Gawler Ranges Tourism

 

Nature at its Best

A perfect destination for a camping holiday or one-day excursion, the Gawler Ranges National Park provides a safe and natural habitat for an abundance of native wildlife and vegetation.

The ranges were named by Edward John Eyre in 1839 on one of Eyre's earlier expeditions.

The National Park was established much later in 2002. The Park encompasses what was known as Paney Station, and portions of Pine Lodge and Scrubby Peak stations. The park provides fantastic opportunities for sightseeing, photography, touring by 4WD and the chance to enjoy a remote bush camping experience.

Tranquil waterfalls:

Organ pipes Water pool mossy

Geological Formations

The ranges were formed by volcanic activity nearly 1.5 billion years ago, the volcanic activity resulted in a lava field, rather than volcanoes.

The highest point is Nukey Bluff at 465 m above sea level. After heavy rainfall the famous Organ Pipes (pictured right) or Kolay Mirica Falls may be running with water.

 

Prehistoric formations of the Organ Pipes:

Organ Pipes Rocks

Wildlife

The park is home to 164 fauna species including the rare and elusive Yellow Foot Rock Wallaby. Euro kangaroos (senior male pictured right) can be seen casually grazing at the foot of the hills.

The park is also home to 140 species of birds including the Wedge Tailed Eagle who with a wingspan of up to 2.27m maybe seen hovering for prey (bird pictured below).

For more information on the park visit theGawler Ranges National Park website

Photogenic Euro Kangaroo:

Euro

Wildflowers

Renowned for its wildflower display (upto 976 species) in the Spring, the best time to visit is between April and October, this is also while the weather is cool.

Edward John Eyre made the first recorded sighting of South Australia's floral emblem at the ranges, the Sturt Desert Pea, which is interestingly a legume and relies on polination by birds (flower pictured left).

Sturt's Desert Pea:

Sturts Desert Pea

Camping

Campers are welcome in designated camp sites throughout the Gawler Ranges National Park, with several campgrounds to choose from. Accommodation is available in the "Shearer's Quarters" by prior arrangement with National Park staff. A permit system is in operation for visiting the Park. Permits are available from self-registration stations within the park.

Or online:

http://forms.bizgate.sa.gov.au/deh/parkspasses/parkspasses.htm


All wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited during the Fire Danger Season. Gas fires are permitted other than on days of Total Fire Ban.

Aerial Gawler Ranges

Getting There...

The ranges are located approximately five and a half hours drive north-west of Adelaide on the central Eyre Peninsula region. Located 40km north of Wudinna and 40km north-east of Minnipa, access to the Park is available through Wudinna, Minnipa and Kimba.

Most tracks within the Park are recommended for high clearance 4WD vehicles only. However, high ground 2WD vehicles may access some areas. Check road conditions before travelling in wet conditions.

See how to get there for more information.

Experience nature via the many walking trails:

Close up Organ Pipes Rock

Tours

For more information on tours contact the Gawler Ranges Visitor Information Centre, or fill in our on-line form to Request an Information Pack.

 

If you're planning a trip to the Gawler Ranges, plan a day or two to take insome of the local attractions outside of the park such as Mount Wudinna, Pildappa Rock and Polda Rock Recreation Reserve. All of these reserves have barbecue and toilet facilities and that will be enjoyed by all the family. They all have walking trails waiting for you to traverse and explore.

The picturesque Organ Pipes:

For more photos visit our on-line photo gallery.

Organ Pipes stand out



 

Friends of the Park

The Friends of the Gawler Ranges National Park group has been established since 2003. They are currently working on restoring Pondanna Outstation. So far the building has had a new roof put on and the bathroom has been cemented. The next step involves replastering the inside and repainting the outside of the building. The group meets the last weekend of every month from April until October each year.

The group has also been successful in receiving grant monies of $2000 from the State Friends of the Park group, and $3000 from the local District Conservator, to aid in their activities. For more information, or to join ($10 per household), contact Marilyn Scholz on phone: (08) 8680 2040

The Friends of the Park scheme began in 1982 at the Ferguson Conservation Park. Since then this community spirit has spread state wide, and there are now 120 Friends groups with over 6000 participants. These participants contribute 37600 hours of work, which is worth $6.1 million annually. The main objectives of the Friends of the Park groups are to undertake physical park management tasks, fundraising projects, cultural and educational events and social activities.

The Friends of the Parks organisation is available for membership of any person regardless of age, gender, nationality, occupation and ability - there is something for everyone. Each group is self-supporting and members pay an annual subscription to continue the group's support. Nation wide the long-term survival of the National Parks networks is becoming more depending on volunteer support, so come and join us - it's lots of fun!

Wudinna District Council
PO Box 6, Wudinna SA 5652
Ph: (08) 8680 2002| Fax: (08) 8680 2296

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