I am an 18 year old athlete hoping to make the AFL draft or play for cricket Australia. Studying Bachelor of Media at Adelaide university, I wish to be a slightly controversial yet humorous media personality after an illustrious sporting career.
Published August 23rd 2014
It's hard to believe an immaculate piece of nature has an address, but Norwood Morialta Conservation Park is situated on the base of the Adelaide hills, on Stradbroke Road, Woodforde. Opening from sunrise to sunset (except Christmas and days with extreme fire danger), I had many pleasant walks and runs through the main walking trails, but the trails that taper off to the side and vast unknown offer a sense of mystery that has my curious side on edge. Norwood Morialta Conservation Park is peaceful and offers serenity to any person who walks through its paths.
Generally when you first enter the Park, you hear the birds chirping and the water flowing. It is a slightly inclined journey to the waterfall, hardly a challenge for any walker but it is a good warm up to any workout if you run the 2 kilometres. Usually I walk during winter to make sure that the creeks have plenty of water. I make sure to focus on these sounds, because it is this feeling of peace that transitions your brain from the beta phase to the alpha phase, ie, it gives you a form of inner peace. Jogging along the paths, you see other people staring up into the trees taking photos as if they had never saw a koala before as well as many other friendly faces who nod a friendly greeting before going back to their business. There were many features and trails within the conservation park that could easily sidetrack anyone, but I stuck to my goal of running to the waterfall.
I knew I was close to the waterfall, around a hundred metres away, as the roaring water crashing onto the rocks was almost deafening. As I closed out this distance, this natural wonder of Adelaide enveloped my sense of sight.
There it was… the main waterfall at Norwood Morialta Conservation Park.
I stayed there for a few minutes, admiring what the rain from the past few days had done to this waterfall. There was a constant flow of water, which was a contrast to the bright sunshine. I had to admit, I was panting a little bit but it was soon gone; the peaceful environment of this park had overtaken my mind. Closing my eyes, I let the sound take over. It was exactly like those tapes to help students study or people sleep, except it felt more natural. It was time for the jog back, it was a smooth easy downhill jog and more of the same, tourists and friendly faces. However, my curiosity got the better of me and hence decided to jog up the steps of the giant cave. It was actually quite physically demanding, as the cave didn't seem to get any bigger the closer I got to it. But once you reach the pinnacle and marvel at the cave's ginormous structure, the view of the entire conservation park is then available to you so you can ponder your life struggles.
Norwood Morialta Conservation Park is a peaceful place for a walk or jog, with many features that could leave you there for hours. I had a personal experience which I shared with you all, but that is what the park does to you; it allows you to form your own personal experiences as you walk along this pristine park.