The Adelaide Hills are a delight to see in spring, with colourful new foliage and signs of new life everywhere. Visiting any of the parks in Adelaide is a pleasure, but one of my favourite places is Coromandel Valley. There you can find an addictive combination of nature and history, and it's something that the local National Trust is keen to show off.
The Coromandel Valley and Districts National Trust has set up a Spring program of family fun and October school holiday activities, with fun things to do for all ages. All of the events are affordable, but be sure to book in advance on 0474 066776, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun for Kids of All Ages - a Treasure Hunt in the School Holidays
Thursday October 5 1.30-3.30 - Treasure Hunt and Guided Walk
Come along to an afternoon of fun for kids on this guided walk in the school holidays. Walk the Trails, Hear the Tales takes you on a voyage of discovery and adventure through north Coromandel Valley. Starting at Watchman House, (360 Main Road Coromandel Valley) children can follow a treasure map while you hear about the area's history on this easy walk.
You'll visit Frank Smith Park where you may spot a superb Blue Wren. Go cross country to the amazing Blackwood Forest and learn how it was won by the community.
You Can See a Blue Wren in Frank Smith Park Near Blackwood Forest
The cost of $5 per family includes a delicious afternoon tea, a fantastic way to spend an afternoon in the school holidays.
Sunday October 8 1-4pm - Discover Your Inheritance Join a guided walk from the Coromandel Valley Community Centre car park, (442b Main Rd, Coromandel Valley). Only $5 per person including afternoon tea.
Winns Store Opposite Winns Bakehouse Museum 1917 (State Library SA B28527)
Sunday October 15 - Open Day Both Gamble Cottage and Winns Bakehouse Museum open their doors to the public on this last day of the school holidays. Take a tip and visit the museum first, then meander down the road to reward yourself with some delicious home baked goodies at Gamble Cottage. Entry is by donation at both locations.
Wednesday October 25 7.30pm - Roads and their names in Coromandel Valley A free talk at St John Anglican Church Hall, Main Road Coromandel Valley (adjacent to the primary school) - hear Peter and Katie Magarey explain about research into local road names.
Come to a Joint Forum With Blackwood Action Group at Blackwood Uniting Church
Sunday October 29 1-4pm - The Gamble Ramble A different guided walk from the beautiful gardens of Gamble Cottage (296 Main Rd, Blackwood) will bring alive the history of Blackwood and Coromandel Valley. $5 per person including afternoon tea.
Wednesday November 8 - Valuing our Heritage
This evening is jointly arranged between Blackwood Action Group and Coromandel Valley and Districts National Trust, and discussion will focus on "what are we going to leave for future communities to inherit"? Come to the Blackwood Uniting Church Hall (by the Blackwood roundabout) and discover more about the history of Blackwood and Coromandel Valley. Supper provided, entry by donation.
School Holidays Fun for Kids - Fishing in the Frank Smith Dam
Sunday October 22 9.30-4 - Guided Bus Tour
Learn the history of buildings and places in this part of the Adelaide Hills the easy way. This guided tour starts and finishes at Gamble Cottage, corner Dorham Rd & Main Road, Blackwood. The cost of $30 per person includes morning tea and lunch. Bookings essential.