Hiking at Wilpena Pound

Another day, another hike. This time we headed for Wilpena Pound and Mount Ohlssen-Bagge, which is also in the Flinders Ranges. Jason preempted this hike by saying its shorter and steeper than Dutchmans Stern and required several sections of rock climbing (not rock scrambling). This was enough to convince me to take the longer (about 7 km return, I think) but flatter track. About half of the group also took this option and together we had a nice walk along a river at the base of the mountain.

This hike was a lot more suited to me than the ones we’d done so far. The pace was leisurely and we often stopped for photos. There weren’t any treacherous areas that needed all of your attention. You could easily walk and talk (and chew gum if you had it) at the same time without fear that you’d trip and fall on your face. Along the way we saw wallabies and goats just hanging out on the mountainside. So cool.

After our hike, we met up for lunch at the bus. Today it was a delicious chicken and veggie wrap. By now we were all in the groove of helping in the kitchen to chop of vegetables or wash up dirty dishes. It was like we were our own little family with chores to do. Weird but fun.

After lunch we saw two wild kangaroos hanging around the campsite. Jason said it was a mom and her joey, who he had watched grow up over that past year. Mom had another baby in her pouch now, but the two siblings didn’t compete for milk. He told us that a joey suckles from the same teat until he is weaned.

Slide Album: Wilpena Pound
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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Hiking at Wilpena Pound

  1. KT

    Kangaroos are all named Katy (like KT), at least in my schoolbook stories long ago. Pretty brave to pet them, aren’t you? KT

  2. Actually, yes. I think I heard that kangaroos have injured more people in Australia than sharks have lol

  3. Big Brother

    Looks like the Mama ‘Roo is accustomed to humans. Was it there for scraps of food?

  4. @Big Bro – Yeah probably. People aren’t supposed to feed them because it socializes them and they get braver. When they’re not afraid of humans, that’s when they become more dangerous to us.

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