Wild Wilderness of the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park


Situated in the northern part of South Australia, Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park is about 660 kilometers north of Adelaide, the state’s capital. The park spans an impressive area, covering rugged mountains, deep valleys, and diverse ecosystems. Its remote location imbues a sense of untouched wilderness, attracting those seeking an authentic encounter with the Australian outback.

Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park was officially established in 1970. However, the region’s history extends far beyond this date, with the Adnyamathanha people’s cultural presence in the area dating back thousands of years. The park’s name, Vulkathunha-Gammon, incorporates elements of both Adnyamathanha and English nomenclature, demonstrating the importance of both the traditional custodians and European settlers in shaping the park’s history.

Its landscapes comprise an array of breathtaking features, including rugged mountain ranges, towering granite peaks, and deep, breathtaking gorges. These geological formations not only add to the park’s allure but are also valuable sites of scientific interest, depicting the region’s geological history.  “The stark wild­ness and land­scape of Lake Frome is a unique fea­ture of the park. This ephemer­al salt lake stretch­es 100km long and 40km wide and plays an impor­tant role in the lives of the Adnya­math­anha peo­ple. The ​‘Plains Block’ lead­ing out to the edge of Lake Frome still remains a tra­di­tion­al hunt­ing ground.” (Parks and Wildlife SA)

History and Foundation of the Park

From an ecological standpoint, Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park serves as a crucial habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna species, many of which are endemic to the region. The park plays a key role in conservation efforts, particularly in preserving the habitat of the yellow-footed rock wallaby, an iconic Australian species.

Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park boasts a wide range of flora, including various species of acacia, eucalyptus, and other native Australian plants. The birdlife is rich with numerous bird species, including the grey-headed honeyeater and the short-tailed grasswren. With luck, visitors might spot an elusive euro (a type of kangaroo) or witness a majestic wedge-tailed eagle soaring in the sky.

VISIT INaturalist.org for precise information about species found in the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

Vulkathunha Gammon Ranges National Park Species
Vulkathunha Gammon Ranges National Park Species courtesy of INaturalist

For more detailed information about the park, visit the official website of South Australian National Parks.

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