Gawler Ranges

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesPort Augusta
DifficultyDifficulty 3/5
Suitable for4WD Bike 
Distance462.09 km
Minimum Days3
Average Speed74.32 km/hr
Driving Time6 hrs 13 mins
Article By: ExplorOz Team
Page Updated: 23 Jun 2015


The Gawler Ranges are a range of mountains in South Australia to the north of Eyre Peninsula. The ranges were named by Edward John Eyre after the Governor of South Australia, George Gawler in 1839. This was on one of Eyre's earlier expeditions before his famous crossing of the Nullarbor Plain further west.

This trek note starts at Port Augusta and heads towards the town of Iron Knob, through the Gawler Ranges to Mount Ive Station. The trek continues west through the heart of the ranges until it heads back down to meet the Eyre Highway at Wirrulla and then finally ending at Ceduna.

This trek is generally fairly reasonable and should take about 2 days with maybe a stop over at Mt Ive Station. This station is one of the few places open to travellers in this region. They have a camping area and access to land bordering Lake Gairdner.

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During spring, the Gawler Ranges offers a pretty trip especially when the wildflowers are in bloom. The area is an interface between the Eyre Peninsula mallee country and the drier arid zone to the north of the ranges. Plants and animals from both zones occur in the Gawler Ranges. There are over 970 flora species and around 162 fauna species, including 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, Red and Grey Kangaroos and Euros.


Your vehicle will need to be extensively prepared for remote area travel, with all fuel, water, food and vehicle repair equipment and spare parts. All travellers should read the 4WDriving Topic for related articles and checklists for vehicle setup and driver awareness.

We advise that you refer to the latest information and advice about outback communications in the Communications Topic. All drivers should set their UHF radios to scan all stations, but take note that Channel 10 is the offical channel for the Simspon Desert. Anywhere in the Diamantina Shire (comprising the towns of Birdsville, Betoota and Bedourie) you must not used UHF Ch 8 and 38 as these are to be reserved for emergency calls only - these channels are monitored by the Clinics, Police and station operators and must remain clear.

There are areas in the Gawler Ranges which are prone to flash flooding and can be impassable after rain. Please check local conditions with the Department for Environment and Heritage Ceduna on: (08) 8625 3144 or Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safari Office on: (08) 8680 2045


No permits are needed for this trek note.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel SymbolPort Augusta West.
4cyl 65 litres4cyl 75 litres4cyl 92 litres
6cyl 57 litres *6cyl 84 litres6cyl 81 litres
8cyl 71 litres8cyl 77 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

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Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Trek Mid Point 75.58km E
Mean Max. °C33.432.929.325.020.116.816.518.221.525.128.831.2
Mean Min. °C16.616.914.310.
Mean Rain mm15.816.714.914.723.926.825.924.924.723.017.318.4
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

The following locations have various services And supplies:Port Augusta West


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LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Port Augusta to Port Augusta West2.72 kmNW313° 2 min
Port Augusta West to Pandurra37.24 kmSW242° 27 min
Pandurra to Iron Knob30.3 kmSW245° 20 min
Iron Knob to Corunna6.15 kmN338° 7 min
Corunna to Siam44.14 kmW290° 36 min
Siam to Valley Hut8.8 kmW288° 7 min
Valley Hut to Mount Ive Station64.02 kmW281° 53 min
Mount Ive Station to Pondanna Ruins26.48 kmNW302° 23 min
Pondanna Ruins to Yardea32.18 kmW259° 28 min
Yardea to Wirrulla117.94 kmW268° 1 hr 49 min
Wirrulla to Merghiny76.02 kmNW295° 51 min
Merghiny to Ceduna16.09 kmW273° 11 min
Port Augusta to Ceduna462.09 km  6 hr 13 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.


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