As the sun rises it strikes beautiful rays through the campfire smoke drifting through the pines, and the kangaroos get their last feed before retiring for the day.
My favourite place to camp is at Wilpena Pound resort campground. Wilpena Pound is the biggest single mountain range feature in Australia. The campground is a piece of civilisation in the middle of one of the most spectacular and ancient mountain ranges in the world - The Flinders Ranges. Sitting astride the gap through which Wilpena Creek flows from the pound, and nestled up against the towering ochre cliffs of the pound, it offers comforts such as a bistro and bar, a pool, a general store, and is a base for touring in 4WD’s or scenic flights. On the other side of the creek from the main centre, the large campground offers powered and unpowered sites, amenity blocks and BBQ’s, spread under iconic towering gum trees and native pine forest. The resort is a destination in itself, or a base for trips to tiny outback towns like Blinman, landmarks like the iconic Cazneaux Tree, and the impressive Rawnsley Bluff.
In the holiday times of year the park is alive with families and children riding bikes or running around making new friends. In the quieter times, travellers and backpackers passing through exchange greetings as they set up camp for the night. I have to say my favourite piece of camping equipment is my Oztrail Villa Dome Tent, its three rooms and sunroom provides plenty of space. It’s been an absolute winner, but never more so than when it’s rained all day and we’ve still had the space to play and to relax in comfort.
As the sun rises it strikes beautiful rays through the campfire smoke drifting through the pines, and the kangaroos get their last feed before retiring for the day. The day is usually spent reading and playing with the kids, or exploring the gap and the spring therein, or picnicking at the ruins of the homestead inside the pound, marvelling at their overwhelming odds they faced. On other days the fit enough amongst us tackle the eight hour St Mary Peak walk and are rewarded with 360 degree views over the pound, and across the desert to Lake Frome. The evenings are spent around the campfire, cooking and telling stories. Later, when the stars come out, we can spend hours marvelling at the clouds of stars thrown across the sky.
It’s an amazing spot where we feel like we are away from it all but with comforts and amenities nearby. Plus we can keep in touch with the world via 4G internet!
Camping is a means of connecting with what life is all about. It means spending time with friends and family, being away from the city and enjoying a secret that millions of people don’t know. Camping gives us a sense of achievement, of journey, of self-sufficiency, and of exclusivity. Michael Genrich