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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published April 6th 2020
Two walks to choose from in Scott Conservation Park
At the time of writing, Australians are hunkered down in 'hibernation'. There's a limit on having too much fun while we wait for the Covid19 Pandemic to run its course, although it's still possible to enjoy life in a different way.

One thing we can still enjoy is to venture out, with one friend or our house-mate, to enjoy nature at its best and nature truly seems to be at its best right now. Many humans are scared and some are sick but our planet is thriving and giving us plenty to enjoy; fine weather, skies free of air traffic, quiet roads and plenty of time.

I've used my extra time to discover new and different walks not too far from home. I was supposed to be walking in Europe this year but the Fleurieu Peninsula will have to do for now.

Scott Conservation Park near Currency Creek
Scott Conservation Park near Currency Creek

Scott Conservation Park is located 55 kilometres south of Adelaide and around 5 kilometres north-west of Currency Creek. I recently set off, with my regular walking companion and co-hibernator, for my first visit.

The park is a long distance from the main road and we saw no passing traffic at all during our time there. The tranquillity of the park is soothing and restorative but drinking water and sun protection are essential, of course, and it's probably good practice to tell someone where you are going and to carry a mobile phone in case of emergency.

Carpark, Scott Conservation Park.
Carpark, Scott Conservation Park.

There are two carparks and two short hikes to choose from.

Information Board. Scott Conservation Park.
Information Board. Scott Conservation Park.

Information boards near each carpark show a map of the Watercourse Hike which is a 2.7kms circuit and the Orchid Hike which is 7.3kms long and also a circuit. We decided on the longer walk since we have a lot of time on our hands at the moment.

Walking marker - Scott Conservation Park
Walking marker - Scott Conservation Park

The forest provides a habitat for Western Grey Kangaroos, Ringtail Possums and Western Pygmy Possums. We saw none of these creatures but we did see lots of rosellas, galahs and other birds.

Galah. Scott Conservation Park.
If you look closely you might see a galah.

There is some signage and the paths are defined so it's easy to follow each circuit.

Creek crossing - Scott Conservation Park
Creek crossing sign

There are a series of steps leading down to a creek.

steps lead down towards the creek crossing
steps lead down towards the creek crossing

The creek was completely dry when we crossed it but stepping stones suggest that this is not always the case.

stepping stones
stepping stones

Not surprisingly the other side of the creek has steps going up.

steps up
steps up

The shorter circuit winds through native bush which features tall gums and spiky grass trees.

Grass tree
Grass tree

The longer hike also winds through bush, before reaching a boundary fence and firebreak path.

Walking along the fence line allowed us views towards Currency Creek and even glimpses of the ocean in the distance.

The longer circuit took us an hour and a half at a moderate pace on a sunny afternoon.

walking in Scott Conservation Park
Walking along the fence line of the park

If, like me, you have time to spare, you might like to plan this walk soon. If not, put it on your list of 'special places on the Fleurieu' and visit post-hibernation.
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Where: Gould Rd, Currency Creek SA 5214
Cost: Free
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