Scott Creek Conservation Park

  • Picnic Areas
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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Scott Creek Conservation Park is a haven for bush walkers, nature enthusiasts and history buffs. The ruins of Almanda Mine are reminders of the area's silver and copper mining past, while dense stringybark forests, steep sloped valleys and seasonally flowing creeks provide habitat for more than 125 species of native birds.

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About

Scott Creek is a significant conservation area and home to many threatened species of the Mount Lofty Ranges. 

The park is an important link in the vegetation corridors of the hills and was once part of a major travelling route for the Peramangk Peoples.

From the 1850s, the area was mined for both copper and silver. By the time production stopped in 1887 due to economic reasons, the mine had produced 310 kilograms of silver.

Discover remnants of the mine ruins including an engine house, stone chimney, the mine office, a dairy and several mining shafts along the park's interpretive walking trails. Please note that Eys Tunnel is now closed due to the risk to public safety

Opening hours

This park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset (except Christmas Day).

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

Natural Resource Centre - Black Hill

Phone: (+61 8) 8336 0901
Email: DEWNR.AMLRBlackHillOffice@sa.gov.au

Getting there

Scott Creek Conservation Park is located 30km south of Adelaide.

Access is via Dorset Vale Road or Scott Creek Road, Scott Creek.

Dogs not allowed

Dogs are not permitted in this park.

Discover which 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 and remain under your effective control at all times while in a park or reserve.

Before taking your assistance dog into a park or reserve, other than those listed above, 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.

Useful information

  • Mobile phone coverage can be patchy and unreliable in this park, especially if you are in low-lying areas.

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

Pests and diseases

Phytophthora (fy-TOFF-thora), otherwise known as root-rot fungus, is killing our native plants and threatens the survival of animals depending on plants for food and shelter.

This introduced fungus can be found in plant roots, soil and water. Help stop the spread by using hygiene stations, staying on tracks and trails and by complying with all Phytophthora management signs.

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 area was first occupied by European settlers in the 1830s. The Mackereth and Hill families cut timber from this land for use in building the city of Adelaide. In 1850, the wheel of a dray wagon broke off pieces of rock which contained copper. Subsequent years saw the area mined for copper and eventually silver. At one time, there were 235 claims pegged along Scott Creek. The Almanda Silver Mining Association was formed in 1868. By the time production was stopped in 1887, the mine had produced 10,000 ounces (310kg) of silver. Today some of the ruins of the old Almanda Mine can be explored from the car park off Dorset Vale Road.

The land at Scott Creek was purchased by the state government in the early 1970s to be managed by the State Planning Authority. In 1985, the area was recognised as an important part of the south Mt Lofty Ranges and adopted as the Scott Creek Conservation Park.

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

Early settlers cleared and grazed livestock on much of what is now the park. Today, efforts are being made to restore these degraded areas with their native vegetation. Nearly 400 species of native plants have been recorded within the park. The park contains most of the eucalypt species native to the Mt Lofty Ranges. The vegetation consists primarily of stringybark scrub with a dense understorey. Many rare and endangered plants are also present.

Fauna

With its varied habitats, a variety of native birds and animals are present within the park. Over 125 bird species have been observed from small honeyeaters, to the large yellow-tailed black cockatoos. Animals are more elusive, but visitors might catch a glimpse of southern brown bandicoots, western grey kangaroos, echidnas, possums, koalas, snakes, and lizards.

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

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?

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, gas fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.
  • 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.

Maps

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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