Nilpena Ediacara National Park

Nilpena Ediacara National Park

The story of life emerging

South Australia's most significant discovery

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 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. It is proposed that this land along with the existing Ediacara Conservation Park (in its entirety) will be reclassified to become Nilpena Ediacara National Park in 2021.

As part of the ‘Parks 2025 strategy’, an investment of $3 million by the South Australian Government will create the Ediacara Fossil experience that explains the planet’s early stages of animal life.

As part of the South Australian Government’s Parks 2025 Strategy, $3 million is being invested into the Nilpena visitor hub. An immersive Ediacaran fossil experience is 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 the visitor hub is currently underway, and it is anticipated that the new fossil experience will be ready to welcome visitors early in 2022.

Nilpena Ediacara National Park was proclaimed on 17 June 2021. The new fossil experience will commence for bookings in early 2022.

More information and resources

The Nilpena Story

The Nilpena Story

Understand the exceptional values of Nilpena.

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Research and Education

Research and Education

Learn more about the current research that is underway and the education opportunities for kids and students.

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Cultural heritage and First Nations involvement

Cultural heritage and First Nations involvement

Learn of the Adnyamathanha significance of Nilpena and how we’re collaborating to protect the area

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Working in partnership

Working in partnership

Get to know who’s involved in protecting these globally significant fossils

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Planning a Fossil Experience

Planning a Fossil Experience

Find out when you can visit Nilpena and what to expect at this must-see destination.

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The Nilpena film set

The Nilpena film set

Find out how Nilpena supports the film industry and discover iconic films shot there.

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