WILPENA POUND, IKARA FLIN­DERS RANGES NA­TIONAL PARK, SA

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

An enig­matic land­form that looks like a mas­sive im­pact crater, Wilpena Pound is of­ten (an­noy­ingly for those who live here) mis­taken for be­ing the crater from Wolf Creek. In fact its moun­tain-ringed bowl is a re­sult of a sed­i­men­tary syn­cline, some­thing for school teach­ers to get ex­cited about. In­deed, the Ge­ol­o­gist’s Drive here is ge­ol­o­gist pornog­ra­phy; or would that be just… ge­og­ra­phy? Come for chal­leng­ing sun­rise walks up into this nat­u­ral am­phithe­atre in­clud­ing a sec­tion of the fa­mous Hey­sen Trail, named for the artist who ob­sessed over the colour­ful gums in the re­gion. At the end of the day, re­tire to lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion in­clud­ing the eco-vil­las at Rawns­ley Park Sta­tion or Wilpena Pound Resort for glamp­ing. And you have to drop into the Prairie at Parachilna, just un­der two hours north, for the feral food plat­ter and fine wines at a tra­di­tional out­back pub that looks coun­try from the out­side but is sur­pris­ingly metropoli­tan within. See, Wilpena Pound is so much more than a crater – ahem, we mean syn­cline.

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