Rotary is more than community BBQs and fund raising.

The trip from was undertaken by 19 of our mob and 9 from Roxby and 1 Whyalla all decending onto Mount Ive at various times. Some towed caravans others towed camper vans and some chose to stay in on site accomodation while Greg and Jackie arived by his ultralight with a 3 hour journey at 16 degrees at 10000 feet.
Sandy Sumption our assistant Governor for for Zone 8 set the scene by introducing us to each other and to Ratus Rat aka Muster Mouse who was the our muster mascot. The first priority was a camp fire which never went out all week end followed closely by the opening of beer bottles and wine bottles which also really never stopped for the weekend. Friday arived, which was ANZAC day, to the sound of heavy rifle fire at 5.50am which woke the troops for the dawn service. Some campers were not aware of the planned rifle shots including an ex police man who hit his head getting out of his van looking for the massacre. The service was led by Noel Jenkins who related his story of visiting the Western front to visit his relatives grave sites and then various people gave their reasons for being at the service and the Last Post was provided by way of Margaret Jenkins's iPad. There were around 40 for the service from around the camp. Breakfast was served compliments of Rotary.
there were various four wheel drive tracks around the station that most people took advantage off including one to Lake Gairdner. Friday night was our turn to provide the meal which was a seafood theme. Oysters were donated by Bill Stenson, Juri provided the King George whiting and calamari while Ron & Bev donated the prawns for the cocktails and the chips. KB cooked up his usual storm of dumplings and despite the red wine he got it right.A feast fit for a king. Saturday night was Roxby's turn and they turned on a magnificent selection of camp oven cooking which also provided the bubble and squeek the next morning. That nights entertainment was a roast of KB and one of the Roxby members. It was very funny.
What a great (heavy) week end. We have planned to do it all next year at Spear Point near Pt Augusta.




Mt Ive Station in the heart of The Gawler Ranges
has Lake Gairdner as its Northern boundary.
This pastoral sheep station, first taken up by
Price Maurice in 1864, is the only property within
The Gawler Ranges with visitor facilities.


Since 1978 tourists have been offered private access
to some of the most spectacular scenery in the area.
Examples of exposed ancient Rhyolite columns can
be easily accessed at places such as Peter’s Pillars.
The view from the ridge-top track to Mt Ive is
the 4-Wheel Drivers reward.
Visitors are welcome to explore private tracks to historical, geological and scenic places, along with observing station life on the 230,000 acre property. The view from the private access to the beautiful pristine Lake Gairdner, with its white salt bed nestled
into the contrasting red sand and rock hills is like no other. Film producers have likened it to the “Jewel in the Crown” of locations. Many land speed records have been made on the lake. The absence of any intrusions into the landscape can reward visitors with scenery and a wilderness experience of the highest quality.
Since late 2002 the present owners of Mt Ive have been continuing to upgrade facilities and open up more of the property for visitors to enjoy their sheep station and its amazing scenery.