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Myponga Reservoir Walking Trails

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Three loops to choose from
I love discovering a brand new walk, especially if it's new to everyone else as well. It's an opportunity to channel my inner explorer. Well, imagine my excitement when I heard about the opening of Myponga Reservoir Reserve, an area previously off limits to the general public.

The opening of the reserve is a government initiative designed to promote regional tourism, encourage community wellbeing and provide environmental education.

To celebrate the opening, Trail Running SA hosted a fun run recently in conjunction with Nature Play SA and Trees For Life SA.

There are three trails, the shortest is a 5km loop. Those looking for extra steps can walk a 9km or 13km loop.

There are bench seats and picnic tables throughout the reserve providing rest spots.

Picnic table, Myponga Reservoir.
Picnic table, Myponga Reservoir.

Most of the track winds through peaceful woodland areas.

Woodland track, Myponga Reservoir
Woodland track, Myponga Reservoir

Towering gums line much of the path.

Towering gums, Myponga Reservoir
Towering gums, Myponga Reservoir

There are four dedicated lookout areas with scenic views, as well as numerous places to sit for a while and enjoy the serenity.

nice to sit
nice to sit a while

The reserve is home to many large, grey kangaroos. I also spotted large butterflies and a variety of birds on my recent walk.

grey kangaroos
grey kangaroos


The forest walk leads to my favourite lookout.

To the forest lookout, Myponga Reservoir
To the forest lookout, Myponga Reservoir

The viewing platform is close to the water's edge where you are very likely to see water birds bobbing nearby.

viewing platform
viewing platform

And the view across the reservoir, to the forest on the opposite side, is a stunner.

Stunning scenery

Smiling Samoyed Brewery is conveniently located opposite the start (and finish) of the walking trail, providing the opportunity to partake in refreshments after the walk.
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Why? A beautiful new walking trail to enjoy
When: anytime
Where: start from Hansen Street, Myponga.
Cost: free
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This is a great start. The opening day event was excellent. I hope to see more and more of these areas opened to the public!
by Michael Genrich (score: 3|1850) 1128 days ago
Loved your article and photos Karen. It looks like the walk covers many types of topography added to its interest. Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4045) 1116 days ago
Really good thanks Karen
by maxyb (score: 0|4) 1128 days ago
Yet again SA does not cater for dog owners. Original info supplied at the time of opening said the trails were accessible for dogs on lead. Now it's become the usual no go area! If SA is serious about attracting visitors there really needs to be a sensible rethink about how many holidaymakers travel with their dog but cannot enjoy time and the environment with it. For locals also, it is frustrating to be so restricted from enjoyment of a walk in the company of your best friend. Yet again the nanny state is determined to restrict our freedom. Disappointed but sadly not at all surprised.
by Priva (score: 0|2) 916 days ago
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