Winter wonderland at Wilpena

While snow can fall on the Mount Lofty summit and ranges from time to time, it is rare to occur in an arid area like Wilpena Pound in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park – like it did last week.

The Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park entry statement near the Oraparinna airstrip

The cold snap brought icy temperatures across the region, with the nearest official weather location at Hawker, 56 kilometres south of Wilpena Pound, recording a minimum temperature of 3.9 degrees and maximum of 6.7 degrees.

Staff and visitors at Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park awoke to a totally different environment to what they would expect of the region.  

‘Images taken by staff early on Friday morning show the area looking more like the Victorian Alps rather than the usual iconic rugged ranges,’ National Parks and Wildlife Flinders and Outback Manager Tony Magor said.

‘People were able to have snow fights and build small snowmen, with snow persisting until 11am.

‘Long-term National Park and Wildlife Services South Australia staff stated that it has been about 50 years since snow has fallen in the area.

‘For staff and visitors, this event will truly be a very memorable one.’

Snow near Hucks Lookout