Take a walk in Marino Conservation Park: The Botanical Trail

Take a walk in Marino Conservation Park: The Botanical Trail

Explore a new walk­ing trail each month in one of South Australia’s nation­al parks. Here’s one to try next.

The Botan­i­cal Trail a mod­er­ate hike in Mari­no Con­ser­va­tion Park, 19 km south of Ade­laide, just past Seacliff.

Start­ing at the Nim­boya Road car park, this 1.2 km loop will take you 45 min­utes to complete.

This trail will take you past the last remain­ing coastal heath in Ade­laide, and guides you by one of our only metro light­hous­es in the state. 

Take a walk in Marino Conservation Park: The Botanical Trail

The first sec­tion of the walk heads out to the coast and is suit­able for wheel­chairs and prams.

Here, you’ll be able to stop at a new look­out where you can take in the stun­ning views of the Ade­laide coastline.

The trail is filled with signs that iden­ti­fy native species you’ll see along the way. Take a break at the pic­nic area, it can also be accessed by wheel­chair and is pram friendly. 

Top tip: The widened trail, detailed sig­nage, pic­nic area and look­out are brand new, so it’s a great time to check them out. See what you’re in for before you vis­it the park:

Check out Mari­no Con­ser­va­tion Park’s new and improved facilities 

Along the way you’ll head through both estab­lished and reveg­e­tat­ed areas with­in the park. Keep an eye out for bird species that call the park home, some of them mightn’t be your usu­al back­yard suspects. 

You won’t have to leave your dog at home when you vis­it Mari­no Con­ser­va­tion Park – it’s one of Adelaide’s dog-friend­ly nation­al parks.

There are a few rules you need to fol­low when you vis­it though. Make sure your four-legged friend stays on a lead no longer than 2 metres long, stick to the trails, and take your dog­gy-do bags with you when you leave.

Top tip: there are no toi­lets in Mari­no Con­ser­va­tion Park. The clos­est pub­lic toi­lets are a short 5 minute dri­ve away, in Seacliff. 

Things to pre­pare before you go

Make sure you pack enough drink­ing water and food. It’s also a good idea to pack sun pro­tec­tion (a hat, sun­glass­es and sun­screen) and insect repellent.

It’s also essen­tial you wear suit­able footwear and cloth­ing for hik­ing, such as long pants.

There are no bins in nation­al parks, so you’ll also have to think about how you can take your rub­bish home. Find out more about how you can leave no trace.

Want to explore the Glen­thorne Precinct fur­ther? Take a look at ourHal­lett Cove ranger tipsand itin­er­ary blog.

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living