Flinders Ranges
AUSTRALIA,  SOUTH AUSTRALIA

WALKING TRAILS IN THE FLINDERS RANGES

The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, stretching for over 400 km. It stands out with a huge, crater-shaped formation known as Wilpena Pound that can be fully appreciated from the air due to its giant size. Flinders Ranges National Park has several walking trails perfect for all hiking enthusiasts. Some of them are challenging, some of them are relatively easy, but all of them are worth doing. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you some of the best walking trails in the Flinders Ranges.

ST MARY PEAK

This is the tallest mountain in the Flinders Ranges that offers amazing views from the top. The Outside Trail and Inside Trail are the two walking tracks that run to St Mary Peak. They both start at Wilpena Pound Resort, go up to Tanderra Saddle, and then to the summit. Outside Trail is shorter, but it’s also rocky and quite steep. Inside Trail is longer, but much easier. I took the Outside Trail first, went back via Inside Trail, and did the loop, which is the best option. It’s definitely one of the best walking trails in the Flinders Ranges!

Wilpena Pound Resort – Tanderra Saddle (via Outside Trail) – St Mary Peak – Tanderra Saddle (via Inside Trail) – Wilpena Pound Resort

Hiking trail: 21,5 km (loop), 8 hours
Trail class: 4
Trail access: 2WD (sealed road)

Walking trails in the Flinders Ranges St Mary Peak
Walking trails in the Flinders Ranges St Mary Peak
St Mary Peak (1171 metres)

RAMSLEY BLUFF

Rawnsley Bluff is one of my favourites! Fun fact is that I call it a secret hike in the Flinders Ranges because not many people know about it. I went to the Visitor Centre to ask specifically about more challenging walking trails in Flinders Ranges National Park, and here’s how I discovered Rawnsley Bluff. By pure chance! For some reason, it’s not marked on the national park map. How can you find it? Drive towards Rawnsley Park Station, then follow the signs that will lead you to a carpark with an information board.

Ramsley Bluff Carpark – Ramsley Bluff – Ramsley Bluff Carpark

Hiking trail: about 12 km (return), 5 hours
Trail class: 4
Trail access: 2WD (unsealed road)

Walking trails in the Flinders Ranges Ramsley Bluff
Walking trails in the Flinders Ranges Ramsley Bluff
Ramsley Bluff (943 metres)

MOUNT OHLSSEN BAGGE

Mount Ohlssen Bagge is located close to Wilpena Pound Resort. This hike is of moderate difficulty. Some sections are steep, but the trail itself is not too long. It has only a few kilometres. If you feel like the two above-described hikes are a bit too long for you, why don’t you try this walking track first? It’s much shorter than the previous ones, but also offers a decent view of surrounding areas. Are you ready for an enjoyable walk? How many lizards have you seen on your way to the top? Be careful! They are literally everywhere.

Wilpena Pound Resort – Mount Ohlssen Bagge – Wilpena Pound Resort

Hiking trail: 6,4 km (return), 3 hours
Trail class: 4
Trail access: 2WD (sealed road)

Walking trails in the Flinders Ranges Mount Ohlssen Bagge
Walking trails in the Flinders Ranges Mount Ohlssen Bagge
Mount Ohlssen Bagge (941 metres)

WANGARA LOOKOUT

The walking trail to Wangara Lookout is pleasant and not too difficult. Most of the route from Wilpena Pound Resort is flat. You will have to climb a hill at the end though. There are two lookouts, the lower one and the upper one. Make sure to walk up the upper one. Amazing views guaranteed! This walking trail is a good opportunity to view wildlife too. Keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos jumping in the forest, and emus crossing your path. It’s definitely a good choice for a casual stroll in Flinders Ranges National Park.

Wilpena Pound Resort – Hills Homestead – Wangara Lookouts – Hills Homestead – Wilpena Pound Resort

Hiking trail: 7,8 km (return), 2,5 hours
Trail class: 3
Trail access: 2WD (sealed road)

Wangara Lookout
Wangara Lookout
Wangara Lookout

YULUNA HIKE

Yuluna Hike is not very popular. The walking trail begins in the north part of Flinders Ranges National Park, over 50 km away from Wilpena Pound. This section of national park has a couple of basis campgrounds where you can stay overnight. For example, Aroona, Trezona or Koolamon campground. Be mindful that there’s no reception and Internet outside Wilpena Pound. So it’s wise to inform the Visitor Centre staff about your plans for safety reasons. Yuluna Hike connects also with Red Hill Lookout. Enjoy!

Aroona Carpark – Yuluna Circuit – Aroona Carpark

Hiking trail: 8 km (loop), 3 hours
Trail class: 4
Trail access: 4WD

Yuluna Hike
Yuluna Hike
Yuluna Hike

BUNYEROO GORGE

Have you heard about the Scenic Drive in Flinders Ranges National Park? It’s a memorable ride that takes you through Bunyeroo Gorge and Brachina Gorge. Do you plan to drive through those picturesque gorges? Great! So why don’t you add a hike to your itinerary too? The walking trail that follows Bunyeroo Gorge it’s different to the route covered by car. So take this opportunity to walk through the gorge too. Officially, the walking track in accessible for 2WD. However, I think that a 4WD car is a better and more reliable choice.

Bunyeroo Gorge Carpark – Bunyeroo Gorge – Bunyeroo Gorge Carpark

Hiking trail: 7,5 km (return), 3 hours
Trail class: 3
Trail access: 2WD (unsealed road)

Walking trails in the Flinders Ranges Bunyeroo Gorge
Walking trails in the Flinders Ranges Bunyeroo Gorge
Bunyeroo Gorge

WILCOLO CREEK

Wilcolo Creek is another interesting walking trail in the Flinders Ranges. It starts right next to Bunyeroo Gorge hike, and it’s not difficult at all. After a couple of kilometres, the walking track ascends a hill, but there are no steep sections. Similarly, you can explore Wilcolo Creek on your way to Brachina Gorge, as a part of the Scenic Drive in Flinders Ranges National Park. When it comes to the walking track access, the same rule applies. Officially, it’s accessible for 2WD. However, I think that a 4WD vehicle is a smarter choice.

Bunyeroo Gorge Carpark – Wilcolo Creek – Bunyeroo Gorge Carpark

Hiking trail: 9,2 km (loop), 2,5 hours
Trail class: 3
Trail access: 2WD (unsealed road)

Wilcolo Creek
Wilcolo Creek
Wilcolo Creek

OTHER PLACES

  • Malloga Falls – 23,2 km, 8 hours (return), class 4, trail access for 2WD cars, sealed road
  • Wilkawillina Gorge – 11,4 km, 5 hours (one way), class 4, trail access for 4WD cars
  • Trezona Hike – 8 km, 3 hours, (loop), class 3, trail access for 4WD cars

These are the best walking trails in the Flinders Ranges. Are you keen to hike St Mary Peak or do you want to climb Mount Ohlssen Bagge? Let me know by leaving a comment below!