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.