South Australia’s newest national park, Nilpena Ediacara National Park, in the Flinders Ranges is coming closer to reality as part of the construction begins on site.
$3.3 million fossil experience is home to the world's best example of Ediacaran life, when the earliest forms of complex multicellular animal life evolved.
The site plays a crucial part in the the Flinders Ranges for World Heritage Listing proposal, for its unparalleled story of the dawn of animal life on Earth.
South Australian contractors G-Force Building and Consulting have begun the reconstruction of the Nilpena Blacksmith's Shop, where one of Nilpena's most superbly preserved beds - Alice's Restaurant Bed - will be displayed.
Construction of the fossil trail is also underway by Environmental & Trail Services, which is a class two, accessible trail, with all work being overseen by the project palaeontologist so as not to harm the fossils.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs describes the new national park as a 'must-see' destination for tourists, researchers and educators alike.
The site will be located on land belonging to the Adnyamathanha people, who live in Port Augusta and around the outback.
It is scheduled to open next year.
Photo: By Spencer Gulf Broadcasters