Glenthorne National Park will be Adelaide’s second metropolitan National Park, located in our southern suburbs. 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 National Park would include: Glenthorne Farm; 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.
Preserving our environment
The Liberal Party is committed to preserving and invigorating this unique green belt in the midst of Adelaide’s southern suburbs.
Central to the proposed park is Glenthorne Farm, 208 hectares of rare open space which has been locked away from the public for far too long. It’s time to tear down the fences and welcome the community into Glenthorne Farm, creating a vibrant environmental precinct which will experience large-scale weed eradication and re-vegetation projects, creating an urban forest that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
The areas of open space which surround Glenthorne Farm, including O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, the Field River Valley and Hallett Cove and Marino conservation parks will be uniquely linked into an overarching management structure, ensuring that wildlife and vegetation corridors are preserved and given the support they need to survive and thrive.
Recreation and lifestyle
Recreational opportunities include picnic areas, camping and accommodation facilities, fishing, walking, cycling and horse riding trails.
Majors Road, which runs east/west through the national park, has the potential to become a ‘recreational hub’ for the south. This site already has a pistol club, an archery club, a driving range, a major Riding for the Disabled facility and a model aircraft club located within it. It is also the site of the recently announced state BMX Centre. Other recreational facilities could include soccer fields and equestrian facilities.
In addition, Happy Valley Reservoir has huge recreational potential. Walking trails can be created around the reservoir’s edge, while kayaking, sailing and fishing are all possibilities on the water. This is the norm in other places, with the Wivenhoe Dam in South East Queensland not only the main source of drinking water for Brisbane, but also a very popular recreation destination. We see no reason why South Australia’s reservoirs shouldn't also be available for public recreation.
Highlighting our history
Glenthorne National Park has significant heritage assets, with heritage listed buildings that link back to World War I when Glenthorne Farm was a training ground for military horses.
The old Worthing Mine buildings in the Field River Valley provide a unique example of how copper mining took place in South Australia in the 19th Century.
There are also significant Aboriginal heritage sites around the Field River Valley, with the area forming part of the Tjilbruke Dreaming Trail.
Stretching back further in time, Hallett Cove Conservation Park has some of the nation’s most important geological formations, which can be viewed from the stunning boardwalk through the conservation park.