Kyeema Conservation Park

  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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This park has a remarkable history, beginning with mining for alluvial gold in the late 1880s. The Kyeema Prison Camp was then established in 1931, and held approximately 13 prisoners from Yatala, before closing in the mid-1950s. The Park was then completely burnt out in the 1983 Ash Wednesday Fire, and partially burnt out by fires in 1994 and 2001.

The Park is now a haven for marsupials such as the Southern Brown Bandicoot, the Swamp Rat and the Western Grey Kangaroo. It is also home to over 80 bird species, making it a highly attractive destination for bird watchers.

About

Kyeema Conservation Park is located on the Fleurieu Peninsula and spans over 347 hectares.

Walking along the trails you will notice an overstorey of mainly messmate stringy bark (Eucalyptus obliqua), with some pink gum (E. fasciculosa) and cup gum (E. cosmophylla), partnered with a thick and diverse under storey.

The peace and tranquility walking through this densely vegetated area is rejuvenating and the combination provides habitat for animals such as the southern brown bandicoot, swamp rat and western grey kangaroo. With more than 80 species of birds being recorded in the park, including White's thrush, beautiful firetail and the chestnut-rumped heathwren, it is a haven for birdwatchers. Other species such as superb fairywren, striated thornbill, brown thornbill, white-browed scrubwren, crescent honeyeater, yellow-faced honeyeater and grey shrikethrush are also commonly seen.

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 Resources Centre - Murray Bridge

Phone: (+61 8) 8532 9100
Email: SAMDBEnquiries@sa.gov.au

Getting there

Kyeema Conservation Park is located 60km south of Adelaide. The park about 15 kilometres SW of Meadows or 11 kilometres NE of Willunga Hill, both via Brookman and Woodgate Hill Roads

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

Please be self sufficient when visiting this park as there are no facilities available apart from a car park located on Woodgate Hill Rd, approximately 3km from Brookman Rd.

Useful information

  • 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

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

Kyeema has a rich and colourful history.

The area was mined for alluvial gold for several years until it was abandoned in 1890 due to low yield. A few years later some of the area was cleared for pine plantations before being used as a labour prison reserve. This area at the western end of the park, once known as the Kyeema Prison Camp, was established in 1932. The camp was intended for well-behaved prisoners from Yatala, it held around thirteen prisoners and only two guards, with the prisoners were placed on their honour to behave. The Kyeema Prison Camp closed in the mid 1950's and today there is only a cleared area of land visible to remind us of the Prison Camp's existence.

The Park has a rich history of bushfires also, being entirely burnt out during the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires, and partly affected by subsequent fires in 1994 and 2001. The Friends of Kyeema Conservation Park have worked hard over the years revegetating cleared areas of the park. Due to this history, the area provides a wonderful example of the regeneration capacity of South Australia's native vegetation following fire, which you can explore as you follow one of the walking trails.

See and do

Bushwalking

Due to the history of bush fires in the park, the area provides a wonderful example of the regeneration capacity of South Australia's native. You can explore the park as you follow one of the below walking trails.

There are three choices to emerge yourself in nature while you amble along, all of the trails start from the Carpark on Woodgate Hill Road.

Moderate hikes

  • Mulurus hike (1.25km)

  • Myrtacee hike (5km)

Hard hikes

  • Heysen trail section (1.1km one way)

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted within this park.

Flora

Fauna

More than 70 bird species have been recorded in Kyeema Conservation Park, including white's thrush, beautiful firetail and the chestnut-rumped heathwren.

Volunteering

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:

  • keep to defined walking trails and follow the trail markers
  • wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • carry sufficient drinking water
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • 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:

  • 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.

Maps

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. 

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