As usual, I did not book, and even worse, as I walked up the pound rim just after arrival, and came back at night to check in for whatever a place to sleep, they were a bit surprised at the reception to see a potential customer arriving at 9pm; “unfortunately” they had only a big room in the “backpacker and budget units” in the Brachina building; very good was my reaction, but the room was for 6 persons, and I had to pay full price! Not exactly “budget”! Clean room, clean sheets, water on tap, I did not need more, all the rest, fridge, three other beds, TV, whatever, useless for me, but I had no choice.
So, may be, better book in advance if you intend to spend the night in Wilpena.
Wilpena Pound Resort is a huge resort which possibly may accommodate more than 400 people, where you have choice for different types of accommodation: there are powered and unpowered campsites, caravan parks, deluxe chalets, motel units and backpackers units, so, except probably 5 stars rooms, you may find what you are looking for.
At the reception building is a small souvenir shop and you can book guided tours, 4WD tours (euh, thanks,not for me!), scenic flights, etc. . . . the employees are helpful for whatever information you ask for, but business is business, and I could not bargain for my accommodation, so I paid 130 A$ for a night in the backpacker unit; it is worth if you are 4-6 people in the room.
Restaurant with not imaginative, but correct food.
For pictures of the resort, check the website; here on the main picture is a view of Wilpena from the ridges above, during my evening walk, and on the second picture is a morning visitor waiting I open the tap for a shower may be?
When you arrive late evening in an outback village, don’t look too long for a hotel-restaurant. . . . If there is one, go there, do not look for another one!
The Hawker motel is a family (broad and wide sense of this word) run “establishment” and I was lucky to find it, thanks to the lights ( and the music!) which were the only ones to be seen in the village. Ah by the way, for warning and dangers: some villages appear big on the maps but once you get there, you see it is really a small village or even a settlement, sometimes.
I arrived late, but could get a room, a bit spartan but I wanted to sleep, so no need of TV, perfumed soap, jacuzzi, etc. . . . The room looks more like a boarding school room than a hotel room, and the toilets and bathrooms have to be shared at the end of a long corridor.
I had dinner (not unforgettable, as I do not remember what I had . . . but there were fat oily fries) in a big blind room at the back where about ten other customers enjoyed (?) their dinner.
Good memory in the Hawker hotel was the bar and the beer as long I was awake, but when I decided to go to sleep, loud music, drunken locals cared for auditory atmosphere till late in the night. . . . .
It is also a motel, where the rooms are apparently more luxurious (and more expensive), located in a quiet area in the back.
Arkaroola Resort is more a small village, than a mere "Resort", situated in a valley of the Northern Flinders Ranges amidst rugged and wild mountains with spectacular views, wherever one looks.
It is also a haven for hikers, bushwalkers and 4-wheel fans and starting-point for the famous "Ridgetop Tour", leading to the depths of ancient seabeds and across razor-back ridges and peaks of the Flinders Ranges most rugged mountains, to the beautiful crest of Sillers Lookout.
The resort offers an information-center, internet-cafe,astronomical observtory,a typical outback-restaurant with excellent food, bars, a large pool and a variety of motel-style accommodation
Although accomodations are rather basic, small and hot (as not all of the rooms are equipped with ac,) the stay at the Arkaroola Resort is convenient in its outdoor / outback style.
Very special position in the northern Flinders Ranges, beautiful views day and night - a real outback experience!
Wilpena Pound Resort is located on the banks of Wilpena Creek in the Flinders Ranges, amid a forest of red gums and native pines. It offers its guests nice outback hospitality and a wide range of services and facilities for all tastes and budgets.Most recommendable are the cottages,(see photo 4) spread in the forest (yet with long ways to restaurant and reception and pool), equipped with excellent first-class-hotel amenities and large rooms, looking into the forest and its wildlife.
Besides there are family motel units, backpacker rooms and powered and un-powered sites in the caravan and camping park on the other side of Wilpena Creek.
The Resort offers a very good restaurant and -bar and more casual barbecue areas for BBQ-specialists .The Visitors' Complex includes also an information centre, a well–stocked general store, petrol and diesel supplies and internet and phone access.Various tours within the area of Flinders Ranges can easily be booked.
Located in the Outback, in the heart of Flinders Ranges National Park.
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