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Artist impression of the Glenthorne Hub

Glenthorne National Park Master Plan

See how community input has shaped the plan for Adelaide's newest national park

Glenthorne National Park will represent a coordinated approach to park planning and management that covers several important parcels of land including Glenthorne property, O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, the Marino Conservation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Happy Valley Reservoir and areas of the Field River Valley.

The precinct master plan identifies the need to retain the distinct natural characters and functions of each park while enhancing the interconnectedness between them. It details the use of existing and new infrastructure to create an accessible and inclusive network of open space rich in environmental and cultural value, authentically connected to surrounding communities.

The new national park is a mosaic of open space, each part unique but together forming a rich tapestry.

The Glenthorne property is envisioned to be a ‘Hub’ for the new national park with park operations based out of the property from the park ranger station and the potential for a newly-established volunteer ranger program.

The plan recognises the property’s unique context between coast and hills, integrated within the southern suburbs and proximity to Adelaide city.

The precinct master plan identifies the value in cohesive and integrated management to deliver enhanced benefits for the environment and the broader community.

Some of the highlights from the master plan are shown below.

To see the full master plan you can download it here (pdf 9.5MB)

Overview of Glenthorne National Park

1. Glenthorne ‘Hub’

A destination for education, learning and social connection through an events space and visitor
centre featuring Kaurna culture and history.

Artist impression of the Glenthorne Hub

2. Heritage Precincts

Establishment of a heritage precinct incorporating heritage-listed nineteenth century structures and interpretative nodes including the munitions site.

Artist impression of the Munitions Buildings

3. Nature Play and picnic areas

An important part of the property that will provide a space for rich environmental interpretation, culture, nature and well-being.

Artist impression of picnic areas

4. The Wetland

Enhancements will be made to provide a thriving habitat for native animals. Natural aesthetic will be improved with a picnic areas, pontoon and boardwalk.

Artist impression of The Wetland

5. Interpretive node and viewing platform

Places to rest and connect with nature will be created along the new trail network which will also provide visitors with expansive views across the property. Interpretive nodes will provide opportunities for visitors to engage with natural and cultural heritage and learn about environmental education themes like landscape regeneration and water quality improvements.

Artist impression of the viewing platform

6. Camping and creek rehabilitation

Small bush camping site for organised short stay groups that can be closed to the general public. Incorporate flat areas for tents with shelter fire pit and toilets.

Artist impression of a campsite


Acknowledgement of Country

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge and respect the Traditional Custodians whose ancestral lands we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.

We also pay our respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their nations in South Australia, as well as those across Australia.