Talisker Conservation Park

Where is it?: Talker Conservation Park is c. 7 km (by road) east of Cape Jervis off Rarkang Road. Parking is available near the mine site on Talisker Road.

Owner: Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Property summary: Total area 211 hectares. Hundred of Willunga – Sections 420-421, 424-427

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

History: This park was originally purchased by the South Australian Government in 1976 as a Regional Open Space Reserve and placed under the management of the State Planning Authority. This was considered to be a strategic purchase of high quality natural land containing a historic mining site.  Sections 420-421 were first proclaimed as a conservation park on 28 November 1985 and sections 424-427 were added on 23 March 1989.

The Talisker Silver Lead Mine ruins are recorded in the State Heritage Register as a significant representation of 19th century mining history.

Habitat: The main habitats in the park are:

  • Open Forest – Messmate Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua) +/- Pink Gum (E. fasciculosa)
  • Savannah Woodland – Rough-barked Manna Gum (E. viminalis ssp. cygnetensis)

More information: DEWNR

Total Species Recorded to Date: 101 (non-passerines 49, passerines 52)

Common Species: Adelaide Rosella, White-throated Treecreeper, Superb Fairywren, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Striated Thornbill, Striated Pardalote, Grey Fantail, Grey Shrikethrush

Less Common Species: Elegant Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Black-capped Sittella, Willie Wagtail, Bassian Thrush