Marino Conservation Park

Where is it?: Marino Conservation Park is 2 km S of Marino Rocks Station. Public transport is available from Adelaide to Marino Rocks Station (Adelaide to Seaford Railway) and walking south-west along Newland Avenue and then south on Nimboya Road where there is a car park at the park entrance. The Adelaide-Seaford Railway forms the western boundary, Bundarra Road /Bundarra Drive the northern boundary, Park View Terrace the eastern and pastoral land on the southern.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water.

Property summary: Total area 30 hectares. Hundred of Adelaide – Allotment 7000 (Deposited Plan 95635) 1

Landscape Management Region: Green Adelaide

History: Marino Conservation Park was a traditional resting place of the Kaurna Peoples, however, by the early 20th century much of the area had been cleared for grazing.

Marino Conservation Park was proclaimed on 2 November 1989. At the highest point along the southern boundary an area has been excised for the Marino Rocks Lighthouse. 2, 3, 4

Marino Conservation Park vegetationHabitat: The park protects an area of remnant coastal vegetation. In the northern part there is native apricot (Pittosporum angustifolium) and elegant wattle (Acacia victoriae). Towards the south there are a few remnant mallee box (Eucalyptus porosa). In the coastal heath area coast pomaderris (Pomaderris paniculosa), twiggy daisy-bush (Olearia ramulosa) and shiny ground-berry (Acroctriche patula) can be found. Most of the park was cleared for agricultural practices and a number of introduced plant species have became established. These exotic plant species have been removed and the area has been re-vegetated with locally indigenous plants such as drooping she-oak (Allocasuarina stricta), dryland tea-tree (Melaleuca acuminata) and umbrella-bush (Acacia ligulata). 4

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Total Species Recorded to Date: 48 (non-passerines 18, passerines 28)

Common Species: Singing Honeyeater, Australian Magpie, Crested Pigeon, Australian Pipit, Little Raven, Silvereye, Willie Wagtail

Less Common Species: Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Australian Hobby, Brown Songlark, Yellow-rumped Thornbill

 1  Protected Areas Information System Property Summary Report. 15 March 2019. Department for Environment and Heritage, Adelaide, South Australia. 

 2  National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1972, Section 30(1): Constitution of Marino Conservation Park. The South Australian Government Gazette. 94: 1348. 

 3  National Parks and Wildlife Act (No 56 of 1972). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia: 703. 27 April 1972.

 4  Hallett Cove and Marino Conservation Parks (including Sandison Reserve) Management Plan 2010. Department for Environment and Heritage, Adelaide, South Australia. 

Updated: 25/07/2021

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