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Stansbury welcomes visitors to the Coastal Walking Trails established by the Stansbury Progress Committee. The trails offer the walker a total distance of 6.3 kilometres of trail meandering along the coastline. The trails have been completed for your enjoyment and provide walking, cycling and disabled access to our coastal reserves. The trails also incorporate picnic and barbecue areas and interpretive signage with vantage points to take great photographs. Watch the sun go down at Mills Gully lookout.
The bushwalk up to Devil's Peak is steep in places and is recommended for experienced and fit walkers. It may take one-and-a-half to two hours for the return journey but you will see a large variety of native vegetation, wild flowers, and birds and get fantastic panoramic views at the summit, which is 670 metres above sea level. Devil's Peak Walking Trail is closed from 1 November to 15 April each year due to fire danger season.
Coonawarra is renowned as one of Australia's finest wine regions and is particularly known for producing world class red wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. There are five wineries along the Coonawarra Wineries Walking Trail and all are open every day of the year, except for Christmas Day and Good Friday. You will be warmly welcomed into each of the cellar doors as you taste some of Australia's finest Cabernet Sauvignon and other varieties. The walking trail is just less than five kilometres. If you allow 20 minutes at each winery, the trail should take approximately three hours to complete. You may wish to factor in a lunch stop at Fodder or pre order a picnic basket from the Coonawarra Store to enjoy on the lawns at one of the wineries. For more information, please see website.
The Flinders Ranges National Park is one of South Australia's most popular destinations. This area is world-renowned for its geological history, Aboriginal rock art sites, impressive fossil remains and its ruins of early European settlement. Aboriginal people have lived in the Flinders Ranges for tens of thousands of years. For the Adnyamathanha - the hills or rock people, the ranges are still of immense cultural significance. While geologists use science to explain the formation of the Flinders, the Adnyamathanha people understand the land through their Yura Muda stories, which endow the physical features of the ranges with spiritual meaning. The park is located in the Flinders Ranges between the townships of Hawker and Blinman. The park offers a wide range of activities for all interests. Drive through the scenic Bunyeroo Valley to the magnificent Brachina Gorge or hike some of the many walking trails of varying lengths and fitness levels including Bunyeroo Gorge, Bridle Gap and the challenging St Marys Peak. You can also enjoy camping (fees apply), bird watching and Aboriginal and European cultural experiences. Please refer to website for park entry and camping costs.
The Moonta Mines Walking Trails help you discover the history of this copper mining region via marked trails. Ryans Walk is a short walk of about 500 metres and takes about one hour. Hancocks Walk - from the miners cottage or sweet shop - is approximately 45 minutes return. Hughes Walk is a short loop around historic Hughes Engine House and takes about one hour. Interpretive signs illustrate the geology of Moonta ore bodies and the mining methods used to work them. A trail brochure is available from the Moonta Tourist Office and the Moonta Mines Museum. It's a fascinating part of South Australia's mining history, and well worth a look.
Perched above the sea in Flinders Chase National Park, the impressive Remarkable Rocks form what appear to be a cluster of precariously balanced granite boulders. This stunning work of nature has been shaped by the erosive forces of wind, sea spray and rain over some 500 million years. The golden orange lichen covering some of the rocks offers visitors wonderful photo opportunities at different times of the day. Interpretation signs share the story of how these intriguing rocks were formed. There is a viewing platform providing a vantage point for disabled access. The area also provides an excellent vantage point for viewing the photogenic Casuarina Islets.
There are three walking trails in Port Broughton: Walk around Broughton, Encounter Walking Trail, and Broughton to Fisherman's Bay Walk. The history of Port Broughton is revealed as you walk around this small town. Along the way you will see historic landmarks such as where the Old Station was (1885), the original Council Chambers (1895), the restored Cottage (1898) and the various churches (1885 to 1902). You can also walk the jetty and follow the foreshore to the boat ramp and via John Lewis Drive to the Bayside Caravan Park. Printed leaflets are available for each walk, which all feature interpretive signs along the way.
Mount Remarkable National Park, in the Southern Flinders Ranges, offers visitors a true wilderness experience within easy reach of Adelaide. Dramatic mountain scenery and the natural diversity of the park make it a great location for camping, bushwalking and a wide range of recreational activities. The 16,000 hectare park stretches from the coastal plain on the western side of the Flinders Ranges to the foothills above Wilmington. Its geographical location makes it a key conservation area with an intriguing mix of flora and fauna from both environments. Camping grounds and one cabin are available at Mambray Creek in the park, while a charming self-contained lodge is available at Alligator Gorge (bookings essential). Vehicles can access the park from Wilmington and Mambray Creek. A walking trail enables bushwalkers to access the park from Melrose. The Heysen Trail also passes through this park for 23 kilometres with shelter accommodation en route.
Only a 25-minute drive from Adelaide in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, Belair National Park is South Australia's oldest park. You can even walk your dog in this park providing it remains under your control on a lead, making it a favourite with the locals. There are plenty of things to see and do at the Belair National Park. The park has more than 50 bushland tennis courts, several ovals, grassy picnic areas and gas barbecues. Be on the lookout for koalas in the trees, admire wildflowers on the ground or enjoy a leisurely stroll around Playford Lake. There is also an adventure playground that will keep kids entertained for hours, with a huge wooden fort, tunnels and poles on which to balance. The park is home to some of the Adelaide Hills significant heritage attractions so be sure to include a visit to the State Flora Nursery or join a guided tour of Old Government House and surrounding heritage gardens. Conserving remnant vegetation and a range of threatened flora and fauna, Belair National Park is helping to protect the state's biodiversity. The park is regarded as one of Australia's 15 biodiversity hotspots, making it an important refuge for native animals.
A trip to the Limestone Coast wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Naracoorte Caves. Recognised as one of the world's most important fossil sites, the caves offer experiences for all ages. For more than 500,000 years giant animals roamed the Naracoorte area. Falling into well hidden pitfall caves, their fossilised skeletons were left behind, giving scientists a rare glimpse of long extinct animal life. Giant marsupials such as the wombat-like Diprotodon, Thylacoleo the marsupial lion and giant kangaroos lived in the area. These animals, along with others, have been recreated into life-sized models at the renowned Wonambi Fossil Centre. The park's tourist caves boast a glorious display of stalagmites and stalactites. A variety of tours are on offer, showcasing amazing fossil and limestone formations. Adventure caving, allowing you to crawl, slide and squeeze through tight tunnels and chambers, is also available. The is also an on-site cafe and camp sites available. Please refer to our website for all costs and tour times.
Gawler Ranges National Park is a showcase of stunning scenery formed by volcanic activity more than 1,500 million years ago. Access the Organ Pipes by four-wheel drive vehicle and discover a series of dramatic, ochre-red, hexagonal volcanic columns. See vibrant wildflowers in spring or camp beneath a starry night sky in the great outdoors. Follow the four-wheel-drive LP Track leading to Pondanna Outstation. Observe some of the parks 140 species of birds or keep your eyes open for Southern Hairy-nosed wombats. Access to Gawler Ranges National Park is via gravel roads from Kimba, Minnipa and Wudinna. Most vehicle tracks are recommended for high clearance or four-wheel drive vehicles only and driving can be hazardous in wet weather. Ensure that you have adequate food and water in case of breakdown as traffic is sparse during the summer months. Ensure vehicle is fitted with adequate spares and that you have a satellite phone or HF radio. Camping is permitted at Paney Homestead in the park. Do not camp along the access route to the park.
See Lake Gairdner, Australia's fourth largest salt lake and is the site of numerous land-speed record attempts when the lake is dry. Surrounded by brilliant red sand hills, the lakes shimmering surface makes it a photographer's delight and a popular film location. Indeed, at times the horizon seems to disappear when you stand in the centre of this beautiful and surreal salt lake. The annual Dry Lake Racers event attracts motor enthusiasts from around Australia in March when the lake is dry. Access to the lake is via Waltumba Tank, on the Moonaree Station Road or via Mount Ive Station (private access, enquiries and gate key available from Mount Ive Homestead). Cabins and bush camping are available nearby at Mount Ive Station.