Blogs from Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia, Oceania


Today we headed North of Adelaide to complete the Mt Crawford to Kaiser Stuhl leg of The Heysen Trail, Ruth, Tim and I arrived at the spot on Mount Rd where we ended a previous walk a few weeks ago and dropped off Ruth's car, then I drove to the entrance to the trail head for the Kaiser Stuhl Track on Brownes Rd where we left my car just on 8am on the 29 December 2008. This is the first stage of the Barossa section of the trail so it was fitting that our first sight should be the grape vines of a winery, we then walked 6km along Brownes and Corryton Park Roads in the cool of the morning spotting at least a dozen roos and frightening a few cows who didnt like getting their ... read more
At the trail head
Brownes Road
Red Hot Pokers

Introduction Today we headed to the Barossa for a Heysen trail walk near Tanunda. How to get there ... From Adelaide travel north to Gawler, and once in Gawler turn right up the Barossa way. Follow this road through Sandy Creek, Lyndoch and on to Tanunda. Maggie Beer's farm shop is 4 km North of Tanunda (see Pheasant farm route map). The walk is south of Tanunda on Rifle Range Road (See 'From Maggies to walk start' map). The third map is of the 11 km walk (Our walk) along the Heysen trail entering into Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park. What happened ... We started off at Maggie Beer's farm shop at Tanunda. It was part of my birthday celebrations that instead of going out for a restaurant meal on the day, and that we would go ... read more
Maggie Beer
Lake view from Farm shop
Dan sampling the fruit jellies

Introduction It was back to the bush for the Hikers this wekend and we treated ourselves to the Barossa. Just outside of Tanunda we picked up the Heysen trail as it traverses the Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park. The last time we went to this park was July 2005 and the contrast between the two visits were striking. There were only a few, thin kangaroos this time when there were many breeding kangaroos 20 months ago. The recent rain has produced a fine green tinge to the land as it slowly starts to recover from the drought. The park has only gentle slopes and is suitable for family walks. There are a few trees which have tags on them so you can identify the different species of plants. We spent about three hours in the Park yesterday ... read more
Heysen trail
Pushing apart the granites
First view

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