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Gawler Ranges National Parks

Gawler Ranges National Park
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Nearest town/city Wudinna
Coordinates 33|14|S|135|27|50|E| name=

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Area 1,663.03 km²
Established 15 January 2002
Managing authorities Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Official site Gawler Ranges National Park

Gawler Ranges is a 1633 km2 national park lying 350 km north-west of Adelaide in the northern Eyre Peninsula of South Australia. It is known for its spectacular rock formations.

History

The park originated as the 1200 km2 Paney Station pastoral lease, which was acquired in 2000 by the South Australian Government with assistance from the Australian Government. In 2001 some 420 km2 of the adjacent Scrubby Peak Station was purchased and added to the park.[1]

Access

The park is 40 km north of Wudinna, 40 km north-east of Minnipa and is accessible using high ground clearance two wheel drive vehicles via the gravel roads from Kimba, Wudinna or Minnipa.[2][3][4]

Camping is permissible and encouraged at several campgrounds. Although some have toilets, there are minimal other facilities and visitors are encouraged to take adequate food, water, fuel and firewood with them.[2]

Features

Historic sites in the park include the Old Paney Homestead, the Policemans Point precinct, Stone Dam, and Pondanna Outstation, where agriculture was attempted in the early 20th century. Notable landmarks are Paney Bluff, Mount Allalone, Mount Sturt, Conical Hill and Scrubby Peak. Other scenic sites are Kolay Mirica Falls, the Organ Pipes and Yandinga Gorge.

Environment

Some 21 rare and endangered animal and plant species including the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby can be found in the park.[5] Another larger mammal is the southern hairy-nosed wombat.[6] Some 140 species of birds have been recorded in the Gawler Ranges, which has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports populations of the vulnerable Malleefowl, the Gawler Ranges subspecies of the Short-tailed Grasswren, Rufous Treecreeper, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Purple-gaped Honeyeater and Western Yellow Robin.[5]

See also

References

External links

  • Gawler Ranges National Park Accessed 17 April 2012.
  • Gawler Ranges and Central Eyre Official tourism website - attractions, tours, history. Accessed 12 November 2012.
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