Your guide to the new national park coming to the Fleurieu Peninsula

Your guide to the new national park coming to the Fleurieu Peninsula

A new nation­al park is com­ing to South Australia’s Hind­marsh Val­ley. Here’s every­thing you need to know.

Excit­ing things have been hap­pen­ing in South Australia’s nation­al parks late­ly – think the cre­ation of Adelaide’s newest nation­al park, Glen­thorne Nation­al Park — Itya­mai­it­pin­na Yarta, a new mul­ti-day walk­ing expe­ri­ence on the Fleurieu Penin­su­la, and a host of oth­er excit­ing improve­ments to parks across the state.

Plus there’s the open­ing of reser­voirs for recre­ation­al use, which gives vis­i­tors even more options for spend­ing time in nature.

But that’s not where it ends. A 423-hectare par­cel of land in Hind­marsh Val­ley on the Fleurieu Penin­su­la is set to be pro­claimed as a nation­al park and opened to the public.

Here’s what’s in store:

A new nation­al park is com­ing to Hind­marsh Valley 

A con­ser­va­tion haven

A large por­tion of the land in the pro­posed nation­al park will pro­vide more habi­tat for some of the species affect­ed by the 2019 – 20 bush­fires on Kan­ga­roo Island and in Cud­lee Creek.

This includes species like the nation­al­ly endan­gered south­ern brown bandi­coot, chest­nut-rumped heath-wren and south­ern emu-wren, the nation­al­ly vul­ner­a­ble bass­ian thrush and the crit­i­cal­ly endan­gered west­ern pygmy pos­sum.

And not only that, the land is also the loca­tion of the nation­al­ly crit­i­cal­ly endan­gered Fleurieu Penin­su­la Swamps, and three species of endan­gered plants only found in the Hind­marsh Val­ley area – the Hind­marsh Val­ley green­hood (Pterostylis bryophi­la), Mount Com­pass oak-bush (Allo­ca­sua­r­i­na robus­ta) and Hind­marsh Val­ley cor­rea (Cor­rea calyci­na var. calyci­na).

Pro­claim­ing the area as a park under the Nation­al Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 means these areas and flo­ra and fau­na species can be pro­tect­ed and conserved.

New nature-based experiences

As well as the con­ser­va­tion val­ue, hav­ing a new nation­al park in the area means unlock­ing the space for vis­i­tors to access and enjoy.

It’s still ear­ly days, but plans are under­way to inves­ti­gate what facil­i­ties should be includ­ed at the park, so that vis­i­tors can enjoy this unique­ly beau­ti­ful area of the Fleurieu Penin­su­la at its best.

This might include a look­out and moun­tain bik­ing and walk­ing trails, with options avail­able for peo­ple with acces­si­bil­i­ty requirements.

Stay tuned for more about what’s in store for this spe­cial part of SA – but all going well, it could be ready for vis­i­tors by the end of this year.

To learn more about the new nation­al park, and to sub­scribe to updates,vis­it the Hind­marsh Val­ley page on the Nation­al Parks and Wildlife Service’s web­site.

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living