rare Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby.

Full day tour with morning tea and lunch provided.

Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

$169

The 20 minute scenic flight provides a fantastic view of our surrounds where you will see Wilpena Pound from the air with the resort nestled in among the River Red Gums just near the Pound Gap. You will also see the Elder Range, Edeowie Gorge, Lake Torrens, the Heysen Range and St Mary Peak.

Operates: By arrangement.

Carpark

$985

Enjoy excellent views of Outback South Australia with a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound and Brachina Gorge. Pass over Parachilna, the township of Marree and awe-inspiring Lake Eyre. After marvelling at the vastness of Lake Eyre, land at Muloorina Station, a remote 400,000 hectare property south of Lake Eyre. The return flight passes over the Leigh Creek open-cut coal fields and the Gammon Ranges.

Operates: Daily

Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

$1100

Excellent views of outback South Australia beginning with a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound and Brachina Gorge. Pass over Parachilna, the Leigh Creek open-cut coal fields, the township of Marree, Muloorina Station and the awe-inspiring Lake Eyre. After marvelling at the wonders of Lake Eyre, land at the remote town of William Creek for lunch (population 10 at last count). Return via the beautiful Painted Hills, the Breakaway Country, the Andamooka opal fields and Lake Torrens.

Operates: Daily

Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

$150

Australia has the world’s oldest visible geology on Earth and much of this can be found in the Flinders Ranges. The gorges around Wilpena Pound Resort provide an ancient and fascinating history of the Flinders Ranges, and are visible in the fossil layers and referred to as the ‘Corridor Through Time’. On this tour, you will also learn about Adnyamathanha Dreaming, which is still very strong in traditional Yarta (land).

Explore more than 100 million years of this history as well as marveling at the rugged beauty of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges. Search for Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies and enjoy sweeping views of Bunyeroo Valley and the eastern wall of Wilpena Pound. Visitors will learn about the rugged mountains including the moss rocks with their contrasting colours and the ever-changing flora of the area, especially after the rain.

Half day tour with morning or afternoon tea provided

Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

$58

Tour is approximately two hours and includes beverages and canapés.

Observe the changing colours as the sun sets over Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges. Marvel at this vast ancient landscape from a spectacular local lookout point as your Aboriginal guide tells traditional stories of the formation of the Flinders Ranges and the two serpents that formed Ikara (Wilpena Pound).

Don’t forget your camera!

Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking

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