Hallett Cove Conservation Park

Where is it?: The park only 50 hectares in size including Sandison Reserve (owned by the National Trust of S.A.) is on the eastern shore of Gulf St Vincent at Hallett Cove. This park is one of Australia’s most outstanding geological and archaeological sites. Public access is available from Hallett Cove Station on the Adelaide-Seaford rail line. The park is c. 500m from the station via South Avenue off The Cove Road.

There are four main entrances to the park all serviced by an interpretive walking trail. They are the eastern entrance off Dutchman Drive, the southern entrance off Heron Way and two northern entrances off South Avenue and Second Avenue. Car parks can be found along Heron Way and at the end of Second Avenue, Hallett Cove.

Owner: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. more information

History: The park was first proclaimed on 1 July 1976.

Sandison Reserve adjacent to the western side of the park has been a National Trust reserve since 1965 (purchased from the trustees of the late George Sandison) and is managed by DEWNR in conjunction with Hallett Cove Conservation Park through a partnership with the National Trust of South Australia.

Habitat: Although the park is relatively small it includes a diverse range of significant geological formations. The vegetation of the park is characterised by coastal heath – Sea Box (Alyxia buxifolia), Pale Turpentine Bush (Beyeria lechanaultii), Stiff Westringia (Westringia rigida), Mallee Pomaderris (Pomaderris paniculosa), Eutaxia (Eutaxia   HallettCoveCPmicrophylla) and Coast Umbrella-bush (Acacia cupularis ). In the protected gullies there is low scrubland with Dryland Teatree (Melaleuca lanceolata), Native Apricot (Pittosporum angustifolium), Common Boobialla (Myoporum insulare) and Slaty Sheoak (Allocasuarina muelleriana). The vegetation has been highly modified since the early 1920s, primarily due to agricultural practices and the construction of shacks formerly situated along the foreshore. Revegetation programs have been undertaken.

Total Species Recorded to Date: 75 (non-passerines 47, passerines 28)

Common Species: Nankeen Kestrel, Crescent Pigeon, Red Wattlebird, Singing Honeyeater, Australian Magpie

Less Common Species: Eastern Osprey, Australian Hobby, Rock Parrot, White-fronted Chat, Spotted Pardalote