Hiltaba Nature Reserve is at the western edge of the Gawler Ranges and is home to numerous species of conservation significance.
Pretty Point storm sunrise at Hiltaba Nature Reserve; photo Bill Doyle
Witchelina and Hiltaba Nature Reserves are open between 1 April and 31 October to day visitors, campers and visitors staying in accommodation. The reserves are closed during the summer months.
Magnificent granite hills overlook diverse grass and woodland habitat. Adjoining the Gawler Ranges National Park, the unique geological formations of this 77,100 hectare property are home to numerous species of conservation significance.
Hiltaba’s diverse habitats, ranging from Acacia shrublands and Casuarina woodlands to Mallee forest and tussock grasslands, are home to over forty state-listed species and nine Commonwealth listed species including Yellow‐footed rock wallabies, slender‐billed thornbills and desert greenhood orchids.
This former pastoral property was acquired in 2012 and is managed for conservation by Nature Foundation.
Find out more about our conservation work at Hiltaba Nature Reserve. You can view some photos from our most recent member tour to Hiltaba here!
Hiltaba’s five Founders’ Walking Trails are a paradise for hikers and birdwatchers. The five trails range in length from 2 km to 14 km and cater for a variety of fitness levels. They offer breathtaking views and ample opportunities for photography, bird watching and viewing spring flowers. More information about the Walking Trails is available. Trail notes are available at the start of each walk.
Multiple Nature Drive loops are a great way to explore Hiltaba. These follow former station tracks from when the Nature Reserve was a pastoral property. These re-purposed tracks are suitable as self-drive tours so that visitors, with suitable vehicles, can enjoy the different landscapes and views offered by the reserve.
The Nature Drives are suitable for properly equipped 4WD vehicles and are fully signposted, with track notes available from the Rotational Managers. Off track driving is strictly prohibited.
Find out more about Nature Drives at Hiltaba.
There are several camping and accommodation options at Hiltaba. Find them on the Hiltaba Homestead precinct map.
Hiltaba has two bush campground options at the old Shearers' Quarters and Pretty Point. All sites are unpowered and unallocated.
Accommodation is available at our Shearers’ Quarters for up to 17 people across 9 rooms. Power is available during peak times only.
Accommodation is also available at our cottages, where power is available at all times.
- The Jackaroo Cottage can accommodate 5 people across 3 rooms
- The Governess Cottage can accommodate 5 people across 3 rooms
Click the Accommodation tab to add accommodation to your cart, click the Activities tab to add your nature drive pass to your cart before you checkout.
Accommodation and tours are subject to operational requirements (researchers on site are given accommodation priority).
The fees you pay for Nature Drives and accommodation help fund the on-going management and conservation for our Nature Reserves.
Please read the conditions of entry to the Nature Reserve and the Terms and Conditions prior to making a booking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any questions about visiting or staying at Hiltaba Nature Reserve? Check our Frequently Asked Questions.