Recently upgraded, Myponga reservoir reserve now boasts approximately six kilometres of walking/cycling trails unlocking public access to many more hectares of the reserve. The unsealed tracks will take you through not only wide open plains but also dense forest areas. Picnic tables are available along the trail if you'd like to enjoy lunch there. Various birds, native animals, lizards and frogs can be seen at times too. Early one morning, we were greeted by more than twenty leaping long-tailed marsupials at the reserve entrance!
The installation of new ultraviolet disinfection capabilities has also made kayaking and canoeing possible for visitors. The reservoir waters are surrounded by stunning landscape, so it's definitely worth a meander if you can paddle. It might help though to bring a trolley during the summer months as water levels tend to be lower.
While you're there, why not take a drive to the reservoir lookout too. The scene is just stunning from above. I bet you won't forget the incredible view of the reservoir, dam wall and spillway anytime soon. Then, on your way home, head down the road to drive across the dam wall, just for something different. How often do you get the chance to do something like that?
Myponga reservoir reserve is located on the Fleurieu Peninsula, about an hour's drive from Adelaide. It's a great place to explore, and if you want more, do check out the other reservoir reserves around the state as well. South Para, Warren and Hope Valley are all open to the public. And, Happy Valley will be joining the list towards the end of this year.