Coastal bike ride for the family

View from Carrackalinga Point

Enjoy the views all the way back to Rapid Bay

 

Many of our guests are familiar with the stunning scenery that Deep Creek

Conservation Park has to offer but did you know that there is a wealth of other

attractions to explore in our district?  The coastline along the Southern tip of the

Fleurieu Peninsula is a treasure trove of wonderful scenery and photo opportunities.

Today the focus is on a walk/bike trail that runs from the foreshore carpark at Normanville

to North Bay at Carrickalinga. This journey is an easy 20 minutes each way by bike.

 

Normanville foreshore

Normanville foreshore

 

Starting at the Normanville Beach carpark follow Jetty Road

till the end and turn left on to Carrackalinga Road.

There is a dedicated shared bike/footpath separate from the main

road that runs all the way to Carrackalinga.

 

Carrackalinga Bike Ride

The path is separated from road traffic for most of the way.

 

Once you cross Carrackalinga Creek turn left on to Riverview Drive

which then turns in to Gold Coast Drive.  As the road turns back towards Bennett Street

you will again see a shared pathway on your left for pedestrians and cyclists only.

Follow this past Haycock Point lookout all the way to Carrackalinga Point

lookout (the half way mark).  Take a moment to savour the views all the way back to Rapid Bay.

The return journey is sweetened by the thought of refreshments at the Normanville Beach Cafe.

 

Normanville Beach Cafe

Reward yourself at journey’s end at the Normanville Beach Cafe

 

If you would like a Google map click on the link here here for more detail.

 

 

 

Time for a cruise to Yankalilla

One of many hot rods on display at the Yankalilla Cruise

 

Feeling like a nostalgic trip down memory lane or perhaps you just love

the look of classic cars?  Well on Saturday 19 November 2017 it is the 10th

Anniversary of the Yankalilla Cruise.  This annual event starts at Castle Plaza,

Edwardstown and culminates at the Yankalilla Memorial Oval.

 

Yankalilla Cruise at Memorial Oval

Cars gather for the annual Yankalilla Cruise at Memorial Park, Yankalilla.

 

It is a great opportunity to get a closer look at custom and classic cars

as well as hot rods from a bygone era.

There is also plenty of entertainment including live music with a dance floor,

bar, and food facilities as well as a free bouncy castle.

Entry fee is $15 per vehicle or $5 walk in with children under 14 free.

The cruise arrives at the Yankalilla Oval at approximately 11.15am

with other vehicles on display at the Oval from 10 am onwards.

 

 

2017 Yankalilla Cruise

2017 Yankalilla Cruise event details

Wirrina Bluegrass Festival is on again!

It’s on again for the sixth year!

The Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival is a great opportunity to hear,

play and share acoustic music from Bluegrass and other related traditions.

This annual event attracts world class musicians many of whom

have come each year to perform as well as run workshops.

The festival will again be hosted at the Wirrina Cove Holiday Park,

just 80 minutes South of Adelaide, South Australia, on the first weekend of September.

So mark the date on your calendar: 1–3 September 2017. 

The 2017 festival program is now online! For full details click here.

For descriptions of this year’s bands and artists, follow this link Performers pages.

 

Starfish Hill Wind farm

Starfish Hill Wind farm

Starfish Hill Wind farm

The Starfish Hill wind farm was the first wind farm to be established in South Australia.

 Constructed in 2003 at a cost of $65m it consists of 23 turbines

across two clusters between Delamere and Cape Jervis.

They have a combined generating capacity of 34.5 megawatts of electricity

to meet the needs of approximately 18,000 households.

Each turbine consists of a 68 metre tower.  At the top of this sits the nacelle

which houses a gearbox that transfers the wind

from the 32 metre blades to electricity via a generator.

 

 

Starfish Hill wind farm tower

Starfish Hill wind farm tower

Some fast facts:

 

  • minimum wind speed required: 4-5 metres per second (16kph)

  • optimal wind speed: 15 metres per second (56 kph)

  • the turbines are shut down when winds reach gale force speeds (90 kph)

  • the blades rotate at between 11 and 17 revolutions per minute

 

 

The gearboxes were recently overhauled in situ to improve efficiency from 76% to 97%.

The estimated CO2 savings are put at 84,000 tons per annum.

Over the 25 year life of the farm this equates to 2.1 million tons.

You can gain a closer look and appreciation of the immense size

of these turbines by taking a drive down Yoho Road at Delamere

which is a short 10 minute drive from Deep Creek Conservation Park.

(click here for map)

Meet a local

Kay Maslin and business partner 'Jay Jay' of the Delamere General Store

Kaye Maslin and business partner ‘Jay Jay’ of the Delamere General Store

Small communities in rural areas are often described as ‘close knit’ by the media.

Perhaps this stems from the high levels of participation in volunteer organizations and

sporting clubs through which ties and friendships are formed.

 Perhaps there is a greater need to work together in order to achieve common goals.

 

Whatever the reason, from time to time we would like to bring you a profile

of a local identity to give you a flavour of the South West Fleurieu community.

In this edition we have a chat with Kaye Maslin, owner of the Delamere General Store

(aka the Mayor of Delamere).  Follow the link below for a brief video clip:

Interview with Kaye Maslin, Delamere General Store

2017 Festival Fleurieu almost here

It’s that time of year again! Time for the biennial Festival Fleurieu of the South West

Fleurieu Peninsula.

The Festival commences Good Friday and runs until the end of April.

During this time you have the opportunity to celebrate art in all its glorious forms against

the backdrop of our region’s beautiful scenery.

Why not visit the studios of local artists along the Artist Studio Trail.  There’s even a

Studio Trail Bus to take you around to some of the studios.

The region’s history and heritage is celebrated through a variety of guided walks, a

waterfall brunch and even a mystery tour.

 

 

For those with a literary bent the Festival offers a feast of prose and poetry in garden settings.

The programme includes a wide range of music events as well as family activities.

Last but not least be sure to nourish the inner you with the wonderful food and wine our region has to offer.

Events take place at venues scattered across the region’s townships from Myponga, Inman Valley,

Normanville and Yankalilla down to Second Valley and Cape Jervis.

Many events are free and the full programme can be downloaded here.