Discover remnants of the regions mining past with an old engine house, stone chimney, mine office and dairy along the interpretive walking trails
This region is a significant conservation area and provides shelter to a number of threatened species, it is also an important link in the vegetation corridors of the hills.
Pre-European settlement, it was part of a major travelling route for the Peramangk Peoples.
With early settlers clearing much of what is now the park for grazing, the landscape has changed significantly, but efforts are being made to restore these degraded areas with their native vegetation.
There are nearly 400 species of native plants within the park boundaries including the largest collections of eucalypt species native to the Mt Lofty Ranges. As well as the opportunity to see many rare and endangered plants, the trails that wind around the hillsides take you through vast areas of stringybark scrub with their dense understory of hardy native bush.
From the 1850s, the area was mined for both copper and silver and by the time production stopped in 1887 due to economic reasons, the mine had produced 310 kilograms of silver. Please be aware that although maps show access to Eys Tunnel is now closed due to the risk to public safety. I was there in 2013 and at that time, it was open and I was able to venture inside. Having been there, I can understand why it is closed.
If you park on Scott Creek Road where the old mine buildings are located, be prepared for a steep climb up the walking trail to the top entrance but once there, you will be treated to a leisurely walk back down through fern covered hill sides and magnificent views out over the valley.
- Name: Scott Creek Conservation Park
- Location: About 30 kilometres south-east of Adelaide Scott Creek Road, Scott Creek, South Australia
- Contact: Natural Resource Centre – Black Hill, Phone: (08) 8336 0901
- Best Times: Spring and Autumn are the best times to enjoy the park, but if prepared for the extremes, Winter and Summer will also offer an insight into the ecosystem.
- Access: Access is via Dorset Vale Road or Scott Creek Road (my preference), Scott Creek
- Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week
- Pets: Pets are not allowed in the park
- Facilities: There are no toilets or other facilities at the park, you will need to bring everything with you