It’s Show time at Yankalilla.

Fun for all at the Yankalilla Show

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.



Yankalilla Show

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

Main Hall, Yankalilla Show

Special offer for our guests

How to cope with Christmas Crowds

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.


Stringybark Loop – a walk for all seasons

Stringybark walk, Deep Creek Conservation Park

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.



Stringybark forest, Deep Creek Conservation Park

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.



Flaming fungus in Deep Creek Conservation Park

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 in Deep Creek Conservation Park

Fungi emerge in many shapes, sizes and colours along the Stringybark trail


Art, Dance & Sustainable living

Here are some of the highlights of activities planned for the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula in the coming weeks.  Be sure to mark these events in your calender:




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As part of the annual South Australian Living Artists SALA festival, local artists Karen Hammat and Emanda Fretwell have teamed up to present an exhibition titled Curiouser & Curiouser?


Their vision is something like, Alice in Wonderland trips through a Boho Victorian parlour with mad, odd, intriguing and unusual results.


The works will be on display at Yankalilla Yarns Fine Art Gallery at the end of Glebe Ave in Yankalilla, from August 4th to 12th, 2018 between 10am and 4.30pm.

‘One of those days’ by Karen Hammat.




Yankalilla Bush Dance

Australia has a wonderful choice when it comes to folk dancing.  One style that has truly become Australian is Bush Dancing. The Yankalilla Show Hall is the perfect venue and for those new to it you’ll be a Bush Dancer by the end of the night. This event will be held on Saturday 11th August, 2018 7pm to late at The Yankalilla Show Hall, Main South Road Yankalilla.  Tickets: Adult $20, Concession $15, Child 16 and under $0.  Book online or at The Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre 163 Main South Road Yankalilla or by Phone: 1300 965 842. Bar facilities available but BYO nibbles.




Festival of Nature

This 5-day festival seeks to inspire, empower and celebrate sustainable living through a vibrant program of open homes and gardens, pop-up workshops, talks, demonstrations and exhibits. And as if that’s not inspiring enough it is delivered against a backdrop of delicious local food & wine. The Festival of Nature commences at 9am, 5 September 2018 and for more details on each day’s itinerary contact 1300 965 842 or (08) 8558 0240.


The Short Beaked Echidna – a mammal like no other

Echidna, Deep Creek Conservation Park

Echidnas are regularly sighted in Deep Creek Conservation Park.


International visitors often comment on the unusual features of our wildlife

and with just cause; it is like no other.  The echidna is a prime example and

a frequently sighted resident of Deep Creek Conservation Park.

What makes it so special apart from its spines, bird-like beak and a pouch similar

to a kangaroo?  It is one of only a handful of egg laying mammals known as a monotreme.

The short beaked echidna lays a single egg and places it in their small

backward facing pouch where it hatches after 10 days to become a puggle.


New born Echidna

A newborn puggle. (Image courtesy Paul Fahy)


The puggle continues to grow inside the pouch until it develops spines.

At this point it is asked to vacate the premises and goes to live in a burrow

that the mother has built for a further 6 months.

The diet of the short beaked echidna typically includes ants,

termites, grubs, larvae and worms.  They can detect tiny electrical signals

from the insect’s body and use their sharp claws to dig up nests to reveal

invertebrates.  Once exposed the echidna licks them up with its tongue.

Echidnas are unable to perspire and in order to cope with summer

heat they avoid day time activities.  Their main threats are dogs and foxes.


short beaked echidna

Echidna Spines | by Evan Pickett