Fairview Conservation Park

Fairvew Conservation Park

Fairview Conservation Park entrance, showing typical scrub type in the park.

Our eldest son and I visited Fairview Conservation Park in July 2016; for me it was my second visit to this park. It is situated approximately 45km north west of Naracoorte off the Woolumbool Road. If travelling in the vicinity of this park one needs to keep a keen eye out for wild deer as there are a few in the area. I almost hit one in a work vehicle some years back when driving past.

 

Little Gums Road

On Little Gums Road.

The park consists of nearly 1,400 hectares of virgin scrub, typical of the sandier soils of the South East of South Australia. The track marked on some maps as Little Gums Road enters near the north west corner of the park and runs through the park to roughly half way up the eastern boundary. Nearly half-way along this track is an off-chute to a nice little picnic spot on some higher ground, a good spot to go for a wander from. At some stage I would like to re-visit the park and do the drive right the way through and along another side boundary.

 

Eucalypt in the park

Typical bigger gums (eucalypts) in the park.

Intriguing slab

Intriguing slab in Fairview Conservation Park

The park also contains some wetlands with the largest area of water  being Kangoora Lagoon. I am yet to see it with water in it but it would be quite a large area when it does fill up. As I write this blog we have just had a good wet September in the region. It would be interesting to get back out there and see if and how much water is there now. On the ridge just up from the eastern side of Kangoora Lagoon is a concrete slab that I found rather intriguing. My enquiries would suggest that it was once a shed with a wash down bay in front of it. It would be rather interesting to know its history and purpose.

 

Not being too sure just where we would end up we re-traced the track back to the original entry point to the park. I  have since checked out the park on Google Maps and it would appear that during a dry period might be best time to do a drive right through the area.

 

Written and produced by,

David


 

Grass Tree Conservation Park

Fallen Tree Regrowth in Grass Tree Conservation Park

Fallen Tree Regrowth in Grass Tree Conservation Park

One of my pass-times is to go bush walking or to visit Conservation Parks and the like.

 

Grass Tree Conservation Park

Grass Tree Conservation Park

Back on the 5th of May 2013 I visited the Grass Tree Conservation Park.  It sits alongside Boddington’s Road West, between the Riddoch Highway and the Cadgee Road, about a 20 minute or so drive north of Naracoorte.

 

Grass Tree close-up

Grass Tree close-up

For a long time I had thought of a Grass Tree as just another variety of Yacca, but as I got out of my vehicle and hopped the fence into the park I could see straight away that they were quite different.  They were ‘softer’ in appearance and although the leaves were still long and thin, they weren’t as wide, nor were they as sharp along the edges.  But the flower stem is still similar in appearance.

 

Grass Tree trail

Grass Tree trail

The marked trail was only a short walk, a loop around into the scrub not too far from the road side fence, just enough to see what the Grass Tree really looked like, so I ventured off up the hill off the track.  As I neared the top of the rise I noticed that the soil type changed and the Grass Trees had petered out.  The rise was in fact a limestone outcrop.  Down the other side of the rise I could see the park southern boundary and the farming land beyond so I didn’t go too far over the hill.  (Was that a pun?)

 

Old Grass Tree plant with flower stalk

Old Grass Tree plant with flower stalk

Now that I had got a reasonable idea of what was in the park and how far back from the road the park was, I took my time coming back to my vehicle and selected some spots to take my photos.  Here are a few more that I took on the day.

 

A patch of Grass Trees

A patch of Grass Trees

Another group of Grass Trees

Another group of Grass Trees

Grass Tree Conservation Park entrance

Grass Tree Conservation Park entrance

I hope you have enjoyed this little visit to Grass Tree Conservation Park.  I’d love to hear what you think of it.

 David