Community Access to National Parks

Community Access to National Parks

Improving visitor access to popular national parks

Work is underway to give national park visitors easier access to some of Adelaide’s popular park sites, as part of the South Australian Government’s Parks 2025 initiative.

Under the Community Access to National Parks banner, $1.5 million is being invested in construction projects at key sites, including increasing car parking capacity.

This includes increased car parking capacity at key sites, improving the visitor experience and improving visitor safety.

Morialta Conservation Park in Adelaide’s east and Mark Oliphant Conservation Park in the Adelaide Hills are the first projects to receive funding.

Works at Morialta Conservation Park

Nestled 8 km east of Adelaide, Morialta Conservation Park is home to the popular Mukanthi Nature Play Space, which was opened in 2017.

The new play space rapidly drew in the crowds, putting pressure on the carpark located adjacent to the site and forcing visitors’ vehicles to spill onto neighboring streets.

The Department for Environment and Water is working collaboratively with the community and the local Friends of Parks volunteer group to ensure the best outcome in creating new visitor parking to service the area.

Parks 2025 funding will enable a temporary dirt carpark located near the Mukanthi Nature Play Space to be formalised and connected to the existing bitumen carpark on Stradbroke Road. Provision for dedicated bus parking areas is also being investigated.

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Snapshot of upgrades

  • Formalising the existing temporary carpark
  • Improved access to Mukanthi nature play space

Estimated project timeline

  • August 2021

    Designs to be complete

  • September 2021

    Works to be tendered

  • Mid-October 2021

    Construction works to commence

  • December 2021

    Construction works complete

Mark Oliphant Conservation Park

An increase in visitation at Mark Oliphant Conservation Park in the Adelaide Hills in recent years has seen a greater demand on parking near the Scott Creek Road entrance at Longwood.

Working with the park’s volunteers and local businesses, DEW will extend the existing carpark by approximately 20 spaces, improve signage and provide better access to reach the surrounding walking trail network.

Click on the map to download a PDF.
Click on the map to download a PDF.

Snapshot of upgrades

  • Extra car park spaces
  • Improved trail signage

Estimated project timeline

  • August 2021

    Designs to be completed

  • September 2021

    Works to be tendered

  • Mid-October 2021

    Construction works to commence

  • December 2021

    Construction works complete

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Contact us

For more information about the Community Access to National Parks investment, contact Project Services Team Leader Michael Kidd.