Adjoining the Gawler Ranges, Hiltaba Nature Reserve is made up of magnificent granite hills overlooking plains of diverse grasses and woodland habitats. Hiltaba is home to more than 40 state‐listed species and nine species listed by the Commonwealth for their conservation significance. For bird watchers, Hiltaba is a must-see reserve, but even those without a pair of binoculars will appreciate Hiltaba's birdlife.
Hiltaba Nature Reserve ecotourism opportunities include:
- The Founders' Walking trails (see below for further details)
- Nature Drive loops to Mt St Mungo and The Lookout, offering visitors panoramic views of the reserve and some fascinating insights into the environment and pastoral history of Hiltaba.
- 'Tag Along' tours with the manager
- Accommodation including shearers quarters, cottages and campgrounds at Pretty Point campground and near the shearers quarters*
- Be part of the Hiltaba Nature Reserve Walking Trails Working Group! (3-7 July 2017) Click here to download the registration form.
To book camping, accommodation or nature drives: download the Hiltaba booking form
Booking enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Accommodation and tours are subject to operational requirements (researchers on site are given priority).
Founders' Walking Trails at Hiltaba Nature Reserve:
Nature Foundation SA was founded 35 years ago in October 1981 by Dr Barbara Hardy AO, Dr Mark Bonnin AM, David Cleland and Warren Bonython AO.
In recent years, Nature Foundation SA has undertaken a project to create five walking trails at Hiltaba Nature Reserve to honour these four founders and also major supporters Bob and Betty Lewis.
The most recently completed, the Barbara Hardy Walking Trail was launched in August 2016 at Hiltaba Nature Reserve. Planning is underway for the final two trails, honouring Mark Bonnin and David Cleland.
For more information, read this article on the Founders' Walking Trails that features in a past edition of Nature Matters.