Moralana Scenic Drive
A Scenic Drive between The Elder Range and Wilpena Pound.
Flinders Ranges of South Australia.
The turnoff for Moralana Scenic Drive is approximately 23 km North
of Hawker on Wilpena Road. The Moralana Scenic Drive takes you through
Arkaba Station and Merna Mora Station country and is between the Elder
Range and Wilpena Pound.
This drive is always pleasent to the eye and mind and is usually
at its best late Winter into Spring. It is advisable, however not to be
negotiated in wet weather. Signs sets out certain conditions that you
are asked to adhere to as you are on private property.
About 15km. along the "drive" look for a signpost to Black
Gap Lookout. A short drive 2 km. will take you to this lookout with views
of Wilpena's rugged rim to the north and the Red and Elder Ranges to the
south. A picturesque little gorge lies below the lookout and is a wonderful
place for a picnic lunch.You may also see steel posts "star
dropper" markers here which mark part of the Heysen Trail, Hawker to
Wilpena.If you have two or three hours to spare, and are fairly fit, you
could enjoy an exhilarating walk up to the rim of Wilpena Pound, Bridle
Gap and the breathtaking views of the southern Flinders.
This walk has some steep sections and good footwear is advised.If
you start from Hawker before 10 a.m. you should still have time to complete
the round trip through the rest of Moralana Drive to the Leigh Creek Road
and South to Hawker, a round trip of approximately 95 km. On
the way back you will see the other side of the Elder Range with the tallest
peak being Mt. Aleck, 1128 metres.An ideal sunset lookout is located
on the Western side of the Hawker to Leigh Creek road just South of the
Moralana Creek. At this lookout is a memorial to the South Australian Surveyor
Greig Evans who surveyed the hundred of Moralana in 1895.