Anstey Hill Recreation Park

  • Dogs on Lead
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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Photo by Fiona Lewis
Photo by Fiona Lewis
Photo by Fiona Lewis
Photo by Fiona Lewis
Anstey Hill - historic bakehouse
Anstey Hill Recreation Park state map

Anstey Hill Recreation Park provides a spectacular backdrop of creeks, ridgetops and views of Adelaide city for all to experience and enjoy.

Anstey Hill Recreation Park state map

Anstey Hill Recreation Park provides a spectacular backdrop of creeks, ridgetops and views of Adelaide city for all to experience and enjoy.

About

Families, walkers and those looking for a new fitness challenge can design their own adventure using the extensive network of walking trails.  

Discover this park's unique features, including ruins of the original Newman’s Nursery, abundant bird life, western grey kangaroos and koalas. Many animals call this area home and the park conserves rare vegetation which was once widespread throughout the Adelaide Plains and Mount Lofty Ranges.

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Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Contact details

Natural Resource Centre - Gawler

Phone: (+61 8) 8523 7700
Email: DEWNR.AMLRGawlerOffice@sa.gov.au

When to visit

Anstey Hill can be explored at any time of year.  Winter and spring bring a fabulous display of wildflowers including spider-orchids and wax-lip orchids on the steep slopes overlooking creeks.  Enjoy a refreshing morning walk along Water Gully during summer, or an autumn sunset from the ridgetop trails. 

Getting there

The park is located approximately 16km north east of Adelaide. Popular access gates are located off North East Road (near the old Tea Tree Gully Village), Perseverance Road and Range Road South.

If you're in your own vehicle, you can find this park on the map.

There is also public transport to this park from the Adelaide city centre. 

Pets in parks

You and your dog can enjoy this park providing you keep your dog on a lead and under your control at all times. Don't forget to bring your disposable 'doggie-doo' bag to clean up after your dog.

Facilities

There are no facilities in the park. Please ensure you carry sufficient water, food and supplies for your entire visit. It is also a good idea to let a responsible person know of your intended movements and when you expect to return.

Find out about exciting new developments in this park.

Useful information

  • Mobile phone coverage is good in most areas of the park.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Pests and diseases

Phytophthora (fy-TOFF-thora), otherwise known as root-rot fungus, is killing our native plants and threatens the survival of animals depending on plants for food and shelter.

This introduced fungus can be found in plant roots, soil and water. Help stop the spread by using hygiene stations, staying on tracks and trails and by complying with all Phytophthora management signs.

Traditional owners

Anstey Hill Recreation Park is part of Kaurna (Gar-na) Country, which includes the Adelaide coast, plains and foothills and continues to be culturally significant today. Historically, the foothills provided an abundant seasonal source of food, water, shelter and medicine. To better understand and appreciate Kaurna culture, visit the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre at Bedford Park

Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state. 

Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.

History

Anstey Hill Recreation Park was dedicated in 1989 and was named after George Alexander Anstey (1814–1895), a local viticulturist. Evidence of early colonisation can be found throughout the park, including the restored Ellis Cottage, Rump's Bakehouse and the extensive ruins of Newman’s Nursery, one of the first commercial nurseries in the Adelaide area, exporting worldwide.

Dolomite and quartzite was mined in the park for many years. Stone quarried at Anstey Hill is featured in the Adelaide War Memorial on North Terrace, Adelaide Town Hall, St Peters Cathedral and Adelaide General Post Office. 

See and do

Rangers recommend

We have picked the brains of our park rangers to find out what they would recommend you see and do whilst visiting this park.

  • Design your own walk from Ellis Cottage to the lookout using one of many trail options.
  • Wander along Water Gully and visit the Newman's ruin in spring when some of the original plantings are in flower.
  • Grab at bite to eat at a local eatery and then soak up some historic atmosphere with a visit to Rump's Bakehouse, Ellis Cottage and the nearby National Trust Museum. 
  • Go and find out what the gun emplacement is really all about (boggles the mind).
  • Grab your phone and try your hand at geo-caching.

Bushwalking

Bushwalking is a fantastic way to connect with nature, keep fit and spend time with family and friends. 

South Australia's national parks feature a range of trails that let you experience a diversity of landscapes. Our trails cater for all levels of fitness and adventure and our classification system makes it easy to select an experience suitable for you.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted within this park.

Flora

This park's range of different landforms support many diverse habitats for birds and other animals. Pink gum and long-leaf box plant communities, now rare in the Adelaide Hills, dominate the stoney slopes across the park. Button daisies, pussytails, needle bushes and silky guinea-flowers are found in their understorey. The important red and blue gum grassy woodlands are feeding grounds for local birds, and can be found near the Silver Mine. Rough-barked Manna gums, a favourite of the local koalas, are commonly seen between 'The Lookout' and Newman's Nursery ruins.

Fauna

A keen observer will certainly encounter some of the many birds, reptiles, frogs and mammals that live in this park. Some of the more commonly seen animals include the Superb Fairy Wren, Western Grey Kangaroos and koalas. Brown Tree Frogs and common froglets can be heard along creeks, and Bearded Dragons can be seen basking on sunny days. The park is also habitat for the rare Cunningham's Skink and the endangered Chestnut-rumped Heath Wren.

Volunteering

Friends of Anstey Hill Recreation Park

A group of volunteers who help to maintain the environment and facilities at the park. 

Friends of Anstey Hill

If you think you might be interested in volunteering opportunities within this park please contact our Volunteer Support Unit.

Safety

Bushwalking

The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?

Fire

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires, gas fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Know before you go

Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.

Please ensure that you:

  • keep your dog on a lead at all times and check if there are areas of the park where dogs are not allowed
  • do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
  • do not bring generators (except where permitted), chainsaws or firearms into the park
  • leave the park as you found it - place rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you
  • abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
  • respect geological and heritage sites
  • do not remove native plants
  • are considerate of other park users.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Maps

Maps on your mobile

Search for this park in the Avenza PDF Maps app, download the free park map for your mobile device when you have an internet connection. 

Because our maps are geo-enabled, whether you have internet or not, you will always have your location dot no matter where you are. The app allows you to calculate distances and (with sufficient GPS signal) locate yourself within the park.

Fees

Entry fees

Come and enjoy this park for free. 

Park pass

This park is not included in the park pass system. 

Camping and accommodation

There is no camping or accommodation available within this park. 

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park.