Tanderra Saddle walk (Saint Mary Peak/Ngarri Mudlanha)
Starting near the Wilpena Pound Resort at the end of Wilpena Road, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, this walk leads to Tanderra Saddle, just before the summit of Ngarri Mudlanha (Saint Mary Peak) and back via the Outside Trail. Ngarri Mudlanha is the highest peak (1,171m) in the Flinders Ranges and the eighth highest peak in South Australia. For the Adnyamathanha People, Ngarri Mudlanha means ‘dizzy thoughts’. Walkers are asked by the Adnyamathanha People not to climb the summit out of respect for the deep cultural significance the peak has. They explain two Akurra (dreaming serpents) who entwined to form the amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, this peak is formed by one of the Akurra heads. From the other peaks and saddles, you will get breathtaking views of the Flinders Ranges, Aroona Valley, and the salt plains to the west. Wilpena Pound is spectacular for its geology and wide variety of flora and fauna, and is home to Sturt's desert pea, river gums, mallee, acacia and casuarinas. The wildlife includes the red kangaroo, the euro, the yellow-footed rock wallaby, 18 species of snakes, 60 species of lizard, dingoes, emus, galahs and wedge-tailed eagles. This hike has steep climbs and rugged terrain and is suited for enthusiastic bushwalkers who enjoy a rewarding challenge. Let us begin by acknowledging the Adnyamathanha people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.