The 245 hectare Horsnell Gully Conservation Park is located approximately ten kilometers east of Belair and Adelaide is traversed on fire tracks. While its upper slopes are undisturbed the lower valleys have been cleared for dairy and gardening.
For those who enjoy walking trails, Morialta Conservation Park is located just outside of Adelaide. An entire network of trails leads to three waterfalls with outstanding view and facilities.
The largest national park within the Adelaide region is the Onkaparinga National Park and features the largest river west of the Mt. Lofty ranges. Flora within the park features native orchids along the well maintained walkways. Under rehabilitation for recovery from past logging operations and olive infestation, the park is home to a large western grey kangaroo and koala population and over one hundred eighty species of birds. Red bellied snakes, lizards and skinks represent the reptile population of the park.
Each of the national parks in South Australia is within a short to medium drive and readily accessible year round with the exception of certain holidays and during periods of high fire danger.
Adelaide and surrounding areas are well situated with accommodations for visitors, regardless of budget. An assortment of hotels, Belair and other national parks’ information can be obtained through various tourist guides, travel agencies and websites. Tour services are offered with a variety of options, allowing the tourist to determine how much detail they want from their tour and how much time they wish to self guide and explore on their own.
Belair charges a small fee for motorized vehicles only and most parks open daily at approximately 8:30 a.m. with many remaining open until sunset. Belair Park, considered by many to be the destination national park is South Australia, also offers in addition to the above, two dams, the Belair Park Golf Course for you duffers, two public pavilions, and wildflower displays including native orchids (late winter, early spring.)
Belair’s importance in the realm of conservation generally rests with the preservation of Grey Box, Blue Gum, Red Gum and Manana Gum woodlands. Endangered species reside in the Stringyback and Manna Gum Open Forests that include; the Tall Greenhood Orchid and the Southern Brown Bandicoot.
For a national park enthusiast, a preservation enthusiast, or a G’Day, put some shrimp on the “Bar-B” enthusiast, the friendly Aussies of, and around Adelaide have much to offer. So, koala-fy yourself for a trip down under and make a visit to the national parks mate.