Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Ranges landscape

Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Ranges landscape

The Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Ranges are one of nine distinct sub-landscapes in the Alinytjara Wiluṟara region. This landscape includes the rocky Mann and Musgrave Ranges as well as the smaller Everard Ranges, and provides refuge for many rare plants. Much of the APY Ranges’ population lives at the base of the ranges in community townships. Water is found in small, scattered aquifers, some ground water, and rock holes, springs and soaks. Many surface water features are unprotected and so at risk from feral animals, which is unacceptable both culturally and from a biodiversity perspective.

Key characteristics

  • The Musgrave Ranges, the largest ranges within the APY lands with sheared and contorted rocks and a rugged terrain
  • Home to Mount Woodroffe, the highest point of South Australia at 1435 metres above sea level
  • The Mann Ranges of similar height but made of granite rocks
  • The Everard Ranges, featuring regular rows of bald, rounded granite hills
  • Many rare plant species live in the moist, sheltered habitats provided by the runoff from the ranges

Native plants and animals

  • Many threatened native plant species, including some herbs and small shrubs found only in this area
  • Threatened birds including the western bowerbird, grey-crowned babbler and western gerygone
  • Many reptiles including the Musgrave slider unique to this area
  • The critically endangered black-footed rock-wallaby (warru)


Access to this region may require a pass or permit. There is no access for the general public to the APY Lands, and no transit permits are allowed. Visitors should also be aware that there are safety issues specific to the region.