Fly the Flinders Ranges to Witness Wilpena Pound

Written By: The Planet D

There is no better way to take in the beauty of Wilpena Pound than with a scenic flight from Flinder’s Ranges. 

They don’t see a lot of rain in the Flinders Ranges Mountains of South Australia. But during our 429 km drive from Adelaide two days earlier, it poured rain all the way there.

All we heard from people at the park’s office was how much they needed the rain, how there has been a drought and that the wet weather is very welcome.

I’m happy for the rain to help the eco-system, but couldn’t it hold off until after we left?

As a matter a fact it did!

Wilpena Pound – Fly Flinders Ranges

Magnificent Amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges
Magnificent Amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges

The rain stopped the next morning and we were free to explore the beautiful amphitheater of Wilpena Pound, an 80 Square kilometer circle of rock that is simply astounding.

What is the best way to see this incredible landscape? From above of course!

If there is one thing we love to do it is to take scenic flights.

There is no better way to take in the beauty and scope of a place than from a plane flying overhead.

We arrived at the Wilpena Pound Airport at dawn just as one lone plane was taking off. There was no one else in sight.

We had our own Ute hire so we waited in the warmth of the truck for the pilot and the rest of our party to arrive.

As we waited, we hoped and wondered if we were in the right place.

Wilpena Pound Scenic Flight

Flinders Ranges Australia - airplane taking off over Wilpena Pound
Taking off over Wilpena Pound

The airstrip is quite remote. It’s not paved and there’s no hanger or office.

There’s a little shed and two planes parked in a gravel fenced in area.

Nobody arrived for quite some time, but eventually, two guys from Germany and another fellow from Sydney showed up to join us.

We felt much better knowing we must be in the right place.

The pilot showed up a short while later, stripped off the window covers, did a quick check of the plane, and then we all loaded in within a few minutes after being weighed and assigned seats.

Flinders Ranges Mountains in Australia - Dave and Deb at the remote airstrip of Wilpena Pound
Dave and Deb at the remote airstrip of Wilpena Pound

Dave and I were placed in the back beside one another which was a bonus because we could photograph each other grinning through the flight.

It was a tight squeeze.

The plane only held six people and the two back seats were the most snug of them all.

Flinders Ranges Wilpena Pound Dave
Dave enjoying the flight over the Flinders Ranges

I had to take a couple of deep breaths at the beginning because I felt a little claustrophobic as Dave’s shoulder pressed against mine and I had nowhere to go.

All the anxiety was soon forgotten though once we took off.

Flinders Ranges Wilpena Pound Deb
Deb enjoying the view over the Flinders Ranges

The flight over Wilpena Pound was one of the smoothest scenic flights we’ve ever had.

The day was perfect, the sky was clear and there was zero turbulence. We had a bump free ride allowing us lots of time to take in the view below.

And wow! The scenery was some of the best we’ve ever seen!

About Wilpena Pound

Flinders Mountain Ranges Wilpena Pound view
Astounding Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound has to be one of the coolest landscapes we’ve ever witnessed.

We heard a couple of conflicting reports and I wasn’t able to figure it out even after checking for more details on the Internet.

Was it a meteor that caused this landscape or is it something known as a syncline, an occurrence that happens during a tectonic shift causing rocks to fold and shift?

As far as I can make out, it looks like the rock was folded up and then the valley was formed by erosion.

But it all seems too perfect to me when I look at the saddle like formation at the top of the page. I’m sticking with the meteor theory. (Call me crazy)

Flinders Ranges Wilpena Pound in Australia gorgeouslandscape
The gorgeous landscape of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges are millions of years old and a walk through the Pound is just as interesting as the flight.

You can see the layers of eras stacked upon one another as the rocks tell a history of the earth. It’s quite a fascinating destination.

But today, we’re in the air and it’s pure fun and beauty on our agenda.

Our pilot turned through the air giving each passenger enough time to see Wilpena Pound and the mountains of the Flinders Ranges.

Wilpena Pound may be the most impressive part of the Flinders Ranges, but the entire area is beautiful and not to be missed.

It’s the quickest way to get the Outback experience in all of Australia. A few short hours from Adelaide takes you to an entirely different world.

Witnessing Wilpena Pound of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia is one of the best scenic flights
A scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges in South Australia
  • You can book your scenic flights at Wilpena Pound Resort, our accommodation during our stay in Wilpena. It’s located in the heart of the Flinders Ranges and has cottage type guest rooms. There’s buffet breakfast, a bar and dining area too.
  • A 30 minute scenic flight is $190 per person find out more information at Wilpena Scenic Flights.
  • To Hire a Ute from Adelaide, check out Complete Ute, Van and 4 Wheel Drive Hire.
  • Our Trip to South Australia is brought to you by Visit South Australia. Find out all there is to do in SouthOZ.

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Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil are the owners and founders of The Planet D. After traveling to 115 countries, on all 7 continents over the past 13 years they have become one of the foremost experts in travel. Being recognized as top travel bloggers and influencers by the likes of Forbes Magazine, the Society of American Travel Writers and USA Today has allowed them to become leaders in their field.

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16 thoughts on “Fly the Flinders Ranges to Witness Wilpena Pound”

  1. We just go back from he Flinders!! And I couldn’t agree more, Wilpena pound is INCREDIBLE!!
    We debated a scenic flight but decided on Hot Air Ballooning instead and don’t regret it one bit!

    A girl we did the tour with said she had done a scenic flight and preferred Hot air ballooning as it was much slower and you got to see more! (I don’t knw abou seeing more but you did go slower)

  2. The pictures are very pretty and all, but the best part of the post is the idea of a zero turbulence bump-free flight. Seriously sounds cool, but not sure I could do it without some bumbfree guarantee.

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  4. What beautiful scenery and such an amazing way to see it! We haven’t been to Australia yet, but we definitely want to go some day soon. In the meantime, we’ll just have to live vicariously through you.

  5. Looks so gorgeous! That’s awesome you were able to do the scenic flight. There’s so much more I’d like to see in Australia someday.

  6. Talk about sweeping vistas! That amphitheater is badass, and frakin’ MASSIVE!

    How much did you end up paying for the flight?

  7. Wow, you guys got an epic view of the Pound! I saw it from the ground when I did a hike around here, but I think seeing it from the air is the best way to experience it. Great photos, as always 😉