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Sturt Gorge Recreation Park
South Australia
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
Nearest town or city Adelaide
Established 4 October 1973 (1973-10-04)
Area 2.44 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
Managing authorities Department for Environment and Water
Website Sturt Gorge Recreation Park
See also Protected areas of South Australia

The Sturt Gorge Recreation Park is a protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located in the suburbs of Bellevue Heights, Craigburn Farm and Flagstaff Hill within the Adelaide metropolitan area about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) south of the Adelaide central business district.

The park was established in 1973. and protects an area recognised as an area of great geological significance. It channels the Sturt River down to the Adelaide Plains.

The Sturt Tillite formation was the first area in the world to provide definite evidence of Cryogenian glaciation (the Snowball Earth). It is hypothesised that the landform was created from glacial material that dropped from ice floating in the ocean which covered the area 800 million years ago.

Fires of any kind are prohibited in the park.

It is classified as an IUCN Category III protected area. In 1980, the recreation park was listed on the former Register of the National Estate.

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