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Gluepot Reserve is the largest protected mallee scrubland in the country and is managed by volunteers from BirdLife Australia. The area supports many nationally threatened species of birdlife, including the chestnut quail thrush and scarlet-chested parrot.

The reserve covers over 54,000 hectares of arid mallee woods and scrubland. The well-managed dirt tracks mean that greater distances can be covered in the reserve’s 4x4 vehicles with an excellent chance of seeing a vast array of resident and migrant birds.

Most notably, the volunteer team at Gluepot is committed to increasing numbers of the black-eared miner bird and to save this declining species from reaching a point of becoming critically endangered.

As well as the remarkable birdlife, this is a fantastic reserve in which to see both western grey and red kangaroo in their plenty. Short-beaked echidna and the rare bandy-bandy snake are also resident within the reserve.

Like so many of Australia’s excellent reserves, Gluepot is an important environmental project which, since it was closed off to farming and urbanization in 1997, now safeguards Australia’s largest mallee land for future generations.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: malleefowl, black-eared miner, Gould’s wattled bat, red kangaroo, short-beaked echidna
  • Where: South Australia, Australia