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Published June 5th 2016
For bushwalkers, birdwatchers and those who enjoy nature
Cox Scrub Conservation Park is one of the largest parks on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It boasts a river, a spring-fed creek, a swamp, 350 plant species, 80 species of birds, 15 species of mammals, 11 species of reptiles and 6 species of frogs. Whew!
It also has manageable walking trails so I set off recently to see if I might spot some reptiles, frogs or mammals.
Clearly Emu Wren was the trail for me so I packed some water and fruit and allowed myself 2.5 hours for the walk and an extra hour for the cafe reward. I convinced a friend to come along for company and safety.
The park is located 70km south of Adelaide and accessed from the Bull Creek Road (also known as the Adelaide to Goolwa Road) which is 8km south of Ashbourne.
There is a handy guide for Cox Scrub trails which I printed from the internet to take with me and I suggest you do this. It helps identify flora and fauna and also has a handy map.
The small car park is signposted and easy to spot from Bull Creek Road. There are no toilet facilities, so be prepared.
The park has a few information boards regarding flora and fauna but you'll find the printed guide more informative.
It was a beautiful nature walk and one I will do again. However I recommend going with a friend and letting your family know where you are going as a precautionary measure. The arrow markers were few and far between and it would be easy to become lost.
And my Cafe suggestion? The small town of Meadows is about 20kms away and this is where you will find Mawson House Cafe, a favourite of mine.
And half way between Cox Scrub and Meadows is the even smaller town of Ashbourne where you can buy the most delicious, crunchy apples in the entire world from small stalls on the side of the road.