Morialta Conservation Park

Where is it?: This 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 of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources

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) 

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

History: Section 834 was first proclaimed a National Pleasure Resort on 15 July 1915 and named Morialta Falls Reserve. On 29 September 1966 the area was dedicated as Morialta Falls Public Pleasure Resort. Section 834 was added on 30 May 1968. The park was re-proclaimed as Morialta Conservation Park on 27 April 1972. Additions are as follows – Section 645 on 27 May 1976; Section 1189 on 24 May 1979; Section 733 on 2 October 1980; Sections 1067-1068 on 28 November 1985; Section 738 on 17 April 1986; and Allotments 1 (Deposited Plan 89443) and 1-3 (Deposited Plan 54140) on 11 July 2013.

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

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.

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

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

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

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