Talisker Conservation Park

Where is it?: Talisker 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 for Environment and Water

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: Talisker Conservation 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: DEW NPWS

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

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

 Deep Creek and Talisker Conservation Parks Management Plan 1997. Department for Environment and Natural Resources. (Accessed: 29 September 2019)

 National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1972: Sections 30 and 43—Constitution of Talisker Conservation Park. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia: 85: 1612. 28 November 1985. (Accessed: 6 October 2019)

 National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1972, Sections 30(2) and 43(2):Talisker Conservation Park—Alteration of Boundaries. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia: 24: 820. 23 March 1989. (Accessed: 6 October 2019)

 Protected Areas Information System Property Summary Report. 15 March 2019. Department for Environment and Heritage, Adelaide, South Australia. (Accessed: 19 September 2019)

Updated: 7/10/2019

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