“This remote and arid country is a unique environment and a photographers dream.”
Situated north of the Gawler Ranges, the park protects a large saline lake system surrounded by red sand hills. The park includes Australia’s third largest salt lake, Lake Gairdner (plus Lake Everard and Lake Harris), which contains over 200 islands. In some parts of the lake the salt layer can be up to one meter thick! The glistening, white salt surface is surrounded by the red foothills of the Gawler Ranges.
Visit in early spring to see water on the lake, wild flowers in bloom and the Gawler Ranges framing the scene from the lake boundary.
The southern edge of the lake is approximately 150 km north west of Port Augusta. The northern end of the lake is a few kilometres south of Kingoonya, the Trans Australian Railway and the Stuart Highway. The main route to the lake is via Mount Ive station on a 34 km station track. Mt Ive must be contacted prior to entry and a key to the gate is required (a fee for this service applies).
Access to the Waltumba Tank campground is via the Stringer Highway towards Glendambo.
Please be aware that this park is surrounded by private properties and private roads, please stay on the public and signposted tracks and roads.
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Lake Gairdner National Park
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