Hey Adelaide, did you know you have a brand spanking new national park, right on the doorstep of the city?
Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta, opened its gates this week to become Adelaide’s second metropolitan national park. Go get in that naycha!
The new park is situated in the south of the city at O’Halloran Hill, around half an hour drive from the CBD.
Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta has been co-named in recognition of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Kaurna people, and was officially opened by SA Premier Steven Marshall at a ceremony yesterday.
‘The new national park presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve and revitalise a significant portion of open space and turn it into a thriving environmental and recreational precinct for future generations,’ Premier Marshall said.
The park’s made up of a former 208 hectare Glenthorne property and the adjacent O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park and will eventually include a bunch of other bordering conservation parks, bringing the total area to a whopping 1500 hectares.
The property has been undergoing revegetation, with a big ol’ community planting day going down at the official opening yesterday as well.
If you’re keen to check it out, there’s a 4km loop trail currently open that starts and ends at the Glenthorne Ranger Station.
The masterplan for the park is still unfolding, but includes plans for an education hub, events space, visitor centre featuring Kaurna history and culture, as well as picnic areas, a bush campsite, a nature playground and wetlands area. Wicked!
Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta is open to public visitors seven days a week from 8am to 7pm. Go check it!