Copley Quartzite

A view of the Copley Quartzite formation that contains Aroona Dam, and in the distance the Brachina siltstone formation of the Bayley Range.

View from Copley Lookout

Gammon Ranges

The distinctive peaks of Arkaroola as seen from the north of the Gammon Ranges.

North of the quartzite pound are precambrian formations of shale and limestone of the Tapley Hill and Aberoona formations.

Caustic Bush

Native succulent Sarcostema viminale ssp astrale also known as Caustic Bush, Milk Bush, Caustic Plant, Lye Bush, Snake Plant, Pencil Caustic, Milk Vine, here seen at the Lyndhurst Ochre Pits.

Spring: Tobacco Bush Creek

Tobacco Bush Creek flows across the Outback Hwy north of Copley. This groundwater provides a vital flowing waterway for many species including fish, reptiles, invertebrates and birds. Birds SA reported 13 species of birds in the creek during a brief 6 hour survey in April 2018, finding the following:

  • Emu
  • Grey Teal
  • Australasian Grebe
  • Hoary-headed Grebe
  • White-faced Heron
  • Black-fronted Dotterel
  • Nankeen Kestrel
  • White-winged Fairywren
  • White-backed Swallow
  • Singing Honeyeater
  • Black-faced cuckooshrike
  • Zebra Finch
  • Australian Pipit

Well worn tracks of native animals cover the banks of the watercourse.

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