Martindale Hall Conservation Park

  • Picnic Areas
  • Toilets
  • Guided Tours
  • Walking Trails
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Martindale Hall Conservation Park offers a fascinating insight into the lives of South Australia's wealthy gentry during the late 1800s to early 1900s. Visitors will experience a unique living museum, stepping back in time to the days of gracious living on a large pastoral estate late in the 1800s to early 1900s. Where a rumoured 14 servants 4 of which lived in the hall and on call 24 hours a day looked after the needs of two people, such was the extravagant upper class lifestyle of the wealthy pastoralist.

About

Martindale Station was established by the Bowman family as a sheep property. Edmund Bowman built the Georgian-styled Martindale Hall in 1879 at a cost of £30,000. However, Edmund's extravagant lifestyle, combined with the 1880s depression and a fall in the price of wool, meant the family was forced to sell the property in 1891.

The property was purchased by William Mortlock and was owned by the Mortlock family until 1950, when it was bequeathed to the South Australian Government.

Today, the heritage-listed hall and surrounding land is open to the public for self-guided tours. It boasts 32 rooms and has a 7-roomed cellar.

Visit the Martindale Hall website for more information.

Opening hours

Martindale Hall and Martindale Hall Conservation Park

Open: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays)
School holidays: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, seven days a week (except Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day)

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

Please contact Martindale Hall directly to enquire about group bookings or hiring the facility for a function.

Phone: (+61 8) 8843 9088 or 0417 838 897

Visit the Martindale Hall website for more information and details on private functions.

Getting there

Martindale Hall Conservation Park is located 130km north of Adelaide in the Clare Valley region. Access is via Main North Road.

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 guided tours, toilets, picnic areas and walking trails located in this park.

It is possible to hire Martindale Hall for private functions, including weddings, birthday celebrations, cocktail parties and conferences.

Visit the Martindale Hall website for more information and details on private functions.

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

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

Accommodation is no longer available at Martindale Hall.

Camping is not permitted within this park.

Volunteering

 

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources Northern and York – 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 between 1 November 2017 to 30 April 2018.
  • Gas and liquid fuel 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:

  • 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

Martindale Hall self guided tour fees

Adults: $12
Concession: $10
Children: $8

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

Please contact Martindale Hall directly to enquire about group bookings or hiring the facility for a function.

Phone: (+61 8) 8843 9088 or 0417 838 897

Visit the Martindale Hall website for more information and details on private functions.

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