Yalata Lands landscape

The Yalata Lands are one of nine distinct landscapes in the Alinytjara Wilurara natural resources management region. They sit at the south-eastern edge of the Great Victoria Desert dune system, east of the Nullarbor Plain and contain relatively pristine vegetation. There are no towns in this area but there is the Yalata Aboriginal community of about 160 people who identify themselves as southern Anangu and speak a southern dialect of Pitjantjatjara as their first language.

Key characteristics

  • Areas of mallee, including beaked red mallee, yorrell and dry land tea-tree
  • Shrub land plains, low woodlands and occasional areas of inland tea-tree
  • Surface water is scarce in this landscape – bore water is extracted for use in the Yalata community

Native plants and animals

  • Birds such as the bustard, red-throat and slender-billed thornbill
  • Reptiles such as the Nullarbor bearded dragon, McKenzie’s dragon and linga dragon
  • Southern hairy-nosed wombats
  • Flora including the small-leaf emu bush and mallee bitter-pea

Visiting

The Yalata community has basic campground facilities for recreational fishers and four-wheel drive tourists and campers, utilised mainly during the fishing season in spring to early summer.

Access to this region may require a pass or permit. Visitors should also be aware that there are safety issues specific to the region.


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