“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.
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Guess the prevailing wind direction. Car Park, Henley South side.
Kite Surfer out from the carpark area.
Pelican sculpture overlooks the outlet
The outlet, a fish ladder has been constructed.
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.
Dressage yard where the old gathering area used to be
The source of the river is beyond those hills.
Athelstone to the sea
Extensive planting of trees, shrubs and grasses has completely changed the look of the river banks creating a variety of environments.
Runners, cyclists and walkers all enjoy using the paths.
No, I wasn’t tempted to check
Reeds shelter wildlife
Reeds filter the water
I walked as far as Henley Beach Rd before turning back then crossing to the West Beach side.
Mosaics on a path near Henley Beach Rd
Horse arena on the West Beach side
Horses know to turn their backs to the rain.
Dense swampy area on the West Beach side.
A variety of birds have made their homes along the Linear Park.
Willie Wagtail or Restless Flycatcher
I remember Swallows nesting under the bridge, not feral pigeons.
Back to the outlet, across the bridge and my walk was finished.
From the West Beach side, water flowing out to sea
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.
Area largely cleared, where dairy cows probably grazed.
Remains of a planted Olive hedge
Poplars, remnants of the past
Old wall beside the creek
Natural environment beside the creek
Within the park are a BMX track, cricket nets, Picnic Shelter, an oval and playground.
Saturday morning Soccer match in progress
BMX Track undergoing renovation
In the background children are on play equipment
“The Fallen Log” where our grandkids like to play
Will we cross? Yes!
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.
Looking down on the dam dug by Frank Smith
The dam where you can sometimes spot a tortoise.
On a relaxing walk around the park you can see attractive plants and of course birds.
Wren – tail a-twitch
Red Gum blossom
Tough little flower
New Holland Honeyeater after a bath
Japonica -near the dam
Escapee from someone’s garden
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.
Start of the Lorikeet Loop Walk
Magnificent old Pine – maybe a Bunya Pine
Moss covered stump
Wattle blossom in strands
Ti Tree -maybe
The Belair Native Plant Nursery and old Government House are at about the halfway point.
Native plant nursery
Side view of Old Government House
Probably the servants’ quarters
Image from an information board.
Gates were closed because of Covid -photo from Information Board
Back of the building looking through locked gate.
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.
Path down to the playground
Couple of riders
Tunnels to crawl through
Old tree to sit in
Of course, there was wildlife all about.
Kangaroo enjoying fresh grass
I’ll be back to Belair NP again to try a different walk.