Welcome to Adnyamathanha Country
WILPENA POUND = IKARA in the Aboriginal language of the Flinders Ranges
Distance Adelaide CBD to Wilpena Pound: approx. 459kms, 5 hours
Adnyamathanha people are the Traditional Owners of the Wilpena Pound (Ikara) and Flinders Ranges area, and are co-managers of the Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park Adnyamathanha means rock or hills people in Yura Ngawarla, the language of the Flinders Ranges.
The Adnyamathanha culture is a vibrant culture that continues to be passed down generation to generation in a culturally appropriate way. The Adnyamathanha people have a continued strong, cultural and spiritual connection to this land and for them Wilpena Pound (Ikara) is a very sacred place and they ask that visitors respect their beliefs.
The Adnyamathanha belief systems tell of the creation of their traditional lands, of spiritual snakes making up the walls of the Pound. The best way to learn about their land, culture, belief system and Dreamtime stories is from Adnyamathanha people themselves. They will welcome you to Ikara, and ask that you respect all geological, cultural and heritage sites. They also welcome you to a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony.
We recommend also to book a 1-hour scenic flight before going on a 4WD drive through this extraordinary 800 million years old landscape and has been home to Adnyamathanha people for tens of thousands of years.
Where to stay?
When you are looking for a stay within the Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park the Wilpena Pound Resort is said is the only accommodation there. Most of the hotel and resort staff were friendly, some seemed just doing a job and we experienced also at our stay situations which showed them very unorganised.
If you book the luxury room don’t compare it with a luxury hotel room in the city. Be also prepared that you open the kitchen drawer to find a mess (exploded rodent, blood and faeces all overall in the drawer and its contents).
Sadly not much improvement in this happened over the last couple of years, we definitely can not wholeheartedly recommend the resort or give a high review score.
Other ACCOMMODATION in the FLINDERS RANGES:
Coming from direction Hawker driving to Blinman we recommend to be very vigilant and stick to the speed limit! Be prepared that out of the nowhere on top of the many crests a very nasty bend is awaiting you but that’s not the only danger as roos are jumping out of the grass strait in or in front of your car, and if it isn’t a roo then its an emu or one of our other wildlife creatures. We did see it all and we think you too like to enjoy a great day in a wonderful area instead having a smashed car, need the Royal Flying Doctor Service to the next hospital ca, 500kms away, or to spend hours with the National Park Rangers for your accident report.
We were there begin of June 2017, the Hawker Hotel building is under new ownership and undergoes an expensive major renovation. The very friendly publican was recruiting staff (kitchen chefs, kitchen-hands, waitresses, sales assistants, etc.), we are looking forward to visit there again at spring time to see the transformation and check out their services for you.
Prairie Hotel with its Feral Food on the old Ghan railway line… we had it on our itinerary but about long walks we sadly did run out of time. The place looked very interesting from the air and our young female pilot told us lots of stories of history and present. I’ll definitely check this place out at one of my next review travels.
Brochures and details/photos to our report are available at
ASSP Gallery Port Adelaide, Shop 3/ 70 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide or send us an email with your address when you like us to post one to you: ASSP.firstname.lastname@example.org
National Railway Museum Port Adelaide http://www.natrailmuseum.org.au/