Gorges and Pound

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A large tree in the Wilpena camp ground
We had a whole day at Wilpena Pound so we planned to spend the morning hiking up to the rim of the Pound which was a 5k return trip and the afternoon we would do a circuit drive through the Flinders Ranges gorges.

I didn't particularly sleep well because it was so damn cold. The days were reasonable but the nights were cold but it was still winter, a hot shower sorted me out!

The track to Mt Ohlssen Bagge started at the camp site, it was a fairly tiring climb but once we got to the top it was certainly worth the views. We could see quite clearly from one end of the Pound to the other. From the air it looks like a crater but it's history is a natural amphitheatre of a very old mountain range 17km long and 7km wide which has weathered over time.
Walking up to the top of Mt Ohlssen Bagge
  We sat for a while at the top for a rest and snacks before heading back down.  I found a nice ledge to sit on and savoured the views, Glen thought it funny to pretend pushing me off!

After lunch we got into Glen's car and headed into the Flinders ranges to go check out some gorges.  The first part of the landscape was vast open area covered with clumps of grass, it looked like a pilled woollen jumper.  Once we got deeper into the area where the gorges start it was more rugged and reminded me of the Kimberley with it's red rock.  The gorges were dry, no water, in fact the whole of the Flinders look fairly dry.  It was a nice afternoon drive and we got to see some lovely scenery and wildlife.

The evening was another cold one spent huddled around the fire!  It was much quieter tonight in the park, the film crew must of gone to bed early!! I was worrying about another chilly sleepless night but Vaughan offered me his blue foam mat to double up with mine to put more of a barrier between me and the cold air of the airbed. I also borrowed Glen's thermals so I shouldn't get cold tonight!

margmack says:
Great photos! I am thinking of doing all those places in the next couple of years. Just LOVE our Ozzie outback...and I want MORE of it.
Posted on: Oct 02, 2008
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A large tree in the Wilpena camp g…
A large tree in the Wilpena camp …
Walking up to the top of Mt Ohlsse…
Walking up to the top of Mt Ohlss…
Track to the edge of the Pound
Track to the edge of the Pound
Views on the walk to the top of th…
Views on the walk to the top of t…
Looking into Wilpena Pound
Looking into Wilpena Pound
Wilpena Pound
Wilpena Pound
Living on the edge!
Living on the edge!
Glen doesnt succeed!
Glen doesn't succeed!
Stopping for a snack break on the …
Stopping for a snack break on the…
Wilpena Pound
Wilpena Pound
Wilpena Pound
Wilpena Pound
Inside Wilpena Pound
Inside Wilpena Pound
Views from the top of Wilpena Pound
Views from the top of Wilpena Pound
Walking the Mt Ohlssen Bagge track…
Walking the Mt Ohlssen Bagge trac…
Walking the Mt Ohlssen Bagge track…
Walking the Mt Ohlssen Bagge trac…
Views of the Flinders
Views of the Flinders
Glen gets the perfect picture
Glen gets the perfect picture
Views of the Flinders
Views of the Flinders
Road into the Flinders Ranges
Road into the Flinders Ranges
Flinders landscape, Razorback Look…
Flinders landscape, Razorback Loo…
Flinders landscape
Flinders landscape
Flinders landscape
Flinders landscape
Glen and Gay at Razorback Lookout
Glen and Gay at Razorback Lookout
Driving into the gorges
Driving into the gorges
One of the gorges in the Flinders
One of the gorges in the Flinders
Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges
One of the gorges in Flinders Rang…
One of the gorges in Flinders Ran…
Fencing at the hut a camping spot …
Fencing at the hut a camping spot…
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