Some places we've been and some places we're going.

Archive for August, 2020

“The Breakout”

“The Breakout” is where Adelaide’s River Torrens empties into the sea, it was completed in 1937 to alleviate flooding where the Torrens naturally ended in swamp land. A linear park runs the length of the Torrens from Athelstone in the hills to Henley Beach South/West Beach.

More information can be found here.

You can see full sized images by clicking on one.

In the 1950s I used to ride my bike to an area near “The Breakout” at Henley Beach South in the hope of cadging a ride on one of the horses. The horses were agisted along the river and on weekends they were caught by their owners, groomed etc and ridden. The area is very different now with fewer horses and those are now limited to fenced off areas.

Extensive planting of trees, shrubs and grasses has completely changed the look of the river banks creating a variety of environments.

I walked as far as Henley Beach Rd before turning back then crossing to the West Beach side.

A variety of birds have made their homes along the Linear Park.

Back to the outlet, across the bridge and my walk was finished.

From the West Beach side, water flowing out to sea

Frank Smith Memorial Park

About 10 minutes from home is a memorial park with something for everyone. Originally it was the site of a family farm bought in 1896 by Jacob and Mary Ellen Smith, parents of Frank.  Walking around the park there are obvious remnants of the farm.

Within the park are a BMX track, cricket nets, Picnic Shelter, an oval and playground.

The dam is a very special place, digging this dam gave Frank Smith purpose when distraught at the death of his son, John. Over the years many local kids have come to swim in the dam after school.

On a relaxing walk around the park you can see attractive plants and of course birds.


Lorikeet Loop Walk – Belair NP

The weather was perfect for another little jaunt and only about 10 minutes from home is Belair National Park, there are several different walks of varying lengths but I decided on the 3km Lorikeet Loop Walk.

The bush environment was a perfect antidote for the deluge of unhappy Covid 19 news.

The Belair Native Plant Nursery and old Government House are at about the halfway point.

The old servants’ quarters were used between 1879 and 1885 to manufacture a poison which was used by farmers to try and control rabbits which were in plague proportions during the 1870s.

Downhill from Old Government House is a big Adventure Playground and picnic facilities, it was busy with families enjoying the sunshine.

Of course, there was wildlife all about.

I’ll be back to Belair NP again to try a different walk.