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Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta

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Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta is a new national park in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. The park is located 16 km south of Adelaide on Majors Road in O’Halloran Hill.

The park is now open and you can walk a 4km temporary loop trail (see map). The trail starts and ends at the park’s ranger station just off Majors Road.

The former 208-hectare Glenthorne property is being revitalised through an extensive revegetation program – an area the size of almost 80 Adelaide Ovals. Once construction is complete, visitors can expect to enjoy a nature play space and picnic area, wetland, camping facilities, walking trails and heritage precinct.

O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park is located next to the Glenthorne property and has been renamed as part of Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta.

This area will join a large precinct of existing parks and open spaces in Adelaide’s south that will span almost 1500 hectares, which is almost twice the size of Belair National Park and includes Hallett Cove Conservation ParkMarino Conservation Park and Happy Valley Reservoir, which will open to visitors by the end of 2021.

You’re invited to:

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest news about the creation of Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta.
  • Join the growing number of volunteers working across the precinct.
  • Find out more about the creation Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta.

Opening hours

Trailhead and ranger station car park open 8am to 7pm daily.

Closures and safety

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may also be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

You can determine the current fire danger rating by checking the Fire Ban District map on the CFS website.

Check the CFS website or call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline 1800 362 361 for:

Listen to your local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety.

 

Contact details

Visitor information, bookings and park management:

Central Lofty District Office - Cleland Conservation Park 
Phone: (+61 8) 8130 9050 
Email: DEW.NPWSCentralLofty@sa.gov.au 

Emergency contacts:

Medical, fire (including bushfire) and police emergency situations 
Phone: Triple Zero (000) 

Police Assistance 
Phone: 131 444 for non-urgent police assistance 

National Parks and Wildlife Service SA – Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Regional Duty Officer 
Phone: 0427 556 676  

Injured wildlife:

Within the park 
Please contact the Central Lofty District Office on (08) 8130 9050 or the Regional Duty Officer on 0427 556 676. 

Outside of the park 
Please contact a local wildlife rescue group.

Getting there

Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta is located 16 km south of Adelaide.  

Access is via Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill. 

Park maps.

Dogs allowed

Dogs are welcome in the former O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park and will be allowed in Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta once open.

Please ensure you: 

  • Keep your dog under control and on a lead no more than two metres in length.
  • Stick to designated walking trails.
  • Bring disposable bags to clean up your dog’s faeces (please be aware there are no bins in national parks).

Discover other 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 contact the visitor service centre via email or on Facebook, or you can live chat with a customer service representative on the website Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. 

Facilities

As Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta is a new national park, infrastructure is still under construction. You can see what’s in store for Glenthorne by viewing the park’s master plan

Currently, 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

  • Explore what other nature and outdoor activities are available in this area on the South Australia Tourism website.
  • Mobile phone coverage is good in most areas of the park.
  • Parks management plans
  • Trails SA
  • SA Marine Parks
  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Dead wood plays a vital role in providing shelter for animals and adding nutrients to the soil.

Plants and animals

Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta will not only benefit the community, it will help preserve, re-establish and re-connect important habitat for native plants and animals. 

More than 90 bird species have been recorded at Glenthorne. Stay a while and you might be lucky enough to spot small flocks of yellow-tailed black cockatoos and the more elusive grey fantail.  

Keep an eye out for these commonly sighted birds:   

  • Adelaide Rosella - Platycercusadelaidae
  • Grey fantail - Rhipidura albiscapa
  • Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
  • Willie wagtail - Rhipidura leucophrys
  • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus funereus
  • Yellow-faced honeyeater - Lichenostomus chrysops.

Glenthorne National Park- Ityamaiitpinna Yarta also has important greybox grassy woodland, with some scattered remant greybox trees and areas of grassland remaining on the site. 

Traditional owners

The Kaurna People are the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of the greater Adelaide region, including Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta. They maintain a deep relationship with Country, and have done so for tens of thousands of years through their customs and Tjukurpa. 

Tjukurpa, which includes cultural stories and lore, is vital to understanding the cultural significance of Southern Adelaide, and will profoundly influence the way the Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta is managed.

 

European history

Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta will include a number of historically important areas that will be preserved as part of the park. 

The former Glenthorne property has a rich history, settled in 1839 by the state’s first police commissioner Major Thomas Shuldham O’Halloran. It has been used as a farm, a training ground for military horses in WWI, a research facility from 1949, and is now set to become a heritage precinct within the park. 

Each of these phases of history are reflected in the historical building remains on the site, dating back to the 1950s. 

The old Worthing Mine buildings in the Lower Field River Valley also provide an example of how copper mining took place in South Australia in the 1800s. 

See and do

Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta has opened its gates to the public. You can now take a walk along the park’s 4km temporary loop trail, which starts and ends at the park’s ranger station just off Majors Road, at O’Halloran Hill. The trail features interpretive signage that gives insight into the park’s rich history and future plans.

Volunteering

A dedicated volunteer program has been established for the Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta precinct. Find out more about the Glenthorne Action Team here.  

Safety

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: 

  • keep your dog on a lead at all times and check if there are areas of the park where dogs are not allowed
  • 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 - there are no bins in national parks, please come prepared to take your rubbish 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. Dead wood plays a vital role in providing shelter for animals and adding nutrients to the soil.

Fire

Can I have a fire or barbecue? 

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.
  • Gas and liquid fuel fires are permitted in designated area only, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Closures and safety 

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may also be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger. 

You can determine the current fire danger rating by checking the Fire Ban District map on the CFS website. 

Check the CFS website or call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline 1800 362 361 for: 

Listen to your local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Maps

Fees

A park management plan will soon be developed for the Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta precinct which will outline permitted activities and also any fees, if applicable. 

Check back for details on entry fees. 

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