Earlier this year the Second Valley Heritage Trail was
launched as part of South Australia’s History Festival. This
is a self-guided tour and a trail brochure is available from
the Second Valley Progress Association.
The walk commences at the picturesque Leonards Mill in the
heart of historic Randelsea.
Highlights include the lookout over Second Valley and the
Statue of Fanny Lipson (find out why she was important). It
then follows Finniss Vale Drive with sweeping views across
the valley towards the coast. The trail concludes along the
spectacular geological feature that overlooks the bay and
jetty. This is an easy and rewarding walk. It gives you a
wonderful insight into early settlement life as well as the
beautiful scenery for which this area is renowned.
Sixteen years after the Ridgetop Retreats first opened we look
back with the Architect, Max Pritchard. It took a leap of
faith to build something radically different from the usual.
A retreat that was fresh, contemporary and relevant to its environment.
Check out this short interview with Max Pritchard in which he reflects
on the award winning design (apologies for the sound quality).
Did you know there is a thriving dolphin population along the coastal waters of
Deep Creek Conservation Park? The Bottlenose dolphin is a common sight and
a good indicator of the health of our marine life.
On a recent outing to Boat Harbour we encountered a pod of in excess of 40
dolphins mulling around the Cove. Whilst looking for food they were putting on a
surfing show that would put Kelly Slater to shame.
The Boat Harbour Cove is a particularly promising venue to spot dolphins. The
bench overlooking it on the Heysen Trail is a fantastic vantage point to take in
the panoramic views towards the Pages Islands.
Volunteers and scientists have formed effective alliances at Victor Harbour and
Kangaroo Island to collect valuable information on dolphins. However, there is a
bit of a gap along the South West Fleurieu Coast from Tunkalilla Beach and
Deep Creek through to Fisheries Beach.
Whilst there is plenty of general knowledge available on the Bottlenose dolphin
which appears in many parts of the world less is known about their presence in
South Australian waters. Marine scientists from Flinders University have
examined DNA samples which suggest that there may be a sub-specie of the
Bottlenose dolphin living in the Southern waters of Australia.
If you have the pleasure of encountering dolphins during a walk in Deep Creek
why not pause for a moment. Take note of the size of the group, their behaviour
and perhaps pass the information on together with any images to Kangaroo
Island Victor Harbour dolphin watch.
This volunteer project is based on the
citizen science concept. Information collected can contribute to forming a more
comprehensive picture of this fascinating marine mammal.