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Wilpena Pound Resort
Reviewed November 5, 2012

A really beautiful development of lodges. The rooms have air conditioning and the bathrooms, although showing signs of heavy use, were cleaned to a high standard. Eating in the restaurant or in the bistro were good experiences and staff made a real effort with special diets. Sitting outside in the evening with a good meal, watching the kangaroos keeping the grass trimmed or the Bentley convention showing off their beautiful vintage cars was a pleasure that will stay with us for a long time. A really lovely weekend!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank anne l
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Flinders Ranges National Park is definitely worth the long drive from Adelaide. The scenery is stunning and incredibly varied. The rugged beauty is breathtaking. There is also quite a lot of early settlement history in this area which we found very interesting. The Resort is in the National Park itself, and has a very beautiful, peaceful and natural setting. There are many lovely selfguided walks. We took the Hills Homestead walk + hike to the Lookout. We also did a full day (8 hours) 4W drive tour. It was expensive but definitely worth doing. As we had hired an ordinary saloon car we would not have been able to explore the area. Most of the roads are unsealed and not suitable for an 'ordinary' vehicle. It was a very hot, entertaining and informative day.

We stayed at the resort for 3 nights, in Heysen De Luxe room. The room accommodates up to 4 people (there were only 2 of us).The advantage of this room is that not only is it larger but it also has limited kitchen facilities. It was very comfortable, not particularly luxurious. I'd classify the room as 3+ star. The rooms have been updated few years ago. I'd say the room was very appropriate for the surroundings. We selfcatered for breakfast and eat in the bar once. The food was good and reasonably priced, considering the remote location. The resort has a well equipped store / cafe. The National Park Visitor Centre is also located at the resort.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank northerngirl50
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

After having read the reviews of the resort we had resigned ourselves to a stay that was good in parts and less so in others.

Firstly, the National Park - in a word "wow". This is an impressive part of the world - sheer rugged beauty, the early settlers battle to survive in marginal grazing country, rare and endangered species and the cradle for some of the earliest forms of life on the planet.

We didn't have a 4 wheel drive so opted for the 4 hour tour. My initial reaction was that this was an expensive half day tour - it was. However, in those 4 hours we packed in just so much - an interesting and informative guide, spectacular natural scenery, so much wildlife in one morning - I have never seen so many kangaroos and emus in a 4 hour period. Then the rare and endangered yellow footed rock wallaby. If you didn't know where to look you would have driven by - in fact we saw 2 dozen vehicles do exactly that. We were rewarded with 9 who very obligingly remained within photographic distance for a good 15 minutes.

Now to the resort. It will very much depend on the standard of accommodation you choose. We opted for the newer Edeowie units, which were larger than normal motel units with 2 bedrooms and a kitchette. The ability to prepare meals offset the higher cost (but remember this is remote Australia with inherently higher costs). We ate in the restaurant as well as the bistro in the hotel. We were presently surprised with the quality of the food - much better than I had been lead to believe. The service is provided mainly by young people on working holidays. We received good service from several of the staff and were not disappointed.

There is a shop where you can buy groceries, fairly priced considering the remote location. Fuel was not, so make sure you have enough before entering the park.

Overall, we thought the resort provided good value for money. The park was just magical and well worth elevating on your "must see" list. Take the 30 minutes flight, if the budget will stretch to that. It wasn't cheap, but well worth the expense for the aerial vistas. Try and go on the early morning flights - the light is just so much better.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Geddes_7
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Wilpena Pound benefits from the natural advantages of some delightful countryside and numerous bush walks which snake their way through it. The resort is well set in a valley which cuts through the rim of the geosyncline which forms the pound.

We stayed in a family unit which was cosy rather than generous in size: the master bed and living area are all in one and the kids twin bedroom and sole bathrom are screened off by a small wall with a kitchenette on the living area side. It was winter and the heating was less than effective, but the fortunately the bedding was nice and thick.

On arrival we bought a few provisions at the handily placed shop: unlike some others (see Kings Canyon Resort) the prices and selection available were reasonable. I then took a walk with my son up to the centre of the pound: the wooded valley walk was pretty and the view from the lookout area on the rim of the pound impressive if not spectacular. We yomped the 8k in about an hour and a half and came back keen to have a bath and try the restaurant.

We found the restaurant excellent (if a little pricy): after a week of very basic outback food (bar the Thai at the Alice Springs Crowne Plaza) it was great to have something with interesting sauces, decent cuts of meat, thoughtful presentation and excellent wine. Contrary to one other review, the lamb rack was excellent and disappeared rapidly into my daughter. Breakfast was also good, if relatively more run of the mill in its buffetness.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank MacDaddyinSing
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Pro: Very nice, remote place in the middle of the Flinders Ranges,
populated with kangaroos and other wild animals.
Our room was very nice and well furnished (be advised: no telephone in
the rooms, just a payphone some 50 m from the bungalows, which was ok
for us and added to experience.)
We had dinner once in the restaurant where food was excellent.

Contra: It was winter and it was impossible to close the window in the
bathroom due to a bizarre windows system, which made the bathroom
freezing cold in the mornings. The cleaning ladies forgot the old
towel in the shower. The food served in the bar could be better.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Koffen
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Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

We have never camped in a place with so, somany people before! Luckily the night before people had told us about it (they were going to stay at Rawnsley station instead) and so it wasn't such a shock.
The negatives were: only one washing machine at each of the two toilet blocks to service so many people which meant it took me 24hrs to get a turn at the machine. Smoke! Everyone except us(?!) had a fire which is fine but the area is filled with smoke the whole evening and everything stunk ( also not really a big deal, but asthma sufferers might struggle!) some campers weren't very mindful of their noise (we were camping with a 1 and 4 yr old).
The positives: beautiful campsites, lovely family feel with heaps of kids riding bikes and exploring the creek line, lots of wildlife (be sure to put your food away everynight, a kangaroo ate our weetbix!), hot showers, friendly people And access to all the walks. I also thought it was pretty cheap camping for such a big resort style setup. Overall a really good experience as long as you are prepared for the people factor!
Brilliant to see so many people/ families enjoying the outdoors :)

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank Abcharl
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We spent a very enjoyable, but cold, three nights tent camping at Wilpena Pound Resort. The facilities were excellent and very clean. Our toddler loved the kangaroos that visited the campground each day. There are many excellent bushwalks right on your doorstep. We splurged one night and ate at the bistro. Delicious food, and lovely and warm sitting by the firplace. Highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Claire L
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Address: Wilpena Road | via Hawker, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia 5434, Australia
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Flinders Ranges > Flinders Ranges National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Flinders Ranges National Park
Price Range: $99 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Wilpena Pound Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wilpena Pound Resort is the only accommodation in Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park. All rooms are non-smoking. Brachina and Aroona Rooms suit individuals and couples while the Heysen and Edeowie Suites are larger and suitable for families or people needing extra space. Some rooms offer cooking facilities. All rooms are en-suite, have TV, mini fridge, air-conditioning, tea/coffee tray. On site restaurant serving hot meals, bar and bistro. Resort also offers Ikara Safari tents for a great glamping experience as well as powered and unpowered sites for camping. An on site store sells supplies and a visitors center to advise on information about the area and guided walking as well as 4WD tours. Air Wilpena at our private air strip, takes you on air safaris around Flinders ranges and Lake Eyre. RESORT RECEPTION HOURS ARE 7AM TO 6PM DAILY. ... more   less 
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