Yellabinna and Yumburra landscape

Yellabinna and Yumbarra form one of nine distinct landscapes in the Alinytjara Wilurara natural resources management region. It is a pristine, remote and wild area located east of the Nullarbor Plain and south of the Great Victoria Desert. It is made up of a recognised Wilderness Area and conservation parks. The only infrastructure in this landscape is the Iluka Jacinth-Ambrosia sircon mineral sand mine about 200 kilometres north-west of Ceduna.

Key characteristics

  • Wilderness areas and conservation parks
  • Mallee corridor linking the Great Victoria Desert to the northern Eyre Peninsula
  • Granite rock holes, many of which are highly significant to Aboriginal groups
  • The Goog’s Lake system, a groups of salt water lakes
  • Iluka’s Jacinth-Ambrosia zircon mineral sand mine, which extracts saline groundwater for use in the mine and its camp

Native plants and animals

  • Numerous threatened birds including the striated grass wren, white-browed treecreeper, scarlet chested parrot, malleefowl and painted button-quail
  • Reptiles such the thorntailed gecko, ribbon slider, McKenzie’s dragon, carpet python and Linga dragon 
  • Small mammals, including the Western pygmy possum and nationally endangered sandhill dunnart 
  • More than a dozen threatened native plant species 

Visiting

The Yellabinna and Yumbarra landscape, particularly Goog’s Track, attracts four-wheel drive tourists wanting to experience the beauty and challenges of this remote area. 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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