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Brookfield Conservation Park

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Full park closure

Brookfield Conservation Park will be closed from 5:00am Saturday 8 September 2018 until 5:00pm Friday 14 September 2018 to undertake a pest control and monitoring program within the park.
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  • Picnic Areas
  • Toilets
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching

About

Brookfield Conservation Park is located near Blanchetown in the South Australia's riverland district. The park is home to a wide array of native wildlife, not only the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons), but also to species such as the Fat-tailed Dunnart, Common Dunnart, Red & Western Grey Kangaroos and Emus. 

These animals share the park with abundant bird life including the nationally vulnerable Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata), Australian Ringneck Parrots, Hooded Robins and Crested Bellbirds along with the rarer Stone Curlew, Ground Cuckoo Shrikes and Australian Owlet Nightjars.

Opening hours

The public section of Brookfield Conservation Park is open from 7am until sunset, 7 days a week.

This park is closed 4 times a year for feral animal control programs, see the alerts in the top right hand corner of this page for closure details.

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 Resources Centre - Murray Bridge

Phone: (+61 8) 8532 9100

Email: SAMDBEnquiries@sa.gov.au

When to visit

This park is best to explore between Spring and Autumn as it can be very hot and dry during Summer months.

The park has three distinct vegetation communities; Arid Woodland, Arid Shrubland and Mallee. Each of these areas come alive particularly during late winter and spring, and after summer and autumn rains.

The differing vegetation hosts a variety of birdlife, reptiles and flowering shrubs, many of which can be seen easily from the walking trails and self-drive tour.

Most Australian wildlife is active at dawn and dusk, as a method of conserving energy during extreme temperatures. This includes the Southern Hairy-nosed wombat. The best time to spot a wombat is in the later afternoon on a warm, but not hot, day when the animals will come out of their burrows to bask in the sun.

Getting there

Brookfield Conservation Park is located 130km north east of Adelaide, 11km west of Blanchetown. Access is via Sturt Highway.

There is a side gate that is accessible on the eastern perimeter of the park, along Park 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

Enjoy an open air lunch at the picnic ground, which you can access via the Mallee Drive Track. Toilets are also located at this picnic ground.

Brookfield has three self-drive tracks that you can explore; Bluebush & Mallee, Mallee and BlueBush. Each of these is one way only, to ensure visitor safety as the tracks are narrow. The starting point for all the drives is at the shearing shed near the park entry.

The park has regular researchers and visitors staying at the scientific camp and old homestead. These areas are not open  to the public. For further information contact:

Natural Resources Centre – Murray Bridge

SAMDBenquiries@sa.gov.au

Useful information

Please note: Some areas of this park are restricted to the public and require permission to enter.

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

Traditional owners

At the time of European arrival, the Ngaiawang People occupied an area of approximately 388,000 hectares on the Western Murray Plains, in which the park is situated, although no evidence of Aboriginal settlement has been found in the park itself.

Within this area, the river was the main focus of activity, providing a permanent water source and a continuous food supply. Fish were caught in nets and ingenious stone traps, one of which is still preserved in the northern end of McBeans Pound. The river was also a major communication and transport route. Bark canoes were obtained from large river red gums, and several of these canoe trees can still be seen near Blanchetown. The river became the nucleus of settlement as it provided for most needs.

Please refer to the South Australian Museum publication Ngaiawang Folk Province (1977) for further information on Ngaiawang.

European history

  • Since settlement in 1836 the area of Brookfield CP formed part of the very first pastoral leases. Where pioneer farming family’s would have large holdings running sheep, that were confined in brush yards each night and protected by shepherds who would live nearby in simple slab huts.
  • In later years the area was called Glen Leslie Station and grazed up to 1800 to 2000 sheep during good times. The Station was also used to cut timber both for wood and for charcoal. The charcoal pits and shearing sheds still remain in the park as a reminder of this farming heritage.
  • In 1971 Glen Leslie Station was purchased by the Chicago Zoological Society as a conservation reserve for Southern-hairy nosed wombats. At this time it was renamed Brookfield Zoo Reserve.
  • In 1977 the Chicago Zoological Society gifted Brookfield Zoo Reserve to the Government of South Australia.
  • On the 6th of July 1978 Brookfield Conservation Park is officially proclaimed under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.

See and do

Bushwalking

Easy walks

  • Three Habitat Walk (45-60 min, 1km)

The walk was designed and prepared by the Friends of Brookfield. Do the walk early in the morning and you may see the Southern Hairy-nosed wombats venturing out in the cool of dawn to graze on spear grasses, damp with dew. The walk follows a gently undulating loop. There is a bench at each stop where the habitat is explained an you can contemplate the landscape and watch for wildlife.

  • Charcoal Pits Walk (60 min, 1.2km)

This walk takes you through the bush from the picnic area to the charcoal pits. There is a bench seat at the half-way point and a directional sign at each end. The site has 15 pits lined with brick and stone, and the average pit is 3 x 4 metres and 2 metres deep. The bottom of the pit was filled with dry wood and freshly cut mallee was placed on top. Galvanised iron sheets covered the wood which was ignited. When alight, the whole pit was covered in soil. After it was burnt and cooled, the charcoal was graded to remove soil and stones. It was sold, in sacks, to the public in Adelaide or local towns.

Stay tuned for trail maps, we are working on them and they should be available soon.

Volunteering

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.

However, there is a scientific research camp available for researchers who wish to camp in the park whilst undertaking projects. Approval must be sought from DEWNR through the Murray Bridge Natural Resources Centre well in advance.

Natural Resources Centre - Murray Bridge
Phone: (+61 8) 8532 9100
Email: SAMDBEnquiries@sa.gov.au

Flora

Fauna

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 and solid fuel fires are prohibited from 1 November 2017 to 15 April 2018.
  • Gas fires are permitted, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Know before you go

Please note: Some areas of this park are restricted to the public and require permission to enter.

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 not permitted within this park.

However, there is a scientific research camp available for researchers who wish to camp in the park whilst undertaking projects. Approval must be sought from DEW through the Murray Bridge Natural Resources Centre well in advance.

Natural Resources Centre - Murray Bridge
Phone: (+61 8) 8532 9100
Email: SAMDBEnquiries@sa.gov.au

Other fees and permits

Researchers who wish to undertake projects within the park must have a current DEW research permit.

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Alerts 1

Full park closure

Brookfield Conservation Park will be closed from 5:00am Saturday 8 September 2018 until 5:00pm Friday 14 September 2018 to undertake a pest control and monitoring program within the park.
Details >