Lake Gairdner National Park
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|Lake Gairdner National Park
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Extreme southern reaches of Lake Gairdner
|Nearest town or city||Woomera|
|Established||19 December 1991|
|Area||5,531.77 km2 (2,135.8 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources|
|Website||Lake Gairdner National Park|
|See also||Protected areas of South Australia|
Lake Gairdner National Park is a protected area associated with Lake Gairdner in South Australia (Australia), 436 km northwest of Adelaide. It is located just south of the Trans-Australian Railway, Stuart Highway, and the Woomera Prohibited area.
There is very limited public access to this park which is surrounded by pastoral leases. The easiest public access is from the main road running from Yardea to Kingoonya, at The Brothers Well, a concrete catchment at the side of the road at the southern end of Moonaree Station (though the road signs would have you believe that you were on Yardea Station). The road is dirt, but quite good enough for two-wheel drive vehicles unless it is wet, when it is likely that it will be closed by the Highways Dept..
Ordinarily, the country is totally arid, and devoid of free water, surface or underground. In the summer it can be extremely hot: in the springtime, though, this country has great attraction for birdwatchers and botanists.
This region is the home country of the Kokatha people, and traces of their occupation may still be found: sacred sites are still visited for ceremonies.
The national park contains the historic Glenloth Gold Battery Site, located at its western end on the shore of Lake Harris, which is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register as a designated place of archaeological significance.
- "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2014. Australian Government, Department of the Environment (DoE). 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- South Australia. Department for Environment and Heritage (2004), Lake Gairdner National Park management plan (PDF), Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH), p. 5, ISBN 978-0-7590-1079-6
- "Glenloth Gold Battery Site (designated place of archaeological significance)". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
- "Twentieth Century Heritage Survey, Stage Two (1928-1945)" (PDF). Retrieved 13 February 2016.
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