Sandy Creek Conservation Park

Where is it?: The park is situated between Sandy Creek and Lyndoch. Car parking at the northern section of the park (Cecil Rix area) is available at the end of Conservation Park Road and off Pimpala Road (Sir Keith Wilson Zone) in the south-east.

Owner: Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Property summary: Total area 158 hectares. Hundred of  Barossa – Sections 72, 317 and 319, Allotments 10 (Filed Plan 30681), 50 (Deposited Plan 36448) and 202 (Deposited Plan 64607) 

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

History: Sections 72 was proclaimed as a Wildlife-Reserve on 7 October 1965. Sections 317 and 319 were added on 25 May 1967 as a National Park. It was re-proclaimed as Sandy Creek Conservation Park on 27 April 1972. Allotment 10 was added on 11 April 191, Allotment 50 on 8 September 1994 and Allotment 202 on 19 January 2006.

Habitat: The following habitats can be found within the park

  • Peppermint Box (Eucalyptus odorata) + Pink Gum (E. fasciculosa) Dry Sclerophyll Low Woodland over Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha)
  • Peppermint Box (Eucalyptus odorata+ Mallee Box (Eucalyptus porosa) Low Woodland over Common Fringe-myrtle (Calytrix tetragona) and Flame Heath (Astroloma conostephioides) 
  • Pink Gum (E. fasciculosa) + Southern Cypress Pine (Callitris gracilis) + Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) Low Woodland over Common Fringe-myrtle (Calytrix tetragona) and Flame Heath (Astroloma conostephioides) 

More information: Friends of Sandy Creek Conservation Park  Walking Trails Group

Total Species Recorded to Date: 145 (non-passerines 65, passerines 80)

Common Species: Peaceful Dove, Common Bronzewing, Superb Fairywren, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Yellow Thornbill, Black-winged Currawong, Willie Wagtail

Less Common Species: Diamond Dove, Brush Bronzewing, Australian Owlet-nightjar, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, White-winged Triller, Zebra Finch