One of Australia’s oldest parks is bursting with surprises this month as it celebrates being Park of the Month.
National Parks South Australia Senior Ranger Brent Lores said better accessibility to the park’s walking trails, a freshly revitalised historic garden and lots of family fun await visitors to Belair National Park during October.
“We’re excited this month with a new park map which shows which trails are most easily traversed by wheelchairs, prams and people using walking sticks or frames,” Mr Lores said.
“The map also indicates the location of accessible toilets and car-parking. We’re inviting the public to a special event on Wednesday evening Oct 10 to come and test out the new trail map.”
Mr Lores said Old Government House will be open for tours and Devonshire tea on Sunday afternoon 21 October.
“Make sure you linger in the historic garden surrounding the property, where recent intensive work by the Friends groups has revealed heritage roses, spring bulbs and other colourful delights for the visitor.”
A nature ramble and more demanding hike will be held this Sunday 7 October to remember Professor Sir John Cleland. These annual events commemorate the work of Professor Cleland who walked around the boundary of Belair National Park between Christmas and New Year as a self-imposed task, to check on weeds, fences, fire-breaks etc. to provide advice to the park staff.
Friends of Belair will host guided walks on October 9 and 14, and hold Come and Try Bushcare sessions every Tuesday and Friday.
“For fanciers of frogs, a special session ‘Belair Bush Buddies - All about frogs’ on October 14 will introduce us to our local frogs, try out the Frogspotter app and explore the local area for signs of these loveable amphibians,” Mr Lores said
Several other events and walks will mark the anniversary of Walter Gooch, who was instrumental in the gazettal of the park.
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