Our members are from all walks of life, with a fairly high proportion of folk who have retired and live near the park. Details of our meetings and working bees can be found in our always interesting newsletter "Bandicoot Tails".

Back by popular demand: "Scott Creek: From Settlement to Conservation" -  a history of the Scott Creek Conservation Park area, written by historian Marie Steiner, has been reprinted.

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Discover the interesting past history of what is now Scott Creek Conservation Park! From farming to mining to soldier settlements; schools, cemetery and economic hardship. Along with oral histories of past residents, it makes for interesting reading. All proceeds support the volunteer bush care work of the Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park.

A beautiful book about Scott Creek Conservation Park

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Showcasing local birds, flora, insects, fungi, animals etc. Over 50 pages which include lots of lovely photos, the park’s history, its biodiversity value (such as 600+ native plant species and 132 bird species), the ongoing efforts to conserve its treasures and regenerate its creeklines for future generations, along with a map of its walking tracks. Produced to celebrate our first 25 years and to commemorate Tom Hands’ leadership as president during this period. All proceeds support the Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park.

Where is Scott Creek Conservation Park?

The Park is situated 28 kilometers south east of Adelaide, near Mount Bold Reservoir. It has many fire tracks which double as excellent walking trails and the ridge tracks give superb views of steep heavily wooded slopes and gullies. The many seasonal creeks give rise to an enormous variety of native fauna and flora species.

The fire tracks are clearly sign posted and will take you though some interesting and varied country including open woodland; grassland; historic ruins; there are several mines; and walks beside the beautiful Scott Creek itself. We have included some maps to give you an idea of the park's tracks and access points.

Dogs, bicycles, horses and camping are not permitted in the park, though you'll often find them in there despite this.

The Almanda Project
Rehabilitating creeklines within the park.

You can read the 2017
Almanda Report here.

In May 2017 we again held an open day to showcase this year's achievmemts on restoring creeklines.

In April 2016 we invited people to an open day to see 15 months' progress with our Almanda Project. Response and feedback was good.

There were free self-guided and guided walks to showcase nearly one hundred plants including a number of rarely seen species. Creeklines are home to nearly 60% of SA's rare and endangered species, but weeds suppress these plants in most creeklines in the Mt Lofty Ranges.

The Friends are grateful all those who generously gave some support to our 2014 crowd-funding appeal which began further successful fundraising efforts for the project.

Contractors have been employed to provide ecological baselines against which we can evaluate the project while others have removed some blackberries to facilitate our weeding efforts.  Please come and see what you have helped us achieve, to get some ideas -or to enjoy a pleasant wander.

* The walk was about one kilometre along Almanda Creek and around Almanda Swamp. It went through bushland so visitors were advised to wear suitable footwear and cover their legs.

* They were able to purchase our bird brochures, detailed park maps and the Almanda Project's 78pp first annual report. All profits support our volunteer efforts to conserve this significant SA conservation park.

PS. The park's beautiful biodiverse Greenhood Track which goes down into a valley that's up behind Almanda Mine was once under a blackberry 'doona'. It demonstrates the regeneration that can be achieved with careful persistent efforts. A lovely walk, but a bit challenging for some due to the descent into it along the dirt road (about 2-3 kms return).    

The Friends of Scott Creek gratefully acknowledge sponsorship and support of the Almanda Project by local businesses.


2014 Introduction to the Almanda Project

The project will restore native habitat along 8 headwater creeks of the Scott Creek sub-catchment and reduce threats to 4 EPBC listed species and 26 AMLR threatened species.

We will strategically remove large infestations of serious environmental weeds such as Blackberry, Tree heath, (Erica spp), and Willow to facilitate natural regeneration. Targeted tube-stock revegetation will improve and expand native habitat in this regionally important reserve in the Mount Lofty Ranges, a national biodiversity 'hot-spot'.

We will track the effectiveness of implemented project actions with appropriate monitoring techniques, adapt management to observed ecosystem responses, and engage the local community, landholders, and schools in the project.

Fund raising for this projected ended on the 10th October, 2014.

The ABC broadcast a discussion about the project on the 8th July 2014 which you may like to listen to.

(Note this is now the full 14 minute recording. Apologies for the former truncated one.)

We sincerely thank our donors who together raised $8,429.

2015 Up-date on The Almanda Project

 The total amount donated was $10,880.80, plus $2000 Adelaide Hills Council Grant, plus $5000 Natural Resource Management Board + $15,000 committed by NRM over the next 3 years. So a total of $17,880.80 raised this year from donations and grants and a further $15,000 over the next 3 years. This has been a magnificent effort from everyone. The Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park thank you. It enables us to do what we do best – Look after this beautiful park in the manner that it deserves to be looked after.

 We will be starting on Almanda Creek, Viminaria Creek and Bushrat Creek this year, (before Xmas). The botanical surveys and vegetation mapping for these systems have been completed and several rare species have been discovered in new sites, some have not been recorded in the park before. We will publish the details as and when they become available.


The Friends of Scott Creek gratefully acknowledge sponsorship and support of the Almanda Project by the following businesses