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 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.
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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