Bushwalking is a great way to connect with the environment, a way to spend some quality time with family and friends.
Located 19km north of Adelaide between Golden Grove and Salisbury, Cobblers Creek Recreation Park is a 17km network of shared use trails. Catering for all levels of fitness, there is a trail to suit everyone from the 250 metre beginners trail to the 6.8km Porosa Trail. Open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, the main car park is located off Bridge and Smith Roads in Salisbury East. The reserve can also be accessed from the Grove Way. Dogs on a lead are welcome to walk with their owners on the designated trails.
European settlers farmed the Cobbler Creek Recreation Park, until the 266-hectare park was declared a protected area in 1989. Providing both a conservation area for native flora and fauna, as well as an open space for recreation, the park is busy every weekend with walkers and cyclists who can share ridge top views of the Adelaide Plains with native birds including the red rumped parrot and rainbow lorikeets.
An unusual bridge in the park. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Originally inhabited by the Kaurna people, the land was a source of food during the winter months, from which the name of the Mai Tappa trail, meaning food pathway, is derived. The 2.2km Mai Tappa trail loops through grasslands and woodlands including the endangered Mallee Box. Accessed from the Smith Road car park, the walking trail starts near the information sign about 100 metres from the car park. Travelling to the right of the flood mitigation dam, before continuing straight ahead when the trail divides.
The trail travels through the gully, where Lorikeets fly between the trees as you walk past on your way to the disused quarry. Moving out of the gully, the trail begins a steep ascent before reaching a viewing area with a seat suitable for a rest break or photo stop. Continuing down to a small creek, the trail intersects with the Babbler trail before heading back to the start on Smith Road.
Trevalsa, the former home of William Pedler. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Starting from the Grove Way, near Bridge Road, follow the Ruins loop trail to the left until it meets the Porosa trailhead. The 3.4 km trail climbs through the valley of Cobblers Creek's revegetated areas to the Trevalsa ruin, the former home of William Pedler. One of the first settlers to farm in the area after emigrating from Cornwall, Pedler made shoes and boots from his home, including boots for the Governor of the colony. The ruin visible on the walk is the only reminder of Pedler's 66-hectare farm that occupied the area near Bridge Road.
After a short climb through native trees including Mallee Box, the trail passes the Teakles ruin, a stone cottage purchased in 1853 which stayed in the Teakle family until 1883. Soon after leaving the ruin, turn left to follow the trail along the creek as it returns to the start of the trail and back to the carpark or continue on the Mike Green Trail toward Greenwith. Adding an extra 3.3km each way to your hike, the Mike Green Trail passes under The Grove Way as it winds alongside the creek following dirt paths and fire tracks to Golden Grove Road, near The Stables in Greenwith. The scenic extension to your walk will bring you to a picnic area and shady playground where the kids can run off some energy and you can enjoy the peaceful surrounding before walking back to the start.
Loose stones, dirt paths and undulating terrain make the trails in this park are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Cobblers Creek Conservation park is closed on days of catastrophic fire danger and may be closed if Extreme Fire Danger is declared. There are no facilities other than picnic tables at the main entrance, just off Bridge Road in Salisbury East, so take plenty of water and sun protection so you can enjoy a great day out.
The trail passes under The Grove Way. Photo: Hazel Cochrane