Locals chill at Cobbler Hill
If there is one thing that is synonymous with Deep Creek Conservation Park,
apart from the breath taking scenery, it’s the abundance
of western grey kangaroos (macropus fulginosus).
In some parts of the Park such as Goondooloo Ridge
mobs of several hundred can be seen at any time.
Western Grey Kangaroos getting acquainted in front of Goondooloo Cottage
A fully grown male can weigh up to 54 kg, leap close to 12m in a
single hop and reach speeds of up to 60kph.
They feed mainly on grasses but can also be found foraging
amongst leafy shrubs using their fore-arms to reach higher foliage.
The sometimes comical ‘boxing’ contests that can be seen in mobs
help establish the dominance hierarchy among males and the right to mate.
Gestation is typically 30-31 days after which the incomplete foetus
resembling a jelly bean crawls to the teat in the pouch.
Here it suckles for a further 130-150 days. Joeys leave the pouch
after about 9 months but continue to suckle for a further 9 months.
And the reference to curry? Well, adult males have a distinct ‘curry-like’
odour giving them the nick name of stinker.
Glenburn Cottage official welcoming committee
Last month we had a visit from a well-known local, Andrew Costello,
better known as Cosi from South Aussie with Cosi.
Amazingly for someone who has travelled the length and breadth
of our State Cosi had never been to Deep Creek Conservation Park.
He was gobsmacked by the beauty of the Park and
couldn’t believe something so stunning was that close to Adelaide.
Cosi’s passion for all things South Australian is obvious
the moment you meet him and he is a great ambassador for our State.
Cosi on location in Deep Creek Conservation Park
The segment featuring Deep Creek and our accommodation
is expected to go to air next month but click here for a brief preview.
Fun for all at the Yankalilla Show
Roll up, roll up. Yes, it’s that time of year again when the Yankalilla,
Rapid Bay & Myponga Agricultural & Horticultural Society presents its annual show.
This year the show will not only feature traditional displays that reflect
the rural backbone of our region but also a host of attractions for all ages.
Some of the entries on display at the Yankalilla Show
Be sure to catch the shearing demonstration by a member of the
National Shearer’s Hall of Fame. In addition to show rides and market stalls
this year’s show also includes motorbike stunt riders, ‘radicool’ reptiles and a high jinks rock wall.
The Show runs from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 29 September and is held
at the showgrounds on Main South Road between Yankalilla and Normanville.
The official opening by Peter Goers will take place at 12 noon.
Main Hall, Yankalilla Show
Give me strength…. We can help you cope with the Christmas crowds
Need to build up strength before the arrival of the festive season?
If you’re not looking forward to being caught in a tsunami of Christmas shopping
we’ve got a special offer that will help you in your preparation.
Book two nights during the month of November at
any of our cottages and have the third one on us.
It’s not only a way of saying thank you for your ongoing support
over the years but it is also an excellent opportunity to
kick back a little longer before a busy time of the year.
The start of the Stringybark walk has a fairy tale quality about it.
While some of the walks in Deep Creek Conservation Park can
be quite challenging not all require the fitness of a triathlete!
The Stringybark Loop Walk is a great example. At 1.5 km
it is family friendly and can be completed in under 30 minutes.
Smooth Xanthorrhoea leaves dance against a background of course stringybark trunks.
More importantly, the walk takes you past some of the oldest
and majestic examples of sclerophyll forest in South Australia.
Towering Stringybark trees provide a shaded canopy under which
other species such as grass trees (Xanthorrhoea) and delicate ferns flourish.
The spectacular Flaming Fungus is easily overlooked
What is less well known is that this area contains more fungi than
anywhere else in the State. At last count 247 species had been
observed along this trail. The diversity in shape, size and colour
is truly amazing and has to be seen to be believed.
Winter is the ideal time to observe the fungi while spring will
reward you with a beautiful array of wildflowers along this delightful walk.
Fungi emerge in many shapes, sizes and colours along the Stringybark trail