The taller trees form the canopy under which the smaller trees grow
This week's walk was at Para Wirra Recreation Park which is just south of the Barossa Valley. It is walk number 10 in George Driscoll’s book “50 real bush walks around Adelaide”, called “Gold diggers”. To be accurate, the walk was not within the main Park, but on the opposite side of Humbug Scrub Road. This is significant because to enter into the main park there is an entrance fee, but to do this walk, there is no additional cost.
You can find out more about Para Wirra Recreation Park at the South Australian Park web site
How to get there ...
From the city take Main North Road past the Old Spot Hotel until you get to Black top road. Turn right onto Black Top Road and head to One Tree Hill. Shortly after the One Tree Hill township you come to a T junction. Turn left and stay on this road (Humbug Scrub Road). When you see the entrance to the Para Wirra Park, drive past it and take the road that runs along side of the park instead. About 1 km on there is a car park on the right hand side of the road. When we went
First milestone, passing the Hostel on your left
there on Sunday, there was a gate closed across the car park entrance, but we opened it and went in (and closed it after us as well).
What happened ...
The walk took 2 1/2-hours and was enjoyed immensely because, for most of the time we were in a wind-protected gully, sheltering us from an otherwise wind-swept day. Half of the walk follows a small bush trail along “Mack Creek” and the other half of the walk follows a fire track. Milestones along the way included dams and some amazing trees.
Although we saw very little flowering in the bush, George wrote about there being many orchids and flowers around in August and September -so we have made a mental note to go back again later to check these out. Another reason to go back is that Peter thought that this was one of the best walks he had been on - very high on the serenity scale!
This is a good walk for a beginner because it is a nice flat track, not too long (if you have done a lot of leg exercising). The sign says to allow 3 hours - but we did it in 2 1/2 - anyway, you might take it slower, or faster, but who cares, bush walking is a sport that you can decide the pace. Unless, of course, you are with my Dad, who forces us to go fast all the time. I don't think this is fair because I like to look at the things around me and I don't want my body to go into over drive.
We didn't see any gold on this walk (perhaps we were walking too fast), but we did see golden-coloured fungi, great trees and waterholes. We also saw some back-swimmers in the water hole - that is a type of underwater bug. There were lots of birds and we saw Wedge tail eagle up close, a flock of emus and Mum saw a rabbit too.
This week's joke:
Q: What do you get when you cross a tiger with a kangaroo?
A: A striped jumper.
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