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June 21, 2013 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Wilpena Pound Resort, (www.wilpenapound.com.au) located in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia just over 400kms from Adelaide,  is set to open new luxury safari tent accommodation offering an authentic Outback experience under stunning South Australian skies.

Due to be opened by September this year, 15 luxury en-suited safari tents will offer guests a new ‘glamping’ experience in an exclusive area away from the main campground and Resort, but still within the Flinders Ranges National Park set amongst 520505river red gums, native pines and abundant wildlife.

The luxury safari camp will allow guests to experience Outback camping, but with a few of life’s luxuries included. Dining will be in dedicated camp lodge area in a tranquil section of the Wilpena Campground, located at the furthest point away from existing facilities and infrastructure.

Each tent will be 4.2m x 6.0m in size and made from insulated canvas, offering zip king beds (for doubles and twins) with luxurious linen and bedding, bedside tables and lamps, a gas fire heater for the colder months and a ceiling fan. The en-suite bathrooms will include a vanity, shower and luggage store plus a separate toilet.

The tents will also offer quality amenities, daily room servicing, hair dryers, power outlets, reading lamps, but no televisions – allowing guests to really switch off and relax.

A deck will be constructed at the front of the tents to allow guests to enjoy the late afternoon light on the spectacular rock formations of the Flinders Ranges while no doubt enjoying a glass of fine South Australian wine.

Some of the tents will also be configured with additional bedding to sleep four guests, allowing families to come and enjoy luxury camping in the Flinders Ranges.

The canvas camp lodge will comprise a small kitchen for the ‘bush butler’ to prepare meals, bar, relaxation area and open dining for up to 30 people. Guests will be able to gather for sundowners around an open fire prior to their evening meals, and enjoy traditional Australian damper bread and ‘billy’ tea.

On a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, prices for the luxury safari tents start from $340 per couple in low season (November to March) and $390 per couple in high season (April to October). Guests can also stay in the tents on a cheaper, room-only basis, which costs from $180 per couple in low season and $230 per couple in high season.

Wilpena Pound Resort, just a five minute drive from the tented bush camp, has also undertaken a complete redesign of the long standing Poddy Dodger’s Bar and Restaurant, bringing them up to date with new soft furnishings, new colours and a general refurbishment.

The Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner daily, offering modern Australian cuisine with a touch of the Outback, while Poddy Dodger’s Bar offers more bistro-style meals and becomes the hub of the Resort in the evenings, where tales of the day’s activities are shared over a beer or two.

This refurbishment completes the upgrade to the resort following the refurbishment of all 60 rooms and the public areas undertaken a couple of years back.

For years the Flinders Ranges has drawn visitors from far and wide, attracted to the unique beauty of this landscape with its indigenous history, ancient geological formations and abundant wildlife. At the heart of this is Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre 17km long and 7km wide shaped by the weathering and uplifting of land over time.

Guests can enjoy a range of touring options to explore the region including guided walks and 4WD excursions into the area.  Air Wilpena also offers scenic flights over the Pound and as far as Lake Eyre.

The building of the new safari tents, which commenced mid-June this year when the South Australian Tourism Minister Leon Bignell turned the first sod, will be the first major upgrade to the property since it was purchased by Indigenous Business Australia in 2012 and is supported by two substantial Government grants, from the Commonwealth Government Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund, and the South Australian Government Tourism Development Support Scheme.

Further details can be found at www.wilpenapound.com.au or by calling 08 8648 0004 or by emailing reservations@wilpenapound.com.au

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