This area, called Wilpena Pound, is one of the main attractions to the park. It's a large, flat, vegetated area completely surrounded by fairly steep hills and mountains. There is one narrow break in the natural wall around the pound, providing easy access to the inside. European settlers, once they found the way in, used it as a natural enclosure for livestock, though they found the rain wasn't reliable enough to keep many sheep inside. Surprisingly it wasn't drought, but a flood that washed away the road the settlers had built to get into the pound that finally led them to abandon the homestead inside the pound.
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