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Aldgate's Wildlife Walk

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by Barry Silkstone (subscribe)
I am an Australian natural history writer and photographer. My aim is to encourage people to venture outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of our planet. Visit my blog naturallysouthaustralia.com
Published May 3rd 2018
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The Adelaide Hills has a wonderful and diverse range of wildlife as well as some of the most charming and historically significant towns in the state. Aldgate is a prime example. Settled in the 1860s it is situated just a short 20 km drive from the CBD along the SE freeway. With its village atmosphere, historic hotel, some wonderful old houses and a designated nature walk it is an ideal place for a day trip and some wildlife watching.

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Aldgate Pump Hotel


The area around Aldgate is dominated by tall eucalypts forest with patches of dense bush. Numerous gullies, creeks and some quite steep hillsides characterise the terrain. This provides a diverse range of habitats and a wide variety of species are found in the area. Where the walking trails take you through dense scrub there are finches, wrens and many other smaller species. The tall trees are home to currawongs, choughs and crows and both rosellas and cockatoos often perch or feed in the upper branches.

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Kookaburra near a creek crossing


Magpies, quail, native pigeons like the common bronzewing and crested as well as other ground foraging birds live in the understory which is also home to numerous small skink species that inhabit the leaf litter feeding on ants and other insects.

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Common garden skink


Where the trail intersects waterways look out for coots, ducks and other aquatic living birds and listen for kookaburras which are quite common in this habitat. Permanent pools of water can also harbour the elusive Australian water rat or rakali and eastern water skinks along the banks.

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Adelaide Rosella


This region also provides a home for several species of mammals including: possums, grey kangaroos, koalas, bats, echidnas and even the occasional southern brown bandicoot which have been re-introduced to the area.

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Walking trail


Further notes and comments:
Much of the walk is along country roads with some traffic
There are interpretive trail signs in the main street car park
Aldgate has a good selection of restaurants
There are public toilets in the shopping centre
The Aldgate Pump Hotel is an iconic building with a
significant history
Wildlife can be seen around the town not just on the trails
There is ample car parking alongside the main shopping
centre and in main street
Some boutique shopping
* The small reserve in the main street has public toilets.
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Why? Good walk with food and animals in the area
When: All year round
Where: Aldgate SA
Cost: None
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That's the most colourful koala I have ever seen resting! Is it indigenous, or a Japanese variety wearing Joseph's coat of many colours?
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