Morialta Conservation Park
About Morialta Conservation ParkThe park protects 533 ha (Draft Morialta and Black Hill Conservation Parks Management Plans 1999) of remnant vegetation of various kinds. It is home to First, Second and Third Falls and many plant and animal species of conservation significance.
In 1915 Morialta was proclaimed a National Pleasure Resort following the donation by John Smith Ried of 218 ha of land in 1913.
How do you get there?The main entrance to the park is on Morialta Road.
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By carFrom Adelaide, travel out along North Terrace.
Continue East where after a few kilometres, you will come to a hotel called the Maid and Magpie. At first it looks as if the hotel is set right in the middle of the road, but you will soon see that you have a choice of veering left or right. Choose to veer right. This is Magill Road.
Morialta Falls 3 December 1956
Continue along Magill Road. You will cross Portrush Road and Glynburn Road, but when you get to St Bernards Road, you will need to turn left. Don't worry if you miss this corner, you can always turn left at Norton Summit Road, and again at Glen Stuart Road.
If you have turned left onto St Bernards Road, travel north until you reach Moules Road. Turn right here. There is a school oval on the northern corner, the road runs beside the oval for a little way. Travel up the hill, and turn left when you reach the end, this is Glen Stuart Road. If you missed the St Bernards Road turn off, this is where our paths meet again!
The Rostrevor College is now on your right. The next corner is Morialta Road. Turn right here. You will come to an awkward intersection. Travelling on, and to the left a little will take you into the park, but watch out for traffic coming around the corner to your left, and be prepared to give way!
Morialta Falls 3 December 1956
Travel into the park, where you should find parking spaces. There are two main carparks in this part of the Park. Travelling through the traffic control gate will take you to the carpark closest to the First Falls. there is generally a $5.00 fee for using this option. Or just as you reach the traffic control gates, turn to your left. There is not charge for parking here, but you need to walk a little futher.
Alternatively, there is a recreation area just to the North, which you can access by turning into Stradbroke Road, and then choosing the park entrance to your right.
Remember to lock your vehicle, and take any valuables with you. There have been reports of thefts from cars in this area.
FacilitiesThere are toilets in the picnic area off Stradbroke Road, and near the fee paying carpark.
Second Falls 13 September 2009
The picnic area has free electic barbeques, and access to water. Dogs are permitted on a lead in the recreation area. They may be walked as far as the paying carpark. Dogs are not permitted under any circumstances in the main park of the Conservation Park.
There are currently no permanant food or drink outlets in the Park, although travelling vans may visit the Stradbroke Road carpark.
Probably the greatest visitor attractions to the Park, are the waterfalls.
The First Falls are readily accessible, with easy walking on well made paths. Parking for a five dollar fee is available close to the walking track. The parking fee is collected by the Department for Environment and Heritage, the proceeds of which contribute to the maintenance of the Park.
Although there are significant weed problems in the main valley, you will notice Leptospermum lanigerum has an affinity with the water course. There are also various sedges and rushes that live in and near the water. Be careful not to mistake the native raspberry for the invasive blackberry that also grows along the creek. You are also likely to see Blue Wrens, and hear a variey of frogs in the creek. If you look closely into the water, you may see small fish or yabbies. The Yellow-footed Antichinus has been seen in this area.
More information about the falls and video of the falls (8.7Mbyte Quicktime movie)
Walking between second and third falls show how degraded parts of the Park are. The creek is full of garden escapees of all kinds, and native vegetation is hard to see in this area. No wonder working down stream is a constant battle against weeds. If you need any inspiration to join the Friends, you will find it here!
Video link updated 27 January 2014
More background information added!
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