Starting near the Wilpena Pound Resort at the end of Wilpena Road, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, this walk leads to the summit of Saint Mary Peak and back via the Outside Trail. Saint Mary Peak is the highest peak in the Flinders Ranges and the eighth highest peak in South Australia, with a height of 1,171 metres. In Aboriginal culture Ngarri Mudlanha means ‘dizzy thoughts’. From the summit, walkers are rewarded with breathtaking views of the Flinders Ranges, Aroona Valley, and the salt plains to the west. The peak is part of Wilpena Pound, an ovular ridge of mountains for which South Australia is renowned. Wilpena Pound has a wide variety of flora and fauna, and is home to Sturt's desert pea, river gums, mallee, acacia and casuarinas. The wildlife includes the red kangaroo, the euro, the yellow-footed rock wallaby, 18 species of snakes, 60 species of lizard, dingoes, emus, galahs and wedge-tailed eagles. This hike has steep climbs and rugged terrain, and is suited for enthusiastic bushwalkers who enjoy a rewarding challenge. The directions are often marked in very subtle hard-to-spot ways, such as faded arrows scratched into the rocks. The last 2km to the peak involves a lot of rock scrambling, but the view makes the effort worthwhile. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Warning This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills. Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Range View Road, B83 then drive for 33.1 km
Turn left onto Railway Terrace, B83 and drive for another 66.4 km
Turn right onto Wilpena Road and drive for another 50.9 km
Turn left onto Wilpena Road and drive for another 3.8 km
Keep left onto Wilpena Pound Road and drive for another 10 m
Keep right and drive for another 160 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started Start from the wooden trailhead signpost with a small desk embedded to it, next to Wilpena Pound Store and Café just off Hawker-Wilpena Road. Head towards the angled hip-height signpost passing by a metal pole with color-coded track signs on it along the dirt path, moving directly away from the store. Keep right and follow the dirt trail as you pass by the said angled signpost to your left. Cross the paved road using the crosswalk and keep going straight down the dirt track as it tightens after the road. Turn right as the track widens and comes to an intersection, passing by another color-coded metal pole to your left to continue along Saint Mary Peak/Ngarri Mudlanha Track.....
Directions & comments
There is a toilet (about 75 m back from the start).
After 115 m pass the car park (35 m on your left).
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 205 m come to the "Wilpena Pound Campground" (25 m on your left).
After another 35 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m turn left.
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Outside Trail & Pound Gap Track) turn right, to head along Outside Trail (a walking track).
After another 600 m (at the intersection of Outside Trail & Heysen Trail) continue straight, to head along Outside Trail.
After another 4.5 km come to the "Tanderra Saddle" (40 m on your right).
At the intersection of Outside Trail & Inside Trail continue straight, to head along Outside Trail.
After another 390 m (at the intersection of Spur path to summit (Difficult) & Outside Trail) continue straight, to head along Outside Trail.
(Saint Mary Peak) Continue another 990 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 6.9 km to get back to the start.
"Saint Mary Peak".
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Saint Mary Peak/Ngarri Mudlanha
5 h to 7 h 30 min
Quality of track
Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
No facilities provided (5/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)