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 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*

*Notice to visitors to our Nature Reserves*

We regret to advise that in the best interests of the health of our staff and the broader community our Nature Reserves are now closed for both bookings and drop-in visitors until 30 June 2020.
Prior to 30 June 2020 there will be a review and subsequent decision made in line with Government recommendations as to whether it is safe to reopen nature-based tourism. We ask for your understanding in these challenging times and look forward to sharing our wonderful reserves with you as soon as appropriate.
If you have a booking with us you will receive an email discussing the options you have regarding your booking and payments. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience, which is outside our control.
Stay safe and well.


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*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.