VISIT Hiltaba
Nature Reserve


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 opens to visitors on 1 April 2021.

Nature-based tourism opportunities include:

  • The Founders' Walking trails (see below for further details)
  • Nature Drive loops to Mt St Mungo, The Lookout, and into the northern and southern landscapes of the Reserve, offering visitors panoramic views and some fascinating insights into the environment, geology and pastoral history of Hiltaba. The Nature Drives are designed as self-drive experiences for visitors with suitable vehicles.  All the tracks are marked with colour-coded arrows to assist navigation, and trip notes and points of interest guides are provided.
  • 'Tag Along' tours with the manager
  • Accommodation including shearers quarters, cottages and campgrounds at Pretty Point campground and near the shearers quarters*

For bookings, please check with our office for accommodation availability: phone 08 8340 2880 or email [email protected], and complete the booking form below. Drop-in campers will also be welcome. 

Booking form to visit Hiltaba Nature Reserve

View advice on outback road conditions and closures here. 

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Booking enquiries to [email protected]

*Accommodation and tours are subject to operational requirements (researchers on site are given priority).


Founders' Walking Trails at Hiltaba Nature Reserve:

Hiltaba Nature Reserve is a wonderful environment for hiking. The geological interest, the distinctive vegetation, the wildlife and varieties of bird species can all be appreciated intimately when walking. Please click here for an overview of the five walking trails at Hiltaba.  Detailed trail notes for each walk are available below. 


Nature Foundation was founded 37 years ago in October 1981 by Dr Barbara Hardy AO, Dr Mark Bonnin AM, David Cleland and Warren Bonython AO.

The five spectacular walking trails completed at Hiltaba Nature Reserve honour these four founders and also major supporters Bob and Betty Lewis.