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Published September 25th 2014
Take a walk on the wild (flower) side
Spring in to Cleland during Spring, and experience nature at its very best. Adelaide's wet winter has added water to the creeks and coupled with the sun it has created a perfect environment for the wildflowers to blossom. One of the best areas to view these wildflowers in Spring is along the less frequently travelled trails in the southern part of the Cleland Conservation Park.
Starting at Measday's Lookout, head down the hill towards Chinaman's Hut Track. Follow the track past the Fifth Falls and along the valley crossing the creek once. Continue to follow Chinaman's Hut Track as it starts a gentle climb uphill until you reach the main Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Track. Look out for several different members of the Acacia family Head as you head uphill in to areas of more frequent sunshine.
Turn right and head uphill on the main Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Track until you reach the junction with the Nangare Track. From here I continued up to the cafe at Mt Lofty for the obligatory morning coffee at this halfway point before returning back to this junction.
Head South along the Nangare Track following the Heysen Trail around the eastern boundary of the park, passing Arthur's Seat, until you reach the Carro Track. Continue along this track for a short way and then veer left on to the downhill track known Birrilee Track. After negotiating a short but steep downhill, the track follows and crosses a creek with some light running water and many water based wildflowers before rejoining the Carro Track.
Follow the Carro Track to the end, and then turn left and follow the short trail back to your car at Measday's Lookout. In total the walk is around 8km, with another 1km return if you wanted a coffee at the Café. Best time of year for observing the wildflowers is spring.