Attractions

Arkaroo Rock

Arkaroo Rock is an important Aboriginal art site in the Flinders Ranges featuring ochre and charcoal images depicting the creation of Wilpena Pound.

Sacred Canyon

Sacred Canyon is a small chasm where ancient Aboriginal rock engravings representing animal tracks, people, waterholes and other symbols are found on sandstone walls. Located 19km from Wilpena off the main Hawker-Blinman Road, the rock engravings are best seen in soft morning or afternoon light.

Old Wilpena Station

An important pioneering pastoral run, Wilpena Station was established in 1851 and had a working life of 135 years, before slipping into retirement. Today the Old Wilpena Station Historic Precinct is one of South Australia's most significant pastoral settlement sites due to its well-preserved condition, wealth of heritage and spectacular natural setting. Visitors can enjoy self-guided tours of the Old Wilpena Station.

Aroona Valley and Ruins

Framed by the Heysen and ABC ranges, the Aroona Valley is one of the most scenic locations in the park. Aroona was settled on a permanent spring. Above the spring are the remains of Haywards head station for the Aroona run of the 1850s. The site has strong links to the renowned Australian landscape painter Sir Hans Heysen.

Wilpena Eating House and the Cazneaux Tree

A mound of stone is all that remains of the Wilpena Eating House. Built in 1862 of native pine slabs with a thatched grass roof, it served the passing trade until it dwindled in the 1880s and the eating house was abandoned. The river red gum nearby was photographed by a legendary Sydney photographer Harold Cazneaux in 1937. The photograph, titled 'Spirit of Endurance', gained international recognition.

Blinman

In the second half of the 19th century, the historic township of Blinman, 50km north of Wilpena, was a thriving copper mining centre home to some 1,000 residents. Some of the pug and pine huts and stone buildings erected close to the old mines remain today.

Appealinna Ruins

The Appealinna ruins are reached by a track about 1km north of the Wirrealpa turn-off on the Blinman Road. Joseph Wills, a local pastoralist in the 1850s, built the homestead and stockyards on the southern side of the creek, while the ruins on the north side were once a busy mining settlement. The flat stone quarried on-site and used in the construction of these buildings is a unique feature of Appealinna.

Bunyeroo Valley

The scenic Bunyeroo Valley road with its impressive razorback ridge and lookouts starts 4km north of the Wilpena junction on the main Hawker-Blinman Road. Visit the Yanyanna Hut and stockyards before entering Bunyeroo Gorge where you follow the creek bed to pass through the gorge.

Brachina Gorge

Brachina Gorge is one of the park's most popular and spectacular tourist attractions. The gorge is an important refuge for the yellow-footed rock-wallaby as well as many species of birds and reptiles. Drive along the Brachina Gorge Geological Trail to learn about the area's fascinating geological history.