Wudinna, the central entrance to the Gawler Ranges National Park, boasts easy access to the natural attractions of Eyre Peninsula.
Centrally located and well serviced, the township of Wudinna acts as an ideal location to explore the outback of Eyre Peninsula and the many Conservation and National Parks, even the Southern Ocean is within an hours drive.
With a population of 600, Wudinna is a town with an outback feel, from which the traveller can discover solitude, wilderness and nature's beauty and diversity
The area’s first pastoral lease was allotted in 1861 and Wudinna has continued to thrive since its proclamation in 1916.
The Gawler Ranges National Park is within an hours drive of Wudinna, and off-road enthusiasts can join a 4WD safari into the Park. The huge granite sculptures of Mount Wudinna Rock and Turtle Rock are nearby, as are stunning west coast beaches and Pinkawillinie National Park. The visitor information bay at the western entrance to town has a rest area, interpretive signage, barbecue, toilets, picnic facilities and shelter, and there is internet access at the Gawler Ranges Visitor Centre.
The Australian Farmer Sculpture
The work of renowned artist Marijan Bekic, The Australian Farmer reflects the commitment and spirit of rural people. The eight-metre high statue, which took two years to complete, is made from blocks of granite weighing 400tonnes. Floodlit at night, the sculpture was funded entirely by the community and its pioneering families, utilising locally sourced materials, resources and volunteers. Located on the Eyre Highway.
Gawler Ranges Cultural Centre
Housed in the Wudinna and Districts Memorial Hall, the Centre features local artworks and cultural displays. Open monst days of the week, entry is free.
Mount Wudinna Recreational Reserve
Mount Wudinna is South Australia’s largest exposed monolith. Like many of the bare granite hills in the district, it’s encompassed by low stone walls that catch and divert run-off water - these handmade channels were built by the early settlers and provided the only source of water for farms and the town for a number of years. Located 12km north-east of Wudinna, the reserve has walking trails, barbecue shelter, picnic and toilet facilities.
Polda Rock Recreational Reserve
Popular with birdwatchers, this reserve has shelters, a barbecue, picnic and toilet facilities and an interesting walking trail. The water caught from Polda and Mt Wudinna is pumped into the township of Wudinna for use in town beautification and sports ovals. It is located 7km from Wudinna (on the way to Mt Wudinna) and entry is free.
A rock of international geological significance, Ucontitchie Hill stands in isolation and can be seen for tens of kilometres around. It can be found 32km south of Wudinna - entry is free.
For more information contact the Gawler Ranges Visitor Centre.
Wudinna Granite Trail
Passing through undulating scenic farming country, this 25km self-drive trail leads to a variety of attractions, including water reserves developed by the district’s forefathers, fauna and flora reserves and great panoramic vistas. Detailed information and a map are available from Gawler Ranges Visitor Centre.