Creating Hindmarsh Valley National Park

Creating Hindmarsh Valley National Park

A new national park is being created in Hindmarsh Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula, nestled between Myponga and Mount Jagged.

The 423-hectare portion of land was previously owned by SA Water and was transferred to the Department for Environment and Water in mid-2021.

It was officially proclaimed as a national park in December 2021, ensuring the ongoing protection of this ecologically significant land and acknowledging its value as a visitor destination.

In creating this national park, conservation is at the forefront.

Learn more about the creation of Hindmarsh Valley National Park, the species that live here and the importance of its inclusion in South Australia’s national park network.

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Where is Hindmarsh Valley National Park?

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Hindmarsh Valley National Park is located approximately 80 km south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

It is nearby to picturesque Hindmarsh Falls, and Mount Billy Conservation Park – which also protects important Fleurieu Peninsula vegetation communities.

Why is the site so significant?

Hindmarsh Valley National Park is where you will find the nationally critically endangered Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps.

These swamps are unique because of their tiered structure, found nowhere else in Australia. The upper catchments enable the formation of spring fed swamps at the top of the tiers. These swamps feed permanent streams dissecting the south-easterly facing slopes, creating moist, shady, mossy areas with fertile loamy soils that are unique for the region. This is ideal habitat for the endangered Hindmarsh Valley Greenhood or ‘Moss Loving Greenhood’ (Pterostylis bryophila) found in the area.

Image of Fleurieu Peninsula swamp courtesy of Anthony Abley.
Image of Fleurieu Peninsula swamp courtesy of Anthony Abley.

The park is also home to two other species of endangered plants only found in the area: the Mount Compass oak-bush (Allocasuarina robusta), and Hindmarsh correa (Correa calycina var.calycina).

It also provides habitat for the nationally-endangered southern brown bandicoot, chestnut rumped heath-wren, nationally-vulnerable bassian thrush and locally critically endangered western pygmy possum.

Proclaiming the area as a national park under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 ensures protection for this special parcel of land, the species that live here, and the habitat it provides – for now and for the years to come.

Western pygmy possum
Western pygmy possum
Image of bassian thrush courtesy of Darcey Whittaker.
Image of bassian thrush courtesy of Darcey Whittaker.

Who is involved in creating the park?

The Department for Environment and Water is working closely with Peramangk and Kaurna Nations, the City of Victor Harbor, and other relevant stakeholders in the creation of Hindmarsh Valley National Park.

Development of the park management plan

Development of a park management plan for Hindmarsh Valley National Park is underway.

The plan will establish a long-term vision for the management of the ecological, cultural and recreation values of Hindmarsh Valley National Park and 5 other parks across the central Fleurieu Peninsula, including: Gum Tree Gully Conservation Park, Mount Billy Conservation Park, Myponga Conservation Park, Spring Mount Conservation Park, and Yulte Conservation Park.

The draft plan is expected to be released for public consultation towards the middle of 2022.

Once adopted, the plan will establish a coordinated and strategic approach to the long-term management of these parks.

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Timeline for the park management plan

  • April to June 2022
    • Development of the draft park management plan underway
    • Early consultation with stakeholders
  • June to October 2022
    • Draft plan released for 3-month consultation
    • Community feedback analysed
    • Changes to plan made
  • November 2022
    • Park management plan adopted

Maintaining the park

While the park management plan is developed, work continues to protect the land within Hindmarsh Valley National Park from fire and introduced species.

Park rangers and ecologists continue to maintain weed control programs, so that native species can survive and thrive.

To assist in the management of fire risks, ongoing monitoring and removal of dry grass and on ground fuel, fire breaks and fire tracks maintenance will be undertaken.

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