Pinkawillinie Conservation Park

  • 4WD
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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Explore the granite boulders of Corrobinnie Hill while you appreciate the views over the park and the Gawler Ranges in the distance. Pinkawillinie Conservation Park offers a range of nature-based activities to enjoy its surroundings. 

About

There are a number of 4WD tracks and bushwalking trails that provide excellent opportunities to photograph wildflowers and observe the wildlife that inhabits Pinkawillinie Conservation Park.

One of the most popular attractions of the area is Corrobinnie Hill, consisting of unusually shaped, weathered, granite rocks. This site is located within Corrobinnie Hill Conservation Park which is accessible by 4WD from Kyancutta.

Visitors to this park should be well prepared and have some 4WD experience.

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 - Port Lincoln

Phone: (+61 8) 8688 3111

When to visit

The best time to visit is between March and October, when the temperatures are mild during the day and cool at night.

Getting there

Pinkawillinie Conservation Park is located 60km north-west of Kimba.

The Park is accessible by 4WD vehicles only via three access points:

  • Stringer Road, which begins at the Eyre Highway, 55 kilometres west of Kimba at the Buckleboo sign. On the northern side of the park, Stringer Road links with the Buckleboo-Kimba sealed road, approximately 12 km north-west of Kimba.
  • the historical Number 17 Stock Route, which bisects the park from the rugged granite Corrobinnie Hill to the Woolford Track.
  • Woolford Track, which traverses the northern area of the park from Buckleboo westward to farming land in the Wudinna area. This track should not be attempted during the summer months.

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 very limited 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

Outback Road Report

1300 361 033 (24-hour automated service)
Northern and Western South Australian Outback Roads Temporary Closures, Restrictions and Warnings Report

  • 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

Pinkawillinie is an Aboriginal word with varying interpretations; the most commonly accepted being ‘a place of many rabbit-footed bandicoot burrows’.

The first section of the park was dedicated in 1970, followed by a much larger portion in 1983, which lies to the north-west. The park is home to the historical Number 17 Stock Route, which dates back to the 1890s.

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

Camping is not permitted within this park.

Flora

White sandhills dotted with porcupine grass, eucalypts and sand pine are the dominant landform in the park. A variety of shrubs, including hakeas, grevilleas and melaleucas, can also be found. Seasonal wildflowers, myoporums, santalums, casuarinas and western myalls dominate in the northern section.

Fauna

Birdlife is prolific and includes parrots, wattlebirds, honeyeaters, wrens, babblers and birds of prey. The park is also home to the vulnerable malleefowl and, at night, visitors may hear the southern boobook owl, nightjar or tawny frogmouth.

Small rodents such as Mitchells hopping-mice, sandhill dunnarts and fat-tailed dunnarts also live in the park. Lizard species include the barking lizard, goanna and extraordinary thorny devil.

Volunteering

 

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula – 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?

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 between 1 November 2017 to 15 April 2018.
  • You must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.
  • Gas fires are permitted through the year, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

4WD

When 4WDriving in the park, it is important to be aware of the following:

  • Standard road rules apply when driving anywhere in the park, including the laws for speed limits, drink driving, vehicle registration and seat belts.
  • Take extreme care when driving in the park – be aware of blind corners, crests and narrow two-way tracks.
  • Observe all track and safety signs, especially 'No public access' signs.
  • Do not take your vehicle off the designated tracks. Wildlife can be threatened and precious habitat and indigenous sites can be damaged by off track driving.
  • Make sure you know what to do in the event of getting bogged and always carry a shovel.
  • When driving on sand, deflate your tyres as appropriate for your vehicle. Don’t forget to reinflate your tyres to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure before leaving the park. Take care when lowering tyre pressure as there is risk you could roll the tyre off its rim. Also, remember that lower tyre pressure can mean a change in how the vehicle handles.

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.

Camping and accommodation

Camping is not available in this park.

Other fees and permits

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

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