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.