Monarto Conservation Park

Monarto Conservation Park

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Free entry
63.66km from Adelaide
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Around one hour’s dri­ve from the city of Ade­laide you will find the tran­quil refuge of Monar­to Con­ser­va­tion Park.

Sit­u­at­ed in the rain shad­ow of the South­ern Mount Lofty Ranges to the west, it has just over half the aver­age annu­al rain­fall of Ade­laide, and is con­sid­ered semi-arid – a stark con­trast to the near­by hills envi­ron­ment. The Riv­er Mur­ray is 15km to the east and Lake Alexan­d­ri­na is 15km south.

Hint­ing at the park’s geo­log­i­cal his­to­ry, sandy ridges in this area of the Mur­ray Plains reveal that it was once part of the ocean bed.

The thick­ets of mallee wood­land and dry heath­land pro­vide allur­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for those wish­ing to escape the hus­tle and mean­der amongst the veg­e­ta­tion in the hope of spot­ting south­ern scrub-robin and the shy heath­wren. If par­tic­u­lar­ly patient, vis­i­tors may also be reward­ed with a spot­ted har­ri­er hov­er­ing above the adja­cent pas­ture lands. A vari­ety of oth­er species have been record­ed in the park includ­ing the pur­ple-gaped hon­ey eater, spot­ted par­doldote, malleefowl, wee­bill and white-browed bab­bler. This park is a birdo’s’ paradise!