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Ikara-Flinders Ranges

Project Overview

Enhancing the visitor experience at Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

As part of Government’s commitment to improve its nature-based tourism offering, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park will soon provide upgraded visitor facilities (and supporting infrastructure) to showcase some of its most unique landscapes and cultural attractions.

Located approximately 450 km north of Adelaide, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is in the central Flinders Ranges and is considered one of the state’s iconic destinations.

The partnership

Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park (I-FRNP) is managed by the I-FRNP Co-management Board (the Board) in partnership under a Co-management Agreement with the Adnyamathanha people. This co-management arrangement commenced in 2012, and the Board sets the strategic direction for the park including support for the State Government’s bid to secure World Heritage recognition of the Flinders Ranges in the future.

Projects underway

To fully enable visitors to enjoy the natural beauty, geology and spiritual connection of the land and Adnyamathanha culture, plans are underway to upgrade facilities at Arkaroo Rock and in the future, at other locations such as the Brachina Gorge Geological Trail in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.

The Arkaroo Rock trail provides one of the best examples of Adnyamathanha rock art and is already a popular walking experience in the park. The 3 km round loop trail leads to a rock shelter containing ochre and charcoal images that depict aspects of the Yura Muda for Ikara (Wilpena Pound). Access along the trail will be closed from the end of July through to the end of the year while work is being carried out.

The Brachina Gorge Geological Trail is a 20 km self-drive experience that reveals a series of geological formations that were created between 640 to 520 million years ago. Brachina Gorge is earmarked as one of the World Heritage tourist destinations in the Flinders Ranges, providing visitors with an insight into early Earth and dawn of animal life.

The investment

An investment of $1 million by the South Australian Government aims to celebrate the natural and cultural assets of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park while boosting regional tourism opportunities for the long-term.

The result of the investment will provide a unique opportunity for local Aboriginal communities to develop businesses that offer tours and cultural experiences and link visitors to accommodation and service providers in adjacent townships.

Renewal of the visitor facilities at Arkaroo Rock include an upgraded rock art viewing area, bridge, carpark area and new interpretive signage.

Revitalising visitor experiences at key nodes along the Brachina Gorge Geological Trail will improve accessibility and highlight attractions through wayfinding signage and interpretation. Up to 13 geological sites are intended to receive upgrades. In particular, The Ediacaran Golden Spike in Enorama Creek at Trezona will be upgraded to improve the visitor experience to this internationally significant geological site.

Wilpena Pound will see renewal of the decking at the Visitor Centre along with upgrades to the campgrounds and also to the trails and bridges at Hills Homestead.

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Planned upgrades

An allocation of $3.3 million has been set aside to upgrade visitor facilities at various sites within Ikara-Finders Ranges National Park. In partnership with the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park Co-management Board, the State Government is working with the Adnyamathanha community to celebrate and safeguard the natural and cultural assets of the park and to enhance the visitor experience at iconic locations.

Akurra Adnya (Arkaroo Rock) temporary closure

Akurra Adnya (Arkaroo Rock) is the first of the upgrades to get underway within Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. $1.1 million has been allocated to construct new visitor facilities and to enhance the cultural offering. The site’s upgrades will include a new viewing area that will enable visitors to see the ancient ochre and charcoal rock-art images up-close. A uniquely designed interpretive screen will protect the paintings that have been carbon-dated to more than 6,000 years of age.

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The Department for Environment and Water acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.

The Department works in partnership with the First Peoples of South Australia and supports their Nations to take a leading role in caring for their Country.