Sacred Canyon

Sacred Canyon, Flinders Ranges National Park: Address, Sacred Canyon Reviews: 4/5

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dpKilla
Adelaide, Australia63 contributions
Sep. 2021
Uncle Mick took us on this tour, via the Wilpena Pound Resort. It was an enjoyable 4WD bus trip to the parking site, and then an easy walk along the river bed to the site of some ancient etchings. There had been recent rains so we couldn't get up close to the etchings but the view across the waterhole was fine. Lovely scenery, intriguing Indigenous history - insights like these help with reconciliation and understanding.
Written 11 November 2021
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Paul E
Adelaide, Australia253 contributions
May 2021
This was a really wonderful venture back into the canyon. Its a real shame that some foolish and ignorant individual decided to vandalise the site thus causing its closure other than by a paid tour from Wilpena now. The tour was great anyway with the local guide giving great insight into the area. Its really worth the visit and it really does feel 'sacred' when you are in the actual canyon. It is a little pricey (but you can thank the highly educated idiot for that) but the money goes back into the community so thats fine.
Written 31 May 2021
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jorge_valiente
Sydney, Australia9 contributions
Jan. 2021 • Couples
You visit a culturally significant Aboriginal site with a guide who explains the meaning and evolution of some rock engravings done along centuries (it includes an explanation of which of the engravings are authentic and which of them are new versions done by disrespectful and surely stupid racist visitors). The site is fantastic and it is a shame that it had to be closed to the public due to the behaviour of certain people who decided that they could add their narcissistic engraving art to the rocks of this sacred place.

Said that, I think the price for visiting it is an absolute scam (and thus my low review). You pay 85AUD per person to:
- go in a 4WD to the site (it is an about 20 minutes drive)
- walk the 10 minutes distance to the Sacred Canyon with the guide, who explains it in a slightly detached way (I had the feeling he was doing it just for the money and rushing a little bit)
- come back.

Honestly, I paying 85AUD per person for this makes me feel scammed. I think this is the most unreasonable price for a visited tour I have ever paid. We were a group of 10, which means they made around 850AUD in just one hour, with no effort whatsoever.

The worse thing is the person in the reception sold it to us as a 3 hour cultural walk.

I think there are more affordable things to do in Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges (which is an amazing place).
Written 10 January 2021
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Plato L
19 contributions
Sep. 2020 • Family
Recently took the Sacred Canyon tour whilst staying in Wilpena Pound. Whilst a tad pricey at $250 for 2 adults and 2 children, we found the experience to be both entertaining and educational.

Mick, our guide was brilliant with my two young children and included them throughout the tour. He has a very proud heritage and connection to the land which shows in his delivery.

The tour starts at the visitor information centre, going by bus to the site. The road can get a bit bumpy however the bus is made for it.

Once there we were given an introduction to the land and shown some basic symbols to look out for.

As we progressed into the canyon, Mick explained and demonstrated the ways of his ancestors, showing how they communicated and told others of what was available to hunt and where to seek shelter.

It was disappointing to see that some of this historical work had been subject to vandalism.

So all in all, recommended but a bit pricey.
Written 18 September 2020
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Tony B
17 contributions
Aug. 2020
A very informative tour host by Mick. The Sacred Canyon was an eye opener and well worth the money. If considering, don’t hesitate doing this tour. Theropod much history that the average AUS doesn’t know about this area.
Written 27 August 2020
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Tash V
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Jul. 2020 • Family
Very calming, beautiful place. The tour guide was absolutely awsome. The family loved the stories. We will definitely do it again in the future.
Written 19 July 2020
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Jane M
Adelaide, Australia14 contributions
Jun. 2020
$85 per person now to visit, enough said. Firmly padlocked off to public. Tours only, money grabbing
Written 21 June 2020
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Craig "Hassie" Haslam
Port Lincoln, Australia8 contributions
Feb. 2020
Cute little walk to the gorge. Decided to have raise a glass of wine to the view at the look out while we had a picnic lunch
Written 13 February 2020
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Anita T
Forster, Australia11,680 contributions
Oct. 2019
We were glad we were in a 4WD as the 13.5 km of road was really corrugated. We were also towing our camper, so we stopped and let a bit of air out of the tyres which helped heaps.
There is a large parking area and what looks to be a new toilet. The walk up the canyon is only short but is rather uneven and has some rock ledges to climb. I have dodgy knees and so we didn't go all the way.
We did manage to see the wonderful ancient Adnyamathanha Engravings. Such a wonderful experience!
Written 1 November 2019
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Peter S
Gold Coast, Australia382 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Couples
This was recommended by a few locals as a must do. Very interesting. Understand that access will be restricted in the future only accessible with a indigenous guide. Certainly interpretation of what we were looking at would add to the experience.
Written 4 September 2019
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