Ridley Conservation Park

 

Mallee Ringneck Parrots.  Ridley Conservation Park.  These birds are common in Mallee areas.

Not far from Swan Reach Conservation Park, and closer to the town of Swan Reach than Swan Reach CP, this park is long and narrow, situated on the western side of the Swan Reach to Mannum Road, which is unsealed.  It is about 6 kilometres south of the turn off from the Sedan to Swan Reach Road and is around 135 kilometres from Adelaide.  It used to be a stock route.

The park was created, partly, for the protection of the wombat.  A stroll through the scrub here will reveal that the plan may be working, judging by the amount of burrows.

The park seems to be very rarely used.  I have camped there on two occasions and didn't see another person either time.  I am told that it is becoming popular with off road motorcyclists, especially on the weekends.

There are no facilities and no marked camping areas.  Camp on clear ground and be mindful of the vegetation.

The country is very much like Swan Reach Conservation Park with areas of thick Mallee scrub.  However, the southern end consists of sparse Mallee vegetation with low scrub and plenty of ground in between.  The earth is sandy in parts, and these are the areas the wombats seem to prefer.

Bird life is prolific and it would appeal to keen birdwatchers with Honeyeaters, Mallee Ringnecks, Purple-crowned Lorikeets and Butcherbirds putting in appearances.

The scrub does not provide any real shade or shelter so be mindful of weather conditions.

A secluded and quiet spot within easy reach of Adelaide.  A haven for birdwatchers.