St Mary Peak is the highest point in the Flinders Ranges and is a bucket list hike in Australia for keen hikers. Located in Wilpena Pound, It's a demanding hike but within the ability of most healthy active people as long as adequate steps are taken. You can ascend to the Tandarra Saddle via a trail on either the outside (the steeper approach) or the inside (less steep but longer approach) of the pound. From there you follow a futher rocky trail to the summit itself. To do the full loop (taking in both the outer and inner trails and the trail to the summit) is 21.5 kilometers and requires a full day. An early start is preferable particularly in summer. You should take a minimum of 4 litres of water, climb in good weather (in the wet it can be very slippery). Needless to say you should also take sunscreen and wear appropriate footwear.

On a clear dy the view from the summit itself is hard to put into words. Pictures don't do it justice, you have to go there nd do it yourself. I fully recommend anyone who is physically capable does it at lest once in their life.

This video was put together in 2014 and originally uploaded to our other channel 'Endurance Swimmer Australia' but the picturesque views actually make it a more appropriate fit for 'Oz in Pictures'.

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