The brochure, entitled 'River Angas Walkway' was prepared by Nancy Gemmell, Nigel Mallen and Frank Caspers. It's a handy guide so I strongly suggest you pick up a copy before starting the walk.
There are a number of ways to approach the walk. The brochure suggests you start at The Children's Bridge in the centre of town and walk either upstream or downstream. If you choose either of these, the return trip will be approximately 5kms. I chose to park my car at the northern end (at St Andrews Drive), walk the whole length of the walkway and then return, making it a 10km walk.
Along the way you'll see historical buildings and structures, native plants and birds, waterholes and wetlands.
If you choose to start, as I did, at the northern end, one of the first things you'll see is "The Lodge". It's an Historic Grand Country Homestead, originally owned by Sir Lancelot Stirling, an Australian politician and grazier who was born in Strathalbyn in 1849. As you approach the property you'll see some outbuildings.
As you get closer to the centre of town things get really interesting. I was fascinated to see the old town swimming pool which is part of the river. A decision was made, in 1885, that this stretch of water would be set aside for swimming. In 1933 a weir was built to control the flow of water and in 1943 the floor was cemented. A new, modern pool was constructed close-by in 1968.
Soon you'll come to The Children's Bridge which has a delightful creation story. It was financed by a William Richardson, in 1919, and dedicated to his wife. The couple had no children of their own but were concerned that children had to cross the river on their way to school, via a series of stepping stones. This current bridge is an exact replica of the original, built in 1978.
There is no better country town walk in South Aust. than this.The photo of the Church is particularly good.Strath. is one of a handful of unique towns in S.A. and is well worth a visit any time of the year.The river is called Angas..not Angus..which you wish to correct.Excellent coverage.