Wilpena Pound Resort, owned jointly by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and traditional owners – the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA), has introduced a range of new tours and experiences offering guests a greater education and insight into the local aboriginal culture and traditions.
Located in the heart of the spectacular Flinders Ranges National Park in South Australia, the breathtaking landscape rich with local aboriginal history has inspired Wilpena Pound Resort to create special experiences for the guests. These experiences, the Yura Uduyu, the Marri Mita and the Welcome to Country offer guests a fascinating insight into this remarkable and spiritual land that has been home to the Adnyamathanha people for tens of thousands of years.
Stepping back 150 years, the Yura Uduyu, which translates as Our Culture, Your Culture, takes guests on a journey back to the early days of pastoral runs with a guided, entertaining and informative stroll to the Old Wilpena Station, one of the oldest and best preserved pastoral settlements in South Australia.
On this moderate walk, guests will delve into the settlement history of the region and learn about the landscape and bio-diversity from an Adnyamathanha perspective allowing them to view this part of the country through the eyes of the traditional owners, as well as being treated to the magnificent sight of river red gums standing proud along the Wilpena Creek. The stunning views of Wilpena Pound Resort in the distance are an added bonus on this walk.
One for the kids, the Marri Mita (Bush Buddies) one hour guided walk with an Adnyamathanha Guide again explores the bio-diversity along Wilpena Creek. While the guide shares some of the sights and stories of their country, the children will get involved with some arts and crafts using pencils, chalk, glue and natural materials which they will collect and gather along the way. Fascinating stories about animals such as the Emu particularly spark interest with the youngsters on this experience.
For travellers looking to end their day with a special connection to the lands they are exploring, the Welcome to Countryexperience takes place each evening at the Resort from 6:00pm. Led by an Adnyamathanha elder this privileged experience includes a welcome in the local language followed with songs or stories – each welcome personalised by the elder. The lyrics acknowledge that people come by land, air and sea but however they make their journey all are welcome in Adnyamathanha Yarta (country).
For more details visit www.wilpenapound.com.au or call 1800 805 802.