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Dingley Dell Conservation Park

  • Picnic Areas
  • Toilets
  • Guided Tours
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Walking Trails

About

Set in the idyllic bush setting of Dingley Dell Conservation Park is the former home of one of Australia's famous poets.

The eccentric and talented Adam Lindsay Gordon lived at Dingley Dell from 1864 until 1867. It was during his stay that his first poem was published outside of a newspaper or magazine. Success continued, with the number of his published works increasing between 1865 and 1867.

Dingley Dell cottage is now a museum offering guided tours. Displays depict Adam Lindsay Gordon's life and works, as well as the history of the cottage.

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. 

Dingley Dell Cottage

Open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily (except Christmas day) and by appointment.
Guided tours are available.

Contact details

Natural Resources Centre - Mount Gambier

Phone: (+61 8) 8735 1177

Dingley Dell Cottage

Phone: (+61 8) 8738 2221
Dingley Dell Cottage website

Getting there

Dingley Dell Conservation Park is located 30km south of Mount Gambier or 407km south east of Adelaide. Access is via Port MacDonnell Road.

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.

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.

Facilities

Car parking, picnic sites, toilet facilities and wheelchair access are provided in the park. 

Useful information

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

Plants and animals

Flora and fauna species lists

To download flora (plants) and fauna (animals) species lists for this park, use the 'Create Simple Species List' tab under 'Flora Tools' or 'Fauna Tools'  in NatureMaps

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

Adam Lindsay Gordon

Gordon complemented the passionate national and patriotic sentiment that thrived in Australia during the mid to late nineteenth century. He was not only known for his cavalier nature as a horseman, with the tale of his leap at Blue Lake in 1864, a part of local folklore, but also for his flamboyant parliamentary life, courageous deeds and poetry that romanticised the Australian bush. The Dingley Dell region was the inspiration behind much of his poetry. Gordon is the only Australian poet to have his bust in the Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey (unveiled 11 May 1934).

See and do

Bushwalking

Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the walking trail that meanders through the pocket of bushland which surrounds Adam Lindsay Gordon's historic cottage.

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.

Dingley Dell Cottage

Adam Lindsay Gordon, the famed poet and horseman, owned this small colonial cottage from 1864. It was given to the local council by Maggie, his wife, in about 1873.

The cottage has been restored to provide visitors with a fascinating glimpse of life in the 1860s. Gordon's personal belongings, and other mementos of this era, form part of the period collection. Dingley Dell was the first house on South Australia's Heritage Register, registered in 1922. It was built in 1862 and purchased by Adam Lindsay Gordon in 1864 for £150.

Tours

Daily: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (except Christmas Day)
Other times by arrangement

Tour groups are welcome.

Volunteering

If you think you might be interested in volunteering opportunities within this park please contact our Volunteer Support Unit.

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 and solid fuel fires are prohibited between 22 November 2017 to 30 April 2018.
  • You must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.
  • 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.

Maps

Fees

Entry fees

Come and enjoy this park for free. 

Fees apply for tours of Dingley Dell Cottage.

Tours

Dingley Dell Cottage Tours

A tour fee applies for guided tours of the cottage.

Contact Dingley Dell Cottage for further information:
Phone: (+61 8) 8738 2221

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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