Great Wall of China, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

South Australia's spectacular Flinders Ranges National Park lures tens of thousands of visitors every year with most coming to visit Wilpena Pound and the deep rocky gorges that the park is renowned for.

However an easily overlooked geological feature just outside the park on the road between Wilpena and Blinman is a rocky ridge line known as the Great wall of China due to its resemblance to the original.

As part of my 'Hooroo Secret Spots Road Trip' I headed out to the Great Wall to photograph it first by climbing up the the top of the ridge line and then from down below as the sun set. As you can see in the photos below it's a spectacle well worth a visit.

How to get there:

Driving out from Wilpena, turn left towards Blinman and drive 48.7km along the road until you reach the turnoff to the Great Wall on your right. There is no sign on the Blinman road but there is one at the entrance to the Great Wall track. Once you turn onto the track you'll see the Great Wall of China in front of you about 2km away and the track will tack you right to the base on the northern end. The track continues past the ridge but ends at a locked gate another kilometre or so further on.

I climbed the northern end to get the shots from the top (below) which is about 20 minutes hike from the track.

If you stay to photograph the wall at sunset, take it easy driving back at dusk because the National Park is teeming with kangaroos who are most active around sunset and early evening.

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A kangaroo and her joey


An emu and its chicks


Looking along the Great Wall of China with Kangaroo rock shelter in the foreground


The rocky cairn is a prominent feature on the northern end of the ridge line


Close up of the eroded ridge line of the Great wall of China


Looking north from the ridge - that's my car way down below


View of the ridge line at sun set


Another view of the ridge line at sun set

Where to find the Great Wall of China, Flinders Ranges


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  1. Just love your Great Wall of China pic at the top. We climbed the northern ridge of Wilpena Pound towards St Mary's Peak a few years back & got a beautiful pic of the ABC range. There are so many photo opportunities in our Flinders Ranges. Didn't have my camera handy one day while walking the main street in Blinman as we watched a whole family of emus crossing through!

  2. Hi Steve,
    Just a minor point but the caption should read an emu and HIS chicks - they are clearly more advanced than we mere humans as the male sits the eggs and rears the chicks.
    Going up through there later in the year so will look up "The "walls".
    Peter.

  3. Fantastic Steve- many thanks for your support let's hope the rest of Australia think this is a special place too - thanks again!
    Erika