Brookfield Conservation Park

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[top]Description

Located 130km north-east of Adelaide and 11km west of Blanchetown on the Sturt Highway, Brookfield is home to the rare Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat. The park is managed by Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and was purchased from the Chicago Zoological Society in 1971, for the conservation of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons). The northern section of the park is only open to CVA volunteers and for scientific study.

The park comprises of a vegetation association of mainly Mallee (Red Mallee, Mallee Box and Yorrell) with areas of open shrubland (Pearl Bluebush and Native Boxthorn) to the south.

[top]Getting there

The main entrance to the park is off the Sturt Highway, 11km out of Blanchetown. There is a side gate that is accessible on the eastern perimeter of the park, along Park Road.

[top]When to go

Stay around until dusk or arrive early morning to photograph the wombats as they leave their burrows.

[top]Amenities

There is a picnic area with table and chairs at the 'three habitat walk' along the Mallee Drive Track. There is also a long-drop toilet here. 3421'31.97"S 13931'37.90"E

[top]Key species



[top]Notes

Note:This park may be closed on days of extreme fire danger.

[top]Maps & GPS

Interactive map


Mud map showing tracks around Brookfield. (Click for larger version)

Turn off the Sturt Highway and head down the track from the main entrance before turning off at the Shearer's quarters towards Mallee and Bluebush drives. Nearing the eastern boundary you can choose to travel around the mallee drive or head onto Bluebush Drive, both return to the Shearer's Quarters. Though a little bumpy in places both tracks are navigable by regular 2WD car.

You can also enter the park via the Eastern Gate off of Park Road for a shortcut onto Mallee Drive. Keep a lookout whilst travelling the first couple of hundred metres of Mallee Drive heading west from the Eastern Gate for Chestnut Quail-thrush and Southern Scrub-robin.

Three Habitat Walk and Picnic Ground 3421'31.97"S 13931'37.90"E
Park Entrance 3423'1.28"S 13929'41.25"E
Eastern Gate 3420'55.48"S 13932'24.75"E

[top]Images

Mallee Woodlands, the dominant vegetation association.Mallee Woodlands, the dominant vegetation association.
Pearl Bluebush (Maireana  sedifolia) shrubland dominates the southern section of the park. Redthroat are found in this area.Pearl Bluebush (Maireana sedifolia) shrubland dominates the southern section of the park. Redthroat are found in this area.
Rosy Bluebush (Maireana erioclada) a common and attractive arid-zone shrub.Rosy Bluebush (Maireana erioclada) a common and attractive arid-zone shrub.
A view whilst walking the Three Habitat WalkA view whilst walking the Three Habitat Walk
Wombat warrens are found scattered throughout the park in the more open shrubland regions.Wombat warrens are found scattered throughout the park in the more open shrubland regions.
Chestnut Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castanotum) try searching along mallee drive for this species.Chestnut Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castanotum) try searching along mallee drive for this species.
White-fronted Honeyeater (Purnella albifrons) perched on Pearl Bluebush (Maireana sedifolia)White-fronted Honeyeater (Purnella albifrons) perched on Pearl Bluebush (Maireana sedifolia)
Southern Scrub-robin (Drymodes brunneopygia)Southern Scrub-robin (Drymodes brunneopygia)
Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii) a common park resident.Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii) a common park resident.
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