How you can help shape the future of a new national park in Adelaide

How you can help shape the future of a new national park in Adelaide

A new nation­al park is being cre­at­ed in Adelaide’s south­ern sub­urbs. Find out how you can get involved.

If you love vis­it­ing South Australia’s nation­al parks, get excit­ed – a new nation­al park is com­ing to Adelaide’s south.

Glen­thorne’ is cur­rent­ly a pri­vate­ly-owned work­ing farm sit­u­at­ed on Majors Road O’Halloran Hill, approx­i­mate­ly 17 kilo­me­tres south of Ade­laide, but it’s set to become the cor­ner­stone of the new Glen­thorne Nation­al Park.

While there are already many con­ser­va­tion and recre­ation parks in Ade­laide, this will be just the sec­ond nation­al park in the met­ro­pol­i­tan area besides the his­toric Belair Nation­al Park.

Big­ger in size than Belair

Glen­thorne Nation­al Park will stretch far beyond the Glen­thorne property.

It will see the col­lec­tive park man­age­ment and plan­ning of Glen­thorne, O’Halloran Hill Recre­ation Park, Mari­no Con­ser­va­tion Park, Hal­lett Cove Con­ser­va­tion Park, Hap­py Val­ley Reser­voir and areas of the Field Riv­er Valley.

To give you an idea of scale, the planned precinct is about 1500 hectares which is big­ger than Belair Nation­al Park.

How you can help shape the future of a new national park in Adelaide

What activ­i­ties can I enjoy at Glenthorne?

For many years the local com­mu­ni­ty has been involved in plan­ning for the area.

Based on what they’ve said, the new nation­al park is like­ly to include pic­nic areas, camp­grounds, walk­ing and cycling trails, 200 hectares of native veg­e­ta­tion, her­itage build­ings and a her­itage trail, a nature play space and a wildlife res­cue and recov­ery facil­i­ty. There might also be a com­mu­ni­ty farm, com­mu­ni­ty gar­dens and a nat­ur­al bur­ial ground.

The site already includes a pis­tol club, archery club, mod­el air­craft club, dri­ving range and a major Rid­ing for the Dis­abled facil­i­ty in O’Halloran Hill Recre­ation Park.

How can I get involved?

There will be many oppor­tu­ni­ties where you can help guide future activ­i­ties and facil­i­ties for the park and give feed­back on the park plans that have been shaped by local com­mu­ni­ty input.

Three excit­ing open days are planned in April where you can access the Glen­thorne prop­er­ty for the first time, take a ranger-guid­ed tour, and share your ideas with us.

Book­ings for the ranger-guid­ed tours are essen­tial. Head to the Glen­thorne Nation­al Park web­site to secure your tickets.

As a bonus, every­one who attends a ranger-guid­ed walk goes into the draw to win one of 10 parks pass­es, which give you vehi­cle entry into select­ed parks in SA, val­ued at $90.

Can’t make it to the open days, but have ideas to share?

If you can’t make it to the open days, head to the Glen­thorne Nation­al Park web­site to share your ideas and help shape the future of your new nation­al park.

You can also keep up to date on the progress that is being made towards the park’s cre­ation by sub­scrib­ing to the e‑newsletter.

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living