Lake Gairdner National Park is located on the far northern Eyre Peninsula in the foothills of the Gawler Ranges, approximately 550 km north-west of Adelaide.

It was proclaimed to protect one of South Australia’s largest salt lake systems, comprising Lake Gairdner, Lake Everard and Lake Harris.

This is the Country of the Gawler Ranges Aboriginal people, and is of profound cultural significance to the Traditional Owners. It is a popular location for photographers and cinematographers, appearing in numerous advertisements, television commercials and films. The dry salt crust of Lake Gairdner’s bed is also used for motor sport speed trials, and is now established as one of the world’s premier sites for dry lake racing.

Developing the draft management plan

In 2011, the Federal Court of Australia formally recognised a group of foundational families made up of some, but not all, of the Barngala, Kokatha and Wirangu people as the Native Title holders over land encompassing Lake Gairdner National Park. This prompted the Gawler Ranges Aboriginal Corporation and the South Australian Government to enter into a co-management agreement for the park, forming the Lake Gairdner National Park Co-management Board.

One of the board’s initial priorities was to review the park management plan, which had been in place since 2004. The board concluded that it was necessary to develop a new management plan so that up-to-date strategies and new co-management arrangements could be properly communicated. This draft plan has been developed by the Lake Gairdner National Park Co-management Board, drawing on comments, suggestions and feedback received during discussions with Gawler Ranges Aboriginal people, volunteers, park neighbours, stakeholders, scientific specialists and interested members of the public.

Read the draft management plan.

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