Morialta Conservation Park
An initial 218 hectares donated in 1913 was supplemented by land purchases in the 1960s and renamed Morialta Conservation Park in 1972. This area is part of the traditional lands of the Kaurna people, who hunted possums, bandicoots, kangaroos, fish and lizards, and made extensive use of fire to manage the land. Descendants of these people still live in Adelaide and, with other Kaurna people, have been reviving their culture and language.
Morialta Gorge has rugged, red cliffs and three grand waterfalls along Fourth Creek that crash into rock pools, which provide a habitat for small reptiles, frogs and birds. Away from the gorge, woodlands cloak the hills, a refuge for honeyeaters, thornbills and many other birds, while spindly she-oaks and yaccas cling to the steepest slopes. A grassy area near the park entrance, with tall eucalypts offering shade, has barbecues, picnic tables and toilets. Visitors can take a relaxed amble along the wheelchair-friendly Valley Walk, past Giants Cave to the base of First Falls. Keener walkers can climb to Deep View Lookout to marvel at the view down the valley to Adelaide and the coast, then walk past the top of First and Second falls and finally the base of Third Falls.
Phytophthora cinnamomi, or root-rot fungus, is threatening native plant and animal habitats in the area so please stay on the trails and comply with all root-rot signs in the park. Abseiling and rock-climbing – only between Second and Third Falls – are popular in the gorge. Norton Summit Road is the best way to get to this area. Drinking water in the park is available at First Falls carpark and at the picnic area on Stradbroke Road. Pets are restricted to certain areas.
10 km north-east of Adelaide via Magill, St Bernards, Moules and Morialta roads
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