Elliot Price Conservation Park
Lake EyreSouth Australia
Elliot Price Conservation Park is located in South Australia
Elliot Price Conservation Park
Elliot Price Conservation Park
Nearest town or cityMarree[2]
Coordinates28°46′44″S 137°18′10″E / 28.77889°S 137.30278°E / -28.77889; 137.30278Coordinates: 28°46′44″S 137°18′10″E / 28.77889°S 137.30278°E / -28.77889; 137.30278
Established9 November 1967[3]
Area634.53 km2 (245.0 sq mi)[4]
Managing authoritiesDepartment for Environment and Water
See alsoProtected areas of South Australia

Elliot Price Conservation Park, formerly the Elliot Price Wilderness National Park, is a protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located in the gazetted locality of Lake Eyre with its southern boundary being located about 90 kilometres (56 miles) north west of Marree.[2]

The land first received protected area status as the Elliot Price Wilderness National Park established on 9 November 1967 under the National Parks Act 1996.[3] On 27 April 1972, the national park was reconstituted as the Elliot Price Conservation Park under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.[5]

It occupies land on the Hunt Peninsula and on Brooks Island at the southern end of Lake Eyre as well as some adjoining land which is subject to inundation during periodic flooding. It is immediately adjoined on its west, north and east sides by the Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park. As of 2013, the conservation park is closed to public access.[2][6][7]

In 1980, the conservation park was described as follows:[8]

Elliott Price Conservation Park encompasses Hunt Peninsula, a long tongue of land jutting 40km northwards into Lake Eyre north, between Madigan Gulf and Jackboot Bay. The surface of the peninsula consists largely of limestone partly covered in its southern parts by a thin layer of wind-blown sand. Parts of the peninsula are occupied by saltpans or depressions similar to the bed of Lake Eyre itself. The limestone forms prominent cliffs in places along the shoreline. Elsewhere the cliffs are eroded and in places sand hummocks are stabilised by nitre bush.

Preserves important area of ungrazed arid wilderness, providing benchmark against which effects of range land grazing can be compared. Rare plant species Cassia nemophila, C. oligophylla, Goodenia mitchellii, Grevillea nematophylla and Frankenia foliosa and uncommon bird species Tyto longimembris (grass owl) and Amytornis barbatus (grey grass-wren) occur. Named after Elliott Price who offered to surrender his pastoral lease on the area for purposes of conservation.

The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category Ia protected area.[1] In 1980, it was listed on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (refer 'DETAIL' tab )". CAPAD 2016. Australian Government, Department of the Environment (DoE). 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Search results for 'Elliot Price Conservation Park' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and Localities', 'NPW and Conservation Properties' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b Walsh, Frank (9 November 1967). "NATIONAL PARKS ACT, 1966: NORTH OUT OF HUNDREDS—ELLIOT PRICE WILDERNESS NATIONAL PARK" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 2042. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 25 November 2014)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  5. ^ "No. 56 of 1972 (National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1972)". The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia: 660 & 700. 27 April 1972. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park Map" (PDF). Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Desert Parks of South Australia". Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. March 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Elliott Price Conservation Park, Maree (sic), SA, Australia - listing on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate (Place ID 5914)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. 21 October 1980. Retrieved 26 September 2019.