The Friends of Mylor Conservation Park are volunteers working in collaboration with DEWNR (Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources) and the Adelaide Hills Council to conserve the Park's native species. We hold regular gatherings to remove weeds and to monitor the Park's condition.
Mylor Conservation Park is in nearly pristine condition and so provides a rare window to the pre-European native vegetation of the Adelaide Hills. The open Stringybark woodland canopy allows a lot of sunlight to reach the ground. This light supports over 150 species of understorey plants including many orchids, daisies, lilies and a host of small shrubs. There are even 5 sundew species catching insects to supplement their nitrogen needs!
Although small in size (50 hectares) the park hosts a wide range of animals including rare songbirds, Echidnas and the beleaguered but wonderful Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo. Visitors often see Western Grey Kangaroos and/or Koalas.
Given that the native vegetation of the Adelaide Hills is fragmented and highly modified by plants from other places, the Park is significant for its rich plant diversity and the animals it supports.
Mylor Conservation Park is tucked away in a quiet location off Whitehead Road in Mylor. Visitor facilities are limited. There are 3 car parking spaces off Whitehead Road and no toilets in the Park. Car parks and toilets area available at nearby Mylor Oval. The Heysen trail traverses the park. Walkers can also make a circuit to the Mylor Parklands or the Valley of the Bandicoots trail. There is a Buddhist retreat adjacent to the park.
Over the past five years, we have raised over $80,000 to remove invasive plants including one from the Mediterranean known as Tree Heath (Erica arborea). This work has allowed the native vegetation to recover and thrive.
To find out more about the Friends of Mylor Conservation Park, For information about the Park, please go to the DEWNR website.