Marne Valley Conservation Park

  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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As the join of the Marne River and the River Murray, this park is an important as well as beautiful location.

The park has one of the most upstream wetlands remaining on the Marne River. Whilst the surrounding countryside was cleared during the late 1880s, this conservation park has preserved many River Red Gums and is the only major watercourse which flows eastwards from the Mount Lofty Ranges into the Murray River.

Keen bird watchers can observe Kookaburras and waterfowl in the park.

About

The 105 hectare Marne Valley Conservation Park is bisected by the Marne River, which provides a focal point for the park.

The park was dedicated in 1976 and consists of gently undulated land. Much of the park is comprised of low lying, seasonally inundated giant river red gum flats. Other vegetation communities in the park include mallee boc, narrow-leaf mallee and white mallee. In the south western corner, along the eastern central boundary, and along the northern boundary the native vegetation has largely been cleared. The cleared areas are low open shrublands dominated by various exotic grasses, ephemerals, small-leafed bluebush, climbing twinleaf, bassia, balcarra grass and bladder saltbush.

Visitors can access the park by foot by several of the management tracks, but should be mindful of seasonal conditions prior to setting out. Walk quietly and you may be rewarded with sightings of western grey kangaroos taking shelter in patches of vegetation or feeding on the grasslands. If you have a keen eye you may also spot waterfowl or hear the distinct call of the iconic kookaburra echoing through the red gum woodland.

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 Resources Centre - Murray Bridge

Phone: (+61 8) 8532 9100
Email: SAMDBEnquiries@sa.gov.au

When to visit

You can visit this park all year round. If you visit in spring you will have the best chance of seeing orchids, native wildlife and water holes filled with water.

Getting there

This park is located 30 km north of Mannum, and about 10km south east of Sedan. Access to the park is from the Cambrai-Black Hill Road or Havelberg Road, Cambrai.

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.

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

  • 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. 

History

Long before the park was dedicated in 1976, the area was once part of the main Adelaide to Sydney stock route. The river itself also has a fascinating history, not limited to a number of different names.  Prior to being called the South Rhine River and then the Marne, the river was originally known by the local Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal People as Taingappa, meaning ‘foot track-trading road’.  The Ngarrindjeri People once used the river as a route up into the hills to trade with the Peramangk Aboriginal People in the Barossa Valley, and to cut bark canoes from the river red gums in the hills, which had thicker bark than those near the Murray.

See and do

Bushwalking

Management tracks throughout the park provide an opportunity for walking trails, however no specific trail information is available for this park.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

There is no camping or accommodation available within this park. 

Volunteering

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources South Australian Murray-Darling Basin – 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

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited between 15 November 2017 and 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

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. 

Camping and accommodation

There is no camping or accommodation available within this park. 

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