Sacred Canyon Aboriginal Cultural Walk

1 h 30 min to 2 h

660 m

↑ 27 m
↓ -27 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park at the end of Sacred Canyon Road, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, this walk takes you on a guided tour through Sacred Canyon and back. For a fascinating Aboriginal cultural experience, join an experienced Yura guide for an entertaining and informative walk to Sacred Canyon, a significant site to the Adnyamathanha people, where visitors can learn about the engravings, landscape and culture as interpreted by a traditional owner. At the entrance, there's an information board explaining the traditional heritage and cultural significance of the canyon. The trail into the canyon is along a dry river bed lined with river red gums, leading to a site where ancient Aboriginal artwork can be found carved into the sheer rock face. This walk follows a dry river bed, with no formed walking trail and some uneven rocky surfaces, suitable for average fitness levels. Access to Sacred Canyon is only available on Adnyamathanha guided tours, which must be booked in advance at the Wilpena Pound Visitor Centre. Dogs are not permitted in this park. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-31.5992936,138.7018321)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Augusta Highway, Stirling North.
  • Turn on to Range View Road then drive for 33.1 km
  • Turn left onto Railway Terrace and drive for another 66.4 km
  • Turn right onto Wilpena Road and drive for another 52.2 km
  • Turn right onto Sacred Canyon Road and drive for another 2 km
  • Continue onto Sacred Canyon Road and drive for another 11.6 km
Track Notes
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Turn map Directions & comments
Find the car park at the start.
Find the picnic table at the start.
Continue another 290 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 330 m to get back to the start.
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Sacred Canyon Aboriginal Cultural Walk

Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 660 m
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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