With stunning waterfalls, gorges, woodlands, and ridges, you could be forgiven for thinking you are a world away.
But while feeling as though you are miles from home, you have only taken a short journey and are immersed in the Morialta or Black Hill conservation parks.
Lining Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs less than 15km from the CBD, the adjoining parks are being celebrated as National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) October Park of the Month.
No matter if you attempt to spot the honeyeaters and thornbills amongst Morialta’s woodlands or want to take in the array of blooming native flowers while you trek Black Hill’s extensive walking trail network, you will never be short of things to do in these serene areas.
NPWS Ranger Thomas Prosser said the parks had something for everyone, no matter someone’s age or abilities.
Mr Prosser said Morialta was a particularly good example of how a park could be accessible to all.
“Morialta has 11 accessible car parks, 3 accessible toilets and there is even a bus stop that drops people right out the front the Mukanthi nature playspace,” he said.
“Parks like Morialta and Black Hill contribute to efforts to conserve biodiversity against the effects of climate change, but they are also places of great beauty.
“Everyone should be able to experience places like this, so I highly encourage anyone who can to venture out and enjoy these brilliant environments.”
Mr Prosser said a special ranger-guided accessibility tour would be held at the Morialta Conservation Park on 19 October, with tickets available of the NPWS website.
He said the tour would set off from the First Falls car park and finish up at the beautiful Morialta Falls before looping back.
“The trail is ranked as grade 2 – easy to moderate in the Australian Walking Track
Grading System, so some people may need a bit of assistance,” he said.
Mr Prosser said other trails in the parks were more challenging and encouraged visitors to check the trail classification on parks.sa.gov.au, download a map and be bushwalking prepared.
There are plenty of other things to do in the parks, including:
- Download a plant identification app such as iNaturalist to identify wildflowers.
- Try a different walking trail such as the walk between Black Hill and Morialta on the Yurrebilla Trail.
- Check out the Family Adventures and Tips webpage.
Nature Festival events are also being held in Morialta and Black Hill conservation parks throughout October.