Sunday, 2 July 2017

A visit to Flinders Ranges National Park





A VISIT TO FLINDERS RANGES NATIONAL PARK (ANCIENT IKARA)

We're on our way out. A kangaroo just bounced across the road in a fitting farewell. They've been outnumbered this time by the emus. It's the most I've seen in Australia. The Pappas roam camouflaged through the scrub and the noxious purple-flowered weeds, their trail of chicks following.

Tribal law is important within the Indigenous way of life. It's law that the traditional owners do not enter the pound. It's bad for their spiritual juju if they do. I adored my time in Ikara. It is exquisitely beautiful. Ancient. Timeless. It holds a spiritual power that can never be captured by words, photographs, or film - even though we tried.

GETTING AROUND IKARA FLINDERS RANGES NATIONAL PARK

There are sealed roads throughout the park to get you to some of the main areas. However, many of the sites below are unsealed and suitable only for 4WD. We could not access these areas with our motorhome and so experienced them on a guided tour from the Wilpena Pound Resort instead.

WHERE TO STAY IN FLINDERS RANGES NATIONAL PARK

There are plenty of bush camping spots all around the National Park. These cost $15 a night You can stay at Wilpena Pound Resort to have a little more comfort and amenities. The resort has powered and unpowered sites as well as motel rooms, and Ikari safari tents. There is also a restaurant if you don't plan on self-catering.

VIEW POINTS IN IKARA FLINDERS RANGES NATIONAL PARK

Rawnsley Lookout is about 15km south of Wilpena Pound as you drive in from Hawker. There are gorgeous views of Rawnsley Bluff, which are amazing cliff formations near Wilpena Pound. Sunrise is meant to be when it really lights up. It was here that I captured one of my favourite photos from the trip of my girls!

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