Gawler Ranges National Park
|Gawler Ranges National Park|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
The Conical Hill Track
|Nearest town or city||Wudinna|
|Area||1,628.75 km2 (628.9 sq mi)|
|Established||15 January 2002|
|Managing authorities||Department of Environment and Natural Resources|
|Website||Gawler Ranges National Park|
|See also||Protected areas of South Australia|
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.
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.
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.
Some 21 rare and endangered animal and plant species including the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby can be found in the park. Another larger mammal is the southern hairy-nosed wombat. 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.
- "CAPAD 2012 South Australia Summary (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- "Gawler ranges: Eco-tourism". National Reserve System. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australia. 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
- Wudinna District Council - Gawler Ranges Tourism
- "Gawler Ranges National Park". Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
- South Australia - Gawler Ranges
- "IBA: Gawler Ranges". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
- Gawler Ranges National Park (official website)
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources > Gawler Ranges National Park Accessed 17 April 2012.
- Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula > Gawler Ranges and Central Eyre Official tourism website - attractions, tours, history. Accessed 12 November 2012.