Montacute Conservation Park Loop
Starting from the Gate 1 car park at the end of Valley Road, Montacute, this walk takes you on a circuit around Montacute Conservation Park via the Heysen and Mawson trails. Montacute Conservation Park contains 200 hectares of remnant bushland, home to a diverse range of native birds and animals, with several small creeks running through the park. The creek banks are lined by tall river red gums with a low understorey of grasses and flowering plants, while the higher slopes support stringybarks and blue gums. This challenging hike incorporates sections of the Heysen and Mawson trails, winding through the park's rugged hills, native vegetation and ancient rock formations, offering excellent views of the surrounding areas. The trail also passes outcrops of Precambrian dolomite rocks, which are over 570 million years old. This loop consists of well-marked fire tracks and walking trails, suitable for moderate fitness levels, with some fairly steep hills. Dogs are not permitted in this park. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.