FLINDERS RANGES – SOUTH AUSTRALIA

FLORA, FAUNA AND BIRDS

The rugged picturesque Flinders Ranges are some 350 km north of Adelaide in South Australia.   In 1802 the navigator Matthew Flinders was the first European to see these ranges.   The area attracts bushwalkers, photographers, geologists, botanists and many visitors from all over Australia and overseas.

The Flinders Ranges flora is largely made up of species adapted to a semi-arid environment such as sugar gum, cypress-pine, mallee and black oak. Moister areas near Wilpena Pound support grevilleas, Guinea flowers, Liliaceae and ferns. Reeds and sedges grow near permanent water sources such as springs and waterholes.

When walking in the Ranges we saw many plants unique to the arid zones.  The natural world of the Flinders Ranges is for all of us to enjoy.

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Since the eradication of dingoes and the establishment of permanent waterholes for stock, the numbers of red kangaroos, western grey kangaroos and euros in the Flinders Ranges have increased. The yellow-footed rock-wallaby, which neared extinction after the arrival of Europeans due to hunting and destruction by foxes, has now stabilized. To our delight we came upon a group of the wallabies in Parachilna Gorge –  the cameras were quickly working overtime. 

There are a large number of bird species including parrots, galahs, emus, the wedge-tailed eagle and small numbers of water birds. Reptiles include goannas, snakes, dragon lizards, skinks and geckos.

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Survival can become a challenging task in the wild – especially if you’re smaller or slower than your possible predators. Ways to camouflage differ. Blending in with the environment is the most common approach as seen in the photographs above.

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