Chadinga Conservation Park

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Chadinga Conservation Park
South Australia
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Chadinga Conservation Park is located in South Australia
Chadinga Conservation Park
Chadinga Conservation Park
Nearest town or city Penong, South Australia
Coordinates 31°58′36.22″S 132°51′20.15″E / 31.9767278°S 132.8555972°E / -31.9767278; 132.8555972Coordinates: 31°58′36.22″S 132°51′20.15″E / 31.9767278°S 132.8555972°E / -31.9767278; 132.8555972
Established 11 November 1993[1]
Area 11,854 hectares (29,290 acres) [1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Chadinga Conservation Park, formerly the Chadinga Conservation Reserve, is a protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located in the Chadinga Dunes on the western side of Lake MacDonnell, in the locality of Penong.[2]

The conservation park covers 11,854 hectares (45.8 sq mi) of coastal dunes, containing a lake and areas of Mallee scrub.[1] 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.[3] The conservation park has no visitor facilities, although bush camping is permitted.[4]

Within the conservation park is found the Dinosaur Ant (Nothomyrmecia macrops), noted as a "living fossil".[5] 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.

The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category VI protected area.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 17 Feb 2014)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Search result(s) for Chadinga Conservation Park (Record No. SA0021117) with the following layers being selected - "Suburbs and Localities" and "Place names (gazetteer)"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Chadinga Conservation Park". Department for Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 2008-03-11. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Australian National Parks, Chadinga Conservation Reserve". Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  5. ^ "Dinosaur Ant, Fossil Ant (Nothomyrmecia macrops)". Department for the Environment, Water Heritage and the Arts. Retrieved 2007-03-11. 
  6. ^ "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2014. Australian Government, Department of the Environment (DoE). 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Baroni Urbani C. 2008. Orthotaxonomy and parataxonomy of true and presumed bulldog ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Doriana 8, N. 358: 1-10.

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