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Perfect Public Holiday

With ideal weather the beach seemed a great place to be on the Adelaide Cup Day holiday …seems like everyone agreed which meant the closest beaches were very busy so we went to South Noarlunga. It was magic.

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You could walk straight down the steps into a playground.

You could build sandcastles on an island, boogie board, paddle, surf or simply walk on the sand.

Further south along the beach are rocky sections of different types.

We heard the Shark Spotter plane coming south, it circled several times over an area where a surfer was trying to catch a little wave.

It was difficult to tell what section of beach we were on but I think it was Seaford.

Reminds me of The Breakaways out of Coober Pedy.

Another reminder of the gorgeous places we can see close to home.

 

Brown Hill Creek

In 1915 Brownhill Creek was proclaimed a “National Pleasure Resort”, these days that would probably mean luxurious suites available in fancy hotels, classy restaurants, spas and at least one heated swimming pool. Expectations were a little different in 1915 and it’s difficult to find a trace of what was on offer apart from the creek and views. Prior to European settlement in the 1840s it was an important gathering place for Kuarna people who named the place “Wirraparinga” which means, place of scrub and creek.

You can find detailed information in the brochure available from Mitcham Council Office or online via their site.

There are carparks at several spots along Brownhill Creek Rd. The park itself is 3.5 kms long and straddles the creek.

 

There are two marked trails along the creek, the Wirraparinga Trail and the Yurrabilla Trail in some places you need to cross the creek walking on flat rocks and near the far end of the valley, walk on the road.

Some amenities have been built but there are no toilets for walkers, those in the Caravan Park are for patrons only.

There are relics of the early days at various spots along the tracks.

There are many weeds in the Park but some add beauty.

Even some “natives” are probably introduced to the area.

Not many birds were close to the tracks.

What’s up, Doug?

 

 

 

 

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.