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Shell Hill Reserve

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by Luke Davies (subscribe)
Freelance Writer. Family focused, always exploring, nature connecting and an all round fun loving guy
Published March 27th 2021
5 million year old oyster
Isn't it amazing what you discover when you get out and explore the area you live in? I took the family to Walker Flat for some fish'n'chips beside the mighty Murray. There, I bought a sticker in the general store which read: "Where the "bloody" hell is Wongulla? Near Walker Flat you idiot". I just had to buy it.

After sticking the sticker on my vehicle, I thought that I had better Google Wongulla so I can at least advise people that I know where it is. To my surprise, one of the first photos visible on Google Maps was something that looked like a miniature Uluru. That was when I knew I had to take the family there for a visit.

I know. Uluru doesn't have a tree growing out the top of it. Let's just ignore that minor detail. Now we've cleared up that detail, let me tell you. It sure as heck didn't disappoint. This mini Uluru looked pretty awesome for something that is said to be 5 million years old, as well as being the only oyster shell deposit above the surface of the earth in the southern hemisphere. Not too shabby hey! And this is in South Australia's own backyard!

The reserve could do with a bit more of a picnic area so visitors can be enticed to stay longer to appreciate this wonderful piece of history. That being said, it's definitely worth the visit next time you go up the river.

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Where: Shell Hill Reserve, Black Hill, SA
Cost: Free
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