Chadinga Conservation Park
|Chadinga Conservation Park|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
|Nearest town or city||Penong, South Australia|
|Area||11,854 hectares (29,290 acres) |
|Established||11 November 1993|
|Managing authorities||Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources|
Chadinga Conservation Park, formerly the Chadinga Conservation Reserve, is a protected area in the Chadinga Dunes on the western side of Lake MacDonnell, near Penong, South Australia. The park covers 11,854 hectares (45.8 sq mi) of coastal dunes, containing a lake and areas of Mallee scrub. It is commonly called "Tuckamore" by local people. The dunes extend up to 3 km inland and form a habitat for the spinifex hopping mouse. The park has no visitor facilities, although bush camping is permitted.
Within the reserve is found the Dinosaur Ant (Nothomyrmecia macrops), noted as a "living fossil". The lake is the largest of several salt lakes in the area - others include Red Lake (a small section of Lake MacDonnell cut off by the Penong to Point Sinclair/Cactus Beach road) and Blue Lake, a smaller lake to the south of Lake MacDonnell.
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