We have a wide range of birds that are resident or visit the station including the Western & Short-tailed Grasswrens, Mulga & Port Lincoln Parrots, Crimson & White-fronted Chats, White-fronted & Pied Honeyeaters, Splendid & White-wing Fairywrens to name a few. The Station is one of the few accessible sites where the Short-tailed Grasswren (a South Aust endemic) can be found. Like all grasswrens, it is best to search for them early morning when there is little wind. The Western Grasswren can be seen in the bluebush around the dam near the homestead. The honeyeaters frequent the flowering Eremophila on the edge of Lake Gairdner.
You can find a full list of species previously observed on our property by visiting NatureMaps – © South Australian Department of Environment. All you need to do is open NatureMaps, select Flora Tools (or Fauna Tools), create a simple list, Select Area of Interest as Pastoral Station and choose Mount Ive. This will generate a Spreadsheet list for you to download or view.
Private access to the edge of the stunning Lake Gairdner is available by 2×4 and 4×4. Called by some as the jewel in the crown of South Australia’s scenic sights, this pure white salt lake is over 150km long and up to 48km across. The salt can be up to 1.2m thick in places and due to its thickness, the surface is hard even when covered in water. The lake is fed by six ephemeral creeks and is mostly dry throughout the year. It stands in stark contrast to the surrounding orange rocks and sand and is a mecca for photographers.
The Embankment, Organ Pipes and Pillars are some of the great sights for you to see. Showing off some of the most accessible examples of exposed rhyolite found in the Gawler Ranges and the hard work put in by the men of old to collect a valuable supply of water. You can also drive or walk to the summit of Mount Ive for a spectacular view over the ranges.
Historic Landmarks, buildings, fences and equipment remain on the station and can be spotted as you drive some of the interesting 2×4 and 4×4 private station tracks or walk around the outbuildings of the homestead. The Flight Path offers a great trip around the station with secluded rest areas and lookouts and takes in some of the great flora and fauna that exists here. You can see the Southern Hairynosed Wombats, Emus, Kangaroos (red, euro and western grey) along with many other species.