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Olive Hill


Morialta Conservation Park


21.3 Ha


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Site Description

Olive Hill was the first project site establish by the Friends of Black Hill & Morialta. It is a primarily Eucalyptus porosa (black mallee box) and part Eucalyptus leucoxylon (South Australian blue gum) grassy woodland site. It is located up the first hill as you enter the park’s main entrance at the Southwestern side of Morialta.

What this project protects

This project site protects one of the few remaining black mallee box grassy woodlands and is the best example of its type in the park. The site protects a number of rated flora species: the mallee fringe-lily, the pale flax-lily and the clustered everlasting daisy. All of these species are considered rare.
It is habitat for a wide range of animals and woodland birds including western grey kangaroos, red-browed finch, red wattle birds, spotted pardalotes and echidnas.
 Spotted Pardalote

Our Focus

Our goal for this project site is to restore it as a grassy woodland, that is corresponding to the existing large black mallee box overstorey. To restore the native woodland, we are targeting the large olive tree infestation across this hill and surrounds. Removing this weed gives the native species a chance to come back. Other weeds are growing in the site too such as the weed of national significance bridal creeper. We are also targeting escaped garden plants from the nearby houses such as succulents to minimize their spread through the park.
Preparing an olive for drill and fill treatment

Donations to the Free A Tree project removing olives will help reduce the number of olives in the area and help protect this project site

How to get involved

Come out and join us for a habitat restoration event the last Sundays of May and November or join the members of the Fourth Creek project team who like to work in this project site the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Check out the upcoming events on our calendar.

Volunteer Stories

My name is Ben and I’m passionate about protecting the environment and helping a range of native flora and fauna that are doing it tough in the park. I am inspired to work on this project site because I love the scenery being one of my favorite places to hike through. I also enjoy building skills in plant identification.

Hi, my name is Garth. Growing up in the Snowy Mountains of NSW, I was surrounded by the iconic Kosciuszko National park, which at the time I probably took for granted. I now realise that our natural places must be preserved and protected, as we are losing them around the world at a rate of knots. When we first came to Adelaide, we chose to live near the hills, and volunteering for the Friend's group was the perfect way to help restore, preserve and protect Adelaide's natural backyard.