About Friends of Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park Inc.

Aims for Friends of Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

The Friends of Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park Inc. (V-GRNP) are a group of volunteers whose aim is to support the management of the Park’s intrinsic biodiversity values and its diverse cultural heritage by:

  • providing support to the park and to the region’s DEW staff.
  • liaising closely with the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges Co-management Board.
  • providing support for the protection and preservation of the park’s natural and historic values.
  • raising funds for projects that will benefit the better management of the park.
  • undertaking specific agreed projects that help maintain the park’s qualities.
  • learning and better understanding traditional and cultural values of this region so as not to create negative impacts on country but to better guide our activities.
  • liaising and knowledge-sharing with traditional and cultural owners of this land and neighbouring communities.
  • providing opportunities and enjoyment to group members whilst supporting the future directions of V-GRNP.

(See the “Projects” drop-down-menu for our current projects)

The stimulus for the public meeting of March 2015 that led to revival of the group was a bequest of $10,000 made to the group from the estate of Warren Bonython AO. Warren was a person who, through his own walking and environmental interests, inspired many South Australians to take up bushwalking and to develop a heightened environmental awareness. The Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges figured prominently in Warren’s walking and his crossing of the Ranges in 1947 was the first recorded. After Warren’s successful completion of a walk from Crystal Brook to Mt Hopeless, located about 100 km north of the park, he wrote a book about the walk which was entitled ‘Walking the Flinders Ranges’. The walk and the book are widely regarded as having led to the establishment of the Heysen Trail which extends from Cape Jervis to Parachilna Gorge.

The Friends group will do all it can to see that Warren Bonython’s bequest is put to good use in the Park and that the group continues in existence long afterwards.

Black faced Woodswallow

Our Logo: The white flower of the Iga tree (Capparis mitchellii) and a stylised drawing of a fish the Flinders Ranges Mogurnda (Mogurnda clivicola)

In 2023 Membership of Friends of Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park Inc. is 83. Financial membership ensures that members are covered by DEW Insurance whilst working in the Park, which is a Government requirement.

Four or five, week-long working visits, with members staying at Balcanoona Headquarters, are anticipated for 2024 at dates TBA.

Five week-long working visits were scheduled for 2023 on the dates below:

May, Monday 15 – Monday 22: Water & fish monitoring

May, Monday 22 – Monday 29: Re-vegetation

CANCELLED (June: Thursday 29 – Thursday July 6: Re-vegetation)

September, Thursday 7 – Thursday 14: Water & fish monitoring. (note new dates!)

September, Thursday 14 – Thursday 21: Re-vegetation

Committee Members

Martin Caon
Nicki de Preu
Graeme Oats
Graeme Oats
Newsletter Editor
Graeme Oats
Committee member
Mike Tanner
Email Mike
Minutes Secretary

Gift Fund

The Friends are registered on the Register of Environmental Organisations as a Charity (see Newsletter #20).

Donations to our Gift Fund of $2.00 or more are tax deductible. Funds can be either deposited by direct credit to the Fund’s bank account or by posting a cheque payable to the Friends of Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park Gift Fund to the Treasurer C/- 2/17 Waite Street Blackwood SA 5051

Make a donation by EFT using the Gift Fund’s bank details:

  • Account Name: Friends of Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park
  • Gift Fund BSB 105 078 Account No. 066 435 640

How to Join the Friends

Download the membership application form and email it to us