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Nurragi Conservation Reserve Walking Trail

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published September 16th 2020
A walking trail between two abandoned train stations
Having already completed the 14km (return trip) walk from Milang to the former Nurragi train station, I recently seized the opportunity to complete the trail.

Picnic spot and information stop near Nurragi Road
Picnic spot and information stop near Nurragi Road

My walking partner and I chose to start where we left off. We parked the car on Nurragi Road, near the picnic spot on the Conservation Reserve. We could have started at the other end and walked from Tucker Road, Sandergrove, which is a 10km drive from Strathalbyn. Either direction is fine for a lovely, 12km-ish, return trip walk.

In addition to benches and tables, the picnic spot provides lots of information including maps of the trail, details on flora, fauna and history as well as brochures for walkers.

Walkers Guide - Nurragi Conservation Park
Walkers Guide - Nurragi Conservation Park


Nurragi
Nurragi. You are here.

We set off, with a small picnic, from the site of the former Nurragi Station which, according to the distance marker, is 7kms from Milang.

Nurragi Station
Nurragi Station


The brochure for walkers details flora, including Bottle-Brush, Pink Gums, Melaleuca and Mallee.

Wildflowers at Nurragi Conservation Park
Wildflowers at Nurragi Conservation Park


There are over 300 native plant species present on this Conservation Reserve and around 50 of them are rare or endangered plants.

tiny wildflowers on the walk between two abandoned train stations
tiny wildflowers


We saw many of the plants mentioned in the brochure as well as numerous examples of wildflowers along the trail.

Flora at Nurragi Conservation Park
Flora at Nurragi Conservation Park


In addition to special native flora, the reserve is home to native fauna including birds, lizards and mammals. We saw one kangaroo, lots of happy birds and a shingleback lizard.

Fauna at Nurragi Conservation Park
Fauna at Nurragi Conservation Park


I enjoyed the flora and fauna but it was the historical aspects of the walk that impressed me most.

Culvert. Nurragi Conservation Park
Culvert. Nurragi Conservation Park


Railway sleepers, culverts and the remains of an old stone bridge showed evidence of the former railway line and conjured up images, in my mind, of train travel in bygone days.

Culvert. Nurragi Conservation Park
Culvert. Nurragi Conservation Park


I feel mournful at the loss of so many train services in our country. I would far prefer a relaxing train trip through beautiful scenery than a car trip on a busy, concrete motorway. Trains are far kinder to our planet than all those single-occupied cars on the road.

Old Stone Bridge. Nurragi.
Old Stone Bridge


Towards Sandergrove I noticed a section of the old broad gauge line running alongside the narrow gauge track that is currently used by the SteamRanger Heritage Train.

Two gauges
Two gauges


The former Sandergrove Station was somewhat elusive but I was determined to find it. We walked along the tracks until, sure enough, there it was; another little piece of railway history.

Sandergrove Station
Sandergrove Station


We sat on a couple of old sleepers to enjoy our picnic then headed back to Nurragi, enjoying the flora, fauna and history for a second time.
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Why? Explore the wild flowers, wildlife and glimpses of history along this conservation corridor
When: Anytime
Phone: 08-82728496 (Friends of Nurragi Secretary)
Where: Sandergrove Station, South Australia
Cost: Free
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