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Currawynia National Park

29 Mar ’15

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Sunset Currawynia National Park

Currawynia National Park covers an area greater than 1500 km squared. In the image above you can see Rachel standing on some of the boulders that are a part of a larger formation called ‘The Granites’. It is one of the places you can visit easily (and I recommend it) while traveling through Currawinya National Park. They make for an amazing view at sunset (If you forget about the slight smell…The feral goats like to congregate on and around the rocks). Just make sure you have a flashlight for the way back.

Currawynia National Park also boasts two massive lakes which are RAMSAR internationally important wetlands and some of Australia’s most important inland wetlands as they are a permenant water source, particularly during drought. The larger of the two is a salt water lake called Lake Wyara and the smaller is a freshwater lake called Lake Numalla. Although I have visited other areas of the national park, I have never had the chance to visit the lakes. 

Wildlife of Currawynia National Park

There is a great variety of wildlife in Currawynia National Park, especially if you are willing to spotlight and look a bit harder for the critters.

Central netted Dragon (Ctenophorus nuchalis)

Above is a Central Netted Dragon (Ctenophorus nuchalis), I only had a split second to photograph it before it ran away at the speed of light and disappeared in the Mulga (Acacia aneura) shrubs.

knob tail gecko Nephrurus levis portrait

knob tail gecko Nephrurus levis

knob tail gecko Nephrurus levis_2 Currawynia

knob tail gecko Nephrurus levis portrait 3

All the images above are of one of the most beautiful gecko species I have had the chance and pleasure to encounter and photograph, the Smooth Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus levis). It always seems to be smiling! We saw a few individuals across two nights of spotlighting, they were usually on the side of the road or on the road itself so we had to be careful and drive at very low speeds.

While looking for remnants of prey that might have been dropped under this Wedge-tail Eagle (Aquila audax) nest, I took this photo of the juvenile watching me. There is always something exhilarating about having a bird of prey watching you.

juvenile wedge tail eagle on nest in Currawynia

While you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping at the Hungerford Pub for a feed and a chat with the locals. The walls of the pub are covered with historical information from the local area, the people and the land. This bus sits at the back of the pub and is full of old items including old advertisements, it’s worth a look.

old bus hungerford pub Currawynia

I wrote an article on my first visit to Currawynia National Park, you can read it and see the photos here: Currawynia by Nicolas Rakotopare.

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I am a nature photographer specialising in wildlife photography. I have a special passion for this type of photography which comes from my background as an ecologist & conservation biologist.

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