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Mount Magnificent Conservation Park

  • Bird watching
  • Walking trails

About

Mount Magnificent Conservation Park conserves 90 hectares of remnant land that was left virtually untouched by the early landholders because of its steep terrain and rocky outcrops. The summit dominates the area, rising 380 meters above sea level, allowing panoramic views of the southern coast, Lakes Alexandrina and Albert, the Coorong and beyond.

Opening hours

Open daily.

Closures and safety

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may also be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

You can determine the current fire danger rating by checking the Fire Ban District map on the CFS website.

Check the CFS website or call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline 1800 362 361 for:

Listen to your local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety.

Contact details

Visitor information and park management

Victor Harbor National Parks and Wildlife Service Office
Phone: (+61 8) 8552 0300
Email: DEW.FleurieuOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

Visitor information and park management:

Emergency contacts:

Medical, fire (including bushfire) and police emergency situations
Phone: Triple Zero (000)

Police Assistance
Phone: 131 444 for non-urgent police assistance

National Parks and Wildlife Service SA – After-hours duty officer
Phone: 0427 556 676

Injured wildlife:

Within the park
Please contact Victor Harbor National Parks and Wildlife Service Office on (08) 8552 0300 or the after-hours duty officer on 0427 556 676 (outside of business hours).

Outside of the park
Please contact a local wildlife rescue group

When to visit

Other than in the heat of summer's hottest days, the park has something to offer to those who venture there. Winter time allows for the verdancy of the surrounding bush to guide your walk through the undulating landscape. Spring brings with it a large variety of wildflowers which sprinkle the bush with hues of light and life. Autumn brings in the cool wetness that revives the bushland and brings new growth into the diverse forest ecosystem.

Getting there

The park is located 7km north-east of Mount Compass on Mount Magnificent Road where parking is available to access both trails within the park. An alternate entrance is found on Blackfellows Creek Road. From this access point, parking is limited and walkers will only be able to access one of the two walking trails in the park.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted in most public places and are therefore welcome in South Australia’s parks and reserves. Assistance dogs must be appropriately restrained on a lead and remain under your effective control at all times while in a park or reserve.

As per the dogs in parks and reserves policy, if the dog is not an accredited assistance dog, they must be trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate that disability and meet standards of hygiene and behaviour appropriate for a dog in a public place. However, refusal may be given if the person with the disability is unable to produce evidence the dog is an assistance dog with the appropriate training.

Before taking your assistance dog into a park that does not normally allow dogs, it is highly recommended that you contact us so we can provide you with the latest information on any potential hazards within specific parks that may affect your dog. Please contact the park via the contact details provided under the contact tab or contact the visitor service centre via email or on Facebook, or you can live chat with a customer service representative on the website Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Dogs not allowed

Dogs are not permitted in this park.

Discover which parks you can walk your dog in on our find a park tool or read 12 dog-friendly walks in Adelaide Parks by Good Living for inspiration.

Facilities

There are no facilites within/around this park. Closest toilets can be found at either Mount Compass or Meadows.

Useful information

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Dead wood plays a vital role in providing shelter for animals and adding nutrients to the soil.

Traditional owners

Aboriginal peoples have occupied, enjoyed and managed the lands and waters of this State for thousands of generations. For Aboriginal first nations, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state.

There are many places across the State that have great spiritual significance to Aboriginal first nations. At some of these places Aboriginal cultural protocols, such as restricted access, are promoted and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of Traditional Owners.

In places where protocols are not promoted visitors are asked to show respect by not touching or removing anything, and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.

Aboriginal peoples continue to play an active role in caring for their Country, including in parks across South Australia.

History

Mount Magnificent Conservation Park was dedicated in 1967. The area was investigated for mineral deposits by early European settlers, but the search proved unsuccessful.

See and do

Bushwalking

Moderate Hike

  • Mount Magnificent loop hike (1 hr return, 2.4km)

A loop walk to the Mount Magnificent summit rewards walkers with impressive views of the southern coast including Lake Albert, Lake Alexandrinam The Coorong and beyond. Observe the park's changing vegetation from woodland and low forest to open grassy areas that are now regenerating.

  • Heysen Trail section (1 hr, 2.8km)

This section of the Heysen Trail, Australia's longest walking trail can be enjoyed as a short hike or as part of a longer journey. A spur trail (add 1.5km return)takes walkers to the Mt Magnificent summit.

Stay in the park

Staying overnight within the park is not permitted.

4WDriving

4WD within the park is not permitted.

Plants and animals

Flora and fauna species lists

To download flora (plants) and fauna (animals) species lists for this park, use the 'Create Simple Species List' tab under 'Flora Tools' or 'Fauna Tools' in NatureMaps.

Safety

Bushwalking

The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?

Fire

Fires are not permitted within this park at any time of the year.

Closures and safety

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may also be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

You can determine the current fire danger rating by checking the Fire Ban District map on the CFS website.

Check the CFS website or call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline 1800 362 361 for:

Listen to your local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety.

Water

Please carry adequate water when hiking.

Know before you go

Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.

Please ensure that you:

  • leave your pets at home
  • do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
  • do not bring generators (except where permitted), chainsaws or firearms into the park
  • leave the park as you found it - there are no bins in national parks, please come prepared to take your rubbish with you.
  • abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
  • respect geological and heritage sites
  • do not remove native plants
  • are considerate of other park users.
  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Dead wood plays a vital role in providing shelter for animals and adding nutrients to the soil.

Maps

Park maps

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.

Fees

Entry fees

Come and enjoy this park for free.

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park.