Outback road trip part 7: To Wilpena Pound

by John Wilson June. 19, 2021 200 views

We're heading deeper into the remote Flinders Ranges, South Australia.

Approaching Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, from the west.

Approaching Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, from the west.

We made a last-minute decision to approach Wilpena Pound via Brachina Gorge. Here the road is ok, but later it gets pretty rough and photography becomes a low priority.

We made a last-minute decision to approach Wilpena Pound via Brachina Gorge. Here the road is ok, but later it gets pretty rough and photography becomes a low priority.

Traversing Brachina Gorge is like travelling in a time machine, through eons of geological formations dating from 520 million to 640 million years old.

Traversing Brachina Gorge is like travelling in a time machine, through eons of geological formations dating from 520 million to 640 million years old.

Wilpena Pound is a circular rimmed depression that looks just like some kind of crater from a huge meteor or volcano, but apparently it isn't. To Aboriginal people it is Ikara, or meeting place, and the formations surrounding it are dreaming serpents.

Wilpena Pound is a circular rimmed depression that looks just like some kind of crater from a huge meteor or volcano, but apparently it isn't. To Aboriginal people it is Ikara, or meeting place, and the formations surrounding it are dreaming serpents.

The local walks provide views of the interesting rock formations and resilient vegetation. A little steep and uneven at times but not too difficult.

The local walks provide views of the interesting rock formations and resilient vegetation. A little steep and uneven at times but not too difficult.

It is worth ascending to the peaks to take in the views. Here from Mount Ohlssen-Bagge, 923 metres.

It is worth ascending to the peaks to take in the views. Here from Mount Ohlssen-Bagge, 923 metres.

A view from within Wilpena Pound.

A view from within Wilpena Pound.

There are beautiful avenues of river red gums nearby.

There are beautiful avenues of river red gums nearby.

One of very few waterholes that we saw. Water is extremely scarce in the region.

One of very few waterholes that we saw. Water is extremely scarce in the region.

This poor kangaroo is finding the last remnants of water in a dry creek bed not far from Wilpena.

This poor kangaroo is finding the last remnants of water in a dry creek bed not far from Wilpena.

As with so many places in the Flinders region, there was a failed attempt at sheep farming in the 1800s. Here is what remains. Today the area is national park.

As with so many places in the Flinders region, there was a failed attempt at sheep farming in the 1800s. Here is what remains. Today the area is national park.

This eucalypt is not going to allow a few rocks to get between it and survival.

This eucalypt is not going to allow a few rocks to get between it and survival.

Wider view of Wilpena Pound.

Wider view of Wilpena Pound.

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Thomas Thompson 1 month, 1 week ago

Beautiful captures    Nice countryside

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John Wilson Replied to Thomas Thompson 1 month, 1 week ago

Thanks! Much appreciated.

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Harley Bond 1 month, 1 week ago

Did you see any reptiles along the way?

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John Wilson Replied to Harley Bond 1 month, 1 week ago

Not many Harley because it was approaching winter. But just when I was commenting we wouldn't see any snakes on the trip, we came across a huge tiger snake (super deadly) basking on the road.

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