Site ClosureFor public safety Akurra Adnya (Arkaroo Rock) will be closed from August until the end of 2021 while the first stage of construction is completed.
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.
Akurra Adnya (Arkaroo Rock) is a significant Adnyamathanha painting site that depicts aspects of the Yura Muda (stories) for Ikara-Wilpena Pound. According to the Yura Muda, powerful creation serpents known as Akurra created many features of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges landscape. The bodies of two Akurra form the walls of Ikara-Wilpena Pound.
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. Interpretive signage will be located at the viewing area to better inform visitors of the site’s significance.
At the trail entry, the visitor site will incorporate toilet facilities for the very first time and the car-parking adjacent to the 3 km trail entry will also be improved. The trail itself will receive some upgrades including a bridge replacement.
Throughout the upgrade, an Aboriginal representative will monitor every aspect of the work to ensure the heritage and cultural values are respected and preserved. This includes recent investigations that were undertaken to determine whether years of dust that covers some of the rock-art could be removed.
The Arkaroo Rock construction will occur over two stages:
Stage one will include upgrade of the carpark and a new toilet which will be completed from August until the end of 2021.
Stage two will include the bridge replacement, viewing platform and Akurra interpretive screen which will be completed from March to June 2022.
For public safety, the site is being closed from August to the end of 2021 for the 1st stage. A notice about closing the site for 2nd stage will be provided in early 2022.
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.