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Yourambulla Caves Historic Reserve

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published November 12th 2015
Yourambulla Caves are located on the southern fringe of the Flinders Ranges, approximately 11kms south of Hawker on the main Highway A1, 330kms from Adelaide.

The paintings in the Yourambulla Caves were done by the Adnyamathanha people and while the age of the sites are unknown, they are at least several hundred, if not thousands of years old. They are protected by a cage - but photos can easily be taken through the very large mesh.

There are 3 separate cave sites within the reserve. The first site at an elevation of 451 metres, has particularly spectacular views over the plains.

Visitors are told to allow 1 to 2 hours to visit all 3 sites. I would say that if your fitness is just average, or if you are not used to bush walking, then allow more time.

The whole reserve really is not suitable for the elderly, frail or those in prams or wheelchairs. The path is steep, littered with rubble and there are some points on the trail where climbing is necessary. There is a steep stairway at the first cave site, but those with average fitness and health will find the walk easy and pleasurable.

There are no toilets, running water or picnic facilities. Be prepared - carry water, hat and sunscreen and try to visit early in the day to avoid the heat.

To see these original ancient Aboriginal artworks in their natural setting is simply breathtaking and, in my opinion, an absolute must for everyone who is considering a visit to the Flinders.

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Why? Witness ancient Aboriginal art in it's natural setting
When: Open every day
Where: Yourambulla Caves
Cost: Free!
Your Comment
Looks like a really interesting place to visit.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 3501 days ago
Nice spot, will make sure to visit here when we head to Hawker in January.
by Wandering Foodies (score: 2|479) 2745 days ago
Great story and images as always Paula
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11309) 3514 days ago
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