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Morialta Conservation Park - 100 Years Old

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Celebrating the birthday of this premier conservation park
It was in July 1915 when the Morialta Conservation Park was officially proclaimed as a national pleasure resort, a title that remained with it for many years before it became known as Morialta Conservation Park.

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Exhibition Art - Tourist Poster circa 1942


A century in anyone's books is a cause for celebration, so The Friends of Black Hill and Morialta have arranged a number of events across 2015 to help celebrate the centenary of Morialta including exhibitions, tours, plantings and picnics.

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Exhibition Photo of First Falls Circa 1915 - Steve Hudson


From April to October a series of photographic and art exhibitions featuring Morialta through the years will be held at numerous venues across the Adelaide Hills. Running in parallel with the exhibition is an online silent auction where you may bid to take home your favourite Morialta image.

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Exhibition Photo of First Falls in Flood circa 1981 - Steve Hudson


Venues and dates to view the photographic and art exhibition include :

2-30 April, The Summit Community Centre, Norton Summit
2-29 May, Campbelltown Library
3-26 June, Burnside Civic Centre Atrium
30 June - 30 July, Gumeracha Library
2-28 August, Tea Tree Gully Library
1-30 September, The Long Gallery, St Peters Town Hall Complex
2-31 October, Cleland Wildlife Park

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Exhibition Photo of Second Falls Circa 1905 - Steve Hudson

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Exhibition Art - Falls of Glen Stuart on the Morialta Creek Circa 1846 - Steve Hudson


The exhibition highlights how Morialta has changed over the last 100 years in line with the social, economic and environmental changes across Adelaide in that time. In 1915, Morialta was a popular tourist destination, so popular that the Magill Road tram was extended through the new Rostrevor suburb to Morialta Conservation Park, with the terminus within the Park near the local kiosk.

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Tram Terminus circa 1916

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Today - Tram Terminus gone and replaced by cars - Steve Hudson


Other events during the Centenary Year include the Feed the Frogs Centenary Planting Day on 31st May which celebrates World Environment Day by helping with the restoration of Fourth Creek's frog habitat.

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Old Gate Signage - Steve Hudson


On 30th August, Bushcare's Major Day Out encourages participants to try their hand at bush rejuvenation, while the Morialta BioBlitz on the 18th and 19th September is a fun event run by the UniSA's Discovery Cycle and will open our eyes to the many lives within the Conservation Park.

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Creeks Flowing - Steve Hudson

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Giant's Cave and Lookout - Steve Hudson


The final event for the year is a gigantic picnic to be held on the 8th November, where everyone is invited to join in the fun, picnic in the park, get involved in some nature play, see some fire trucks and to meet some of the animals.

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Picnic Shelters - Steve Hudson

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Playground - Steve Hudson


Of course Morialta can be visited at any time of the year with walks suitable for all ages and abilities. The walk along the valley floor to the First Falls is particularly pleasant at most times of the year, with koalas visible in the trees, birds flying around and water running at most times. A slight climb to Giant's Cave is a favourite for kids, while the extended loops to the Second and Third Falls ensure that your daily allowance of calories has been burnt.

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Koala Spotting - Steve Hudson

Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Centenary, Morialta National Park, Cleland Conservation Park, Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, Waterfall Gully, Tea Tree Gully, Burnside, Campbelltown
Colorful Lorikeet - Steve Hudson


The Morialta Conservation Park Centenary Events and exhibitions are brought to us by the Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, with further details available from their website. So why not join in, and help Morialta celebrate her 100th anniversary of becoming a National Park, and one of Adelaide's most loved recreational tourist sights.
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Why? 100 years and still going strong
When: 2 April - 8 November
Where: Morialta Conservation Park, South Australia
Cost: Free
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Nice work Steve.

"In 1915, the State Government under-took to cover half of any losses sustained if the M.T.T. would cater for recreational traffic by operating a tramway to the Morialta Falls Reserve. The M.T.T., therefore, opened a new line, branching from the Magill Line at Magill/St. Bernards Road ("Tower Junction") and running as a "side of road" single track line via St. Bernards Road and Moules Road, Glen Stuart Road, Morialta Road and Morialta Falls Road to a point some distance east of Stradbroke Road. Although a full service was operated as far as Moules Road, only one Morialta tram operated each way on weekdays, with an improved service on Fridays and Sundays.

Even in 1948, when the area was still sparsely developed, trams ran to Morialta only every 96 minutes during weekday "base" periods, but every 12 to 24 minutes on Sundays. The most intense tram services were operated on "Seminary Sundays", when a number of trams would line up in Morialta Road, having transported hundreds of people to religious ceremonies at St. Francis Xavier's Seminary. During the life of the Morialta tramway, "short-workings" to "Stradbrook" (Moules Road) and "Rostrevor" (now Rostrevor College) were introduced to cater for the differing population densities along the line and for loading to Rostrevor College. " http://thephonj.bur.st/html/historyof.html
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11033) 1314 days ago
Hello Steve.So many Adelaidians have not visited this outstanding park/hiking area.As a frequent visitor in the 1950's,I well remember the attractive large circular tea rooms(and the tram),where you could get so many nice things to eat and drink.I believe that the tearooms,were severely damaged after a heavy rains flooded the area and for some reason(;possibly money),it was decided to never rebuild them.What a pity!It would be wonderful if a replica could be built,as it would add so much character to this main entry point to the first fall and well patronized I feel.I am surprised that our historians have not pushed hard for this to happen(or perhaps they have and I am not aware of it).Noel.
by noelp (score: 3|1179) 1315 days ago
I always enjoy walking Morialta. There are so many different trails in all directions that one could easily walk all day if one had the energy
by Stefano (score: 2|213) 1305 days ago
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