About the park

About the park

Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta includes the former Glenthorne property and O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park.

The national park will connect with other parks and parcels of land in Adelaide’s south including Marino Conservation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Happy Valley Reservoir and areas of the Field River Valley as part of the Glenthorne Precinct.

The total area of the precinct is more than 1,500 hectares, which is bigger than Belair National Park.

Cultural significance

The Kaurna People are the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of the greater Adelaide region, including Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta. They maintain a deep relationship with Country, and have done so for tens of thousands of years through their customs and Tjukurpa.

Tjukurpa, which includes cultural stories and lore, is vital to understanding the cultural significance of southern Adelaide, and will profoundly influence the way Glenthorne National Park is managed.

In recognition and respect for the Kaurna people as Traditional Owners of Glenthorne, the park has been co-named Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta.

Watch this video to learn more about the meaning of the name and how to pronounce it with confidence.

Heritage and European History

Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta has a number of historically important areas that will be preserved as part of the park.

The park has a rich history, settled in 1839 by the state’s first police commissioner Major Thomas Shuldham O’Halloran. It has been previously been used as a farm, a training ground for military horses in WWI, a research facility from 1949, and is now set to become a heritage precinct within the park.

Each of these phases of history are reflected in the historical building remains on the site, dating back to the 1950s.

The old Worthing Mine buildings in the Lower Field River Valley also provide an example of how copper mining took place in South Australia in the 1800s.

Plants and animals

Creating Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta and the surrounding precinct will not only benefit the community, but help preserve, re-establish and re-connect important habitat for native plants and animals.

There are some important areas of vegetation that will be included in the Glenthorne Precinct, including:

  • Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta which is located within nationally important greybox grassy woodland, with some scattered remnant greybox trees and areas of grassland remaining on the site.
  • The Lower Field River, which is the last undeveloped catchment in metropolitan Adelaide and, although the valley has largely been cleared for agriculture or grazing, provides a significant biodiversity corridor linking the hills to the coast.
  • Marino Conservation Park, which conserves the last remaining stands of coastal heath vegetation along this part of the Adelaide coastline, forming a green buffer between the suburbs.

The creation of the Glenthorne Precinct will create and expand wildlife and vegetation corridors in the southern suburbs, supporting native plants and animals to survive and thrive.

Geological significance

Hallett Cove Conservation Park has some of Australia’s most important geological formations, which can be viewed from the stunning boardwalk through the park. The outstanding glacial pavements along the northern cliff tops are the best record of Permian glaciation in Australia, formed during an ice age 280 million years ago, and have international significance.