Wilpena Pound is one of the wonders of South Australia, a huge natural amphitheatre, with plenty of great day walks offering fabulous views. I’ve covered it in a separate post, this one is about getting there and back, but here are a few photos as a reminder.
There are three main routes to Wilpena from Adelaide, all taking pretty much the same length of time, about five hours if you don’t stop, but there are a few things to see on the way.
The ‘coastal’ route offers surprisingly few sea views despite heading through or close to a number of Port cities (Wakefield, Pirie, Germein and Augusta). I stopped a couple of times though, firstly in Lochiel to see the red salt Lake Bumbunga.
On the way back to Adelaide I took the Clare Valley route, which passed through one of Australia’s main wine and grain regions. There are small farming settlements, gradually growing in size toward Adelaide, with a surprising amount of beautiful colonial era architecture, in particular churches.
Magnetic Hill is famous for cars rolling uphill, but it’s really an optical illusion. A spirit level would have been handy…Jamestown has clearly seen better times judging by the Caltex, but did have a nice river running through it and the largest ducks I have ever seen.