Rawnsley Bluff Hike and Wilpena Pound Lookout

Walking Trail Facts
Distance
11.3 km return
Duration
5 hours return
Difficulty
Challenging
Terrain
Steep
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Rawnsley Park Station
Region
Flinders Ranges & Outback
Download maps & GPS files
  1. 2 GPS files
  2. 1 website link
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Photos
8 photos
Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
2+ hours
Rawnsley Bluff Hike and Wilpena Pound Lookout

About the Walking Trail

This spectacular hike in Rawnsley Park Station climbs the Wilpena Pound escarpment, providing views into the Pound from the Wilpena Pound Lookout, and views south and east to Chace Range.

From the carpark inside Rawnsley Park Station the walking trail begins by following the creek bed, then climbing the foothills of the main range (Bonney Sandstone). The trail gradually steepens until you reach Lone Pine Lookout, providing views along the escarpment and to Elder Range. From here the trail becomes less steep as you approach the summit.

At Wilpena Pound Lookout you can see inside Wilpena Pound.

At Rawnsley Bluff there is a dry stone survey cairn, constructed by Samuel Parry in 1858 as a trigonometrical survey marker.

Rawnsley Bluff was named after H.C. Rawnsley who falsely presented himself as a surveyor to the Governor of South Australia in 1850. Within three months he was found to be incompetent and discharged.

Shorten this Hike

On the escarpment, take the left fork for 600m to reach Wilpena Pound Lookout (4 hours return).

The right fork leads to Rawnsley Bluff, which is 1.5km further down the trail (5 hours return).

Downloads

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Photos