O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park

  • Dogs on Lead
  • Horse Riding
  • Walking Trails
  • Cycling
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Photo by Bridgette Doudy
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O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park park location map

A network of walking trails, horse trails, fire tracks and a bicycle veloway enable visitors to enjoy this large southern suburbs park. 

About

This southern suburbs park was once cleared and for more than 90 years the area was used for grazing. Today, the shade from the regenerated grey box eucalypts and river red gums provides the perfect spot for a picnic. The bluestone quarry in the park once supplied raw materials for many of Adelaide's older buildings and is still visible today. Stunning views of the city, hills face and coastline can be seen while following the various fire access trails with in the Park

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

Phone: (+61 8) 8278 5477

Getting there

O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park is located 16km south of Adelaide. Access is via Majors Road at Seaview Downs.

Pedestrian access points are situated along Davenport Street, Ridgefield Avenue, Greenfield Road and Fowler Street.

The park is also accessible via the bicycle veloway on either side of the Southern Expressway. 

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.

Useful information

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

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

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

The park is located just south of the Eden fault line. Underlying rock formations are from the Precambrian Umberatana Group.

A bluestone quarry near South Road is still visible and was used for many of the old structures in the city of Adelaide. Both north-west and north-east sections of the park are characterised by deeply divided gullies with steep side slopes.

Nearly 90% of the land was cleared in the early days for grazing and cropping. The ruins located in the south-east corner are the remains of a large Pea Farm built in the late 1800's. The farm later supplied the US Army forces with peas during WW2.  

See and do

Bushwalking

Please note there are no formally maintained walking trails in this park, walkers are encouraged to follow the numerous fire access tracks located in the park.

Generally both cyclists and walkers give way to horses, and cyclists give way to walkers.

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

You can cycle your way through the park on the bicycle veloway, a seven kilometre sealed bike track running alongside the South Expressway.

Please note there are no formally maintained mountain bike trails in this park, cyclists are encouraged to follow the numerous fire access tracks located in the park.

Generally both cyclists and walkers give way to horses, and cyclists give way to walkers.

Learn more about cycling in SA's parks, including other parks offering cycle tracks, trail classification and read the trail user code of practice for important points to remember when planning your bike ride.

Horse riding

You can ride along the fire access tracks within the park.

Please note access can be difficult as there is no facility to park a horse float or holding area available.

Generally both cyclists and walkers give way to horses, and cyclists give way to walkers.

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted within this park.

Flora

Nearly the entire vegetation of the park has been cleared in the past and very little natural vegetation remains.

Important stands of Grey Box eucalypts are found throughout the park and include vegetation communities which are poorly represented throughout the Adelaide hills.

Other species include:

  • Golden Wattle
  • Bull Oak
  • Melaleuca species
  • Grevillea and Hakea
  • River red gum.

Various organisations and volunteers have undertaken tree planting, enabling the area to develop into an important and attractive urban bushland resource.

Fauna

As the revegetation of the park continues and matures, more species of woodland and grassland birds are being recorded. Many species of reptiles thrive in the open grasslands of O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park. There is a small population of western grey kangaroos that call O'Halloran Hill home. There is also the occasional koala passing through the area.

Volunteering

 

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges – Volunteering.

Want to join others and become a Park Friend?

To find out more about Friends of Parks groups please visit Friends of Parks South Australia.

You could join others to help look after a park. You can take part in working bees, training and other events.

Safety

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.

Bushwalking

Generally both cyclists and walkers give way to horses, and cyclists give way to walkers.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • 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?

Mountain biking

To protect the surrounding environment and to ensure the safety of all riders and shared trail users, please be aware of the international Trail Users Code of Practice when using shared trails. Important points to remember include:

  • plan your ride
  • comply with all signs
  • ride only on formed tracks/trails
  • share the trail - obey give way rules
  • avoid riding in wet, muddy conditions
  • ride lightly and leave no trace or rubbish
  • control your bike within your limits
  • clean your bike to avoid the spread of weeds or plant diseases
  • carry sufficient food and drinking water
  • respect the rights of others
  • tell others about the code

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 and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.
  • Gas fires are permitted, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

 

Maps

Park maps

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device's built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos and drop placemark pins. 

How to get it working on your device:

1. Download the Avenza PDF maps app from the app store whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shopping cart icon.
3. Click ‘Find’ and type the name of the national park or reserve you are looking for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Avenza app.
6. Use our maps through the Avenza PDF map app while in the park and never take a wrong turn again.

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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