Danggali Conservation Park
Danggali Conservation Park is an ideal place for those who enjoy wilderness camping, bushwalking or birdwatching. This was Australia’s first park to be classified under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program. Biosphere reserves are living laboratories where scientists carry out biodiversity programs that aim at a successful balance between conservation and sustainable use.
Located in the northern half of the Murray basin, the park features one of the largest continuous tracts of mallee scrub in the world as well as black oak woodland and bluebush shrubland.The area is a refuge for 27 mammal species including red and western grey kangaroos and the greatest diversity of bats in South Australia, and a huge variety of birdlife, from tiny fairy-wrens and Major Mitchell cockatoos to eagles and emus.
Middens and burial sites are evidence of long Indigenous occupation of this area, especially the more arid country where Aboriginal people still live today. The Nanya’s Pad Interpretation Drive (90-km loop) is named for an Aboriginal man who fled to the Danggali area in the late 1800s. This trip is accessible by 2WD vehicles and incorporates 14 stops that showcase Aboriginal heritage. Bushwalkers can take the Target Mark Trail through the mallee to Target Mark Dam and many birdwatching sites. Take binoculars and you may spot one of the park’s ten rare or endangered species, such as the malleefowl, blackeared miner or scarlet-chested parrot. If camping in the wide-open mallee country does not appeal, you can stay in the old shearers quarters – the park was once four sheep stations. The conservation park is sometimes closed due to flooding.
Several campsites; fees apply
90 km north of Renmark via Renmark–Wentworth Rd
- Parks SA (08) 8204 1910
- Parks SA Danggali (08) 8595 8010
253 000 ha
Renmark (08) 8586 6704