Nilpena Ediacara National Park

Nilpena Ediacara National Park

Nilpena Ediacara National Park is closed to the public. An official opening is slated for the first half of 2023. When open, access to the park will be by guided tour only. Details

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Free entry
511km from Adelaide
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Nilpe­na Edi­acara Nation­al Park 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.

The nation­al park was pro­claimed in 2021 and incor­po­rates the for­mer Edi­acara Con­ser­va­tion Park. It is locat­ed on the west­ern fringes of the Flinders Ranges encom­pass­ing 60,617 hectares. It is sit­u­at­ed on the for­mer Nilpe­na Pas­toral Sta­tion and bor­ders Lake Tor­rens Nation­al Park. 

In the park’s unas­sum­ing hills, an ancient seafloor con­tain­ing strange ear­ly life­forms some half a bil­lion years old have been exquis­ite­ly pre­served in the fine sand­stone grain. When the park opens in the first half of 2023, vis­i­tors will be guid­ed to the Nilpe­na fos­sil fields to see first-hand where the sig­nif­i­cant dis­cov­ery took place and remains an active research site to this day.

Cur­rent­ly under­way is the cre­ation of an immer­sive Edi­acaran fos­sil expe­ri­ence at the for­mer black­smith shop, where fos­sils can be viewed up-close with curat­ed light­ing and audio-visu­al tech­nol­o­gy. The focal point will be spec­i­men com­mon­ly referred as Alice’s Restau­rant Bed named after the Arlo Guthrie song that notes it has every­thing you could ever want.

The Nilpe­na gate­way – a strik­ing stone wall is the entry loca­tion to the park with ample park­ing as it is the area where all vis­i­tors will be wel­comed and escort­ed by guid­ed tour to the vis­i­tor precinct and fos­sil fields. There will be no overnight facil­i­ties or areas to freely under­take recre­ation due to site being of huge inter­na­tion­al sig­nif­i­cance requir­ing protection.

Nilpe­na pro­vides unique pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ties with panoram­ic views of the north­ern Flinders Ranges as well as per­ma­nent springs.

Learn more about Nilpe­na, the sin­gle most impor­tant site on the plan­et for the Edi­acaran rise of ear­ly ani­mal life.