This Safari-Style Tent Is the Gateway to Australia’s Unknown Icon In the Desert

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Australia’s outback, while known to many, is still largely a mystery. Its sheer size means we might never see it all, but we can try. One such place that has risen in popularity over the years is Wilpena Pound, a geological wonder that has captured the imagination of visitors.

With towering cliffs, rolling hills, and an abundance of wildlife, this area is a nature lover’s dream come true. And let’s not forget about the rich cultural heritage of the Adnyamathanha people, who have lived in the area for thousands of years. The best way to see it is from above, but if you prefer to keep your boots on the ground, you can explore the crater up close. Book a safari tent at Wilpena Pound Resort if you want to take your time.

Wilpena Pound

The formation of Wilpena Pound dates back millions of years, when a shallow sea covered the area. Over time, the sea receded, and the land was eroded by wind and water, forming the rugged mountains and rolling hills surrounding the pound today. The pound itself was created by a massive uplift of the earth’s crust, which caused the central area to rise up and form a circular basin.

Today, it’s a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts who come to explore the area’s stunning scenery and rich cultural heritage. Visitors can hike through the pound and its surrounding hills or take a scenic flight to get a bird’s eye view of the area. Flora and fauna of the region are also a major draw, with kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and wedge-tailed eagles among the many species that call Wilpena Pound home.

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Photo: Tourism Australia/ Archie Sartracom

Wilpena Pound Resort

Wilpena Pound Resort is a unique and stunning accommodation destination offering a range of accommodation options, including hotel rooms, glamping tents, and self-contained apartments. The resort’s highlight is undoubtedly its location, nestled in the breathtaking natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Guests can enjoy a range of activities such as guided walks, 4WD tours, scenic flights, and cultural experiences, making it an ideal base for exploring the rugged and beautiful landscape of the Flinders Ranges.

The safari-style tents are nestled in the thick of natural surroundings, allowing couples and families to experience a rugged outback adventure with all the trimmings of a luxury hotel room. This includes air conditioning and heating to ensure a comfortable stay in any season. Each tent has its own private veranda, perfect for soaking up the stunning views of the Flinders Ranges. Guests can choose from various tents, including those with king-sized beds, family tents with bunk beds, and disabled-accessible tents.

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Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission/Adam Bruzzone

Wilpena Pound From Above

Flying above Wilpena Pound is an unforgettable experience that offers a unique perspective on this stunning natural landmark. If you’re not afraid of heights, it is a must-do. Visitors can take a scenic flight from Wilpena Pound Resort or from nearby airports to get a bird’s eye view of the incredible rock formations and surrounding landscapes. From the air, witness the vast expanse of Wilpena Pound and the rugged beauty of the Flinders Ranges, including the dramatic gorges and valleys carved by millions of years of geological processes. The aerial view also offers a chance to spot wildlife and appreciate the scale and grandeur of this ancient landscape.

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