|Nearest town or city Marino|
Area 30 ha
Phone +61 8 8375 6600
|Established 2 November 1989 (1989-011-02)|
Website Marino Conservation Park
See also Protected areas of South Australia
Address Nimboya Rd, Marino SA 5049, Australia
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Marino Conservation Park is a 30 ha protected area located in the Adelaide suburb of Marino with views across Adelaide and the coastline.
Once part of the lands of the Aboriginal Kaurna people, the Marino Conservation Park and surrounding areas are part of the Tjilbruke dreamtime.
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 park. The Elegant Wattle Acacia victoriae can also be seen in the park.
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.
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 park. The Eastern brown snake and insects also find sanctuary in the remnant vegetation and open space area.
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 park. Camping is prohibited.
The conservation park has an active Friends of Parks, mostly locals, who regularly weed and look after the area.
The conservation park is accessible via the Marino Rocks railway station, which is nearby.
The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category III protected area.
Marino Rocks Lighthouse
The Marino Rocks Lighthouse, or Marino Lighthouse as it is otherwise known, is situated within the 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