Whyalla Conservation Park

  • Picnic Areas
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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This park is a gem, located only 15 minutes north of Whyalla. Climb Wild Dog Hill and be rewarded with expansive views of the plains below, take your binoculars and spot a kangaroo or wedge tail eagle.

About

Rising suddenly from the surrounding plains just to the north of Whyalla, Wild Dog Hill is an outstanding topographical feature of the Whyalla Conservation Park. Its rugged features and imposing profile make it a popular picnic location for local residents and visitors.

Red and Grey Kangaroos are found in the park, and Euros can sometimes be seen on the slopes of Wild Dog Hill at sunset. Smaller, inconspicuous mammals are also present; the Common Dunnart is a carnivorous mouse sized marsupial which eats grasshoppers and small lizards. This park is great for bird watching with over 80 species of birds observed.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact details

Phone: (+61 8) 8688 3111

When to visit

The best time to visit is between March and October, when the temperatures are mild during the day and cool at night.

Getting there

The main entrance to the Park is located on the Lincoln Highway, 10 km north of Whyalla, just south of the Port Bonython turn off.  Access within the reserve is via unsealed tracks which are variable in condition, but trafficable with high clearance 2WD when conditions are dry. The tracks become boggy and slippery when wet, access is not recommended when the tracks are wet.

Useful information

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

Facilities

Toilets (including disabled toilets) are available adjacent to Wild Dog Hill carpark.Visitors should ensure they carry sufficient water, fuel and food for their entire stay and should advise a responsible person of the intended duration of their trip.

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. 

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.

History

The Park is managed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and originally covered an area of 1,011 hectares. It was dedicated in 1971, and conserves a good example of the native flora and fauna of this semi-arid area.

In 2003 an extra 968 hectares of land to the south of the Park was added to the Park. This land was originally part of the BHP Indenture Act land and was under BHP's care and control. With the divestiture of it's Whyalla steel making operations to a new company, OneSteel, some of the land that was excess to requirements was added to the Park and the remainder was handed back to the local community.

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 hike

  • Wild Dog Hill hike (1.3 km return, 40 min)

    Take the short climb to the top of Wild Dog Hill and be rewarded with expansive views over the semi-arid plains of myall trees and bluebush. Take your binoculars and spot a euro or Australian kestrel on the cliffs. The trail begins at the car park.

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted within this park.

Flora

The most common tree that can be seen in the Park is the Western Myall, Acacia papyrocarpa. These majestic trees with their dome shaped canopy and silver-grey foliage can live to be over 250 years old. Sugarwoods, Bullock Bushes, Native Apricots, Quandongs and Black Oaks can also be found in many areas and Saltbush and Bluebush dominate the understorey.

Despite the apparent harsh conditions, wildflowers such as Fringe-lilies and Paper-daisies can be found throughout the Park, mainly in spring. Delicate lilac Rock Isotomes flower almost constantly at the top of Wild Dog Hill, whilst the tube like flowers of Emu Bushes can be found throughout the Park.

The lichens on rocks, trees and covering the ground within the Park are some of the best examples in the world.

Fauna

Red and Grey Kangaroos are found in the park, and Euros can sometimes be seen on the slopes of Wild Dog Hill at sunset. Smaller, inconspicuous mammals are also present; the Common Dunnart is a carnivorous mouse sized marsupial which eats grasshoppers and small lizards.

Over 80 species of birds have been observed in the Park. Wedge-tailed Eagles and Australian Kestrels can sometimes be seen soaring in the thermals over Wild Dog Hill. The beautiful song of the Grey Butcherbird is frequently heard.

Whyalla Conservation Park is also home to some rarer bird species including the Western Grasswren, Slender-billed thornbill, Hooded Robin and Elegant Parrots. Other bird species that can be seen more regularly include the Crested Pigeon, White-browed Babbler, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater and the Black-faced Woodswallow. More than 20 species of reptiles have been recorded in the Park. The Western Brown Snake, Bearded Dragon, Western Bluetongue and Sleepy Lizard are the most commonly seen species. When disturbed, small Striped Skinks scuttle for cover in the undergrowth.

Volunteering

 

Want to help?

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

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.
  • Gas fires are permitted through the year, 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.

4WDriving

When 4WDriving in the park, it is important to be aware of the following:

  • Standard road rules apply when driving anywhere in the park, including the laws for speed limits, drink driving, vehicle registration and seat belts.
  • Take extreme care when driving in the park – be aware of blind corners, crests and narrow two-way tracks.
  • Observe all track and safety signs, especially 'No public access' signs.
  • Do not take your vehicle off the designated tracks. Wildlife can be threatened and precious habitat and indigenous sites can be damaged by off track driving.
  • Make sure you know what to do in the event of getting bogged and always carry a shovel.
  • When driving on sand, deflate your tyres as appropriate for your vehicle. Don’t forget to reinflate your tyres to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure before leaving the park. Take care when lowering tyre pressure as there is risk you could roll the tyre off its rim. Also, remember that lower tyre pressure can mean a change in how the vehicle handles.

Maps

Fees

Entry fees

Come and enjoy this park for free. 

Camping and accommodation

There is no camping or accommodation available within this park. 

Parks pass

This park is not included in the park pass system. 

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