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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.

    The Adnyamathanha are the Traditional Owners of the Flinders Ranges and believe that the rocks and hills form the structure or ‘skeleton’ of Mother Earth.

    The planned upgrades come as part of the $130 million committed by the South Australian Government to deliver the Parks 2025 strategy and additional funding from the Parks Renewal Investment Program.

    The upgrades for Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park will include:

    • Construction of new visitor facilities at Akurra Adnya (Arkaroo Rock)
    • Upgrades at key nodes along the 20 km Brachina Gorge Geological Trail
    • Renewal of park infrastructure and signage throughout the park
    • Campground upgrades and a new elevated boardwalk at Wilpena Pound
    • Replenishment of trails and bridges to include Hills Homestead and at the Cazneaux Tree

    Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is 450 km north of Adelaide and the region was recently recognised by UNESCO for a tentative listing for World Heritage. A lot of work is planned over the next few years to prepare a nomination that will hopefully result in an official listing.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Brachina Gorge Geological Trail Upgrades

    Brachina Gorge Geological Trail is a popular self-drive experience that reveals a series of geological formations that were created between 640 to 520 million years ago.

    Last year, concept planning was undertaken to determine opportunities for future upgrades along the 20km trail. 13 geological nodes have been identified as priority sites as part of the upgrades to improve accessibility and highlight attractions through wayfinding signage and interpretation. In particular, the Ediacaran Golden Spike in Enorama Creek at Trezona will see the visitor experience enhanced at this internationally significant geological site. Already the shale pit quarry adjacent to the Golden Spike has been rehabilitated and will include new visitor parking in the future.

    An interpretation plan has been developed that will guide learning experiences and ways that visitors can engage with the trail’s unique features. Both park visitors and licensed tour operators recently responded to a survey to help identify the type of information that they would most like to see and how it would be best obtained.

    At this stage, Brachina Gorge Geological Trail remains open as per normal.

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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.