Glenthorne national park

A State Liberal Government will bring together a number of parcels of land in Adelaide’s southern suburbs together to form Adelaide’s second metropolitan national park.

National Parks in Adelaide

There are a number of discrete, but geographically linked portions of land in Adelaide’s southern suburbs that have the potential to be converted into an environmental and recreational community asset.

This area is unique given its vastness within the metropolitan area and there is an opportunity to protect it for the long term, while revitalizing the environment and providing opportunities for new recreational activities.

South Australia has a beautiful natura environment and preserving it strengthens our communities, improves our wellbeing and sustains our clean, green brand which makes our state a great place to live, work and raise a family.

National Parks protect the best of our natural heritage: stunning landscapes, native wildlife and roaming bushland. National parks play a central part in the lives of South Australians; they provide a place for recreation and exercise, whilst also attracting visitors from interstate and overseas.

National Parks also play a vital role in protecting our unique flora and fauna. They are a refuge for threatened species and an important tool to help scientists and researchers monitor the health of our environment. Although their primary purpose is the protection of biodiversity, National Parks also deliver other invaluable economic, social, cultural and health benefits to South

We need to take active measures now to ensure that these precious landscapes are preserved for future generations. We want our children and grandchildren to experience the best that South Australia has to offer.

We need to act now in order to ensure that our National Parks are protected into the future.

The State Liberals' Plan

A State Liberal Government will bring together a number of parcels of land in Adelaide’s southern suburbs together to form Adelaide’s second metropolitan national park.

This proposal is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve and revitalise a significant portion of existing open space and turn it into a thriving environmental and recreational precinct.

The new National Park would include Glenthorne Farm (208 hectares of open space which is currently not accessible to the public); O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park; Marino Conservation Park; Hallett Cove Conservation Park; Happy Valley Reservoir, and the Field River valley.

This is a total area of more than 1,500 hectares, which is bigger than Belair National Park.

Combining this land into a National Park will bring it under one management structure for environmental preservation and recreational planning.

A State Liberal Government is committed to preserving and invigorating this unique green belt in the midst of Adelaide’s southern suburbs, to ensure that wildlife and vegetation corridors are preserved and given the support they need to survive and thrive. Extensive weed eradication and re-vegetation projects will be undertaken, creating an urban forest that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Recreation and lifestyle

It’s time to tear down the fences and welcome the community into an area that has been locked away for far too long.

Recreational opportunities throughout Glenthorne National Park will include picnic areas, camping and accommodation facilities,
fishing, walking, cycling and horse riding trails.

Additionally, Majors Road would become a ‘recreational hub’ for the south and Happy Valley Reservoir would be opened up to allow public recreation on this site.

Highlighting our history

Glenthorne National Park contains significant heritage assets, with heritage listed buildings that link back to World War I, a 19th century mine, some of the nation’s most important geological formations and significant Aboriginal heritage sites. These sites would be preserved and restored.

Our plan to create a second metropolitan National Park is all part of our 2036 vision to protect our unique environment for a sustainable future whilst also building our State and strengthening local communities.

You can read the full policy document here