Cox Scrub Conservation Park

  • Picnic Areas
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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At 554 hectares, Cox Scrub Conservation Park is one of the larger parks on the Fleurieu Peninsula. There are three walking trails which provide great opportunities to enjoy the scenery and see wildlife among the low wooded hills.

Visit in spring when you can see the park's glorious native wildflowers in abundance. You can also see changes in the vegetation resulting from a series of fires in recent years. The Park is a haven for bushwalkers and birdwatchers, with the park's open scrub and tall shrubland provides habitat for a range of birdlife, including honeyeaters and yellow-tailed black-cockatoos.

About

A 554 hectare delight for bushwalkers and birdwatchers, Cox Scrub Conservation Park is amongst one of the larger parks on the Fleurieu Peninsula. 

Beautiful open stands of stringy bark and banksia understory provide habitat for a range of birdlife, including New Holland honeyeaters, superb fairywren, and red-browed finch.

Enjoy the three walking trails located in the park, which provide wonderful opportunities to enjoy the serenity. You may spot wildlife among the low wooded hills, including the elusive southern brown bandicoot.

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 Resources Centre - Murray Bridge

Phone: (+61 8) 8532 9100
Email: SAMDBEnquiries@sa.gov.au

When to visit

If you visit in spring, you will be rewarded with a glorious abundance of native wildflowers. A visit any time of the year will showcase a change in vegetation resulting from a series of fires, including the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983.

Getting there

Cox Scrub Conservation Park is located 70km south of Adelaide. Head through the town of Ashbourne, onto Bull Creek Road for approximately 5km south of the township.

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 no facilities located in the park.

Useful information

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

Pests and diseases

Phytophthora (fy-TOFF-thora), otherwise known as root-rot fungus, is killing our native plants and threatens the survival of animals depending on plants for food and shelter.

This introduced fungus can be found in plant roots, soil and water. Help stop the spread by using hygiene stations, staying on tracks and trails and by complying with all Phytophthora management signs.

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 majority of the park was previously owned by the late Mr V Cox of Ashbourne, who preserved the area in a natural state for overwintering his honey bees. The land was purchased from Mr Cox in 1969 on condition that he was allowed to keep bees in the park for as long as he required, which was upheld until he passed away.  Further smaller additions to the park were made in 1977 and 1982.

See and do

Bushwalking

Easy walks

  • Quary hike (1 hr 15 min, 3.5km loop)

Starts from Coles Crossing. These trails providing wonderful opportunities to enjoy the serenity. You may spot wildlife among the low wooded hills, including the elusive southern brown bandicoot.

  • Stringybark hike (1 hr 30 min, 4km loop)

Starts from main carpark on Bull Creek Road. This trail provides wonderful opportunities to enjoy the serenity. You may spot wildlife among the low wooded hills, including the elusive southern brown bandicoot.

Moderate hike

  • Emu wren hike (3 hrs 15 min, 8.5 km loop)

Starts from main carpark on Bull Creek Road. This trail provides wonderful opportunities to enjoy the serenity. You may spot wildlife among the low wooded hills, including the elusive southern brown bandicoot.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Flora

Fauna

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?

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 through the year, 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

Come and enjoy this park for free. 

Other fees and permits

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

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