Marino Conservation Park

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Marino Conservation Park
South Australia
Marino CP Lighthouse.jpg
Marino Lighthouse
Marino CP cropped panorama.jpg
View of coast and city
Marino Conservation Park is located in South Australia
Marino Conservation Park
Marino Conservation Park
Nearest town or city Marino
Coordinates 35°03′10″S 138°30′32″E / 35.05265°S 138.5088°E / -35.05265; 138.5088Coordinates: 35°03′10″S 138°30′32″E / 35.05265°S 138.5088°E / -35.05265; 138.5088
Established 2 November 1989 (1989-011-02)[1]
Area 30 ha (74 acres)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Website Marino Conservation Park
Footnotes IUCN[2]
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Marino Conservation Park is a protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located in the Adelaide suburb of Marino overlooking both parts of the Adelaide metropolitan area and the coastline with Gulf St Vincent.[1][3]

Once part of the lands of the Aboriginal Kaurna people, the Marino Conservation Park and surrounding areas are part of the Tjilbruke dreamtime.[3]

Proclaimed in 1989 as a conservation park, it aims to protect flora such as the ground cover Desert Saw Sedge Gahnia lanigera and Twiggy Daisy Bush Olearia ramulosa. Native grass species such as Danthonia species and Stipa species as well as groundcovers dominate the central and eastern portions of the conservation park. The Elegant Wattle Acacia victoriae can also be seen in the conservation park.[3]

The steep west-facing hillside above the railway line contains a very significant remnant area of coastal heath vegetation, including rare plants such as lemon beauty heads Calocephalus citreus, shiny ground berry Acrotiche patula and native apricot Pittosporum phylliraecoides.[3]

Past land-use practices severely depleted the habitat available for native wildlife. Twenty-nine species of bird including owls, falcons, honeyeaters and rosellas frequent the conservation park. The Eastern brown snake and insects also find sanctuary in the remnant vegetation and open space area.[3]

A 1.5 km self-guided botanical trail starts from the car park with two gentle hills to climb. The path is not suitable for wheelchairs. There are also designated dog trails. There are no picnic, toilet or other facilities in the conservation park. Camping is prohibited.[3]

The conservation park has an active Friends of Parks, mostly locals, who regularly weed and look after the area.[4]

The conservation park is accessible via the Marino Rocks railway station, which is nearby.[3]

The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category III protected area.[2]

Marino Rocks Lighthouse[edit]

The Marino Rocks Lighthouse, or Marino Lighthouse as it is otherwise known, is situated within the conservation park. It is a white, square concrete tower with semicircular lantern. This operational lighthouse was established in 1962 and is managed by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

View of Hallett Cove and Port Stanvac

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  1. ^ a b c "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 16 July 2015)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2014. Australian Government, Department of the Environment (DoE). 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Marino Conservation Park". Marion City Council. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "FRIENDS OF MARINO". Friends of Parks inc. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 

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