Mark Oliphant Conservation Park

  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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Tall forest trees, spring wildflowers and relaxing bush sounds make Mark Oliphant Conservation Park an ideal walking environment catering for all levels of fitness.

Mark Oliphant Conservation Park park locator image

Tall forest trees, spring wildflowers and relaxing bush sounds make Mark Oliphant Conservation Park an ideal walking environment catering for all levels of fitness.

About

Renamed in honour of former state Governor Sir Mark Oliphant's contribution to conservation, Mark Oliphant Conservation Park provides plenty of bushwalking opportunities to enjoy the forest landscape.

Look out for the native birds that are commonly seen in the area, including the scarlet robin, golden whistler and the Adelaide rosellas. The park is also important habitat for the nationally endangered southern brown bandicoot.

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 - Black Hill

Phone: (+61 8) 8336 0901
Email: DEWNR.AMLRBlackHillOffice@sa.gov.au

Getting there

Mark Oliphant Conservation Park is located 22km south east from Adelaide. 

Access is via South-Eastern Freeway.

Pets in parks

Pets are not permitted within this park. There are however, a number of South Australian National Parks where you can take your dog on a lead. 

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.

Useful information

  • Mobile phone coverage can be patchy and unreliable in this park, especially if you are in low-lying areas.

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

Traditional owners

Before European settlement, the area provided food, wood and shelter for the Peramangk Peoples of the greater Adelaide Hills region, and was a major travelling route to the Adelaide Plains and coast.

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

The park was first used for recreation in the 1930s, and in 1945 was purchased by the YMCA. It was acquired by the State Government in 1953 and proclaimed the Loftia Recreation Park in 1972. The park was expanded in 1992 and 1995, and renamed in 1996 in recognition of its conservation values and to honour physicist and humanitarian Sir Mark Oliphant’s contribution to conservation.

See and do

Bushwalking

There is currently no bushwalking information available for this park, please contact the park office for more information. 

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted within this park.

Flora

Messmate stringybark and brown stringybark dominate the forest canopy, and there is a small stand of candlebark gums near the oval. This tall eucalypt with white bark is rare and only found in the higher rainfall areas of the Adelaide Hills. Tiny patches of pink gum, manna gum and blue gum also occur in the park. In the forest understorey, there are many spring-flowering shrubs, including myrtle-leaved wattle, beaked hakea and large-leaved bush-pea. The park’s flora was affected by bushfires in February 1980 and January 1995, but weeds are the main threat to native plants.

Fauna

The rare southern brown bandicoot and yellow-footed antechinus, along with several lizard, snake and frog species, inhabit the park, but most are rarely seen. Birdwatchers might see the superb fairy-wren, scarlet robin, golden whistler, Adelaide rosella and honeyeater species. Invertebrates are the smallest but most abundant and diverse animal group. Look closely at the shapes, colours and behaviours of ants, beetles and butterflies.

Volunteering

The Friends of Mark Oliphant Conservation Park 

An active group that assists with the management of this park.

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:

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:

  • leave your pets at home
  • 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.

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.