Venture deep into the heart of the Gawler Ranges for an authentic outback experience.
Mt Ive Station is a 250,000 acre working sheep property set against the volcanic rock of SA’s Gawler Ranges, said to be over 1500 million years old.
The property provides a place for campers to take in the raw beauty of the ranges while still enjoying the comforts of powered sites, fuel, water and a licensed kiosk. It offers a number of 4WDing tracks, including a private access route to Lake Gairdner — one of Australia’s most pristine salt lakes.
To access the station, the best passage is from Iron Knob on the Eyre Highway, travelling on well-formed unsealed surfaces, although there are other options from Kimba, the Gawler Ranges National Park or from the north via Kingoonya.
The campground is well laid out, with centralised facilities and powered and unpowered sites shaded by young gums. A gazebo and barbecue area with tables and seating is close to the powered sites, while another utility room with a fridge and barbecue services the other areas.
Facilities include a recreation room and camp kitchen, while amenities include flushing toilets and hot showers, fed from one of the largest donkey systems we’ve ever seen.
For those so inclined, the station offers a number of optional tracks to explore either by conventional or 4WD vehicle. Mud maps, trip notes and a key provide access to and highlight the points of interest, as well as supplementary information about the landscape.
- Mt Ive Station is 200km west of Port Augusta, via the Eyre Highway. The best time to visit is autumn and spring, although the latter can be windy.
- Both powered and unpowered are available. BYO firewood. Pets on leashes are permitted at management’s discretion.