Gammon Ranges

The Gammon Ranges
Gammon Ranges

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The Gammon Ranges in South Australia's far north are one of the most rugged areas in Australia. It is home to deep gorges, rocky plains, steep mountains and stony rivers. The environment is similar to the Flinders Ranges, but more isolated and arid. The History of the Gammons goes back long before European Settlement of Australia, into the Aboriginal Dreamtime. The Adnyamathanha people lived amongst the huge cliffs and left many carvings and paintings to tell their story. White man's history in the Gammons includes copper mining and smelting, sheep grazing, murder at Grindell's Hut and the start of Australia's famous R.M. William's.

Today the Gammon ranges is a paradise for experienced bushwalkers, looking for physically demanding but highly rewarding bushwalks. Most of the National Park is only accessible by foot, with limited 4WD access. Click Here for a map of the Gammon Ranges

Where are the Gammons?

The Gammon Ranges National Park is situated approximately 750km north of Adelaide, South Australia's Capital city. The park is 128,228 hectares, extending to the shore of Lake Frome. At the northern tip is Arkaroola tourist resort and wildlife sanctuary and at the South, Nepabunna aboriginal Community. The Park Headquarters are at Balcanoona homestead.

In my two walking expeditions, I have found great respect and awe for the rugged beauty of the Gammons. In July 1990 I participated in Trek 90, a 1600km relay walk from Mt Babbage (North of Arkaroola) to Cape Jervis, 120km south of Adelaide. We walked for 8 days from Arkaroola to Nepabunna, about 80km. My second trip to the Gammons was in 1994 for a 4 day loop walk from Grindell's Hut. Taking in Bunyip Chasm, Mt John-Roberts, Rover Rockhole, Fern Chasm and The Terraces. Most of the Following Photos are form the 1994 expedition

Bolla Bollana Spring

North west of Arkaroola is Bolla Bollana smelters and pictured here, Bolla Bollana spring.

Weetootla Creek Leaving Grindell's hut behind, Weetootla creek provides a peaceful walk before climbing up to Bunyip Chasm
Looking down "Hello down there!" This is the view from atop the first waterfall climb to get into Bunyip Chasm. Bunyip Chasm After a difficult climb up the second waterfall (which I was too chicken to do), the Opressive walls of Bunyip Chasm greet you.
Mt John Roberts 2 We camped at the top of Mt John Roberts four days before I took this photo. Now that's a long way away! Rover Rockhole Deep within the Park is Rover Rockhole. Here you can read my two entries in the hikers journal - protected in a tin box. Water can be found here most of the year.
Emu?? Can you find the Emu and her chicks running from us in South Branch of Italowie Creek? The Terraces

Having Fun in the rocky ledges of
The Terraces

Amphitheatre creek The towering cliffs in Amphitheatre Creek.
Mainwater Well Sunset over Wainwater Well
Gibber Plain

Walking home across the Gibber Plain. Shows the stark contrast of rocky mountains and flat plains.

Mt. John Roberts

What a magnificent Veiw from the top of Mt. John Roberts. The small patch of dark blue on the far right is our tent (top of the cliff)

The Gammon Ranges National Park is a must for serious bushwalkers. Arkaroola at the Northern tip of the park offers good accomodation and excellent tours of the region. They even have an observatory for gazing at the stars through the clear and unlit skies of the Gammons.

Page last updated June 08, 2004