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Published July 11th 2015
Lookout in the Rain
Sunlight, filtered through rustling leaves, warm on your face. A gentle breeze. The faint fragrance of drying eucalypt, interrupted, now and again, by the stronger scent of a barbecue, sizzling. The distant bark of a breathless dog. Warbling birdsong from above. The squeak of a swing. The crackle of twigs. Echoed waves of laughter.
It's all a dream, however, as you look out through a foggy window at another dreary and miserable Winter day.
In Midwinter it can be difficult to imagine a fine day in Spring or Summer, particularly if overcast skies, persistently haemorrhaging an icy rain, pervade the day with a sepulchral gloom.
Take the opportunity to defy the weather by visiting a park in a break in the rain! At this time of the year the grass is vividly green and glistening with fresh rain, perfect for soccer or kicking around a football.
Tennis courts and playground at Langman Recreation Reserve
Langman Recreation Reserve is a large park in the Adelaide foothills, with a car park available after turning left near the beginning of Waterfall Gully Road. A commemorative tablet dated 17th April 1973 states that the reserve was named after W.W. Langman as "Councillor, Alderman and Mayor - 1956 to 1971" in recognition of the services rendered to the City of Burnside.
The playground at Langman Recreation Reserve
It is a pleasant, open, grassy area surrounded by native trees and comprises a barbecue area with seating, a small playground, a few tennis courts, toilet facilities and a short, easy trail leading to a lookout. This lookout can also be accessed via stopping on Wyatt Road off Waterfall Terrace. Particularly in Winter, the lookout is great for some photographs overlooking the City as decent cloud cover makes some dramatic compositions possible.
A photograph taken from the Langman Recreation Reserve lookout
Seating is available in the barbecue area
Langman Recreation Reserve is a nice place to stop and relax on the way back from walking up to and back from Mount Lofty on the popular Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit hike. Alternatively it is a perfect location just to throw around a ball, play some tennis or have a picnic.