1 Fish and Water Quality Monitoring

The permanent spring-fed pools in the Park are home to an endemic fish – the Flinders Ranges Mogurnda (Mogurnda clivicola). We monitor the water quality and the fish population characteristics. This effort has informed the translocation in 2021 of 600 fish to water holes to the south of the Park in an attempt to establish insurance populations. Go to the monitoring page for more details.

Ray and Roger measuring water quality parameters
A healthy Mogurnda and a diseased one

2 Revegetation of the Balcanoona Headquarters surroundings

Balcanoona is the headquarters of the Park and the rangers live there. Also on site is the Park office, The old homestead, the new homestead, the rejuvenated shearing shed and the shearer’s quarters. The Friends have been revegetating the surroundings with indigenous seedling plants grown from seed collected from the local area. Go to the revegetation page for more details.

Area 3 plantings
Roger, Bill and Lyn planting in Area 1

3 The commonly seen birds of the Park

The Park is a haven for birds with the appearance of many dependent of the recent weather and rainfall. Members of the Friends are keen birders and have been recording the birds from all over the Park. A brochure is being prepared to assist Park visitors to identify for themselves the birds that they see. Go to the Bird brochure page for more details.

A corella couple
Eagle on the wing

4 Wildlife monitoring with Remote Cameras

Remote or “trail” cameras are attached to a tree or other structure and take a series of photographs when triggered. A trigger occurs when something of a different temperature from that of the surroundings enters the field of view. This could be a mammal, a bird or even an insect. And sometimes the trigger is waving vegetation that has grown up in view of the camera. The result is thousands of images recorded on the SD card. The Friends view and score these images to get an appreciation of the numbers and change in numbers of (for example) Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies. Go to the wildlife monitoring page for more details.

Trail camera locked in place
Feral goats in Weetootla gorge

5 Geology of the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

Adnyamathanha is the name of the traditional custodians of the Park and it means “rock people”. The rocky geological formations and the steep rock faces of the gorges within the Park are of considerable interest to geologists. The Friends have several members who are keen geologists and rock students. They are in planning for the preparation of a publication that describes the rock formations within the Park. Go to the geology page for more details.

Gorge with water hole en route to Bunyip Chasm
Sloping rock face north of Grindell’s Hut

6 Flowers and plants of the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

Despite being in an arid zone, there are a vast array of plants – both flowering and non-flowering – in Vulkathunha. The Friends are preparing a booklet with photographs of these flowers and plants to help visitors to the Park identify these plants. Go to the flower identification page for more details

Eucalyptus gillii flowers at Balcanoona
Slender-bell fruit flower (Codonocarpus pyramidalis) – a rarely seen tree.

7 Directional Marker at summit of ridge-top walk

A walking trail from the Balcanoona Headquarters towards the west and then ascending northwards along an easily navigated ridge and ending at a lookout point is being developed. Go to the toposcope page for more details

View of Balcanoona from near where the Directional Marker will be built

8 Refurbishment of the Oocaboolina Outstation

When Balcanoona was a working sheep station, Oocaboolina served as accommodation for the pastoral workers. This historical building, when abandoned, fell into disrepair. The Friends have been working to secure the building and to refurbish the interior rooms. This project has now been completed. Go to the refurbishment page for a summary.

Ray making a new entrance
(from left) Lyn, Mary, Bill and Kathryn painting the woodwork