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

Archive for October, 2020

Archibald Park

I’ve never walked to this park before but to reach it I started at the old Blackwood Experimental Orchard.

Orchard Manager’s Office

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The track towards the forest is lined by old fruit trees.

At the eastern end of the forest is a road.

Don’t forget to stop on the way to smell the Roses at the site of the Orchard Manager’s home which was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 2008.

Coromandel Valley Creek Walk

We started our walk opposite the Blackwood Experimental Orchard where Minno Creek passes under a bridge on Main Road.

The track continues on to Blackwood Experimental Orchard and Blackwood Forest across the road.

Most paths are sealed but some sections need extra care.

As well as native plants there are many introduced species.

In 1837 a ship called the “Coromandel” sailed into Port Adelaide, apparently 10 crew members deserted the ship and eventually found their way to this place, naming it, “Coromandel Valley”. Some old structures remain in the area and you can see them as well as some new ones as you walk along the path.


Belair Golf Course …..that was

The nice old Clubrooms.

I remember having a lovely meal at the Golf Course clubrooms many years ago but in early 2018 it apparently became uneconomical to keep the course going and since then things have deteriorated.

Golfers wouldn’t be happy about the state of the course but it’s a nice place to walk especially since you’re not expected to hit a ball then walk after it again and again until it eventually falls in a hole.

Dogs on leads are allowed on the course.

There are native plants and feral ones on the course.

I was surprised that we didn’t see any wallabies or kangaroos but there was some wildlife about.