This 390-hectare conservation area has links with the early settlers of the district and has a wide variety of native and exotic trees. There are two walks as well as a campground.

Place overview


  • Camping
  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay Pioneer Park Conservation Area

About this place

History and culture

Pioneer Park got its name in recognition of the early pioneer families who settled in this area; “to commemorate the courage and forbearance of the early settlers”.

William Burke was the first settler to drive a bullock cart over the pass (which now bears his name) into the Mackenzie country. Within the reserve, a chimney within a protective shelter, is all that remains of the a slab and daub hut he built here in 1885.

Getting there

32 km from Geraldine.

Follow the Geraldine Fairlie Highway (79) for 23 km then left onto Gudex Road. Take the next right onto Middle Valley Road. Follow this road for 2 km before turning left through iron gates into Pioneer Park.


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