St Mary Peak Hike, Ngarri Mudlanha, Wilpena Pound

Walking Trail Facts
Distance
19 km circuit
Duration
9 hours return
Suitable for
Hiking
Trail Class
Grade 4, Hard Hike
Terrain
Steep
Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
Region
Flinders Ranges & Outback
Download maps & GPS files
  1. 1 map PDF
  2. 2 GPS files
Jump to Downloads section
Photos
6 photos
Travel options
  1. Car
Travel time from Adelaide
2+ hours
Total climb
600m
St Mary Peak Hike, Ngarri Mudlanha, Wilpena Pound

About the Walking Trail

This hike is closed from 30th November to 1st March each year.

 

A challenging circuit hike to the summit of the Flinders Ranges highest mountain – St Mary Peak/Ngarri Mudlanha at 1,171m. Rewarding panoramic views of the Flinders Ranges, Aroona Valley, and the salt plains to the west.

Hike times:

  • The direct route (up the on the escarpment edge) is 6 hours and 14.6km return.
  • The loop route is 9 hours and 21.5km.
  • Rangers recommend you leave on this hike no later than 9am (10am during daylight saving).
    • A good options is to make it into a two day hike by camping at Cooinda Camp inside Wilpena Pound, but note there are no water or toilet facilities at this campsite. There is water at Hills Homestead, but this is close to the start of the hike at Wilpena Pound trailhead.

      St Mary Peak is central to the Adnyamathanha creation story. For this reason the Adnyamathanha people of the Flinders Ranges would prefer that visitors do not climb to the summit of the peak [beyond Tanderra Saddle]. The shorter option to Tanderra Saddle also affords spectacular views.

      St Mary Peak Hike elevation profile

Downloads

Download KML/KMZ file
Download GPX file

Photos