The Gawler Ranges sustains the living culture and stories of the Gawler Ranges people who have over 30,000 years of strong and ongoing connection to the country.
The Gawler Ranges and the surrounding landscape is fundamental to Aboriginal law, culture and beliefs. Traditional ceremonies and practices are carried out in the park to this day.
The Gawler Ranges people and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources work together to encourage people to visit this beautiful place.
They also manage and protect the:
- strong and ongoing culture of the Gawler Ranges people
- extensive and diverse vegetation, and animals of significance such as the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby
- 1,500 million years of weathered landscape
- rich pastoral heritage.
Words from the Gawler Ranges National Park Advisory Committee
The Committee brings together three Aboriginal groups in partnership with government, all the people bring something to the table. It’s about looking after the landscape for the community.
We have worked together to revise the park management plan which has been a great way to work through issues.
Four main themes identified in the plan are:
- Protecting natural values
- Respecting, recognising and protecting the culture of the Gawler Ranges Aboriginal People
- Providing high quality visitor experiences
- Connecting histories.
Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state.
Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.