Black Hill Conservation Park

Black Hill Conservation Park rises distinctly from the Adelaide Plains, its darkly wooded contours standing boldly behind the north-eastern suburbs. The park protects 684 ha (Draft Morialta and Black Hill Conservation Parks Management Plans 1999) of remnant vegetation of various kinds.

The park supports an intricate variety of plants, from the giant river red gums which stand in the rich cool valleys, to the low heath plants that hug the hillsides and rugged tops. Common amongst the heaths are the low sheoaks (Allocasuarina muellerina) which give Black Hill its name. Their foliage gradually matures to a dark, almost black colour as summer progresses.

Flood Damage November 2005

In November 2005, heavy rain caused localised flooding in Adelaide. Black Hill and Morialta Conservation Parks were also affected, with the main valley in Morialta closing, and a landslide in Black Hill Conservation Park. The Friends recommend you keep well clear of damaged paths and infrastructure for your own safety. To view commentary and photographs of the landslide at the top of Ghost Tree Gully in Black Hill Conservation Park, visit this web site set up by one of our members (this page will open in a new window)

How do you get there?

Allocasuarina muellerina
Allocasuarina muellerina
common oakbush
The park has entrances on

There is drinking water near the entrance of the Wildflower Garden, and you will find toilets at the back of the building however there are no other facilities in the immediate vicinity.

Catch the bus to Addison Avenue

From the city, catch the 179 or 179F

The route takes you along North Terrace, Payneham Road and Montacute Road passing through the eastern suburbs. It turns at Maryvale Road, and again at Addison Avenue.

Get off at stop 35, on Addison Avenue.

You will then need to walk the rest of the way up Addison Avenue, where you can either turn into the Wildflower Garden, which is on your right, or continue to the main entrance at the end of the road.

There is drinking water near the entrance of the Wildflower Garden, and you will find toilets at the back of the building however there are no other facilities in the immediate vicinity.

Visit Adelaide Metro for timetable and route information.

Catch the bus and enter via Everest Avenue

From the city, catch the 178 bus.

The 178 travels from the city via North Terrace, following the same route as the 179 until it gets to Maryvale Road. Instead of turning up Addison Ave, it continues to Gorge Road, then turns into Coulls Road.

You still have a way to go before you get to the park!

Walk up Coulls road to Gorge Road, where you turn left.
Walk to the brow of the hill, and carefully cross Gorge road.
Turn right up Lymn Avenue, past the historic cemetary, then over the road. This road is called Demeter Avenue, continue on past the small reserve, following the footpath to the left.
You are now on Roy Street. Turn right at the 'T' intersection onto Bradbrook Road, then take the first left - Everest Avenue.
At the end, is the entrance to the Park.

Be aware that there are no facilities at this entrance to the park, so bring your own drinking water.

Visit Adelaide Metro for timetable and route information.

sign at the entrance of Black Hill Conservation Park
Sign at the Everest Avenue entrance of
Black Hill Conservation Park

By car

There are a number of entrances that you can chose. The major ones are: There is off street parking on Gorge Road. This is the Ambers Gully Entrance. You find the car park on the right, after you pass through the Gorge Road cutting, just before the residential estate called 'The Palms'.

The Addison Avenue entrance is near the Wildflower Garden. Parking is on the roadside. Remember not to park in the turning area - access needs to be maintained for service vehicles, and other road users.

Remember the Addison Ave entrance has picnic tables, drinking water and toilets, there are no other facilities in this part of the Park. Be sure to secure your vehicle and take any valuables with you.

The Rangers' office is at the entrance at the corner of Maryvale and Montacute Roads. There are also picnic grounds at this entrance.

Bus travel details updated 6 June 2014

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