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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Remains of an Almond Orchard
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.
Tracks are clearly labeled
Heading to the Ridge Track which has the longest flat section.
Some tracks require momentum to get up!
Going down is fun
There seem to be more ups than downs!
Grey Box Trees are native to the area but there are a variety of trees and plants.
These are a favourite of the Wanderer Butterflies
Low, shrubby Wattles
Feral Olive Trees
Creek – side flower
Patterson’s Curse or Salvation Jane
“Torso” by Nature
Apart from Mountain Bikers, bird watchers and walkers the park also provides a venue for the Pony Club and The Eden Field Archers.
Watch out for the Red Flag!
Targets amongst the trees
Pony Club area in the background
If you’re in an environment like this you can’t ignore the wildlife.
Female Grass Parrot
Male Superb Fairy Wren
Brown Wanderer or Monarch Butterfly
Koala or two
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” 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
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.
Area largely cleared, where dairy cows probably grazed.
Remains of a planted Olive hedge
Poplars, remnants of the past
Old wall beside the creek
Natural environment beside the creek
Within the park are a BMX track, cricket nets, Picnic Shelter, an oval and playground.
Saturday morning Soccer match in progress
BMX Track undergoing renovation
In the background children are on play equipment
“The Fallen Log” where our grandkids like to play
Will we cross? Yes!
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.
Looking down on the dam dug by Frank Smith
The dam where you can sometimes spot a tortoise.
On a relaxing walk around the park you can see attractive plants and of course birds.
Wren – tail a-twitch
Red Gum blossom
Tough little flower
New Holland Honeyeater after a bath
Japonica -near the dam
Escapee from someone’s garden