Anstey Hill Recreation Park

Where is it?: Anstey Hill Recreation Park is in the north-eastern foothills is bounded by Lower North East Road, Range Road South, North East Road and Perseverance Road. Car parking is available near the corner of Perseverance and North East Roads, Tea Tree Gully. There is another car park off Range Road South. The park is also accessible by public transport – Bus Route 557 (City to Tea Tree Plaza Interchange: Stops 44-50 on Perseverance Road).

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Anstey Hill Recreation ParkProperty summary: Total area 361 hectares. Hundred 0f Yatala – Allotments 1, 2, 3 (Deposited Plan 26217) and 200 (Deposited Plan 30929)2.

Landscape Management Region: Green Adelaide

History: Allotments 1-3 were proclaimed as Anstey Hill Recreation Park on 31 August 19893. Allotment 200 was added on 4 October 20014. Anstey Hill was named after George Alexander Anstey (1814–1895), a local viticulturalist. Ruins throughout the park provide evidence of early European settlement, including Ellis Cottage and Bakehouse and Newman’s Nursery. Restored by the Friends of Anstey Hill, the cottage is located inside gate one. Newman’s Nursery was one of the first commercial nurseries in the Adelaide area. Dolomite and quartzite was mined in the park for many years, and was used in the construction of roads throughout Tea Tree Gully1.

Habitat: The area is dominated by Pink Gum (Eucalyptus fasciculosa) in the west and Long-leaved Box (E. goniocalyx) in the east. On the steeper slopes Native Pine (Callitris gracilis), Drooping Sheaoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) and Pink Gum can be found. Understorey plants include Rock Grass-tree (Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata), Kangaroo Thorn (Acacia paradoxa), Sticky Hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa) and Heath Tea-tree (Leptospermum myrsinoides)1.

More information: NPWSSA

Total Species Recorded to Date: 104 (non-passerines 43, passerines 61)

Common Species: Adelaide Rosella, New Holland Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Spotted Pardalote, Striated Thornbill, Australian Magpie, Black-winged Currawong, Grey Fantail, Little Raven, Red-browed Finch, Silvereye

Less Common Species: Peregrine Falcon, Brush Bronzewing, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, White-winged Triller, Eastern Shriketit, Bassian Thrush


 1 Department for Environment and Heritage (2006) Anstey Hill Recreation Park Management Plan Adelaide, South Australia.

 2 Department for Environment and Water. (2019). Protected Areas Information System. Property Summary Report. 30 March 2019. Adelaide, Australia.

 3 Government of South Australia. (1989). National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1972, Section 34(1): Constitution of Anstey Hill Recreation Park. The South Australian Government Gazette 76: 699. (31 August)

 4 Government of South Australia. (2001). National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 Section 34 (2): Anstey Hill Recreation Park—Alteration of Boundaries. The South Australian Government Gazette 123: 4340. (4 October)

Updated: 9/01/2022

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