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On our last night we had company, two caravans joined us at our river-side site, one had its AC going all night so it wasn’t as restful for me. In the morning the Pelican did a last sail past.
Tiger Moth on the camper canvas.
Final sail past
Resident Kookaburra came to say goodbye.
A sign so common now we don’t even notice it.
I think everyone is complying.
On the way home we stopped at Karoonda again, it’s the fourth time we’ve passed through and each time we see something different. I think it’s a lovely little town, the locals are friendly and it seems they like happy, little white dogs. The men were laying foundations for swings in the new Playground.
Maybe next time we travel this way we’ll stop overnight so we can see the image projected onto the silo, the images change regularly.
Karoonda seems a great place for mobility scooters.
The men have made progress on the Karoonda Playground.
Kids will have fun on this when the park opens.
It’s the 4th time we’ve come through Karoonda and the first time I’ve read this sign.
The silo painting has left space for images to be projected at night.
The Kelpie looks as puzzled as ever.
We decided to take a trip to Berri where I lived for three years, it’s developed so much over the last 50 years there was nothing I recognized. A bridge has replaced the ferry, the hotel has been modernised and houseboats can now be moored near the town, there’s even a shopping centre with Aldi!
More than a dozen houseboats were moored along the river bank.
Statue in the main street.
You can walk right around the tower.
View from the top of the water tower.
After exploring Berri we drove back towards Loxton stopping at Lock 4, Bookpurnong. You an find information on the reason for the locks, their construction etc here.
Lock 4 at Bookpurnong, about 10 kms out of Berri
The Lock makes river navigation easier.
Maintaining water levels benefits irrigators.
The Lock was a handy place for the Pelican to catch fish.
Back in Loxton we enjoyed a short walk from the wharf along the riverside. Nearby is the Pioneer Village but we didn’t go inside.
Loxton Riverfront Walk
That walk was only a teaser so we headed towards the Caravan Park stopping at the Boat Ramp from where we walked along the Nature Trail and through the Arboretum before looping back to the car. Large diameter hoses lined most of the trails but they seemed to be no longer functional, maybe that’s why there was so little water in some parts.
No water in this section
Masked Lapwing and a Black-fronted Dotterel
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.
Log seating at the Kuarna Meeting Tree.
Possum carving from one of the log seats.
Mitcham Council now is now responsible for the reserve.
The first Plane Tree was planted in 1907
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.
Maybe the mown path leads to the top of the hill.
Steps to somewhere.
Narrow dead end road.
Lovely old Oak Tree
Native and introduced trees line the paths.
Dogs allowed if on leads.
Flat stepping stones over the creek.
Not so subtle suggestion to follow the small arrow.
This trail is mostly on the southern side of the creek.
Some amenities have been built but there are no toilets for walkers, those in the Caravan Park are for patrons only.
Shady sites and cabins at the “Tourist Park”
High in the background is the road into Belair.
Plane Tree avenue.
Self sufficient campers have plenty of space.
“The Monarch of the Glen” sheltered Kuarna people and early settlers.
Marker for “The Monarch of the Glen” placed in 1874.
Apparently a great place to sit and read.
Big old Oak Tree provides shade at this picnic spot.
There are relics of the early days at various spots along the tracks.
Remains of the loading bay for Mundy’s rock crushing plant.
Somewhere there’s a cast iron Drinking Fountain, this is the closest we found to such a thing!
Fig Tree, relic of the Market Gardens which used to be in the area.
Wheel from an old pump.
Remains of an old shed at the end of Brownhill Creek Rd.
Lovely old farmhouse.
“The Walnuts” a variety of fruit trees are still growing around the property.
Old Manure Pits designed to stop fouling of the creek.
Remains of an old ford
Damming the creek caused controversy, swimmers v farmers.
Telephone booth – on it’s way to being a relic!
There are many weeds in the Park but some add beauty.
Even some “natives” are probably introduced to the area.
Native grass – I think
Not many birds were close to the tracks.
What’s up, Doug?