Park of the Month for Ikara-Flinders Ranges

Ikara-Flinders Ranges is the National Parks and Wildlife Service's Park of the Month for July. Photo: Department for Environment and Water.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges is the National Parks and Wildlife Service's Park of the Month for July. Photo: Department for Environment and Water.

Arguably one of the nation's most iconic landscapes, Ikara-Flinders Ranges has landed itself in the spotlight for all the right reasons.

National Parks South Australia is celebrating Ikara's breath-taking beauty and ancient culture by crowning it the National Parks and Wildlife Service's Park of the Month.

Located about 160-kilometres north east of Port Augusta in the central Flinders Ranges, the park is home to the iconic Wilpena Pound, rugged mountain landscapes and peaceful tree lined gorges.

Parks and Wildlife Manager Tony Magor said the tourism draw cards are endless.

"You've got some fabulous geological formations and geological eras that you can see as you drive through the park, but you've also got the great Adnyamathanha culture and the pastoral history," he said.

"On that park at the moment, four out of six rangers are Adnyamathanha. For some people, meeting and speaking to a ranger can be the highlight of their trip.

"It's one thing to talk to a ranger, but when you've got someone who's culture dates back tens and thousands of years, they know the landscape and features in it from a totally different standpoint - it provides a unique perspective for people to learn about the country."

Travellers can immerse themselves in traditional Adnyamathanha cultural experiences, walking and cycling trails, camping, four-wheel driving, and birdwatching.

"With the recent rain and the vegetation looking good, combined with some of the sunsets - it's a photographers dream," Mr Magor said.

"It's one of those parks where there's something there for everyone."

Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park Ranger Tanya McKenzie lists her top five Park experiences as:

  • Bushwalking into Wilpena Pound;
  • Immersing yourself in Adnyamathanha culture with a visit to Arkaroo Rock;
  • Driving the spectacular Bunyeroo, Brachina and Aroona scenic drives;
  • Camp along the creek at the Trezona Campground; and
  • Ride or walk the Mawson trail.

Additional activities to be held throughout July include a ranger pop-up information station, ranger guided Adynamathanha Cultural Walk and a Brachina Gorge Geological Tag-along Tour.