Mount George Conservation Park

  • Picnic Areas
  • Dogs on Lead
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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A popular destination for bushwalkers and birdwatchers, Mount George Conservation Park's landscape ranges from wetlands to open forests, with rocky outcrops and superb views of the surrounding hills.

About

This park was traditionally the land of the Peramangk Peoples. During the 1840s much of the surrounding area was cleared by European settlers for farming and market gardens. Today, due to the conservation efforts of the local community and the region's cool winter conditions, Mount George Conservation Park features a great variety of vegetation and spring flowers.

There are many walking trails to explore in the park, ranging in duration from 15 minutes to 2 hours. A section of the Heysen Trail also passes through the park. The park is divided into two zones. You can walk your dog in the recreation zone, between Mount George Road and Cox Creek, providing you keep it on a lead and under your control at all times.

As you enter the recreation area, marvel at the majestic Mountain Gums. Look out for pea flowers, ground-hugging correas and a variety of delightful native orchids. Many native birds can be seen around the trees and shrubs, including superb blue wrens, red-browed finches, white-throated tree creepers and scarlet robins. Many mammals and reptiles also exist 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

Natural Resource Centre - Black Hill

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

Getting there

Mount George Conservation Park is located 25km south east of Adelaide. 

The main access is via Mount George Road, Bridgewater.

Pets in parks

You and your dog can enjoy the recreation zone of this park (between Mount George Road and Cox Creek and through to the South Eastern Freeway tunnel underpass). Dogs are not permitted in the conservation zone of this park, which is indicated by high fences and the crossing point over Cox Creek.

You must 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.

Pets are not permitted in other areas of the park.

Facilities

Bring a packed lunch and enjoy an open air meal in one of the picnic areas located in the park. 

Useful information

  • 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.

See and do

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.

Moderate hikes

  • Ridge loop trail (1.5 hrs)

    This trail is accessed at Gate 6 from the Mt George picnic ground and follows the Lewis fire track for the first part of the trail.  It then follows a single track to the summit of Mt George before winding  its way back to the picnic ground at gate 5. A feature of this trail is the rocky outcrop at the summit providing panoramic views of Mt Lofty, the freeway and the valley below.

Hard hikes

  • Cascade/Timbercutters loop trail (1 hr)

    Starting from the picnic ground, this trail follows the Heysen trail that crosses the Cox’ s creek before climbing steeply up the Cascade trail onto the Leah Fire Track before turning back towards the Mt Goerge picnic ground on the Timbercutters Trail and then the Heysen trail.

Heysen trail

This small section of the Heysen trail takes you across the Tiersman Bridge to the Mt Lofty golf course. Continue on the trail or return on the same route back to the picnic ground. The trail crosses the Cox’s creek twice where sedges and water plants provide a haven for a variety of ducks such as Pacific Black Duck and Grey Teal.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted within this park.

Flora

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

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 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.

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

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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