ABOUT NEWLAND HEAD CONSERVATION PARK (NHCP)
Newland Head Conservation Park was proclaimed in 1985 to conserve remnant coastal vegetation and wildlife habitat. Prior to that date the land consisted of a coastal Crown Reserve managed by the District Council of Victor Harbor (now City of Victor Harbor) and two private sections owned by private land holders. The land was traditionally occupied by the Ngarrindjeri people and the closely affiliated Ramindjeri who used the land for hunting, gathering and camping. The area is culturally significant for Ramindjeri people and is included in their Ngurunderi dreaming story.
The gazetted area of NHCP is 1037 Ha of which more than 1000Ha is remnant scrub. To the east is a long coastal cliff section which was recently annexed to the original eastern boundary of the park. The coastal section contains the easily accessible surf beaches Waitpinga Beach and Parsons Beach separated by the rocky Parsons Headland. Both are high energy beaches and are used regularly by surfers and surf fishers. There is a camp ground at the rear of Waitpinga Beach which contains toilets and a hut with verandah and gas barbecue. There is usually fresh water available from a water tank attached to the hut and there is water for washing and cleaning available from a tap serviced by a local bore.
The Heysen Trail passes through the park from east to west and there are two sign posted scenic walks within the confines of the park. The coastal trail has some steep but short gullies within it but the rest of the trails are slight gradients or flat. The remnant vegetation grades from coastal sand dunes of Coastal Wattle, Coastal Daisy and Boobialla to Coastal Soap Mallee and Coastal Silver Wattle in the rear dunes. North of the rear dunal area and along the sandy clifftops there is Soap Mallee and Sand Mallee with smaller discrete pockets of remnant inland mallee more common to the eastern foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Murray Flats. The white sands in the northern areas hold an understorey of sclerophyll heath that creates a kaleidoscope of color in late winter through to mid spring or even longer if the weather permits.