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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.


“The Breakout”

“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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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.

Extensive planting of trees, shrubs and grasses has completely changed the look of the river banks creating a variety of environments.

I walked as far as Henley Beach Rd before turning back then crossing to the West Beach side.

A variety of birds have made their homes along the Linear Park.

Back to the outlet, across the bridge and my walk was finished.

From the West Beach side, water flowing out to sea