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 nature 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.

To cater for the park's extra visitors, Parks 2025 funding will enable a temporary dirt carpark (known as the overflow carpark) located near the Mukanthi Nature Play Space to be formalised and connected to the existing bitumen carpark on Stradbroke Road.

This will create one large sealed car park that occupies the footprint of the two existing carparks (the sealed car park and the overflow carpark), but reconfigured to maximise the number of vehicles it can accommodate.

The new car park will have 100 clearly marked car park spaces, 2 bus drop-off and pick-up spaces, one entry driveway and 2 exit driveways.

New walking paths from the car park will be constructed, which will provide safer access for visitors to the nature play space and beyond.

Click on the map to download a PDF.
Click on the map to download a PDF.
Car park upgrade adjacent to Mukanthi Nature Play Space. Click on the image to download larger version as a PDF.
Car park upgrade adjacent to Mukanthi Nature Play Space. Click on the image to download larger version as a PDF.

Snapshot of upgrades

  • A single sealed carpark that accommodates 100 vehicles plus bus loading zones
  • New walking paths to provide safer access to the Mukanthi Nature Play Space

Estimated project timeline

  • November 2021

    Designs to be complete

  • December 2021 to January 2022

    Works to be tendered

  • February 2022

    Construction works to commence

  • May 2022

    Estimated project completion

Note: this timeline is subject to change as the project progresses.

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. The nearby picnic shelter will also be refurbished and a picnic table installed.

While construction is underway, alternative parking at this site will be limited. For the safety of all park visitors, and to avoid impacting our neighbours, we ask that during this temporary closure:

  • park visitors do not park along Scott Creek Road or on private property, including at neighbouring private businesses
  • park visitors do not park across gate entrances elsewhere in the park. These entrances need to be clear to allow for emergency access. Fines apply for blocking these access points.
Click on the map to download a PDF.
Click on the map to download a PDF.
Works being undertaken near the Scott Creek Road entrance. Click on the image to download a larger version as a PDF.
Works being undertaken near the Scott Creek Road entrance. Click on the image to download a larger version as a PDF.

Snapshot of upgrades

  • Extra car park spaces to accommodate 20 vehicles
  • Improved trail signage and park entry signage
  • Refurbished picnic shelter and new picnic table
  • New accessible path linking the car park and picnic area

Estimated project timeline

  • October 2021

    Designs to be completed

  • November 2021

    Works to be tendered

  • January 2022

    Construction works to commence

  • mid-April 2022

    Estimated project completion

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Contact us

For more information about the Community Access to National Parks investment, contact the project team.