Kinchina Conservation Park

  • Dogs on Lead
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
  • Cycling
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As a haven for numerous bird species this park is a true bird-watchers paradise. Visit in the later parts of the year to see blossoming orchids, lilies and beautiful spring wildflowers.

Bring your mountain bike or hiking boots to explore this park and its numerous trails. 

About

At 414 ha, Kinchina Conservation Park forms the largest area of native vegetation in the Monarto Crown Lands region. 

The Rocky Gully creek meanders through the park to the north, with beautiful granite outcrops forming features which can be enjoyed from the Lavender Federation Trail.  In the later parts of the year the area is blossoming orchids, lilies and beautiful spring wildflowers, it is definitely worth a visit at this time! Patience might reward you with a sighting of several rare birds, including the diamond firetail, restless flycatcher or a hooded robin. 

The protection of these species, which are in decline in the Mount Lofty Ranges, are amongst the reasons the park was proclaimed. The park also protects grassy woodland communities, a declining habitat across the Mount Lofty Ranges. There are populations of threatened plant species, such as Monarto mintbush (Prostanthera eurybioides) and Menzel’s wattle (Acacia menzelii) in the park.  In fact this park is the only area where Menzel’s Wattle is formally protected, and with over 4,000 plants in the park.

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

Getting there

Travel out of Murray Bridge on Maurice Road, approximately 3.5 km (from the Adelaide Road turn off), the parking bay and walking trail access is located on the right.

Alternatively travel on the Old Princess Highway to the Tower Hill Car Park and Entrance, which is around 200 m from the Adelaide Road turn off.

Pets in parks

You and your dog can enjoy this park providing you keep your dog on a lead and under your control at all times. Don't forget to bring your disposable 'doggie-doo' bag to clean up after your dog.

Facilities

Please come to the park prepared to be self reliant as there is no facilities located in the park.

Useful information

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

History

Kinchina Conservation Park came into existence on the 22nd of September when announced in the Government Gazette, and was opened by the Hon. Minister Ian Hunter on the 6th of November 2016.

Kinchina Conservation Park is named for the rail siding where local Monarto granite was loaded to be sent to Adelaide by Jessie and Charles Duncan from 1879. This granite was used in many buildings, including Colonel Light's statue, St Peter's Cathedral steps, Electra House on King William Street and for kerbing in Adelaide CBD.

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

  • Lavender Federation Trail

This easy trial runs east to west through the park. 

  • Rocky Gully Link Trail (600m)

This short trail links the getaway Car Loop and Jailbreak Trails

  • Cemetery Trail (1.7km)

This trail links the Jailhouse Rocks and Jailbreak Trails

  • Getaway Car loop (1.9km)

Trail can be accessed via Maurice Road

  • Jailhouse Rocks Loop (1.8km)

Trail can be accessed via Maurice Road

  • Jailbreak Trail (4.2km)

This is the longest trail in the park. It runs north-south and can be accessed from Maurice Road or Tower Road.

Stay in the park

There is no camping or accommodation available within this park. 

Mountain biking

The tracks and trails below are suggested routes only, create your own route by following any of the designated tracks. Please obey signs and observe the classification system to ensure you select trails suitable to your ability.

Intermediate

  • Lavender Federation Trail

This easy trial runs east to west through the park. 

  • Cemetery Trail (1.7km)

This trail links the Jailhouse Rocks and Jailbreak Trails

  • Getaway Car loop (1.9km)

Trail can be accessed via Maurice Road

  • Jailhouse Rocks Loop (1.8km)

Trail can be accessed via Maurice Road

  • Jailbreak Trail (4.2km)

This is the longest trail in the park. It runs north-south and can be accessed from Maurice Road or Tower Road.

Hard

  • Rocky Gully Link Trail (600m)

This short trail links the getaway Car Loop and Jailbreak Trails

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:

  • 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:

  • keep your dog on a lead at all times and check if there are areas of the park where dogs are not allowed
  • 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

Park maps 

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device's built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos and drop placemark pins. 

How to get it working on your device:

1. Download the Avenza PDF maps app from the app store whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shopping cart icon.
3. Click ‘Find’ and type the name of the national park or reserve you are looking for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Avenza app.
6. Use our maps through the Avenza PDF map app while in the park and never take a wrong turn again.

Fees

Entry fees

Come and enjoy this park for free. 

Camping and accommodation

There is no camping or accommodation available within this park. 

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