Sacred Canyon Walk

Walking Trail Facts
800 metres return
30 mins
Suitable for
Trail Class
Grade 1, Easy Walk
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
Flinders Ranges & Outback
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Sacred Canyon Walk

About the Walking Trail

Access is only by Adnyamathanha guided tours

1 April 2020: public access to the canyon is restricted.

Visitor access to Sacred Canyon is only allowed through commercial tour operators that are approved to provide Adnyamathanha guided tours. Adnyamathanha guides are also running tours to Sacred Canyon which can be booked through Wilpena Pound Resort online or by calling 1800 805 802.

The site is a culturally significant with petroglyphs or rock engravings, and required greater protection. The tours allow for a greater visitor experience, hearing about the site from Adnyamathanha people.

A short walk along a gum-lined creek leads to the site where ancient Aboriginal rock engravings are found in smooth sandstone walls. Wander through the gorge to view the images representing animal tracks, people and waterholes, have been pecked into the sheer rock faces with stone tools. Some images are very weathered and are best seen in the soft light of morning or afternoon.

Above the waterfall near the end of the gorge are some more engravings.

Keep a watch out for echidnas foraging in the creek bed at the other end of the gorge.

The walk is accessible by 2WD along a 15km gravel road, located 19 kilometres south-east of Wilpena off the Hawker to Blinman Road. There are toilets in the carpark.

Out of respect for the Adnyamathanha culture please do not touch the engravings.


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