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.
Beyond the Office…
past the fruit trees….
beside the Blackberries…
alongside the fort ….
through the trees….
into the pines ….
At the eastern end of the forest is a road.
walk through the gap in the fence…..
follow the mowed bit….
wander through the grass….
check out the playground ….
and the swings……
trudge up the path….
stop at the road…..
look at the properties across the road then it’s time to head back.
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.
Information on the home.
Twin Oak Trees near an old entrance
Ruins of a wall and steps.
Another beautiful Rose.
Rose in the front garden
Old fashioned Rose
View from the “front yard”.
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.
Under Nana’s Oak Tree, beside Main Road
Some paths lead to private homes.
Stop, you’re going into someone’s place.
The creek is down below this path.
In places the path crosses the river.
Aah, a convenient log
This section is paved
As well as native plants there are many introduced species.
A stand of young Eucalypts
Ash Trees are tenacious and difficult to eradicate.
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.
Old ford and replacement bridge
Old shed at Watchman House
Winns Road ford a popular crossing – most of the year
Old stone wall
New wall – concrete bags
Biscuit and Jam Factory
Site of the old Biscuit and Jam Factory, now a private home
Institute Hall now a pottery studio
Stabilizing the river bank is difficult.
Currawong sabotaging erosion control measures.
A picnic shelter used often
Not old but definitely a place to visit.
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.
The Clubrooms, Pro Shop and a pavilion where weddings were held.
The old Pro Shop now a place to hire Mountain Bikes.
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.
Across the “fairway” is Upper Sturt Road heading towards Stirling.
Scruffy old sand trap.
“I remember hitting ……”
From tee to green.
Nice open spaces for walking.
“Not one I lost!”
Past golfers can remember every fairway and its traps.
There are native plants and feral ones on the course.
Mauver flower 2
Lovely old Gum Tree
Looks like paper to me
I was surprised that we didn’t see any wallabies or kangaroos but there was some wildlife about.
Eastern Rosella near Upper Sturt Rd