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Published January 13th 2019
A nature walk that's safe for the kids
I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting walks, especially walks that are suitably safe for young children. When my granddaughters come to stay in the school holidays, I like to foster the family tradition of walking. I have found a delightful walking/bicycle track in Port Elliot with interesting things to observe and absolutely no traffic to dodge.
The walking path is just under 2 kms one way but we need to get back to our car so it's really a 4 km walk. A perfect distance for young walkers.
We park our car on Channon Street, near where the bicycle track continues its way between Goolwa and Victor Harbor.
Oscar Wilde described nature as 'a place where birds fly around uncooked'. A slightly cynical definition perhaps but the message I take from this quote is that we don't have to go far from home to immerse ourselves in nature. The hum of cars travelling along Port Elliot Road is vaguely noticeable from the wetlands path but the abundance of birds here definitely confirms that we are in nature.
The path ends near the carpark of the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre. Here we turn around and head back. Of course, we could park and walk from this end and head to the aquatic centre for a cooling swim after our nature walk.
When you reach the end of your Wetlands Walk by the FRAC (Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Center) you can cross Ocean Rd at the crossing with refuge. From there you are in VH council & can follow the shared path across the Leonie Cox bridge to the lake beside Strawberry Hill Rd at the bottom of Agnes Gillespie Drive. Strawberry Hill Rd has been closed to cars & would make a great bike track. You can follow it up to the Victor Harbor Rd, where it comes out by the school. Go left past the school to Aldi from where you can come back down to the lake below AG Drive & return. Cyclists refer to your wetlands path as the FRAC track as that what it was built for. Maybe Alex Council will finish it off with some signage etc one day :-)