The Paiwalla Wetland is a private reserve located between Mannum and Murray Bridge. Previously a dairy farm, it is now protected and serves as a refuge for flora and fauna. And snakes. SSSssss. A wonderful place to visit. Check out the website for details on how to get access. Ngarrindjeri country.
While it might seem that the only place we’ve been lately is Warren, there is always something to see whenever we walk or kayak here. We did a walk in West Warren, a half loop. We took the centre path up the hill and then turned left down the first fire track which has no identifying name. It’s overgrown in places but still easy to follow. We were careful going down the steep track as it was squelchy and mossy after recent rain.
After our walk at Mannum Waterfalls we checked out the town. Just beyond the ferry is a lovely bird watching spot.
Last time we went to Warren Reservoir the water was so low there were some parts of the lake we couldn’t get to. There was a lot of mud but seemed to be more birds around, including plovers fighting each other and a number of pelicans. The SA government is upgrading facilities but according to workers at the site they’ve put a hold on building a pontoon for the moment because of the water level.
My distain for Adelaide suburban beaches has lessened since I’ve been away from SA. Glenelg was a great place to stay for a night, and the beach was clean and perfect for a dip.
We tried out the Devil’s Nose Track in Para Wirra Conservation Park. Although it’s not that far we easily spent a couple of hours enjoying the views and wildlife. We saw a koala, a kangaroo and some emus, as well as various birds and lizards. The track is pretty easy, but there is some gravel and some clambering over rocks once the track narrows so watch your step.
A visit to the beach a couple of weeks ago. Moonta Bay, post school holidays. It’s oh so quiet.
As novice kayakers it’s great to have the Warren Reservoir close by for easy kayaking practice. No waves, currents, or bitey water-dwelling wildlife. And some great views.
The usual cycling fest Tour Down Under was curtailed due to you-know-what. So instead in SA we had the Festival of Cycling. A race in Tanunda gave us a good reason to visit Barossa Valley Brewing for a bevy, some lunch and a great spot to view the race. For the third lap we ventured closer to the finish line. Ritchie Porte is in there somewhere…
In Outer Barossa we are blessed with many great bike/walking paths right in town. One of the best is the rather gloomily named Dead Man’s Pass. (Why so named? There’s an account for it here).
Despite the name, this is a beautiful place for a walk. Even though the new link road and bridge across the gorge have been completed, and there is a little more traffic noise, it doesn’t seem to have disturbed the wildlife. Recent rains had the river flowing.
The Barossa and surrounds has many parks and reserves that are looking beautiful at the moment. And the Gawler callistemon is looking gorgeous.
A while ago we explored a walk close to home which turned out to be well worth a visit. It’s the first time we’ve seen a koala in Outer Barossa.
A short river interlude. For a couple of nights we stayed near the Woolshed Brewery, at Wilkadene Cottage. Use of a kayak was a great way to burn some calories before we tried some brews. More about beer in the next post.
The sun was out, people were out, echidnas, flowers, lovely. Jenkins Scrub is close to Mt Crawford and it looks like there are plenty of walks in this area, not far from Williamstown.
At Cowell we stopped to check out some of the op shops, but we were mainly there to see the silo art. The mural features a local identity, Lionel Deer, and one of his camels, plus a Port Lincoln Parrot in flight. Artwork by NITSUA.
We travelled on to Whyalla, spending a night there before heading home via Point Lowly and the cuttlefish drive. We didn’t have the gear to get in the water to see the cuttlefish, but next time. An interesting coastal drive, regardless.
Port Neill has a lovely jetty and some excellent mosaic work on the foreshore. We just took a short walk but it looked like a great place to visit for a night or two.
Our next major stop was the mangroves walk at Arno Bay. There are a number of different trails you can follow – towards the beach and into the hinterland are both good.
Eyre Peninsula is a beautiful part of South Australia, and some of the remote coastal areas are stunning. Most of these places do not have easy access to the beach, but I like that. The beachsafe website will give you information on how tricky access can be, and surf conditions, which can be treacherous. There are no lifesavers on these beaches.
At Frenchmans we saw a large number of dolphins frolicking. Even from the cliff above we got a great view of them playing, swimming upside down, grouping and regrouping. It was a wonderful experience, and hard to tear ourselves away for the drive home.
Tumby Bay is a lovely little seaside town on lower Eyre Peninsula. And it is working hard to encourage people to visit with a yearly festival, Colour Tumby, supporting street art. Also a wonderful place to enjoy Coffin Bay oysters at the Seabreeze Hotel.
One morning I went for a walk along the beach and followed a dolphin that was swimming along in the shallows scooping up breakfast.
The Barossa Trail runs from Gawler to Angaston. We’ve ridden the Gawler to Lyndoch section a number of times, which is a lovely ride. So for something different we did the Lyndoch to Tanunda (15k) leg. There are some hills, many more bumps than Gawler to Lyndoch, but it’s a beautiful ride with some great views. We only had a couple of pre-spring swoops, nothing serious (just past the Novotel on the way back to Lyndoch) and a persistent warning squawker around Lou Miranda.
We spent one afternoon and night in Port Lincoln before heading to Lincoln National Park. It’s a pretty town with wonderful seafood. Also some good beer.
We stayed in a cabin in the Caravan Park. There was plenty of wildlife around in the evening, and the next day we had the unexpected pleasure of a beautiful foggy morning.
We took a walk at Yangie Bay, which is inside the Coffin Bay National Park but before you get to hardcore 4WD territory. So, accessible to all (with a car). The walks are clearly signposted.
The Botanic Garden is just out of Port Augusta, South Australia. Although it features plants that grow in dry conditions, the variety and colour, and the abundant bird life, make it a very beautiful place to visit.
Eyre Peninsula is known for its fabulous beaches and stunning coastline. The Coffin Bay National Park has both in abundance. Apart from the gorgeous scenery we also saw emus, various sea birds and beautiful coastal scrub. Much of the park is only accessible by 4WD, but Almonta Beach, Point Avoid and Yangie Bay can all be reached by car.
A beautiful sunny winter’s day was perfect for a first visit to Warren Reservoir. We tried the West Warren Loop (5.5 km). The longer hike is the North Warren loop which is 8.8 km. As we walked we noticed a number of fire trails which would be worth exploring, and which also provide an option to make an even shorter hike if you don’t have a lot of time. The walk is mostly pretty easy – there are some steep hills but the track is wide. Watch out for the mossy, slippery section about half way into the walk. We saw a lot of bird activity, including scarlet robins and firetails.
After our visit last week, I went back to look at my snaps from our first visit there, back in March. It was a lot warmer. Just as beautiful.
Last time we went to Kaiserstuhl was in Summer, and we saw a Red-bellied black snake. No snakes on this visit, but we saw plenty of kangaroos, birds and fungi. This is a beautiful park which is definitely worth a visit. The Stringybark Loop takes about an hour and is very easy walking.
Sandy Creek is one of our closest ‘out of town’ walks. On our visit there in July we spotted plenty of birds, kangaroos, and some interesting plant life. It’s also a great workout as most of the track is sand (as you might expect)…
North of Adelaide there are so many parks to go walking, which is perfect in these Covid times. We went for a walk in Para Wirra after eating a picnic lunch at one of the many picnic spots in the park. We tried out the Lizard Rock Hike, which is a really lovely walk. Great views without too much strenuous activity. If you try it out, just ignore the sign that makes it look like you should do the loop from the right – go left.
One of the rocky outcrops is supposed to look like a lizard. Use your imagination.
We tried out the Inneston walking track, which leaves from the main park road and heads back to Inneston. It was pretty quiet when we were there, although there were a lot of birds around when we got to the township. A very pleasant walk.
We took a short trip to Yorke Peninsula to check out the delights of Innes National Park. The weather was perfect for walking and enjoying the fantastic views.
On our first day we took a walk on Willayama Beach which is just outside the park at Marion Bay. Within the park we checked out the Ethel Wreck, Brown’s Beach and did some short walks at West Cape Lighthouse and Inneston Historic Township.
Now restrictions are starting to lift, places in the Barossa are open again for business. We went out out for a coffee at Red Door espresso and stayed out for lunch to enjoy the beautiful weather.
We checked out the new(ish) cycling and walking path connecting the Rolf Binder and Whistler wineries. On the afternoon we were there, we saw Musk Lorikeets, Red-rumped Parrots and Black Falcons chasing pigeons.
We followed up with pizza lunch and some lovely wine at Rolf Binder Winery. It was a beautiful afternoon.
On the way home we stopped by a well-known tourist site in Daveyston.
Sandy Creek Conservation Park is a great place for a walk. Don’t let the noise of the sand mining operation next door put you off. There’s always something interesting to see.
Brookfield Conservation Park is a great place to spot birds, kangaroos and appreciate a mallee landscape . You can drive safari style around the park, and there are a couple of places where you can park and go for a walk. Note most of the roads within the park are one direction only.
One of the walks takes you to the charcoal pits, where a previous resident burned wood to make coal.
Altona Reserve is a great place for a walk. Views, roos, birds. On the blue loop, as well as some lovely vistas there are also some slightly surreal ‘rest area’ signs – meaning there is a bench seat somewhere not far away.
Altona Reserve – another beautiful local Barossa locality. Lovely bushland and three different walks you can do – so far we’ve tried the orange loop and the blue loop.
In the past couple of weeks we have had some rides and a walk in/through Clonlea Reserve in Gawler. It’s a very pretty park with some lovely old gum trees. A great space to exercise when you can’t go far from home.
Mudla Wirra is a small reserve near the town of Wasleys. It’s known as a great birding spot. Although we didn’t see many birds the day we were there it was interesting bushland and we will definitely be back for another visit. We did see an elegant parrot and I can’t wait to return in wild budgerigar spotting season.
There are a number of tracks around Gawler town and the handful of times we have been out it has been relatively quiet. Plenty of hills though so doing more riding will be good for the legs.
Nganguraku country. Near Swan Reach. Such fabulous trees in this part of the state.
Meldanda is a reserve near Cambrai which has nature trails, gardens and a campsite. And some excellent trees.
Peramangk, Ngaiawang, Ngarrindjeri and Nganguruku country.
Last year we visited in May. This time round we were here in July. Mallee scrub always looks pretty much the same, but there is actually a lot of colour once you get up close. And we were lucky enough to see a hairy nosed wombat and some red kangaroos too. The full safari experience (almost).
We visited the waterfalls hoping to see some water after recent rains. It was beautiful but still pretty dry. An excellent place for a walk if you don’t mind some steep steps. We parked in the lower car park which turned out to be much quieter than the upper car park at the top of the falls. Plenty of good twitching opportunities down in the gorge too.