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Lathami Conservation Park

  • Bird Watching

About

This is a small park located on the edge of the northern edge of the MacGillivary Plain. A small, seasonally filled swamp occurs in the south-eastern corner of the park.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact details

Phone: (+61 8) 8553 4444

Getting there

Lathami Conservation Park is located approximately 1.5km south east of Stokes Bay Enter the park on the northern coast of Kangaroo Island. Enter the park from North Coast Road.

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

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.

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.

Useful information

Plants and animals

In the higher areas of the park, a tall shrubland formation occurs. This is dominated by a brown stringybark/heath alliance, with tates grass-tree, broombrush and slaty sheoak. This is interspersed with woodland formations, dominated by sugar gum.

On the lower reaches of Gum Creek, an open-forest formation occurs, dominated by sugar Gum and South Australian blue gum. Areas of drooping sheoak occur on the skeletal soils nearer the coast, often as a dense, homogeneous woodland.

A number of the understory plant species recorded from the park have been "firsts" for Kangaroo Island, including rock spurge (phyllanthus saxosus) and wigless fissure-weed.

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

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the traditional and contemporary cultural connection of the Ngarrindjeri, Ramindjeri, Narrunga and Kaurna people to Kangaroo Island. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and recognise the deep spiritual attachment and ongoing relationship that Aboriginal people have to Country.

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

This park was proclaimed in 1987, following representations to the State Government from botanists and conservation organisations, who sought to prevent further vegetation clearance to ensure habbitat protection for the Glossy Black Cockatoo. The name of the reserve relates to the scientific name of Glossy Black Cockatoo.

See and Do

Bushwalking

There is currently no bushwalking information available for this park, please contact the park office for more information. 

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted within this park.

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Glossy black cockatoo

This park is a foraging and breeding habitat of the Glossy Black Cockatoo, an endagered species, only found on Kangaroo Island.

Where to find them

Glossy black-cockatoos (glossies) feed during the day returning to their nests at dusk. Look for sheoak ‘chewings’; ground up sheoak cones discarded by feeding glossies and listen for their call or the crunch as they chew on sheoak seeds.

KI Importance

The endangered SA glossy black-cockatoo is only found on Kangaroo Island. Due to loss of nesting and feeding habitat, by 1996 the population had declined to less than 200 birds. The population is now actively managed by the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Recovery Program to prevent extinction. Nests are protected from predators. Feeding and nesting habitat is protected and revegetated. The population has now grown to approximately 360 birds.

Description

A medium-sized black cockatoo, about 48 cm tall, with a red tail. Adult females have yellow patches on their neck and head and black barring on their red tails. Adult males have a dark black-brown head and no barring on their red tail.

Diet

Glossy black-cockatoos feed only on seed kernels from drooping sheoaks.

Habitat

This species prefers woodlands dominated by drooping sheoak with stands of sugar gum.

How to watch them

Glossies are susceptible to disturbance, especially during breeding in January–September when it is critical not to disturb them. Stay at least 30 m from feeding glossies and 50 m from drinking and nesting glossies.

Volunteering

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources Kangaroo Island – 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

Fire

Can I have a fire or barbecue?

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.
  • Gas fires and liquid fuel fires are permitted, 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.

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?

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.

Fauna

Follow these tips to optimise the experience for yourself and our precious wildlife.

Observe don’t interact

  • Always put the animals’ welfare first.
  • Move slowly and quietly and keep at least 20 m away.
  • Turn off your mobile phone.
  • Use binoculars for that close-up view.
  • Observe the animals without interacting; do not try to touch them, play with them or pursue them.
  • If the animal’ change their behaviour while you are watching them you are probably too close; retreat slowly and give them more space.
  • When photographing wildlife turn your flash off and use natural light instead to protect their eyes.

Drive safely
Wildlife is active at night. Animals are blinded by bright lights, so slow down, dip your lights and take time to observe the wildlife. During the day watch out for goannas and snakes basking on warm roads and birds and echidnas foraging along road edges.

Keep wildlife wild
Human foods can cause illness and death to wildlife so please do not feed them. Feeding wildlife also interrupts their natural patterns of behaviour, which are essential for their survival in the bush.

Snake safety
Snakes live all over South Australia and many of the world's most venomous snakes are found in Australia.  If you see a snake in the wild, always assume it is venomous and leave it alone. Snakes are not likely to chase you, so it’s best to leave them be.  When walking in national parks and reserves, stick to the trails and make a bit of noise when you walk.  For more information, visit our blog ‘What to do if you see a snake in the wild’.

Injured wildlife
To report injured wildlife phone Natural Resources Kangaroo Island on (08) 8553 4444 or notify parks staff.

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Fees

Entry fees

Come and enjoy this park for free. 

Park pass

This park is not included in the park pass system. 

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