Saint Mary Peak/Ngarri Mudlanha
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.
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