Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Hallett Cove

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Hallett Cove Conservation Park is a protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located in the suburb of Hallett Cove, South Australia on the coast of Gulf St Vincent about 22km south of the centre of the state capital of Adelaide.Hallett Cove is one of the best known geological sites in Australia and is known for its international significance. The area has been declared a Geological Monument by the Geological Society of Australia and placed on the South Australian Heritage Register for its educational and scientific significance.HistoryHallett Cove is named for John Hallett who discovered the area while searching for lost stock in 1837. In the 1840s the cove was used by smugglers to land goods at night which were then taken to Adelaide by dray. In 1847, the Worthing Mining Company purchased 800acre from the Hallett family and built a copper mine on the northern side of Hallett's creek. However, the ground proved to be too hard and water kept flooding the diggings. In 1852 the miners left for the Victorian gold rush and the mine was finally abandoned in 1857. Farming began in what is now the eastern section of the park in the 1850s. In the late 1880s the cove was used for naval exercises and the southern area of beach was cleared of rocks to allow landings.Professor Ralph Tate realised that South Australia had been subjected to an ice age when in 1877 he discovered the area's smoothed and striated glacial pavement. In 1893, "the largest scientific excursion ever held in the Southern Hemisphere" explored the area with Prof. Walter Howchin later demonstrating that the deposits were of Permian age and that Australia was closer to the south pole than today while part of the Gondwanan supercontinent. During that time the south-western two-thirds of Australia, including much of South Australia was covered by an ice sheet. The first detailed description of the geology of the area was published in 1943.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Always nice to walk along the boards, though best midweek or late evening as it is becoming very popular. Recently laid asphalt on the path which spoils the natural look of the surroundings. The glaci...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    It can be accessed from a few points around Hallett Cove depending on how far you want to walk. The trail at the bottom was undergoing some work when we were there. The 'Sugerloaf' is well worth a loo...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    If you love the beach as much as we do and enjoy looking at the scenery and a little bit of exercise, then this coastal walk is for you and the family. We usually do this on a Sunday mornings just to ...  more »
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  • March 17, 2017
    Very nice one day picnic spot..... One can go there with some meal and enjoy the little adventure of watching sugarloaf point... And one can have nice photos clicked there as the place provides very fabulous photogenic scenario... And there is a shed with the bench and table for 8 to have the home brought meal... Its a lovely place...
  • September 23, 2017
    Fantastic place for a walk. Lovely views.
  • June 13, 2017
    Great place for a walk. Great views. Personally love the Sugar Loaf.
  • September 4, 2017
    Nice walk along bautiful landscape and great views.
  • August 3, 2017
    Love the view love the tracks love the fresh air and the cafe at the beginning of the trail

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