Ridley Conservation Park was proclaimed on the 27th of April 1972, after having previously been proclaimed as Ridley National Parks Reserve on the 30th of May 1968. Prior to this, Ridley Conservation Park was part of a Travelling Stock Reserve which ran for approximately 5-10km parallel to the River Murray.
This reserve connected Murray Bridge to the stock market of Burra. Travelling Stock Reserves were usually approximately 400 metres wide, were given fixed boundaries and often followed existing stock tracks as these were invariably cleared and grazed. By confining stock movement to designated areas, there was minimal interference with surrounding properties and stock movement could be supervised by the Department of Lands Ranger.