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O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park

  • Dogs on Lead
  • Horse Riding
  • Walking Trails
  • Cycling

About

This southern suburbs park was once cleared and for more than 90 years the area was used for grazing. Today, the shade from the regenerated grey box eucalypts and river red gums provides the perfect spot for a picnic. The bluestone quarry in the park once supplied raw materials for many of Adelaide's older buildings and is still visible today. Stunning views of the city, hills face and coastline can be seen while following the various fire access trails with in the Park

Check out the 8kms of Mountain Bike trails.  The trails use the steeper parts of the park to provide some great downhill options, with trails ranging from easy through to intermediate and advanced.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Contact details

Phone: (+61 8) 8278 5477

Getting there

O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park is located 16km south of Adelaide. Access is via Majors Road at Seaview Downs.

Pedestrian access points are situated along Davenport Street, Ridgefield Avenue, Greenfield Road and Fowler Street.

The park is also accessible via the bicycle veloway on either side of the Southern Expressway. 

Dogs allowed (on lead)

Dogs are welcome in this park.

Please ensure you:

  • Keep your dog under control and on a lead no more than two metres in length.
  • Stick to designated walking trails.
  • Bring disposable bags to clean up your dog’s faeces (please be aware there are no bins in national parks).

Discover other parks you can walk your dog in on our find a park tool or read 12 dog-friendly walks in Adelaide Parks by Good Living for inspiration.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted in most public places and are therefore welcome in South Australia’s parks and reserves. Assistance dogs must be appropriately restrained on a lead and remain under your effective control at all times while in a park or reserve.

As per the dogs in parks and reserves policy, if the dog is not an accredited assistance dog, they must be trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate that disability and meet standards of hygiene and behaviour appropriate for a dog in a public place. However, refusal may be given if the person with the disability is unable to produce evidence the dog is an assistance dog with the appropriate training.

Before taking your assistance dog into a park that does not normally allow dogs, it is highly recommended that you contact us so we can provide you with the latest information on any potential hazards within specific parks that may affect your dog. Please contact the park via the contact details provided under the contact tab or call the information line on (+61 8) 8204 1910.

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

  • Mobile phone coverage is good in most areas of the park.

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

Traditional owners

Aboriginal peoples have occupied, enjoyed and managed the lands and waters of this State for thousands of generations. For Aboriginal first nations, 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. 

There are many places across the State that have great spiritual significance to Aboriginal first nations.  At some of these places Aboriginal cultural protocols, such as restricted access, are promoted and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of Traditional Owners.

In places where protocols are not promoted visitors are asked to show respect by not touching or removing anything, and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.

Aboriginal peoples continue to play an active role in caring for their Country, including in parks across South Australia. 

European history

The park is located just south of the Eden fault line. Underlying rock formations are from the Precambrian Umberatana Group.

A bluestone quarry near South Road is still visible and was used for many of the old structures in the city of Adelaide. Both north-west and north-east sections of the park are characterised by deeply divided gullies with steep side slopes.

Nearly 90% of the land was cleared in the early days for grazing and cropping. The ruins located in the south-east corner are the remains of a large Pea Farm built in the late 1800's. The farm later supplied the US Army forces with peas during WW2.  

See and do

Bushwalking

Please note there are no formally maintained walking trails in this park, walkers are encouraged to follow the numerous fire access tracks located in the park.

Generally both cyclists and walkers give way to horses, and cyclists give way to walkers.

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.

Mountain biking

You can cycle your way through the park on the bicycle veloway and specific bike trails on offer in this park.

Learn more about cycling in SA's parks, including other parks offering cycle tracks, trail classification and read the trail user code of practice for important points to remember when planning your bike ride.

Easy

  • Easy as (1.2km)

  • This introductory level MTB descending only trail is perfect for novice riders, children and beginners looking for an introduction to in-sloped Turns (Berms) and rock Features with B-Lines. Its climbing pair is “Upstart”, which makes for a perfect beginner loop.
  • Upstart (1.95km)

  • An introductory climbing trail (Dual direction for walkers and runners). Perfect for novice riders, children and beginners and featuring switchback climbing turns and basic obstacles for practicing climbing skills.
  • Futures and options Pt 1 (710m)

  • An easy trail to link the car park to the western bike park trails.

Intermediate

  • Uprising (830m)

  • This intermediate climbing trail is perfect for riders wanting to return to the west node trailhead and features tight corners and great views of the Spencer Gulf and Glenelg.
  • Dam revamp (840m)

  • An open, flowing intermediate descending only trail featuring berms, jumps and multiple line options. Riders can choose to ride out to the end of “Easy As” or climb back to the west node trailhead.
  • Flat pedal city (550m)

  • This foot-out flat-out trail leads to the intermediate/advanced descent junction and features small optional gaps.
  • Blue luge (720m)

  • An intermediate descending only trail, perfect for MTB enthusiasts and riders looking to progress from easier trails. This trail features fast, bermed corners and rock features.
  • Other trails

  • There are other trails include link trails and maintenance tracks.

Advanced

  • Shapeshifter (690m)

  • This O’Halloran Hill favourite has had a makeover. Older style hand built downhill features and rock sections are strewn throughout. Descending only.
  • Flight club (850m)

  • A very difficult and fast bike park style descent with large berms, jumps, gaps and transitions. This trail is only suited to advanced riders and is ideal for practicing slopestyle riding.

Horse riding

You can ride along the fire access tracks within the park.

Please note access can be difficult as there is no facility to park a horse float or holding area available.

Generally both cyclists and walkers give way to horses, and cyclists give way to walkers.

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted within this park.

  • Use Find a Park to discover which parks you can camp in.

Flora

Nearly the entire vegetation of the park has been cleared in the past and very little natural vegetation remains.

Important stands of Grey Box eucalypts are found throughout the park and include vegetation communities which are poorly represented throughout the Adelaide hills.

Other species include:

  • Golden Wattle
  • Bull Oak
  • Melaleuca species
  • Grevillea and Hakea
  • River red gum.

Various organisations and volunteers have undertaken tree planting, enabling the area to develop into an important and attractive urban bushland resource.

Fauna

As the revegetation of the park continues and matures, more species of woodland and grassland birds are being recorded. Many species of reptiles thrive in the open grasslands of O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park. There is a small population of western grey kangaroos that call O'Halloran Hill home. There is also the occasional koala passing through the area.

Volunteering

 

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges – 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

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:

  • keep your dog on a lead at all times and check if there are areas of the park where dogs are not allowed
  • 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.

Bushwalking

Generally both cyclists and walkers give way to horses, and cyclists give way to walkers.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?

Mountain biking

Trail Users Code of Practice

To protect the surrounding environment and to ensure the safety of all riders and shared trail users, please be aware of the international Trail Users Code of Practice when using shared trails. Important points to remember include:

  • plan your ride
  • comply with all signs
  • ride only on formed tracks/trails
  • share the trail - obey give way rules
  • avoid riding in wet, muddy conditions
  • ride lightly and leave no trace or rubbish
  • control your bike within your limits
  • clean your bike to avoid the spread of weeds or plant diseases
  • carry sufficient food and drinking water
  • respect the rights of others
  • tell others about the code

Fire

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.
  • Gas fires are permitted, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

 

Dogs

Why does my dog need to be on a lead?

If your dog is off lead, it is more likely to impact on native wildlife and other visitors in a park and be at risk itself.

Risks to wildlife:

  • Dogs off tracks will leave a scent in the bush that will keep wildlife away.
  • Uncontrolled dogs may frighten wildlife and disrupt their natural behaviour.
  • Some dogs will kill or injure wildlife.

Risks to other park visitors

  • Dogs may be aggressive to other park visitors.
  • Even friendly dogs can knock people over causing injury.
  • Some people want to enjoy parks without dogs.

Risks to your dog

  • Poison baits may be laid to control foxes. Baits can be fatal to dogs.
  • Even if your dog is friendly, other dogs may not be.
  • Your dog can catch parasites (such as fleas and ticks) from wildlife.
  • Snake bites are a real risk in natural areas such as parks.
  • Wildlife such as kangaroos and koalas will defend themselves if threatened by a dog and can cause significant injury to or the death of your dog.

Maps

Park maps

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device's built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos and drop placemark pins. 

How to get it working on your device:

1. Download the Avenza PDF maps app from the app store whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shopping cart icon.
3. Click ‘Find’ and type the name of the national park or reserve you are looking for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Avenza app.
6. Use our maps through the Avenza PDF map app while in the park and never take a wrong turn again.

Fees

Entry fees

Come and enjoy this park for free. 

Park pass

This park is not included in the park pass system. 

Camping and accommodation

There is no camping or accommodation available within this park. 

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park. 

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