Early settlers cleared and grazed livestock on much of what is now the park. Today, efforts are being made to restore these degraded areas with their native vegetation. Nearly 400 species of native plants have been recorded within the park. The park contains most of the eucalypt species native to the Mt Lofty Ranges. The vegetation consists primarily of stringybark scrub with a dense understorey. Many rare and endangered plants are also present.
With its varied habitats, a variety of native birds and animals are present within the park. Over 125 bird species have been observed from small honeyeaters, to the large yellow-tailed black cockatoos. Animals are more elusive, but visitors might catch a glimpse of southern brown bandicoots, western grey kangaroos, echidnas, possums, koalas, snakes, and lizards.
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.