On any day, and often into the evening, walkers in the north eastern suburb of Wynn Vale can be found striding along one of two short walks offering two very different experiences. One is a family friendly stroll around the Wynn Vale Dam, the other, a walk down and challenging climb up, Wynn Vale Hill.
Formerly part of the Modbury Estate, Wynn Vale is named after the original landowner, Samuel Wynn, owner of the S. Wynn & Company winery. Delfina and the South Australia Urban Land Trust developed the estate, which has now become the suburbs Wynn Vale and Golden Grove, after being named as joint developers in 1984.
Starting from Shearwater Place, the Wynn Vale Dam walk is dog friendly walk for families to enjoy nature and interact with the variety of birdlife residing near the dam. Information boards placed along the trail provide information about the wildlife, which is sure to prompt inquisitive discussion from younger children.
The predominantly sealed path winds its way around the dam, through the lorikeet and cockatoo filled trees, past the playground and picnic area to a boardwalk allowing close up interface with the ducks. The fountain, designed to keep the water healthy through aeration, can be seen from the boardwalk when it is operating.
Leaving the boardwalk, the path continues past several horses stabled behind the dam, before returning to the start of the trail.
The walk around Wynn Vale Dam can be completed as a 2km walk or as part of a longer 9.6km walk joining the Valley View path at Grenfell Road to Vancluse Reserve in Valley View.
If the Wynn Vale Dam walk is not enough of a challenge, consider the Wynn Vale Hill Walk.
From the corner of Wynn Vale Drive and the Grove Way, down to Bridge Road, the Wynn Vale Hill walk provides a short, quick and challenging workout. Popular with those wishing to improve their fitness, as well as dog walkers, the sealed path provides scenic views, across the gulf through to Torrens Island, which is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset.
Passing the Peppermint Gum Gully nature reserve, the flat section path provides some respite from the steep incline, before the next phase of the walk. Kangaroos can occasionally be seen in the reserve, which is concerning given the amount of traffic on Wynn Vale Drive during busy times.
Walking this trail quickly is guaranteed to work up a sweat; even a leisurely walk can be tiring. Although shade is usually available on the trail, adequate water is vital to prevent dehydration.
The Wynn Vale Hill walk can be extended into a circuit by starting from the corner of Wynn Vale Drive and the Grove Way, walking along the Grove Way to McIntyre Road, along Bridge Road and up Wynn Vale Hill.
Public Transport from Adelaide to Wynn Vale is available on the M44 bus, disembarking at Stop 59 on Avalon Drive.