Marne Valley Conservation Park

Marne Valley Conservation Park

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Free entry
106km from Adelaide
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The 105 hectare Marne Val­ley Con­ser­va­tion Park is bisect­ed by the Marne Riv­er, which pro­vides a focal point for the park.

The park was ded­i­cat­ed in 1976 and con­sists of gen­tly undu­lat­ed land. Much of the park is com­prised of low lying, sea­son­al­ly inun­dat­ed giant riv­er red gum flats. Oth­er veg­e­ta­tion com­mu­ni­ties in the park include mallee box, nar­row-leaf mallee and white mallee. In the south west­ern cor­ner, along the east­ern cen­tral bound­ary, and along the north­ern bound­ary the native veg­e­ta­tion has large­ly been cleared. The cleared areas are low open shrub­lands dom­i­nat­ed by var­i­ous exot­ic grass­es, ephemer­als, small-leafed blue­bush, climb­ing twin­leaf, bassia, bal­car­ra grass and blad­der saltbush.

Vis­i­tors can access the park by foot by sev­er­al of the man­age­ment tracks, but should be mind­ful of sea­son­al con­di­tions pri­or to set­ting out. Walk qui­et­ly and you may be reward­ed with sight­ings of west­ern grey kan­ga­roos tak­ing shel­ter in patch­es of veg­e­ta­tion or feed­ing on the grass­lands. If you have a keen eye you may also spot water­fowl or hear the dis­tinct call of the icon­ic kook­abur­ra echo­ing through the red gum woodland.