Mount Ive Station is located in the scenic, under-explored Gawler Ranges in the South Australian outback. Basic but comfortable accommodation is available at the station, in a scenic valley surrounded by spinifex-covered hills. The station provides easy access to the various under-explored habitats of the Gawler Ranges, where birds of of the South Australian outback and Western Australian species meet. Our field program is focused on immersing you into the beauty of the place slowly observing or photographing its wonderful bird- and wildlife.
Mount Ive Station is located 200 km West of Port Augusta, SA, in the Gawler Ranges. The property is surrounded by rolling hills with spinifex grass, home to the near-extinct Short-tailed Grasswren, and vast prairie-like Bluebush plains, where the newly split Western Grasswren occurs. In the woodlands just south, Western Yellow Robin, Rufous Rufous Treecreeper and Blue-breasted Fairy-wren live, while a short drive north one of Australias largest inland saltlakes awaits: Lake Gairdner. The stark and always changing scenery of the entire area provides a thought-provoking background to our birding escapades..
Birds & Wildlife at Mount Ive
The immediate surroundings of Mount Ive are host to a great variety of native birds and mammals. No comprehensive scientific surveys have been carried out but the prolific bird fauna around Mount Ive includes resident species such as Short-tailed and Western Grasswren, Chirruping Wedgebill, Rufous Fieldwren, Rufous Treecreeper, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, Elegant Parrot and many other resident species while the very lucky amongst us get to witness the rare Scarlet-chested Parrot who is found here in some years.
Our birdwatching and bird photography program at Mount Ive
Our field programs at Mount Ive are focused on immersing you into the beauty of the place, taking daily trips to various corners of the surrounding habitats by vehicle and on foot, slowly wandering around observing its wonderful bird- and wildlife or sitting at the edge of Lake Gairdner to see what comes in. If you like, pursuing your photographic interests is an option – there are great opportunities for bird and landscape photography here.
Typically our program begins with a pick-up from Adelaide airport and you’ll be transferred to the property. We’ll stay in individual rooms which have communal spaces both inside and outside with tables and chairs while bathroom facilities are shared. Meals will be cooked for you by your guide in the camp kitchen and you’re most welcome to participate in the preparation of meals or relax to watch the sunset with a glass of wine. We’ll spend 4 days, 3 nights on the property to fully immerse ourselves into its fantastic ambience. The program of activities can be as busy or relaxed as you like and will be determined in consultation with your guide. Watching the kangaroos come out onto the salt lake at sunset, with a drink in your hand, is definitely one of the highlights.
Our field programs at Mount Ive are conducted on request. Please contact us for a full program and pricing.