The Flinders Ranges in South Australia is rich in Australia’s natural, pioneering and cultural heritage. World-renowned for its geological history, this beautifully rugged 540 million-year-old dramatic landscape is peppered with magnificent mountains which glow red in the sunset, stony creek beds lined with towering gum trees, spectacular gorges, abundant wildlife and birdlife, and at its centrepiece Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre surrounded by ancient mountain range.
Just five hours north of Adelaide the Flinders Ranges offer an adventure for everyone. Discover your adventurous spirit on popular walking trails around Wilpena Pound. Watch as eagles soar overhead or spot the rare and threatened yellow footed rock wallabies hidden in rocky outcrops.
The area’s early European settlement history is evident in the ruins of old homesteads and copper mines. Pre-dating this, the Adnyamathanha Aboriginal people have lived in the Flinders Ranges for tens of thousands of years. This magnificent country is of immense cultural significance to the Adnyamathana – the ‘hills’ or ‘rock’ people, whose Dreaming stories, or Yura Muda bring a spiritual meaning to this ancient landscape. Aboriginal rock art sites can be found throughout the Flinders Ranges.
Reg Wilton, is an Adnyamathanha man who grew up on a sheep station on the edge of Lake Frome in the Central Flinders region. His Wakarla tag-along tours journey into his traditional home and offer a unique opportunity to spend one-on-one time with Reg as he imparts traditional knowledge of the Dreaming stories connected to this land, including the Seven Sisters, Kangaroo and Euro, Eagle and the Crow (Wakarla).
Travel with Reg along the scenic Parachilna to Blinman road stopping at magnificent Glass Gorge where a leisurely walk along a tree lined creek bed will bring you to ancient rock carvings. Nearby, visit one of the Flinders Ranges most significant mining ruins, the Nuccaleena Copper mine site. Copper was discovered here in the mid 1850s and a small town was built around the mine site, the ruins of which still stand today. Harsh conditions and a severe drought ended the mine’s operations in 1866.
As a guest of Wakarla Glass Gorge Tours you will have private access to the historic Oratunga Station. Travelling with Reg you will have the opportunity to see ancient rock engravings not accessible for the general public. For those who would like to camp overnight with Reg there are bush camping or shearer’s quarter options. You will enjoy stories around the camp fire with Reg and his Auntie Enice.