Situated in the Murraylands region, Kinchina Conservation Park consists of approximately 400 hectares of native vegetation, including threatened plant species such as Monarto mintbush and Menzel's wattle. The park also has a creek that meanders through its northern section with lovely rocky outcrops. In spring, gorgeous orchids, lilies and wildflowers can be seen blossoming around the park.
We saw quite a few of the endangered native spider orchids while walking along Jailbreak Trail, which is 4.2 kilometres in length northwards from the Tower Hill car park. These orchids are truly unique, with their greenish-yellow flower complementing their maroon-tipped lip so beautifully. If you're after a view, the top of Tower Hill at the beginning of the trail is where you'd want to be. You can survey the river and town below from this vantage point. The trail ends at Rocky Gully where it intersects with the 325-kilometre Lavender Federation Trail from Murray Bridge to Clare. Rocky Gully is a hidden treasure boasting magnificent granite rock formations.
Besides Jailbreak Trail, there are two shorter loop trails within the park accessible via Maurice Road. A car park is available just off the road. Both these trails are less than two kilometres' long, which makes them a much easier walk. Head south for Jailhouse Rocks Loop and head north for Getaway Car Loop. I was particularly impressed with the Getaway Car Loop trail. It is named that for a reason, but I won't spoil the surprise for you here!
Other than parking, there are no picnic, barbecue or toilet facilities anywhere in the park. The nearest toilets would be at the Truck Drivers Memorial about two kilometres east from Tower Hill. The Truck Drivers Memorial also serves as the trailhead for the brand new Callington Spur Trail just opened on the 12th of September 2020. This 27-kilometre trail links the townships of Murray Bridge and Callington via Tower Hill and Rocky Gully.
Bushwalking in Kinchina Conservation Park is a fantastic way to keep fit and enjoy nature. It is also free. For biking enthusiasts, you can either create your own trail route through the park or follow sections of the Lavender Federation and Callington Spur trails for a fabulous day out with family and friends.
"For biking enthusiasts, you can either create your own trail route through the park or follow sections of the Lavender Federation and Callington Spur trails for a fabulous day out with family and friends." No they can't cycling is only permitted on any road open to the public and on specific mountain biking trails in national parks in SA. In this park "The tracks and trails below are suggested routes only, create your own route by following any of the DESIGNATED tracks."https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Murray_River/kinchina-conservation-park#see-and-do