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Rapt in the RangesRapt in the Ranges

Shaped by titanic natural forces - and ancestral creation figures - Wilpena Pound is the scenic heart of Flinders Range National Park.

Story and photos Michael Gebicki

or anyone who prefers their outback scenery wild, majestic and steep, the central Flinders Ranges are in a class apart. Here, surrounded by the arid wasteland of South Australia's great salt lakes, are ancient, tortured hills that have inspired some of our greatest landscape artists. At the centre of this landscape is Wilpena Pound, an 80-square kilometre bowl ringed by quartzite hills that rise gently and then fall away in sheer cliffs on the outside. Lapping against Wilpena's immense, rust-coloured flanks is a rippling sea of undulating hills covered with callitris pines and guttered by creeks lined with river red gums. Wedge-tailed eagles drift in the air currents, and in the mornings the hills are alive with western grey kangaroos. The colours come straight from the furnace: ochre, livid purple and charcoal, culminating in the fierce heat of dusk when the dying sun sets fire to the ridgetops. Story end

Full story Issue 31 Oct/Nov 2003

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