Glenthorne National Park Master Plan

Glenthorne National Park Master Plan

Shaped by the community, for the community

Thousands of people visited Glenthorne at community open days held in April 2019 to share their ideas on what they would like to see at Adelaide’s newest national park.

A master plan was developed for the park using this feedback and the draft was shared with the community at open days in October 2019.

About the master plan

Finalised in late 2019, the master plan for the Glenthorne Precinct identifies the need to retain the distinct natural character and functions of each park while enhancing the connections between them, using existing and new infrastructure and creating an accessible and inclusive network of open space.

The master plan includes recommendations about expanding transport options and facilitating traffic access for more people to visit and enjoy the area.

It also includes establishing shared-used trails for walking and cycling, as well as building a visitor centre, incorporating cultural and heritage areas and creating a nature play space for children.

View the some of the highlights from the master plan.

To see the full master plan you can download it here (PDF9.5MB)

An artist's impression of the heritage precinct

Bringing the master plan to life

A range of specific plans have been developed to bring the master plan to life:

  1. Park management plan: A draft Park Management Plan has been developed for the long term management of all parks within the Glenthorne Precinct, including Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta. To view this draft plan and provide your feedback, visit the YourSAy website.
  2. Interpretation Plan: Physical and digital interpretation (such as signage and audio walking tours) will be rolled out across Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta to help visitors connect with the park’s rich historical and cultural heritage, along with the recreation opportunities on offer. Visitors can expect to see interpretive elements such as a farm trail featuring Kaurna and European history, and a family-oriented nature discovery trail.
  3. Trail Plan: A new trail network will be constructed at Glenthorne in the section of the park on the south side of Majors Road. This network will include accessible trails to key sites within the park.

    The network will link to other recreational areas and open spaces and the main entry points to the park from the east – including Happy Valley Reservoir, Lander Road and Matthew Street to the south, and Majors Road to the north.

    Key lookouts and junction points have also been considered in this process and will complement the interpretation plan for Glenthorne.
  4. Ecological restoration plan: Glenthorne’s extensive ecological restoration program is jointly supported by the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund which includes the restoration of Grey Box Grassy Woodland across the southern side of the park.

    90,000 plants will be propagated to restore this threatened species within Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta, as well as weed control programs and site preparation works across 165 hectares over the next two years.

    You can contribute to the ecological restoration of Glenthorne by joining the Glenthorne Action Team and participating in community planting events held during planting season.

National Parks and Wildlife Service is also working closely with the City of Marion on the world-class Sam Willoughby BMX and Soccer facility in Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta.

Indicative timeline of 2021 Milestones

  • June-August 2021

    Community planting events

  • July 2021

    Trail construction begins

  • August - October 2021

    Draft park management plan consultation

  • September 2021

    Digital storytelling elements installed across temporary loop trail

  • October - December 2021

    Nature play space construction begins

  • October – December 2021

    Commencement of roads and car park construction

  • October – December 2021

    Commencement of Glenthorne Hub development and construction

  • December 2021

    Nature play space opens

  • December 2021

    Restoration and stabilisation of heritage building

  • December 2021

    Happy Valley Reservoir opens