Gawler Ranges National Park
Gawler Ranges National Park was proclaimed on 15 January, 2002.
It was proclaimed to conserve an important transition zone between the Eyre Peninsula and the Gawler Ranges region, and to include a representative sample of the Gawler Ranges Bioregion in the reserve system.
The park provides for the conservation of unique geological and natural features of the Gawler Ranges, and preserves habitats of threatened plants and animals, including species endemic to the State and region.
Special Values of the Park
The park contains a number of heritage sites of historical importance. These include Old Paney Homestead, Policemans Point and the Pondanna Farm precinct. The Scrubby Peak section of the park is the most diverse and scenically spectacular area of the Gawler Ranges. The park also contains several sites of Aboriginal heritage significance, which are mainly archaeological and burial sites.
Gawler Ranges National Park is located approximately 350 km directly north west of Adelaide, in The West Region, Gawler Ranges District. To get to the park, travel to the Gawler Ranges by road, on Highway One (Princes Highway) from Adelaide to Port Augusta (approximately 300 km), then on the Eyre Highway to Wudinna (approximately 250 km), then another 50 km from Wudinna. The total journey from Adelaide to Gawler Ranges National Park is approximately 610 km. It is managed through the regional Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH) office at Port Lincoln, and from Park Headquarters located at Paney within the Gawler Ranges National Park.
Gawler Ranges National Park is a popular area for recreational touring and bush camping, and it is expected that it will become a more popular tourist attraction and contribute to the regional economy. The park provides opportunities for sight seeing, nature study, bushwalking and is generally accessible by 4WD vehicles.
Gawler Ranges National Park protects unique geological and natural features such as ancient rock formations that formed as a result of volcanic eruptions approximately 1,592 million years ago.
Within the park there are 162 fauna species in total, including some species of conservation significance at a national, regional and State level. These include birds such as Major Mitchell (Pink Cockatoo), Rufous Treecreeper, Malleefowl, Scarlet-breasted Parrot, Gilbert’s Whistler, and mammal species such as Hairy-nosed Wombat, Greater Long-eared Bat and Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby.
Within the park there are 976 flora species in total, including approximately 53 species of conservation significance at a national, regional and State level.
Bluebush, Maireana sedifolia
Gawler Ranges National Park fills an important gap in the South Australian reserve system. Previously the only protected area in the Gawler Ranges Bioregion was the salt lake of Lake Gairdner National Park.
It provides opportunities for public enjoyment of scenic landscapes and diverse biological values. The park conserves one of the Earth’s most ancient landforms and provides habitat for numerous species of conservation significance, whilst also preserving evidence of a long history of human occupation and use.
Early Nancy, Wurmbea centralis, growing on rocky hills.
Photo: Tim Bond
Department for Environment and Heritage Staff
The West Region
Phone: (61 8) 8688 3111
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH)