April 30, 2014

Wilpena Pound – City Slicker Goes Bush

Wilpena Pound – City Slicker Goes Bush by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Some of you may know I grew up in a small country town in central NSW, yep, this little city slicker used to be a country bumpkin, I was a no helmet wearing BMX bandit who could run bare foot through a patch of bindy burrs. Now my Christmas travel plans usually consist of beach dwelling and Pina Colada sipping, but when the opportunity to visit Wilpena Pound, one of Australia’s top travel destinations came about, I was on that like a Bogan is on beer.

Wilpena Pound – City Slicker Goes Bush by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Wilpena Pound has to be one of the coolest landscapes I’ve ever seen. It’s a giant amphitheatre and they say it’s dated around 800 million years old.  It’s made up of raised rock circling through 80 square kilometres of the Flinders Ranges. You can see the layers of eras stacked upon one another, these crazy rock formations tell a history of the earth. It’s crazy, even to my own ears saying this, but I found it quite a fascinating destination. Before we went there, I thought it was an ancient volcano that caused this landscape, but it turns out it is something known as syncline, an occurrence that happens during a tectonic shift causing rocks to fold and shift, it looks like the rock was folded up and then the valley was formed by erosion. Cool huh?!

Wilpena Pound – City Slicker Goes Bush by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

We checked into the Wilpena Pound Resort, I forgot that people work to a different time in the bush, so check in took a good 45 minutes, but the staff were really laid back with lots of country hospitality. I don’t generally spend too much time in my room, but it was spacious, clean and super comfortable, but most of all, it was air conditioned!  Kind of necessary with the 43c degrees  heatwave.  We had an hour to kill before going on the Sunset tour, so we headed to the bar for a coldie.

Wilpena Pound – City Slicker Goes Bush by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I’ve been told I don’t wanna miss an outback sunset; and folks that’s not a lie. After the scorching heat of the day, hours in the car, the landscape was absolutely breathtaking. If you want to practise your breakdancing, visit the outback without a bug net for your hat, the flies love you – doesn’t matter if you are 500 kilometres from the nearest garbage bin, you’ll still be swotting the things off you. Apart from the flies, the peace and quiet at dusk was breathtaking.

Wilpena Pound – City Slicker Goes Bush by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I was giddy with excitement when the alarm sounded at 530am, we were off to adventure in the air on a 1hr scenic flight over the Pound.  The day was perfect, the sky was clear and there was zero turbulence. We had a bump free ride giving us lots of time to take in the view below. And wow! The scenery was some of the best I’ve ever seen & sadly over way too soon.

Wilpena Pound – City Slicker Goes Bush by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Back at the Resort  we tucked into a brekkie from the meat heavy menu; I’m pretty sure they eat meat with their cornflakes in the outback! The Menu had a mixed grill for breakfast, sausages for lunch and steak for dinner. Now it wasn’t the best feed I’ve ever had, but certainly satisfied the grumbling tummy.

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They say the magnificent Wilpena Pound is a destination every traveller has to visit at least once in their life time, and I totally and absolutely agree.

Wilpena Pound – City Slicker Goes Bush by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Tell me dear reader, have you been to Wilpena Pound or the outback? 

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Mags - February 8, 2016 Reply

I haven’t been to any of the outback. In fact, I haven’t been to Australia in over 10 years. You’re pictures look amazing though. It may be time to change that.

    Anna - February 9, 2016 Reply

    AWESOME! Love that my post has you considering a visit to Australia! 🙂

Karla (Karla Around The World) - February 8, 2016 Reply

The last picture is simply stunning. Wilpena Pound sure looks like a nice place to see most especially on an aerial view.

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    Thanks heaps Karka, I love that you enjoyed experiencing Wilpena Pound through my eyes. 🙂 And yes, I absolutely recommend seeing the Pound from above.

Curious Claire - February 8, 2016 Reply

Wow those pictures are stunning! You’ve convinced me, I need to visit!

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    Oh YAY! That is awesome. 🙂 Glad my adventures inspired a trip for you. Let me know what you think.

Kathrin - February 7, 2016 Reply

Haven’t been to Wilpena pound (or to Australia in general) but it’s on top of my bucketlist! So many adventures are waiting in Australia.

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    AWESOME!!! I think Australia is one of the best countries in the world, but I might be bias. 🙂 Lol!

Natasha Amar - February 7, 2016 Reply

Such a beautiful sunset sky in Wilpena Pound- the colors in the image are incredible!

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much. 🙂 And the sky at the Pound was incredible, that sunset was out of this world pretty.

Christopher - February 7, 2016 Reply

Those are some incredible photos. Beautiful sunset/sunrise. I always wanted to fly in a small plane and/or helicopter. I actually thought about taking some lessons. Great post!!!

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    It was incredible Christopher, such an amazing way to experience the Pound too. 🙂
    Fabulous, I do hope you tick that goal off your list and learn to fly, how magic to be able to hit the skies when ever you wanted too.

Brenda Tolentino - February 7, 2016 Reply

Wilpena Pound looks very beautiful. The pictures of the sunset tour are just lovely and the helicopter tour view is breathtaking!

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    It is beautiful Brenda, it surprised me actually, I didn’t really consider outback Australia beautiful until I saw it from the sky. WOAH… awe inspiring and totally breathtaking.

noel - February 7, 2016 Reply

Dramatic, it looks so amazing and stark from high above, a fantastic viewpoint.

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    Yes, it really was Noel! Such a fantastic way to take in one of Australia’s lesser famous tourist spots.

Hugo - February 7, 2016 Reply

I have not been there but what a landscape! That flight must have been amazing. Beautiful sunset too!

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    It was incredible Hugo, one very cool way to experience the Pound. A cheeky fly over is def the way to go. 🙂

Lotte - February 7, 2016 Reply

Wow! SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Looks like a pretty epic trip:-)

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Lotte! It was an awesome experience, Wilpena Pound is beautiful, especially when see from the sky. 🙂

sabrina - February 6, 2016 Reply

Wow! This trip looks so EPIC! You are so EPIC! Really, your landscapes and skies make me feel like… leaving right now!

    Anna - February 6, 2016 Reply

    It was amazing, awesome, incredible and wonderful to see the Pound from that view point, Australia really is a beautiful country. 🙂 And YAY…. I love that my post inspired a visit, please be sure to let me know what you think.

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Zoe @ Tales from over the Horizon - July 8, 2014 Reply

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    Anna - July 9, 2014 Reply

    Hey Zoe, wow, thank you so much for the nomination. Appreciate it muchly. I’ve not heard of this blog award before, will check out your post and use as a guide. 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful day. Cheers! 🙂

Zoe @ Tales from over the Horizon - June 12, 2014 Reply

That looks really really cool. I’ve been to the outback and seen Uluru, but did’t know that this existed. I will remember it when I get back to Australia!

    Anna - June 12, 2014 Reply

    You absolutely should Zoe, to be honest, I didn’t know it existed until I ventured there either. It’s one of those amazing destinations Australia keeps a secret. How amazing, I haven’t been to Uluru yet, will have to check out your posts about it. 🙂

Ananda Rajashekar - May 13, 2014 Reply

haha i’m pretty terrible with dance i have see if those flies will help me 😉 sunset is gorgeous, keep your stories coming, you know i enjoy reading them.

    Anna - May 13, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha… I want to come to the dance ‘lesson’ with the flies. Please!!! 🙂 It really was gorgeous Ananda.

Erin | The Law Student's Wife - May 5, 2014 Reply

What an incredible adventure! I have got to take a trip down under!

    Anna - May 5, 2014 Reply

    Defo recommend a cheeky visit to Australia Erin. 🙂

cquek - May 4, 2014 Reply

phew what a wonderful view up there.

    Anna - May 4, 2014 Reply

    Oh it really was! It was just beautiful, defo one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - May 2, 2014 Reply

I’m ashamed to say I’ve never heard of Wilpena Pound. I absolutely must get there. I love the scenery; it’s stunning. I did think ‘ouch’ when you said you grew up running barefoot over bindi patches xx

    Anna - May 2, 2014 Reply

    Haha… I hadn’t heard of it either Charlie, mostly because I’m not normally one for outback adventuring…. But I would absolutely recommend seeing it before. 🙂 Yep, was a tough little kid. LOL! Have a great weekend lovely lady. xxx

Mandy - The Complete Book - May 1, 2014 Reply

Apart from the book-in delay I also want to go there! Take me with you next time.
Awesome Anna!
Have a beautiful day darling.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - May 1, 2014 Reply

    Done & Done lovely one. The way you are going with your running and exercise, you’ll fit in my carry on luggage. 🙂 Hugs across oceans to you. X

Krista - May 1, 2014 Reply

Oh my word, girl, that is incredible!! I’ve never heard of Wilpena Pound, but wow. What a place. The silence and peace there must be amazing. I had no idea you were a country girl either. 🙂

    Anna - May 1, 2014 Reply

    Yep Krista, it really was amazing. A tick for the bucket list for sure.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - April 30, 2014 Reply

What lovely view photos! And hehe at the meat with cereal. I’m trying to think of a palatable combination! 😛

    Anna - April 30, 2014 Reply

    I bet Heston has a recipe, and I reckon with a smidge creativity, one could prob work with cereal & meat in one dish too. 🙂

Elias - April 30, 2014 Reply

Nice words Anna. You tell a terrific yarn 🙂

    Anna - April 30, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Elias! It’s easy to write about wonderful experiences like the Pound. 🙂 And it’s a good excuse for my inner bogan to emerge. Lol!

Lizzy (Good Things) - April 30, 2014 Reply

Nice one… love the skycapes…. 45 minutes for check in would drive me bonkers!

    Anna - April 30, 2014 Reply

    Argh… It did Liz, I was tapping my fingers on the reception desk rather aggressively, my travel buddies kept telling me to chill out. But dang, the urge to jump reception and check myself in was very tempting. Twas a beaut part of the country, lucky I was able to experience it.

mcfrog - April 30, 2014 Reply

Loved that story, keep em comin’ shenannagans

    Anna - April 30, 2014 Reply

    It was a really special and wonderful experience. Lucky to say I have been to the Pound. 🙂 Thanks for your comment McFrog.

Kris - April 30, 2014 Reply

Another awesome read. The photos are incredible as well. This place is on the bucket list now. 🙂

    Anna - April 30, 2014 Reply

    Yep, get on it Nizz. It was AWESOME! 🙂

Susan Vos - April 30, 2014 Reply

Wow! What an amazing adventure. I love the pics. The Pound looks incredible.

    Anna - April 30, 2014 Reply

    It was a really wonderful and special trip. So grateful I was able to experience it with some of my fav people on the planet. 🙂

      Susan - April 30, 2014 Reply

      Awwhhh, thanks 🙂 Have to agree with you.

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