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Scott Creek Conservation Park is a beautiful green space south of Adelaide, located between Cherry Gardens and Mount Bold Reservoir. Its rolling hills are home to more than 600 native plant species and about 150 bird species. You will also find bandicoots, kangaroos, koalas and possums if you are patient when walking in the park.
For nearly 30 years the Friends of Scott Creek have worked to care for the Scott Creek Conservation Park. They have planted indigenous trees, worked to eradicate weeds, and monitored and protected the wildlife where possible. One of the Friends who is passionate about this unspoiled piece of nature is Dr John Wamsley, original founder of Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary. He believes that Scott Creek has the highest biodiversity of any land in South Australia.
Scott Creek Conservation Park: Highest Biodiversity in South Australia
The Friends of Scott Creek are rightly proud of their achievements in the Conservation Park and are always eager to share stories about it with others. This year they are holding their third free public Open Day at Scott Creek Conservation Park, and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the benefits of this pristine place.
A highlight of the Open Day is the self-guided tours for park visitors. On arrival, you will receive a booklet containing a map, and details descriptions of the native plants that you can find along the way. The illustrated guide also contains helpful information about the habitats and eating habits of local animals and fish, and where to expect to see one of several varieties of butterflies.
The free self-guided walks information booklet (available for sale after your walk) also talks about unusual insects, edible native plants, and even the history of the town of Dorset Vale, which has long since disappeared. After you have finished your walk you may want to explore the ruins of the Almanda Mine and the engine house for the ore treatment plant, where the chimney still stands 150 years after being built.
A special highlight of the Scott Creek Conservation Park Open Day is a visit by the Warrawong2U Mobile Sanctuary. This travelling roadshow brings some of the beautiful animals of Warrawong right to you until Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is able to re-open to the public. Kids (and their parents) will be thrilled by this free hands-on experience - an opportunity to see some of Australia's native animals close up.
You Could Meet Hush at Warrawong2U - the Warrawong Mobile Sanctuary
Other fun things to do on the Open day include two free Q&A sessions with Friends of Scott Creek President Peter Watton and Dr John Wamsley. Scott Creek Primary School will have a refreshment stall to keep you well nourished, and a number of publications about Scott Creek will be available for sale from the Friends.
Find more information about the Open Day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 0427 841425 or 0427 010949. There's much more information about the Friends of Scott Creek on their website too.
Scott Creek's history is intertwined with South Australia's from the early days of European settlement, as new arrivals to the colony took up farming near Scott Creek and eagerly hunted for mineral wealth nearby. As early as 1850 copper was found in the area and the Wheal Maria mine was established. Sometime later the Almanda Mine was established, but unfortunately, the tunnels are no longer open to the public.
Meanwhile, the Mackereth family had already established a farm on the banks of Scott Creek, and you can still see the remains of their home - Mackereth Cottage just down the road from the Conservation Park. Take a look at this piece of our history before you leave.