Roonka Conservation Park

Where is it?: Roonka Conservation Park is on the western side the Murray River off the Blanchetown-Morgan Road about 5km N of Blanchetown.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 102 hectares. Hundred of Hay – Sections 4 and 5.

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources South Australian Murray-Darling Basin

History: Roonka Conservation Park contains a most important archaeological site, spanning about 18,000 years. It has yielded evidence of an extremely wide variety of mortuary practices, a large range of archaeological phenomena and a long cultural sequence. The site has been excavated over more than a decade by the South Australian Museum.

This park was proclaimed on 27 July 1978.

Habitat:  Near the River Murray there is River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis var. camaldulensis</em) and River Box (Eucalyptus largiflorens). Understorey plants include Common Reed (Phragmites australis) and Lignum (Duma florulenta).

Total Species Recorded to Date: 55 (non-passerines 29, passerines 26)

Common Species: Little Black Cormorant, Sacred Kingfisher, Yellow Rosella, Dusky Woodswallow, Welcome Swallow

Less Common Species: Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-rumped Parrot, White-winged Fairywren, Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Rufous Songlark

Updated: 23/08/2019