Biodiversity Series, Paper No. 4
S.R. Morton, J. Short and R.D. Barker, with an Appendix by G.F. Griffin and G. Pearce
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1995
11. Refugia in South Australia (continued)
11.9. Reference number SA9
Refuge area: Strzelecki Creek floodplain and Lake Blanche
Biogeographic region: Simpson-Strzelecki Dunefields
Type of refuge: Wetland
Lat./Long. 27°55’S / 140°40’E
Quality of refuge: Significant (1)
Area (km²): <10,000
Chief refuge value
An extensive and important distributary and floodout system providing occasional habitat for waterbirds.
Strzelecki Creek is an overflow of the Cooper Creek and a major feeder stream of Lake Blanch, a shallow freshwater ephemeral lake1, 2. The system is entirely unregulated.
The dusky hopping-mouse Notomys fuscus (E) has been recorded from sand-dunes along the Strzelecki2.
Other significant species
Grazing by stock and rabbits, and alterations to flow regimes.
Pastoral leases; part of the system lies in the Strzelecki Regional Reserve.
1. Morelli and Drewien (1993)
2. Reid and Gillen (1988)
3. Puckridge and Drewien (1992)