Ferries McDonald Conservation Park

Ferries McDonald Conservation Park

Park fees:
Free entry
74.8km from Adelaide
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At around 880 hectares, Fer­ries McDon­ald Con­ser­va­tion Park is one of the larg­er Con­ser­va­tion Parks in the area.

The dense, pre­dom­i­nant­ly mallee habi­tat pro­vides a refuge for over 300 species of plants, and more than 80 species of birds. If you are lucky you may spy west­ern grey kan­ga­roos graz­ing in a neigh­bour­ing pas­ture, or catch a glimpse of sev­er­al species of rap­tors float­ing in the sky above as they search for prey.

In spring, you can see the park alive with native orchids, flow­er­ing blos­soms and all of the beau­ti­ful birds this sea­son attracts. Encounter superb fairy-wrens, gold­en whistlers, rufous whistlers, yel­low-rumped thorn­bills, mallee ring­neck par­rots, as well as sev­er­al kinds of robin and white-browed bab­blers. This park is also home for the elu­sive and nation­al­ly endan­gered species, the malleefowl, which has been the sub­ject of long-term research and mon­i­tor­ing in the park.

Anoth­er inter­est­ing nat­ur­al fea­ture of the park is the many sandy ridges form­ing part of the Mur­ray Plains and pro­vid­ing evi­dence of its geo­log­i­cal past, as this area was once part of the ocean bed.

Park maps

Fer­ries McDon­ald Con­ser­va­tion Park Map

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smart­phone or tablet you can down­load the free Aven­za Map app and have inter­ac­tive nation­al park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device’s built-in GPS to plot your real-time loca­tion with­in the park onto a map. The app can be used with­out a net­work con­nec­tion and with­out roam­ing charges. You can also mea­sure area and dis­tance, plot pho­tos and drop place­mark pins. 

How to get it work­ing on your device:

1. Down­load the Aven­za Maps app from the app store (iOS/Android) whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shop­ping cart icon.
3. Click Find’ and type the name of the nation­al park or reserve you are look­ing for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Aven­za Maps app.
6. Use our maps through the Aven­za Mapa app while in the park and nev­er take a wrong turn again.