Italowie Gap Campground - Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

National Park - South Australia


Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park was proclaimed in 1970. The park forms part of the traditional country of the Adnyamathanha people and is rich with cultural significance. The spectacular terrain in Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park can be explored by the many hiking trails and via the 4WD tracks that lead you deep into the heart of the rugged landscape. The park is a haven for many rare and endangered plants and animals.

The stark wildness and landscape of Lake Frome is a unique feature of the park. This ephemeral salt lake stretches 100km long and 40km wide and plays an important role in the lives of the Adnyamathanha people. The 'Plains Block' leading out to the edge of Lake Frome still remains a traditional hunting ground.

There are several hiking trails to explore the park including the Italowie Gorge Hike which takes you past Mount McKinlay Spring or the Weetootla Gorge Hike which meanders though the stunning Weetootla Gorge.

There are several tracks to explore the park and its surrounding areas by car. Most tracks are accessible by 2WD, although the Wortupa Loop Track and the track to Lake Frome require 4WDs.

The Italowie Gap camping areas are located approximately 20 minutes from Balcanoona on the Copley-Balcanoona road. There are two camping areas. The first area is on the south-western side of the gap via a small access track. This area is set amongst river red gums below a small cliff face and is a shady spot in summer. The second area is located on the north-eastern side of the gap, off the access track behind theb information bay. These sites are set amongst wattles and river red gums near the start of the Italowie Gorge Hike. Access: 2WD and 4WD Suitable for: tents, camper trailers and small caravans. Facilities: nil. Campfires: allowed (seasonal fire restrictions apply). Unallocared camping - maximum 6 vehicles. Electricity: unpowered.

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Camping Fee $12.50
Per vehicle, per night - from