Flinders Ranges from the air

Druid Range, south east of Wilpena Pound
Elder Range and Red Range, south west of Wilpena Pound
Wilpena Pound from the south
Ediowie Gorge, west side of Wilpena Pound
Heyson Range (left) and parallel ABC Range running north-south on the north side of Wilpena Pound
North east side of Wilpena Pound
Rawnsley Bluff, east side of Wilpena Pound

Ediacaran Golden Spike

The base of the Ediacaran Period is defined by a Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) marked by the Golden Spike in the Trezona Formation in Brachina Gorge. The lower glacial formation attributed to Snowball Earth is overlaid by the Nuccaleena Formation – a carbonate formed in shallow warm waters – displaying a distinct shift in climate that gave rise to Ediacaran biota, preserved in the fossil record of the Flinders Ranges.

Copley Quartzite

A view of the Copley Quartzite formation that contains Aroona Dam, and in the distance the Brachina siltstone formation of the Bayley Range.

View from Copley Lookout

Gammon Ranges

The distinctive peaks of Arkaroola as seen from the north of the Gammon Ranges.

North of the quartzite pound are precambrian formations of shale and limestone of the Tapley Hill and Aberoona formations.

Finke Spring

Groundwater coming up through rock layers as springs are essential to life in the Flinders Ranges.

Mosses, grasses, reeds and algae commonly seen around springs in the Flinders Ranges