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Shepherds Hill Recreation Park 2

Shepherds Hill Recreation Park covers 77 hectares or nearly 200 acres. William John Shepherd originally farmed the land from 1853 to 1864 and there are still some signs of early settlement. This is the entrance from Ellis Avenue but there is another entrance with a Carpark off Ayliffe’s Road.

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There are plenty of different tracks to choose from, some are designed for Mountain Bikers others are shared walking/riding tracks as well as larger Fire Tracks.

Grey Box Trees are native to the area but there are a variety of trees and plants.

Apart from Mountain Bikers, bird watchers and walkers the park also provides a venue for the Pony Club and The Eden Field Archers.


If you’re in an environment like this you can’t ignore the wildlife.


When you’ve made your way to the top of the hill you get a 360 deg view.

View from Maggie’s seat, Adelaide CBD is in the background about 10 kms away


If you’re interested in seeing more of nature in SA you can find some on another blog here.

“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

Frank Smith Memorial Park

About 10 minutes from home is a memorial park with something for everyone. Originally it was the site of a family farm bought in 1896 by Jacob and Mary Ellen Smith, parents of Frank.  Walking around the park there are obvious remnants of the farm.

Within the park are a BMX track, cricket nets, Picnic Shelter, an oval and playground.

The dam is a very special place, digging this dam gave Frank Smith purpose when distraught at the death of his son, John. Over the years many local kids have come to swim in the dam after school.

On a relaxing walk around the park you can see attractive plants and of course birds.