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Walking Tails Support Grou's new app

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 05, 2017

At the FOPInc AGM, an award was given to the Walking Tails Support Group for a new app they have produced which details 16 walks within the Flinders Ranges.

It sounds just the thing that might interest some of you, so here is the link.

The link to get the app is

Heysen Trail features on SA Life

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, October 07, 2016

Heysen Trail features on SA Life - Sunday 9th Oct 5.30 Channel 7

Hi Everyone,

The SA Life Channel 7 television program will showcase the Heysen Trail and Walks With Nature this Sunday at 5.30pm. Most of you know that Ted (completed Heysen Trail End2End 4) and Marie Davis have set up Walks With Nature to enable visitors to enjoy the wonderful experiences available on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Central to this experience is walking on the Heysen Trail. I was invited, and very pleased, to be part of the team.

Both Ted Davis and myself spent a full day with the Channel 7 film crew on 14th July. It was a fun day with the TV crew.

We would love you to view the TV program on Sunday – 5.30pm.

You are invited to go to the Walks With Nature website at and the Facebook page to leave any likes and comments once you have seen the program, or viewed the program video once it’s been posted.

Hey – and Walks With Nature have also been nominated for the SA Tourism Awards – new tourist business. Winners announced on November 4 – wish us well!

PS – if you have friends and family interstate or OS – then please let them know about Walks With Nature – showcasing the Heysen Trail and other attractions on the Fleurieu Peninsula.


Robert Robert Alcock

M: 0419 819 345



12 dog-friendly walks in Adelaide parks

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, September 19, 2016

Discover Adelaide’s best dog-friendly walks, including a hidden gem where you can let your pet off its lead.

Certain parks in South Australia provide visitors with an opportunity to walk their dog. In these parks dogs must remain on designated walking trails and on a lead.

One of the main reasons dog access is restricted in national parks is to protect native animals. It is also important for your dog’s safety. Check out our previous post about dogs in national parks for all the details.

Here are 12 dog-friendly parks in metropolitan Adelaide for you to visit with your furry friend:

Anstey Hill Recreation Park

Anstey Hill Recreation Park conserves rare vegetation once widespread throughout the Adelaide Plains and Mount Lofty Ranges. Be sure to visit in spring when the wildflowers and orchids are in bloom.

Belair National Park

With beautiful natural bushland and featuring numerous picnic areas, tennis courts and walking trails, Belair National Park is an ideal place to get active outdoors.

Brownhill Creek Recreation Park

This popular bushland recreation area covers 51 hectares and is located just eight kilometres from Adelaide.

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park

Discover the ruins of one of the area’s first European farms and explore the park’s woodlands and open grasslands. Dogs are welcome on designated dog walking trails.

Marino Conservation Park

Marino Conservation Park conserves the last remaining stands of coastal heath vegetation along this part of the coast. Dogs are welcome on designated dog walking trails.

Morialta Conservation Park

Dogs are welcome from the Morialta picnic area, along Morialta Falls Road to the Morialta Falls car park.

Mount George Conservation Park

Dogs are welcome in the recreation zone of this park, between Mount George Road and Cox Creek. Dogs are not permitted in the conservation zone of this park.

O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park

O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park can be explored via its network of walking trails, horse riding trails and fire tracks. Shade from the regenerated grey box eucalypts and river red gums provide the perfect spot for a picnic.

Para Wirra Recreation Park

This park offers a beautiful bushland setting, many recreational facilities and a sports oval ideal for a lazy afternoon game of cricket.

Shepherds Hill Recreation Park

Shepherds Hill Recreation Park features an old railway tunnel, the remains of a viaduct and a 360 degree view of the surrounding Adelaide plains, coastline and hills.

Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

Internationally recognised as an area of conservation and geological significance this park conserves the nationally threatened Greybox Grassy Woodland vegetation and is home to a rock formation known as Sturt tillite believed to have formed 800 million years ago.

Blackwood Forest Recreation Park

Last but not least is Blackwood Forest Recreation Park. As long as your dog remains under effective control its welcome to explore this park off lead. Located at the corner of Main Road and Turners Avenue, Hawthorndene, there are plenty of paths to follow and some great historical buildings to discover.

Visited a national park with your dog lately? Leave a comment below and share your experiences, tips, photos and recommendations for other dog owners.

Friends of Waite CR - walking bees schedule

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2016 WORKING BEES Walking

(Working) Bees are held on the first Saturday and third Sunday of the month, from mid April to early December. Start time is 9:00 am and we generally try to finish at about 12:30pm.

Please bring lunch with you, so that we can sit and share time at the end of the walking bee.

Working bees will continue to concentrate on walking cleared parts of the reserve pulling seedling olives. In some areas we will also use tree-poppers to remove larger plants and spray or drill & fill regenerating olives

Working bees will still go ahead even if rain is forecast.

Email reminders are sent out the week beforehand.

Contact Peter Bird - or 0418 853 834 to register your interest.

Winter/Spring Schedule - All from Springwood Park via Eagle on the Hill

Saturday 2nd July

Sunday 17th July

Saturday 6th August

Sunday 21st August

Saturday 3rd September

Sunday 18th September

Saturday 1st October

- see Members Newsletter 33 below for more details

Friends of Waite CR - Newsletter 33 Friends of Waite CR - Newsletter 33 (829 KB)


Friends of Southern Eyre Peninsula Parks

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Our updated Bushwalking in Lincoln National Park brochure is hot off the press and now available as a comprehensive guide to the more than 100 km of walking trails that we maintain in the Park, spanning a diverse range of natural environments. If you are coming this way, copies of the brochure can be purchased at the Visitor Information Centre or the DEWNR office in Port Lincoln, or it can be downloaded from the DEWNR website.

Another recently completed project is the preparation of a herbarium of Lower Eyre Peninsula native flora by Ian and Chris Abbott, dedicated members of our group. This complements the herbarium of the Coffin Bay National Park prepared by the late Sally and Barney Williams. Both are now housed in the Eyre Natural Resource Centre in Port Lincoln, and are available as a community educational and reference resource.

Our "Day in the Park” event in October provided an opportunity for our members and the public to learn about the history of the Lincoln National Park, and its resident plants and birds, from our own member “experts”. A very enjoyable day was had by all, and the open invitation to the public has had the positive result of attracting several new members.

Members recently spent two days giving the Donington Cottage and surrounds a thorough spring clean and checkup of facilities.The Cottage, originally the Cape Donington lighthouse keeper’s residence, is a popular overnight accommodation venue for visitors to the Lincoln National Park. It overlooks a beautiful secluded beach, and is close by to the Park walking trail network. Bookings can be made through the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre.

... from Jim Egan, President Friends of Southern Eyre Peninsula Parks

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