18-year-old freelance videographer, photographer and writer living in the south of Adelaide. View my portfolio and blog at www.livinglifelost.com
Published May 15th 2018
The Flinders Ranges is calling you
Roughly a five-hour drive from the Adelaide CBD lies a stunning haven for adventurers of all sorts. The Flinders Ranges offers a vast plethora of experiences and views, campsites, cattle stations, ruins and wildlife all within a day's drive of the state's capital. Stretching over four-hundred and thirty kilometres from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna, the Flinders Ranges is an amphitheatre-shaped bowl of mountains enclosing Wilpena Pound.
For those who appreciate some refinement and peace from the everyday hustle-and-bustle, the serene atmosphere disposed by the untouched surroundings more than fits the bill. For those who seek a heart-racing adventure, the various four-by-four tracks satisfy even the most daring of rock-hoppers. For those who wish to besiege themselves in the natural wonderland that is nature, various walking tracks of all difficulties and lengths are available. For those who aim to experience the myriad of animal species that inhabit the park, more than one's fair share will be awarded to any adventurer, and for those who seek a perfect shot or masterful video edit, the stunning sights around the park are more than enough to suppress any sudden David Attenborough urges.
A shot of a mountain bordering Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges.
Free accommodation at the park is not difficult to find, however for those with a larger budget and are willing to spend on a few creature comforts, the Rawnsley Park Caravan Site is a wonderful establishment that one encounters just as they're entering the park, before the turn into Wilpena Pound. Offering various powered and unpowered sites, a playground, general store, petrol station, spacious kitchen with several barbecues and gas burners as well as satellite television and various other amenities throughout, the park is friendly for all ages and groups of all sizes, whether immediate family or a party of youngsters. Several one and two-bedroom eco-villas, a luxurious homestead featuring vast views of the Chase Range and topped by a private swimming pool make for quite the arsenal when combined with the three 3.5-star holiday units.
As far as the beauty of the park goes, the humbling scenes of the jagged mountain range erupting from the earth below is more than enough to leave one speechless, mouth gaping in awe. Layer upon layer of weathered sediment borders the park, forming a bowl-like shape around, and when the sun bounces from the prehistoric rock faces, the myriad of colour that results is dazzling. The various, vast expanses of plains and forestry are teeming with life, from kangaroos to emus and lizards to eagles. Spending a day just cruising about the place, stopping only to snap my shutter at a few of the superb sights was a well spent one indeed!
A view from near Rawnsley Park station at the top of a ridge.
For an avid hiker, I'd be surprised if there were many more desirable places on the entire planet for one to do so. While intersected by the 1,200-kilometre Heysen Trail, the park has many of its own paths for one to venture along also. From the half-hour Wilpena Station walk to the nine-hour St. Mary's Peak hike, a walk is available to fit all skill levels and requirements.