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A haven for an array of flora and wildlife – with Australia’s only population of short-tailed grass wren and the vulnerable malleefowl – Gawler Ranges is a showcase of historic and geological wonders.

Lying 600 kilometres north west of Adelaide on the Eyre peninsula, Gawler is an amazing region of Australian outback, with spectacular gorges and rocky outcrops, and numerous archaeological and heritage sites to explore. It has a rich profusion of fauna, including three species of kangaroo – red, western grey, and the euro ­– the southern hairy-nosed wombat, pygmy possum, hopping mice and the endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby.

From the dramatic, volcanic columns of the Organ Pipes and the heritage sites of Old Paney Homestead, to sites of aboriginal significance, Gawler Ranges' wild and ancient volcanic landscape is alive with colourful birdlife, including the Major Mitchell (pink cockatoo), the scarlet-breasted parrot and the purple-gaped honeyeater. Gawler is also home to plants found nowhere else: the Gawler Ranges hop bush and the Gawler Ranges grevillea, and to South Australia’s floral emblem – the vivid Sturt’s desert pea.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: yellow-footed rock wallaby, Major Mitchell’s cockatoo, wedge-tailed eagle, red kangaroo, blue-breasted fairywren
  • Where: South Australia, Australia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Kangaroos, Sealions & the Gawler Ranges

Explore two of South Australia’s finest wildlife locations: Gawler Ranges and Kangaroo Island, travelling from the Outback to the sea. Visit a koala colony, study geological formations, swim with sealions, and seek out rare species such as echidna, glossy black cockatoo and the elusive platypus.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kangaluna Camp

Kangaluna is a boutique, permanently tented camp, offering exceptionally comfortable accommodation for up to 14 guests. Set in mallee woodland just outside of Gawler Ranges National Park, the camp offers a perfect spot to relax and watch the many animals and birds that inhabit the area.