Innes National Park

Where is it?: Innes National Park is at the south-western foot of Yorke Peninsula.

Owner: Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Property summary: Total area 9,415 hectares. Hundred of Warrenben – Sections 13, 57, 76, 83, 88-89, 93, 95, 99-102, 104, 107, 116, 121, 124-128, 131-136, 138-139, Allotment 100 (Deposited Plan 32565), North Out of Hundreds – Sections 958-959.

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Northern and Yorke

History: Sections 99-102 were proclaimed as Innes National Park on 5 March 1970.

Habitat: With such a large area there are a number of varied habitats within the park 

  • Coastal Heath – Along the coastal cliffs, salt spray, windy conditions and shallow calcareous soils create an environment favouring the establishment of mat plant communities and coastal heath vegetation. The heath includes a wide range of species, mostly below one metre tall, including Coast Beard-heath (Leucopogon parviflorus), Coastal White Mallee (Eucalyptus diversifolia), Dune Wattle (Acacia ligulata), Coast Velvet-bush (Lasiopetalum discolor) and various bush pea species (Pultenaea sp).
  • Mallee Woodland – Coastal White Mallee (E. diversifolia) dominates the mallee woodland near the coast. Further inland, Kingscote Mallee (E. rugosa), Red Mallee (E. oleosa) and Narrow-leaved Red Mallee (E. leptophylla) become increasingly apparent, with stands of She-oak (Allocasuarina verticillata) and Scrub Pine (Callitris canescens) throughout. Understorey species includes Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata), Cockies Tongue (Templetonia retusa) and other heath plants.
  • Salinas – There is a pronounced plant succession correlated with decreasing soil salinity and period of inundation. Immediately surrounding the salinas, where salinity is high, saltmarsh communities of samphire (Salicornia spp.) occur, with increasing thickets of Paperbark Tea-tree (Melaleuca halmaturorum) as salinity declines. Dominant groundcover species in areas of low salinity include Cutting Grass (Gahnia trifida), Leafless Ballart (Exocarpos aphyllus) and Black-anther Flax lily (Dianella revoluta).

More information: DEWNR

Total Species Recorded to Date: 136 (non-passerines 81, passerines 55)

Common Species: Emu, Malleefowl, Brush Bronzewing, Rock Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red Wattlebird, White-browed Scrubwren, Brown Currawong, 

Less Common Species: Cape Barren Goose, Little Penguin, Osprey, Painted Buttonquail, Southern Boobook, Red-capped Robin, 

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