A small Eyre Highway town 570km north-west of Adelaide, Wudinna is an important service centre for the central Eyre Peninsula.
The town lies in the centre of South Australia's granite belt, and there are a number of interesting granite outcrops in the area. Dominating the skyline to the north-east of the town is Mt Wudinna, which, at 261m in height, is the second largest granite outcrop in Australia. Only Bald Rock, near Tenterfield in northern NSW, is larger. There is a BBQ and picnic shelter in the recreation area at the base of the rock where you can recover after a hike to the summit to take in the breathtaking views.
The half-hour drive from Wudinna to the mountain features smaller, bare granite hills as well as the low stone walls which were built by pioneer settlers at the base of the rocks to store and divert run-off water. The diversion channels provided the only source of water for the town and surrounding farms for many years and, although the district supply is now piped from Port Lincoln, the old system is still largely operational.
Other significant granite outcrops in the area include Ucontitchie Hill, renowned for its remarkable weathering patterns, Polda Rock, which has a walking trail around the base and Corrobinnie Hill, a popular picnic spot which is only accessible by 4WD.
Wudinna is also one of the gateways to the Gawler Ranges National Park, which lies about 40km to the north of the town. In town, visit the Gawler Ranges Cultural Centre, which houses an art collection with a common theme - the Gawler Ranges. The ranges features a rugged and unique landscape, with rock formations, gorges and waterfalls.
Things to do:
Climb Mt Wudinna then relax in the pleasant recreational reserve at the base of the rock
Visit the Gawler Ranges Cultural Centre
Climb some of the other significant granite outcrops in the area: Ucontitchie Hill, Polda Rock and Corrobinnie Hill
In the area:
Gawler Ranges National Park - rugged and unique landscapes