Nilpena Ediacara National Park
See evidence of earth’s earliest animal life
The Flinders Ranges provides some of South Australia’s most iconic landscapes displaying geological formations and wildlife. It is also where evidence of earth’s earliest animal life has been discovered.
The Flinders Ranges, traditional lands of the Adnyamathanha people, is renowned as one of South Australia’s most remarkable landscapes. The dramatic scenery, unique geological formations and iconic wildlife attracts visitors from across the world. It is a place of rich cultural heritage and exceptional scientific value, where evidence of the emergence earth’s earliest complex animal life has been discovered.
Learn more about Nilpena, the planet’s most significant discovery.
Creating the Nilpena Ediacara National Park
Read about the world-class fossil experience that is planned for visitors to our newest national park in the Flinders Ranges.
In March 2019, the state government purchased 60,000 hectares from the Nilpena Pastoral Company which extends to Lake Torrens National Park and adjoins Ediacara Conservation Park. This land, along with the existing Ediacara Conservation Park (in its entirety) was reclassified to become Nilpena Ediacara National Park in 2021.
The state government is building a Nilpena visitor hub at this new national park that will include an Ediacaran fossil experience to explain the planet’s early stages of animal life. This immersive experience is currently being created at the former blacksmith shop, where visitors will have the opportunity to view fossils up-close and experience a one of a kind audio-visual fossil encounter. Exclusive guided tours to the Nilpena fossil field will also be offered and access paths, elevated boardwalks and viewing platforms are being installed to ensure sustainable access to key sites. To view the fossil field, visitors will be required to take an organised guided tour.
Construction of visitor facilities is nearing completion, and it is anticipated that the new fossil experience will be ready to welcome visitors in the first half of 2023.
More information and resources
The Nilpena Story
Understand the exceptional values of Nilpena and where evidence of earth’s earliest complex animal life has been discovered.
Research and Education
Learn more about the current research that is underway and the education opportunities for kids and students.
Cultural heritage and First Nations involvement
Learn of the Adnyamathanha significance of Nilpena and how we’re collaborating to protect the area
Working in partnership
Get to know who’s involved in protecting these globally significant fossils
Planning a Fossil Experience
Find out when you will be able to visit Nilpena and what to expect at this must-see destination.
The Nilpena film set
Find out how Nilpena supports the film industry and discover iconic films shot there.