OFF TO THE FLINDERS RANGES

DAY 85

Today we are heading north and will be slowly making our way to the Flinders Ranges.

We left Adelaide and set off in the direction of Clare to find an overnight stop.  There are a couple of low cost options just out of Clare and we decided to pull up at Blyth Sportsground.  This is quite a large area and there was only a couple of other campers sharing the space with us.  No facilities here but a good quiet overnight stop.

DAY 86

On our way out of Clare, we stopped in at Bungaree Station which is a working sheep station. Bungaree is open to the public to wander through a series of displays and buildings, all with audio posts, to learn more about South Australia’s pastoral history and what life was like working and living on the property.

Bungaree Station and was established by George Hawker and his brothers back in 1841. By the 1880s, the Station had grown substantially and was running up to 100,000 sheep and employed over 50 staff. The Station resembled a small village with its own Church, Blacksmiths Shop, Station Store, Woolshed as well as the Homestead, Staff Cottages, Shearers Quarters and even the local Council Chambers. Today, the Station remains the home of the 4th, 5th and 6th generations of the Hawker family. And, 180 years on, sheep are still being shorn in the old Woolshed.

After lunch, we continued north in search of another overnight stop.  We had a look at a few sites that we had found on WikiCamps but decided to continue on to Almerta Station.

Almerta Station is at the bottom of the Flinders Ranges and is a working sheep station that has 13 private bush camping sites.  We had a really peaceful overnight stop here.

DAY 87

Today we decided to continue on to Wilpena Pound.  We based ourselves at Wilpena Pound Resort Campground.  The walks into Wilpena Pound all start from the visitor information centre here so a good base for exploring.

The unpowered campground is huge and for $25 a night you can pick your site and you have full access to the amenities and swimming pool.

DAY 88

We were keen to do some hikes while we were in the Flinders and our first one was to Wangara Lookout. It is a 7.8km return walk that takes you to Hills Homestead and then on to the lookouts for beautiful views into Wilpena Pound. The first 3kms is flat then it’s around a 300 metre uphill section to the lower lookout and a further 400 metres to the upper lookout.

DAY 89

Today we went to Arkaroo Rock to view some aboriginal rock art.  It’s a 3km return hike to the rock paintings and it’s a really stunning walk, the views are incredible in all directions!!

In the afternoon we did a loop drive from the campground through the geological trail which drives through some incredible gorges – the landscape in the Flinders is just so stunning!

Our video below shows some of the drive through the geological trail and the stunning Flinders landscape!

DAY 90

Another hike conquered today! 

MOUNT OHLSSEN BAGGE is another walk that starts from Wilpena Pound Resort. The peak is 941 metres above sea level and to get there it’s a 3.2km hike and 2.7km of that is climbing up and scrambling over rocks. The 360 degree view of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding area is worth all the effort when you reach the top!! And then the 3.2km is all downhill on the way back. This hike took us around 3 hours.

The pictures don’t come close to showing how amazing the views are! If you are up for a challenge, don’t miss it!!

DAY 9192

After an amazing few days exploring Wilpena Pound we headed further north towards Parachilna Gorge to find a camp for a couple of nights.

Parachilna Gorge is just west of Blinman and there are several bush camping areas along the gorge to choose from. It’s a beautiful quiet area with no service and no facilities.

THE MAP BELOW SHOWS WHERE WE WERE!

To be continued…