Bullock Hill Conservation Park

  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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This park consists of 200 hectares of undulating countryside, mainly consisting of pink and cup gum, with a dense understory of acacia and mixed heath.

There are spectacular views from the higher vantage points within the park, particularly at the top of Bullock Hill itself.  It will take you around 15 minutes to walk to this point where you will be rewarded with beautiful views to the west over the Finniss River, Lakes Alexandrina and Lake Albert.

About

Bullock Hill Conservation Park is a picturesque undulating park with a mix of habitat types. From tall stands of eucalyptus, including pink gum and cup gum through to native grass lands in the east.  On the western side of the park under the eucalypt woodlands you will find a dense understory of acacia and mixed heath. This combination of habitats provides home to a variety of small bird species, including Brown-headed honeyeaters, red-wattle birds and grey shrike-thrush.  If you are patient you may be rewarded with a sighting of a rainbow bee-eater or black-faced cuckoo-shrike. The park also provides habitat for many Western grey kangaroos, which are easily spotted at dawn and dusk, grazing in native grassland along the park’s eastern boundary. 

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

You can visit this park all year round, visit in spring for best chance of seeing orchids and native wildlife.

Getting there

Bullock Hill Conservation Park is located around 65 kilometers south of Adelaide near the township of Ashbourne.  Access is to the main carpark and walking trails is via Haines Road (off Signal Flat Road), which runs along the Southern boundary of the park. The park can also be accessed via Wattle Flat Road, which will bring you to the eastern boundary of the park.  

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 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 info

  • 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

  • Heathland Hike (1.5 hrs, 2.9km loop)

This short hike traverses dense mallee eucalypt heathland, with an abundance of acacias, banksia, tea-tree and hakea.

  • Eucalypt Hike (2 hrs, 4.3km loop)

This hike passes through South Australian blue gum woodland with several species of native grasses including the rare wallaby grass. Western grey kangaroos are often found grazing in abundance. 

  • Native Grasses Hike (2 hrs, 4km loop)

This hike traverses both the dense mallee eucalypt heathland and South Australian blue gum woodland of the park. Keep an eye out for a diversity of birds including yellow-tailed black cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets and galahs.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

There is no camping or accommodation available within 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:

  • 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

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:

  • 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

There is no camping or accommodation available within this park. 

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