It was such a lovely, sunny day we decided to head south to Victor Harbor, about an hour from home. Because of Covid19 restrictions the Whale Watch Centre wasn’t posting updates of sightings which was disappointing.
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Our first stop was at Horseshoe Bay.
Anchors retrieved from the bay
Remains of old structure built using local rocks
Next stop, Basham’s Beach
Basham’s is a popular surfing spot
No surfers would want to end up here
Limestone in the making?
Vegetation on the dunes is healthy
Victor Harbor for a lovely lunch at a pub. The Seagulls took any opportunity to grab a snack if plates were left unattended.
One of many opportunists
Nana’s uncle – my Great-grand Uncle 🙂
Southern Right Whales have made a come-back since Whaling days.
No dogs allowed so no Granite Island for us.
The town of Victor Harbor
Wright Island in Encounter Bay
Looking south from the lower slopes of The Bluff
We’ll leave the climb to the top of The Bluff for another day.
Petrel Cove, I’ve never been here before and I loved it though I wouldn’t want to be here on a hot Summer’s day, the water would be too tempting and the rips are deadly!
On boulders were a couple of memorial plaques for drowning victims.
Sand being sucked out in the rip.
The Cove is only small.
Uni SA is conducting research on the island, it’s now a reserve.
The variety of rocks in one place fascinated me.
Not a good place to land a boat.
It would be easy to spend a day walking around the various tracks at any one of these lovely places.
In the previous post one track led to Watiparinga Reserve which came to a sudden stop at a railway embankment, this next walk started across the railway line.
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Across the railway line you can see a little of the embankment
Passenger train heading towards the CBD.
Freight train heading towards Sleep’s Hill Tunnel and the CBD.
Tracks go in all directions.
One of the ups!
No wonder there was a quarry not far away.
Not terraces across the gully but small tracks.
At a high spot there’s always a good reason to take a breather. The views.
The building in the distance is Westfield, Marion.
On the horizon is Glenelg.
Over there somewhere is the track I need to take back.
I think I see the track.
Yeah, there’s the railway line, I’m on the right track.
Only a couple of bird photos this time.
Rainbow Lorikeet, it’s nesting time
One area looked like it was completely covered in wild flowers.
A field of Wildflowers? Wild yes, native no.
Swan Bush, the food plant for Wanderer caterpillars
Twiggy Bush-Pea – a native
Salvation Jane or Paterson’s Curse
Wattle – a native
Shepherds Hill Recreation Park covers 77 hectares or nearly 200 acres. William John Shepherd originally farmed the land from 1853 to 1864 and there are still some signs of early settlement. This is the entrance from Ellis Avenue but there is another entrance with a Carpark off Ayliffe’s Road.
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Remains of an Almond Orchard
There are plenty of different tracks to choose from, some are designed for Mountain Bikers others are shared walking/riding tracks as well as larger Fire Tracks.
Tracks are clearly labeled
Heading to the Ridge Track which has the longest flat section.
Some tracks require momentum to get up!
Going down is fun
There seem to be more ups than downs!
Grey Box Trees are native to the area but there are a variety of trees and plants.
These are a favourite of the Wanderer Butterflies
Low, shrubby Wattles
Feral Olive Trees
Creek – side flower
Patterson’s Curse or Salvation Jane
“Torso” by Nature
Apart from Mountain Bikers, bird watchers and walkers the park also provides a venue for the Pony Club and The Eden Field Archers.
Watch out for the Red Flag!
Targets amongst the trees
Pony Club area in the background
If you’re in an environment like this you can’t ignore the wildlife.
Female Grass Parrot
Male Superb Fairy Wren
Brown Wanderer or Monarch Butterfly
Koala or two
When you’ve made your way to the top of the hill you get a 360 deg view.
View from Maggie’s seat, Adelaide CBD is in the background about 10 kms away
If you’re interested in seeing more of nature in SA you can find some on another blog here.