Brachina Gorge and Bunyeroo Valley
A Scenic Drive North of Wilpena Pound and only a short drive
Flinders Ranges of South Australia.
BUNYEROO GORGE AND VALLEY
The turnoff to the Gorge is approx 5km from the Wilpena junction.
Bunyeroo Gorge is one of themain gorges which run through the Heysen Range
towards Lake Torrens. The drive down to the valley offers vantage points
giving spectacular views south of the Pound Range. The area is a favourite
location for kangaroos and euros and many excellent picnic and camping
spots can be found along the edge of the Bunyeroo Creek.
Walkers can enter the gorge from the Bunyeroo Valley at the carpark and
the Heysen Trail passes nearby. The road continues on to Brachina Gorge
and Aroona Valley joining the Brachina Gorge road at a tee junction.
7km north of the Oraparinna Homestead (National Parks Station) is
the turnoff to Brachina Gorge and Aroona Valley can also be accessed through
Bunyeroo Gorge road as above.
Brachina Gorge meanders its way through sharp sawtooth ridges of resistant
quartzite. This spectacular gorge was once used as a pass through which
bullock teams pulled their loads and is now a favourite picnic and camping
"Brachina" derived from the Aboriginal word 'vachina', meaning
cranky, refers to a mythical argument between birds over a grind stone.
The 'Corridors through Time' Geological Trail has been established through
this Gorge which interprets the geological history of the area. Interpretive
signs are located at significant points throughout the gorge. A brochure
and map of the trail are available at information outlet. The Flinders
Ranges have been referred to as the 'cradle of life' and are the home
to the 'golden spike' of the Ediacaran Period which is , the first geological
time period to be declared in the Southern Hemisphere.
The picturesque Aroona valley flanked by the ABC range on one side and the Heysen Range on the other is a favourite camping, picnicking and bushwalking area. The ruins of the old Aroona Homestead, built in the 1850's, serves as a reminder of the difficult early years of European settlement.
The risk of failure through adverse seasons and native hostility to their intrusion was an ever-present factor in the pastoralists survival. With little understanding of the character of the land, or culture of the Aboriginal people, many found the harsh conditions too rigorous. However, some such as the un-compromising John Hayward, first manager of this property, were fortunate to experience favourable seasons before the once of drought conditions in the mid 1860's. This location is where Sir Hans Heysen completed some of his most inspiring works.
All enquiries to Flinders Ranges Accommodation Booking Service
P.O. Box 14, Hawker 5434
OR call at Teague's MOGAS Service Station on the Cnr Cradock &
Wilpena Roads Hawker 5434
For booking please call Hawker in South Australia.
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