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Currency Creek Waterfall Walk

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Published September 14th 2018
Perfect for the kids as a school holiday activity
Here's a sweet little 3km walk you can do on a sunny day. It's very easy, so it's ideal for the kids during the school holidays.

About 5kms from Goolwa, on the road that leads to Strathalbyn, you'll find the Lions Club of Goolwa Recreation Park.

Lions Park. Currency Creek.
Lions Park. Currency Creek.

The walk begins here. There's a carpark, toilet facilities and a sheltered table, so you might want to take a picnic along to enjoy after the walk.

The area is very picturesque, it abounds in small native animals and boasts many historical features.

Currency Creek
Currency Creek

The first historical feature you'll see is the viaduct which was built in 1869 for the horse tramway from Goolwa to Strathalbyn.

Railway Viaduct. Currency Creek.
Railway Viaduct. Currency Creek.

The tramway was strengthened for the 5"3" rail line from Goolwa to Strathalbyn in 1883. It is possible, though not recommended, to walk over the viaduct along the train line. I didn't.

Railway line to Strathalbyn. From the top of the viaduct.
Railway line to Strathalbyn. From the top of the viaduct.

The narrow path alongside the creek is easy to follow.

An easy-to-follow path on the Currency Creek Waterfall Walk
An easy-to-follow path on the Currency Creek Waterfall Walk

You'll find a few rocky outcrops along the way. They are not too difficult to clamber over and all the better for challenging small, adventurous children.

Rocky bits
Rocky bits

Look out for the 'canoe tree' a large eucalypt with sections carved from its trunk by local Aboriginal people possibly hundreds of years ago.

Canoe Tree. Currency Creek.
Canoe Tree. Currency Creek.

Further along you'll see the entrance to an 1840's copper mine.

Entrance to the Copper Mine at Currency Creek.
Entrance to the Copper Mine at Currency Creek.

There's a 'mini waterfall' about halfway along the path and the children might want to stop here for a while. Get them to listen out for frogs and birds.

The first, small waterfall at Currency Creek.
The first, small waterfall.

There are often kookaburras in the taller trees here too.

Listen for the frogs.
Listen for the frogs.

The main waterfall is about 1.5 kms from the start of the walk.

The main waterfall at Currency Creek.
The main waterfall.

You'll want to sit and enjoy the tranquility for a while before heading back.

Currency Creek Waterfall.
Currency Creek Waterfall.

The nearby 'Black Swamp Walk' also has a few historical relics and lots of lovely nature to enjoy.
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Why? A beautiful nature walk for the children (and the grown-ups).
When: Anytime
Where: Currency Creek Waterfall. Alexandrina Road, Currency Creek.
Cost: Free
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