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Port Elliot Wetlands Walk

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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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.


Bike Track Channon Street, Port Elliot
Bike Track Channon Street, Port Elliot


There's a lovely view across Urimbirra Creek to a railway bridge. My research tells me the bridge is actually called Watson's Gap Viaduct and it was built in 1863.

Railway Bridge Port Elliot
Railway Bridge Port Elliot


After admiring the view, we cross a wooden footbridge that spans the creek. There's generally chirpy birds and lots of bullrushes to observe here.

Footbridge
Footbridge


The bicycle track continues straight ahead but for the wetlands walk, we turn right along a concrete path and head for a tunnel that runs under the main Port Elliot Road.

Under road tunnel, Port Elliot
Under road tunnel, Port Elliot


There's graffiti art and messages of inspiration to admire as we pass through the tunnel.

Art work and good messages
Art work and good messages


Once through the tunnel, we can see the wetlands.

Wetlands
Wetlands


The information boards along the way give clues about the different species of birds that can undoubtedly be seen on and near the water.

Information Board
Information Board


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.



A regular dose of nature has therapeutic benefits, so we always pause along the way to enjoy the peace and serenity. There's art to enjoy too.



Interesting houses with flourishing gardens line some sections of the path. Many have quirky garden art.

Garden Art
Garden Art


Other sections of the path are lined with gums and other native trees and shrubs.

Bicycle/walking path
Bicycle/walking path


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.

Fleurieu Aquatic Centre Carpark
Fleurieu Aquatic Centre Carpark
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Why? Enjoy a nature walk near the coast
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Where: Start from Channon Street, Port Elliot
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Definitely worth a visit next time in Port Elliot, thanks Karen.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11258) 275 days ago
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 :-)
George Bennett
by georg (score: 1|10) 212 days ago
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