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Spring Gully Conservation Park

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  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching

About

Prior to European settlement, the grassy-woodlands and open grasslands provided an abundance of food for the Ngadjuri people.

Spring Gully Conservation Park has a steep, undulating terrain that leads into the creek bed of Spring Gully. From Blue Gum Lookout take a walk through grassy woodlands to a seasonal waterfall that plunges from a height of 18 metres after rain.

Enjoy a picnic or admire the wildflowers and orchids that bloom in spring. You may even see western grey kangaroos, euros and common brushtail possums.

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

Natural Resource Centre - Clare

Phone: (+61 8) 8841 3400

Getting there

The Spring Gully Conservation Park is located 130km north of Adelaide. Access is via Main North Road.

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 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

Bring a packed lunch and enjoy an open air meal in one of the picnic areas located in the park. 

Useful information

  • 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 original reserve of 15 acres was gazetted as a wildlife reserve in 1962 and later extended to include the springs that give the park its name. It is now 400 hectares and conserves a considerable area of grassy woodland.

European settlers utilised the park extensively for logging the timber, and for grazing of stock - tree stumps are still evident in the park.

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.

Easy walks

  • Cascades Walk (40 mins return, 1.3km)

    This is the most popular bushwalk in the park from Blue Gum lookout to the Cascades.

  • Ridgetop Walk (40 mins one way, 1.2km)

    Suitable for wheelchairs, this walk starts from Red Stringybark car park, following a fire track to the southern boundary of the park. Enjoy spectacular views to the east and west along the way.

Moderate hikes

  • Wymans Hike (1 hour return, 2.6km loop)

    For walkers with more time, Wymans Hike is an extension to the Cascade Walk, returning to the car park along the northern boundary of the park. Visitors can walk the existing fire access tracks including the Observation Track and Western Boundary Track. These tracks are steep in sections and are only recommended for fit walkers.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted within this park.

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

Flora

Spring Gully Conservation Park was set aside to conserve the westernmost population of the red stringybark Eucalyptus macrorhyncha. This park is the only reserve in South Australia to contain this particular species. Spring Gully is also well known for its diverse grassy understorey with an abundance of native orchids.

Fauna

Western grey kangaroos and euros come out to graze in the evenings. You may startle one of them while out on a walk. Common brushtail possums find shelter in the hollows of eucalypts. Evidence of echidnas can be seen by their diggings.

For those with a keen eye, up to fifty species of birds may be observed. Listen out for their calls and songs. Many parrots, kookaburras and smaller birds make their home in Spring Gully. Listen for the calls from frogs in the creek systems and damp gullies, especially following local rains.

Volunteering

 

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources Northern and York – 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:

  • 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?

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

Camping is free in this park, you do not need to book online.

Other fees and permits

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

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