Roachdale Reserve

In a region extensively cleared for agriculture, Roachdale Reserve protects a rare piece of native bushland containing one of the few remaining stands of Long-leaved box forest, once widespread in the Mount Lofty Ranges. The reserve is traversed by a creek with deep pools which provide a summer source of water for a variety of wildlife. The reserve contains a wide diversity of plant species (225 indigenous to the area) including 32 of conservation significance. It also provides habitat for four birds of conservation significance and a Rare indigenous cricket.

The best time to visit is in spring or early summer when the wildflowers like orchids and lilies are out in full show.

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Roachdale Reserve was the first property to be donated to the National Trust of South Australia. This natural heritage reserve was gifted by Miss Hilda Roach in March 1957.

The Reserve is managed by an on-site Reserve Officer with assistance from the Roachdale Management Committee. Meetings and working bees are held once every two months. The major task for the committee is to restore the bushland by removing introduced weeds that threaten bird, animal and plant habitat.
Download the
Roachdale Nature Trail brochure
( also available at the entrance to the Reserve and from the National Trust head office) to help guide you around a walking track showing points of interest. The walk is about 1.5 km long, with gentle slopes. Allow 1 hour to do the loop. Visit the Nature Trail Facebook page:
The site is open daily but CLOSED during the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban Season
National Trust ; Roachdale Reserve