Morialta Conservation Park

Where is it?: Morialta Conservation Park at Woodforde is adjacent to Black Hill Conservation Park. Montacute Road is the northern boundary and Norton Summit Road part of the southern boundary. Stradbroke Road forms part of the western boundary. Public transport is available on Bus Routes H30 and X30 (Monday to Friday only) to Paradise Interchange (Stops 26 or 27 on Stradbroke Road, Rostrevor). There is car parking at the Morialta Road entrance and near the start of the First Falls trail but other areas of the park can be accessed via Norton Summit Road and Montacute Road.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 584 hectares. Hundred of Adelaide – Sections 645, 733, 738, 833, 834, 1189, 1067, 1068, Allotments 1 (Deposited Plan 89443, 1-3 (Deposited Plan 54140), 23 (Deposited Plan 79308). 14

Natural Resources Management Region:  Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

History: Section 823 and Portions of Sections 810, 822, 850, 852, 853, 854, 855, and 857 were first proclaimed a National Pleasure Resort on 15 July 1915 and named Morialta Falls Reserve 4. On 29 September 1966 most of this area was defined as Section 834 and dedicated as Morialta Falls Public Pleasure Resort 2. On 25 April 1968 3 and 30 May 1968 Section 834 was defined as Morialta Falls National Pleasure Resort 4. The park was re-proclaimed as Morialta Conservation Park on 27 April 1972 7. Additions are as follows – Section 645 on 27 May 1976 8; Section 1189 on 24 May 1979 9; Section 733 on 2 October 1980 10; Sections 1067-1068 on 28 November 1985 11; Section 738 on 17 April 1986 12; and Allotments 1 (Deposited Plan 89443), 1-3 (Deposited Plan 54140) and 23 (Deposited Plan 79308) on 11 July 2013 13.

More information: Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Conservation Parks NPWSSA

Habitat: The upper very steep and rocky slopes are dominated by Grass-trees and Drooping Sheaoak. The higher slopes support a low woodland of Pink Gum (Eucalyptus fasciculosa), Brown Stringybark (E. baxteri) and Messmate Stringybark (E. obliqua) over a closed shrubland of heath plants. On the western slopes and extending outside the park boundary the vegetation is dominated by (E. porosa), South Australian Blue Gum (E. leucoxylon) and River Red Gum (E. camaldulensis). There are three seasonal waterfalls along Fourth Creek 1, 6.

Total Species Recorded to Date: 92 (non-passerines 41, passerines 51)

Common Species: Black-winged Currawong, Superb Fairywren, New Holland Honeyeater, Rainbow Lorikeet, Australian Magpie, Magpielark, Striated Pardalote, Adelaide Rosella 

Less Common Species: Little Buttonquail, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Restless Flycatcher, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Yellow-rumped Thornbill


 1 Cotton, B.C. (editor). 1953. National Parks and Reserves. An Account of the National Park and Reserves situated near Adelaide, South Australia. Commissioners of the National Parks. Adelaide. South Australia.

 2 Crown Lands Act, 1929-1965: Hundred of Adelaide—Reserves Resumed and Dedicated. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 49: 1450. (29 September 1966).

 3 Crown Lands Act, 1929-1967: Hundred of Adelaide—National Pleasure Resorts Resumed and Dedicated. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 19: 1296. (25 April 1968).

 4 Crown Lands Act, 1929-1967: Hundred of Adelaide—National Pleasure Resorts Resumed and Dedicated. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 24: 1638-1639. (30 May 1968).

 5 Grant of Morialta Falls as a Public Pleasure Resort, &c. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 29: 330-331. (15 July 1915).

 6 Morialta and Black Hill Conservation Parks Management Plan. 2001. Department for Environment and Heritage, Adelaide, South Australia.

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

 8 National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1972-1974: Hundred of Adelaide—Addition to Morialta Conservation Park. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 23: 2753. (27 May 1976)

 9 National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1972-1978: Section 30: Addition To Morialta Conservation Park. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 24: 1499. (24 May 1979)

 10 National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1972-1978: Sections 29 and 30—Alteration of Boundaries of Morialta Conservation Park. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 43: 1014. (2 October 1980).

 11 National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1972; Sections 29 and 43—Alteration of Boundaries of Morialta Conservation Park.The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 85: 1613-1614. (28 November 1985).

 12 National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1972; Sections 29(3)(b)Morialta Conservation Park—Alteration of Boundaries. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 30: 938. (17 April 1986).

 13 National Parks and Wildlife (Morialta Conservation Park) Proclamation 2013. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 43: 3027. (11 July 2013).

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


Updated: 16/11/2019

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