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Black Hill Conservation Park

Area: 758Ha         

Declared: 1860

Species Information

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What makes this park special?


Black Hill Conservation Park is an important link in the chain of parks stretching across the Adelaide Hills. It contains a variety of habitats, including sun drenched, dry, north facing rocky escarpments, important grassy woodlands, high quality heathlands and cool sheltered south facing valleys. The extensive area of heathland is crucial habitat for the endangered Mount Lofty Ranges Chestnut-rumped heathwren. 

The northern grassy woodlands feature valuable overstorey species of Mallee Box (Eucalyptus porosa), Blue Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxolyn) and Peppermint Box (Eucalyptus odorata) and are important raptor breeding sites. The central arid gardens are significant for their different orchid species, some of which are in decline. The southern areas provide habitat for the vulnerable yellow tailed black cockatoo and yellow-footed antechinus. 

The park also has two ephemeral water falls at opposite ends of the park, one on the Ambers Gully walking trail and the other on the Orchard walking trail (off Orchard Track). There are many good walking trails and tracks which take you through a wide variety of landscapes, habitats and vegetation associations. The park features great views of the Adelaide Plains. 

Danny McCreadie
Tawny frogmouth nest

Purple beard-orchid
(Calochilus platychilus)

Danny McCreadie
Collared sparrowhawk

Lemon sun-orchid
(Thelymitta antennifera)

Visiting this park?

You can find information about visiting this park on the National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia website

You can also find information about different walks on the Walking SA

Donations to Black Hill Conservation park’s Free A Tree fund will save significant trees from olives and help protect this park.