Lake Newland Conservation Park

Where is it?: Lake Newland Conservation Park is a narrow stretch of land extended along the coast for approximately 38 km from 20 km north of Elliston towards Venus Bay. Access to the park is by Walkers Rock Road in the south and centrally via Sheridans Lane, both off the Flinders Highway. Parking bays are available at the Walkers Rock entrance.

Lake Newland C.P. entrance sign
Lake Newland C.P.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 8880 hectares. Hundred of Colton – Sections 54, 155, 197, 201, 202, 203, 212, 214, Allotment 10 (Deposited Plan 29068), Allotment 10 (Deposited Plan 40280); Hundred of Downer – Section 287

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Eyre

History: The park was first proclaimed on 1 August 1991 with additional areas added on 27 June 1996 and 14 October 2010. Section 214 was gazetted in 1995 as a Coastal Conservation and Recreation Reserve under the Crown Lands Act 1929 and reclassified on 14 October 2010.

Lake Newland general view towards coast

Habitat: The major vegetation types occurring in the park include:

  • Coastal Dune Area – Low woodland of Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata); Open heath with Coast Daisy-bush (Olearia axillaris) and Tussock Grassland with Rolling Spinifex (Spinifex sericeous)
  • Saline Lakes and Flats – Low open woodlands of Swamp Paperbark (Melaleuca halmaturorum); Tussock grasslands (Gahnia spp.) and Samphire (Halosarcia spp.), Shrubby Glasswort (Sclerostegia arbuscula) and Austral Seablite (Sueda australis)
  • Limestone Plains – probably originally dominated by sheoak woodlands  (Allocasuarina verticillata), but now modified by past clearing.

There are a number of freshwater springs or soaks along the eastern edge of the lake – Chiltata Spring, Weepra Spring and Three Springs.

More information: DEW

Total Species Recorded to Date: 111 (non-passerines 71, passerines 40)

Common Species: Cape Barren Goose, Pied Oystercatcher, Singing Honeyeater, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Willie Wagtail, Silvereye

Less Common Species: Blue-breasted Fairywren, Striated Pardalote, Grey Fantail, Rufous Whistler, Horsfield’s Bushlark

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