Red Banks Conservation Park

  • Picnic Areas
  • Caravan Sites
  • Toilets
  • Camping
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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Walk in the path of the largest known marsupial ever to have lived, the diprotodon. Enjoy the scenic landscape of meandering rugged earth gorges, spring-fed waterholes and remnant old growth mallee trees at Red Banks Conservation Park. 

About

Palaeontologists have called this area one of the richest megafauna sites in Australia. Thanks to the fascinating 'Landscapes of Change' interpretive walking trail, visitors can walk the path of the diprotodons, who lived here until about 65,000 years ago.

The park conserves numerous threatened ecological communities including scented mat-rush tussock grassland and mallee box woodland, as well as the rohrlack's bluebush. Short-beaked echidnas, southern hairy-nosed wombats, birds and reptiles are among the park's wildlife, as well as present day descendants of megafauna, such as western grey and red kangaroos. 

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 Office - Burra

Phone: (+61 8) 8892 3033

Regional Duty Officer: 0417 883 678 (for urgent issues only)

Getting there

Red Banks Conservation Park is located 170km north of Adelaide and 15kms east of Burra. Access the park from Burra via the Burra-Morgan Highway and then the Eastern Road (unsealed). Please note access to this park is limited after wet weather which may make the tracks in the park impassable. 

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 toilets, picnic areas, caravan sites and campsites located in this park.

There is currently no water supply available at the visitor area or at the campground, so please bring your own. Creeks and waterholes should not be relied upon for safe drinking water.

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

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

Erosion processes along the creek lines have exposed the fossilised remains of some of Australia's extinct megafauna from the Pleistocene period, including diprotodon (giant wombat), thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), thylacaleo (marsupial lion) and procoptodon (giant kangaroo). Diprotodons are the largest marsupials known to have existed, weighing up to two tonnes.

See and do

Rangers recommend

We have picked the brains of our park rangers to find out what they would recommend you see and do whilst visiting this park.

  • Photograph the deep-red alluvial cliffs illuminated by the afternoon sun along Baldina Creek.
  • Learn about megafauna along the fascinating Landscapes of Change walking trail.
  • Watch wildlife drink from permanent waterholes at dusk and dawn.

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.

  • Landscapes of Change Hike (2 hrs, 5km loop)

    The Landscapes of Change interpretive loop hike passes deep gorges and permanent waterholes, uncovering what the landscape may have been like 65,000 years ago, when megafauna roamed the area. The walk starts at the day visitor area.

  • Mallee Campground to Oval Hike (20 mins return)

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Find a quiet spot among the waterholes and remnant mallee trees within the park’s peaceful campground and listen to the wildlife as you settle in for the night. The campground also provides an ideal setting for bird watching.

There are 10 unpowered sites that offer space for vehicle-based camping, including large caravans and motorhomes. Pit toilets are located nearby. Please note this is a small campground that is on a 'first in best dressed' basis.

Pick up hard copy maps of the conservation park and hikes from the Burra Information Centre on your way to the park.

Please remember to bring your own drinking water. The creeks and waterholes should not be relied upon for safe drinking water.

There are no fees and you do not need to book online to camp in this park.

Volunteering

 

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources South Australian Murray-Darling Basin – 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:

  • 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?

Camping

When camping in a National Park, it's important to remember the following:

  • Always let someone responsible know your travel plans, especially when travelling in remote areas. It's a good idea to let them know when you expect to return.
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave, including overnight temperatures on the Bureau of Meteorology. Even during very mild weather, the nights can get very cold. 
  • The quality and quantity of water cannot be guaranteed within parks. Please bring plenty of water and food to be self-sufficient.
  • Always camp in designated sites (where applicable) - do not camp beneath trees with overhanging branches, as they can drop without warning. It's also a good idea to check that there no insect nests nearby.
  • Check to make sure you're not camping in a natural waterway, flash floods can happen anytime.
  • If camp fires are permitted, you must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Extinguish your camp fire with water (not sand or dirt) until the hissing sound stops.
  • Ensure that you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

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 and liquid 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.

Water

Access to this park is limited after wet weather, which may make the tracks in the park impassable.

There is currently no water supply available at the visitor area or at the campground, so please bring your own. Creeks and waterholes should not be relied upon for safe drinking water.

Maps

Park maps

Pick up hard copy maps of the conservation park and hikes from the Burra Information Centre on your way to the park.

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

Camping is free in this park, you do not need to book online. 

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park. 

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