Mount Brown Conservation Park

  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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You can hike from Waukarie Falls to the summit of Mount Brown and enjoy the views across the Southern Flinders Ranges from the lookout.

About

At 964 metres altitude, Mount Brown is one of the highest peaks in the South Flinders Ranges.

This former forest reserve is comprised of undulating country with a variety of cover grading to rugged ridges with open woodland and scrub.

The lookout at Mt Brown commemorates Robert Brown, who was the naturalist aboard Matthew Flinders' Investigator, the first ship to circumnavigate Australia. Along the 15km loop walking trail there is evidence of a 1km deep canyon formed 600 million years ago.

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

Mount Brown Conservation Park is located 14km south of Quorn. The park can be accessed from Quorn township. At the Quorn Mill, travel south following the signs to Richman Valley and Waukarie Falls. Drive to the southern end of Richman Valley Road, a total distance of about 14 km.

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.

Useful information

  • Visit the Walking Trails Support Group for maps, leaflets and walking notes produced by park volunteers.
  • Download the Flinders Ranges Walks app (iOS, Android) before you leave home for walking notes on 16 walks in the Flinders Ranges. This app is produced by park volunteers.

Outback Road Report

1300 361 033 (24-hour automated service)
Northern and Western South Australian Outback Roads Temporary Closures, Restrictions and Warnings Report

  • 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 rock in Waukarie Creek contains evidence of a kilometre-deep canyon formed some 600 million years ago. The canyon cuts down into the coarse, heavy-mineral layered sandstones of the ABC Range Quartzite. Sediments of the Wonoka Formation (sand, silt, limestone, shale and calcareous siltstone) fill the canyon and extend beyond it to comprise the slopes crossed by the trail. Similar canyons occur elsewhere in the Flinders Ranges.

See and do

Bushwalking

South Australia's national parks feature a range of trails that let you experience a diversity of landscapes. Our trails cater for all levels of fitness and adventure and our classification system makes it easy to select an experience suitable for you.

Moderate hikes

  • Mount Brown Summit Hike (7.5 hrs return, 15km loop)

    Hike past picturesque Waukarie Creek and quartzite slopes and be rewarded with vast views at the summit of Mount Brown. Look out for the Wedge Tailed Eagles which often soar along the ridge tops. The hike starts at the Olive Grove Trailhead, situated 200 m from Olive Grove gate. Distance markers are placed every 200 metres along the trail.
  • Return hike to Mount Brown (6 hrs return, 11.6km)

    This return hike will reward you with undisturbed views and trails which wind through native woodland. The hike starts at the Olive Grove Trailhead, situated 200 m from Olive Grove gate. From the Olive Grove Trailhead, walk 50 m down the trail to Checkpoint 1 near Waukarie Falls, where distance measurements start. Distance markers are placed every 200 metres along the trail.

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

All the plants listed below can be found in Mt Brown Conservation Park, why not take the list with you and try and tick off as many species as you can?

  • Christmas bush (Bursaria spinosa) - medium shrub, white flowers in summer
  • Coil-pod wattle (Acacia pravifolia) - shrub to 1 m, small dark green triangular leaves in winter
  • Cumbungi (bulrush) (Typha domingensis)- rush to 2 m, brown cylindrical flower spikes
  • Curry bush (Cassinia laevis) - loose clusters of tiny white flowers, late summer
  • Curry bush (sticky cassinia) (Cassinia uncata) - compact heads of tiny cream flowers, late summer
  • Drooping sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) - tree to 9 m, pendulous leafless branches
  • Dryland tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata) - tall shrub, dense canopy, white flowers in summer
  • Fanflowers (Scaevola albida and S. humilis) - blue flowers in spring and early summer
  • Fragrant saltbush (Rhagodia parabolica) - greyish bush, insignificant flowers, at any time
  • Golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha) - golden balls of flowers in spring
  • Gorse bitter-pea (Daviesia ulicifolia) - shrub over 1 m, flowers yellow and dark red in spring
  • Grass tree - see Mount Lofty Grass-tree
  • Grey box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) - large tree with grey, fibrous bark
  • Guinea-flower (Hibbertia exutiacies) - low shrub, yellow flowers in winter/spring
  • Irongrass (Lomandra densiflora) - clumps of tough, pale-green leaves
  • Kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra) - 0.3 m, rusty, nodding flower heads in summer
  • Kangaroo apple (Solanum simile) - shrub to 2 m, dark shiny leaves and blue flowers
  • Lemon-scented grass (Cymbopogon ambiguus) - grey-green leaves, lemon-scented when bruised
  • Long-leaved box (Eucalyptus goniocalyx) - long dark green strap-shaped leaves, to 15 m, yellowish-grey, fibrous bark
  • Mount Lofty grass-tree (Xanthorrheoa quadrangulata) - shrub to 2 m, crown of long spiky leaves, 1.5 m flower head with cream florets in late summer
  • Narrow-leaved hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa var angustissima) - bronze/purple hops in spring
  • Native cherry (Exocarpus cupressiformis) - dense canopy of bright green 'leafless' branchlets
  • Native cranberry (Astroloma humifusum) - low shrub with red tubular flowers
  • Pale turpentine bush (Beyeria lechenaultii) - pale green rounded shrub to 1.5 m
  • Porcupine grass (Triodia irritans) - cushions of spiny leaves
  • River red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) - large tree to 20 m, dappled white and grey bark
  • Scented groundsel (Senecio odoratus) - bright yellow daisy-flowers in spring
  • Sedges (mostly Cyperus gymnocaulos) - grass-like, to 0.5 m, star-shaped flower heads
  • Silver senna (Senna artemisioides) - shrub to 1.5 m, linear/broad leaflets yellow 'buttercup' flowers in late winter
  • Showy speedwell (Derwentia decorosa) - low shrub, white flowers streaked mauve in spring
  • Shrubby twinleaf (Zygophyllum aurantiacum) - low shrub, yellow flowers with four petals only
  • Spear-grasses (Stipa spp.) - feathery flower heads in spring and early summer
  • Spyridium (Spyridium phlebophyllum) - shrub to 1 m, flower heads small but surrounded by white woolly 'leaves'
  • Sugar gum (Eucalyptus cladocalyx) - tall tree to 25 m, smooth bark off-white with grey/buff patches, canopy characterised by clumps of foliage
  • Summer red mallee (Eucalyptus socialis) - multi-stemmed tree to 10 m, smooth, pale grey bark
  • Sword rush (Lepidosperma laterale) - broad-leaved 'rush' with dark brown flowers
  • Thorn wattle (Acacia continua) - low shrub, golden balls of flowers in spring
  • Tom thumb (Dichondra repens) - creeper, kidney-shaped leaves 5 mm across
  • Tree violet (Hymenanthera dentata) - spiny shrub to 1.5 m, tiny, yellow flowers
  • Twiggy bush-pea (Pultenaea largiflorens) - shrub to 1 m, small yellow and red pea flowers
  • Wallaby grass (Danthonia sp.) - 0.1 to 0.2 m, white fluffy flower heads
  • Wallowa (Acacia calamifolia) - balls of yellow flowers in spring
  • White cypress-pine (Callitris glaucophylla) - cypress like tree to 15 m
  • Woolly goodenia (Goodenia robusta) - herb with rosette of grey-green leaves, bright yellow flowers

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

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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