Wills Creek Conservation Park

Where is it?: Wills Creek Conservation Park is situated at Mangrove Point on the north-western shores of Gulf St Vincent. The park includes a coastal wetland/estuary of national significance. The park abuts the Price Saltfields. Parking is available at Price and at the end of the causeway linking Price to the tidal Wills Creek.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 2298 hectares. Hundred of Cunningham – Allotments 6 (Deposited Plan 44470), 11-14, 20-22, 26-28 (Deposited Plan 31429). 

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Northern and Yorke

History: Wills Creek Conservation Park was first proclaimed on 14 December 2006.

Habitat: There are a three major plant communities with the park.

  • Mangrove woodland – Grey Mangrove (Avicennia marina ssp. marina).
  • Low (Samphire) shrubland – Shrubby Samphire (Tecticornia arbuscula) and Beaded Samphire (Salicornia quinqueflora).
  • Low woodland – along the limestone escarpment north of Price – Red Mallee (Eucalyptus oleosa), Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata) and Spear Grass (Austrostipa spp.)

The park provides habitat for the nationally and state vulnerable Slender-billed Thornbill (Acanthiza iredalei).

Total Species Recorded to Date: 67 (non-passerines 38, passerines 29)

Common Species: Common Greenshank, White-faced Heron, Singing Honeyeater, White-browned Scrubwren, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Willie Wagtail

Less Common Species: Far Eastern Curlew, Rock Parrot, Terek Sandpiper, Red Wattlebird, Whimbrel

 1 Management Plan. Mainland Conservation Parks of York Peninsula. 2009. Department for Environment and Heritage, Adelaide, South Australia.
 2 National Parks and Wildlife (Wills Creek Conservation Park) Proclamation 2006. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 71: 4373. (14 December 2006)
 3 Protected Areas Information System Property Summary Report (15 March 2019). Department for Environment and Water, Adelaide, South Australia.

Updated: 18/11/2019

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