This park, and surrounding hills is a significant place for the Kaurna people, who historically used this area in winter as makeshift Wardli (shelter).
Many Kaurna yarta (land) family groups look after the Kaurna pangkara (country), which stretched from the plains and hills south of Crystal Brook and west of Mount Lofty, down to Cape Jervis.
While the Kaurna people sheltered in this area they gathered and hunted the necessities for survival to sustain their family groups including:
- Mai (bush vegetables)
- Pardu (bush meats from animals)
- Mintirninthi (healing) and
- Bush ‘textiles’ which were used to make woven products for gathering bush fruit and vegetables.
Go for a walk along the Mai Tappa Trail using the brochure to interpret the Kaurna ‘food pathway’, and learn about Kaurna history and living culture.
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.