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Nurragi Conservation Reserve - Trail Description



Nurragi Conservation Reserve

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Milang approx 70km south east of Adelaide
Start/end: Milang to Sandergrove
Status: Open
Length open: 12km
Surface: Compacted earth
Public transport: Coach
Contact Region: South Australia
Typical scenery on the trail. Simon Lewis 2007.
Typical scenery on the trail. Simon Lewis 2007.
Suitable for walking



  • Comprises a mix of natural and cultural heritage features.
  • Recommend for families, train enthusiasts, and groups who want a gentle walk lasting 2-3 hours.
  • Lake Alexandrina at Milang is a great place for a dip, especially for the kids, because the water is only waist deep until you're past the end of the jetty.
  • The Milang railway museum is open on Sundays and by appointment. Telephone (08) 8537 0061. They have souvenirs and serve refreshments in the carriages.



Nurragi Conservation Reserve can be accessed from numerous points including:

  • The Sandergrove end via Goolwa Road and Tucker Road (follow Tucker Road to the end, past the railway line)
  • At the Milang end adjacent the cemetery (off Weeroona Road)
  • At Punkulde, or from Nurragi Road

One of the original reasons for rail trails was to create long linking conservation corridors and this trail is a good example.

The trail is only suitable for walking (as there are stiles over the fences at the road crossings).

Nurragi volunteers have now established a self-guided walking trail from Sandergrove to Milang. Points of interest are marked, distance markers installed, and a brochure produced to guide walkers.In places

By its nature it can be a little overgrown, but on the whole a pleasant walk through a mixture of remnant bushland and surrounding farmland.

The only facilites are at Milang.  There are also BBQ facilities and a caravan park at the foreshore in Milang.

Background Information

The Reserve was dedicated as a nature conservation and plantation reserve in 1991. It is on the former Sandergrove to Milang railway line that opened in 1884 and closed in 1970. Sandergrove was the junction on the now Steamranger line from Mt Barker to Victor Harbour, about 10km south of Strathalbyn.

A heritage agreement permanently protects the Reserve which is significant for its valuable remnant native vegetation. (Nurragi was the intermediate station on the former railway line).

The official opening of the rail trail occured in May 2014.

For more details on the conservation aspects of this trail refer to the National Trust link below.


Walking Guide Brochure and map prepared by the Friends Group

 National Trust website for Nurragi Conservation Reserve

Milang Railway Museum

November 2015

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