Lathami Conservation Park

  • Bird Watching
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This petite park is dedicated to the careful nurturing and protection of Glossy Black Cockatoos. These beautiful birds can only be found on Kangaroo Island.

About

This is a small park located on the edge of the northern edge of the MacGillivary Plain. A small, seasonally filled swamp occurs in the south-eastern corner of the park.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact details

Phone: (+61 8) 8553 4444

Getting there

Lathami Conservation Park is located approximately 1.5km south east of Stokes Bay Enter the park on the northern coast of Kangaroo Island. Enter the park from North Coast Road.

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 information

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the traditional and contemporary cultural connection of the Ngarrindjeri, Ramindjeri, Narrunga and Kaurna people to Kangaroo Island. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and recognise the deep spiritual attachment and ongoing relationship that Aboriginal people have to Country.

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

This park was proclaimed in 1987, following representations to the State Government from botanists and conservation organisations, who sought to prevent further vegetation clearance to ensure habbitat protection for the Glossy Black Cockatoo. The name of the reserve relates to the scientific name of Glossy Black Cockatoo.

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

In the higher areas of the park, a tall shrubland formation occurs. This is dominated by a Brown Stringybark/heath alliance, with Tates Grass-tree, Broombrush and Slaty Sheoak. This is interspercsed with woodland formations, dominated by Sugar Gum.

On the lower reaches of Gum Creek, an open-forest formation occurs, dominated by Sugar Gum and South Australian Blue Gum. Areas of Drooping SHeoak occur on the seletal soils nearer the coast, often as a dense, hamogenous woodland.

A number of the understory plant specieas recorded from the park have been "firsts: for Kangaroo Island, including Rock Spurge (Phyllanthus saxosus) and Wigless Fissure-weed.

Fauna

Glossy black-cockatoo

This park is a foraging and breeding habitat of the Glossy Black Cockatoo, an endagered species, only found on Kangaroo Island.

Where to find them

Glossy black-cockatoos (glossies) feed during the day returning to their nests at dusk. Look for sheoak ‘chewings’; ground up sheoak cones discarded by feeding glossies and listen for their call or the crunch as they chew on sheoak seeds.

KI Importance

The endangered SA glossy black-cockatoo is only found on Kangaroo Island. Due to loss of nesting and feeding habitat, by 1996 the population had declined to less than 200 birds. The population is now actively managed by the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Recovery Program to prevent extinction. Nests are protected from predators. Feeding and nesting habitat is protected and revegetated. The population has now grown to approximately 360 birds.

Description

A medium-sized black cockatoo, about 48 cm tall, with a red tail. Adult females have yellow patches on their neck and head and black barring on their red tails. Adult males have a dark black-brown head and no barring on their red tail.

Diet

Glossy black-cockatoos feed only on seed kernels from drooping sheoaks.

Habitat

This species prefers woodlands dominated by drooping sheoak with stands of sugar gum.

How to watch them

Glossies are susceptible to disturbance, especially during breeding in January–September when it is critical not to disturb them. Stay at least 30 m from feeding glossies and 50 m from drinking and nesting glossies.

Volunteering

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources Kangaroo Island – 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

Fire

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger. Listen to your local radio station for the latest updates.

CFS website
• CFS Hotline: 1300 362 361

 Fire restrictions

• Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.
• Gas fires are permitted in designated areas only, other than on days of total fire ban.
More fire restriction information

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?

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. 

Park pass

This park is not included in the park pass system. 

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