The South Australian Government is exploring options for the future of historic Martindale Hall. The National Trust of South Australia has a bold plan.

Martindale Hall Estate – National Trust’s Vision to create a world class Heritage-based tourism attraction

We have  submitted a formal proposal  for Martindale Hall Conservation Park which will  ensure that this magnificent property, gifted to the people of South Australia, will remain in public hands and be accessible to all. Martindale Hall Estate will be a world class tourism attraction expected to attract  more than 100,000 visitors annually and give one of the State’s jewels the prominence it deserves. The National Trust will invest in the site to develop amenities, attractions and events and will preserve the buildings in accordance with the terms of the original bequest to the people of South Australia.



The State Government of South Australia is  considering its options regarding the future ownership, operation and management of Martindale Hall and  is considering unsolicited proposals for the site.

The National Trust has made the Government aware of its ideas and its commitment to the property and in March this year was invited to submit its own formal proposal.

  • A dynamic exhibition and events space showcasing national and international heritage collections
  • Parks and gardens including a 19th century pleasure garden, olive grove, heritage orchard and community garden
  • A restored Coach House hosting displays and demonstrations of horse-drawn vehicles using the National Trust’s own collection, the largest and most significant held in Australia
  • Farm shop and licensed café, cellar door, a marquee facility for functions, and amenities for outdoor events and school camps
  • An extensive special events program including concerts,music, food and wine festivals, garden shows, car rallies, antique and collectors road shows and equestrian events
  • Farming, sporting and other outdoor recreation activities including horse riding, animal handling, clay pigeon shooting, croquet, polo and cricket.


 About Us

The National Trust has been preserving and promoting South Australia’s heritage for more than 60 years.

We manage more than 120 heritage places across the State and operate  a range of tourism oriented services and attractions, including a number of accredited Visitor Information Centres and more than 20 local museums from Ceduna to Burra to Renmark to Mount Gambier. We have managed one of the State’s major heritage properties, Ayers House in Adelaide, on behalf of the Government for more than 40 years.

We are part of a national and international network of National Trust organisations, the world’s largest and best recognised heritage attraction operator in the world.

Our capacity is greatly enhanced through our membership base of 6,000 South Australians, 60,000 nationally and four million worldwide. In addition  more than 1,000 registered volunteers in South Australia  work with us to manage properties and deliver visitor experiences.


Sign up today to show your support and keep up to date with the progress of our proposal for Martindale Hall.

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