So close to the city and yet so rich with natural wonders, Hallett Cove Conservation Park is National Parks South Australia’s featured Park of the Month for February.
National Parks South Australia Ranger Jae Ellis said February was a great opportunity to discover the park’s many treasures, or to visit again and enjoy activities such as walking, exploring the geology, bird watching or snorkelling.
Visitors can see first hand some of the park’s unique features on guided walks to be run on the weekend of 16/17 February, led by Rangers and Friends of Hallett Cove members.
Other events being held for Park of the Month include Big Heart Adventures’ Hallett Cove weekend walk for women, a smartphone nature photography workshop and Nature journaling.
“These events are a great way to discover the park’s natural treasures and encourage more people to visit,” Ms Ellis said.
While in the park, people will be able to enter a competition especially for Park of the Month. National Parks SA are partnering with Parkapiki, who have created a virtual boundary around Hallett Cove Conservation Park. When a person enters with their phone open on the Parkapiki competition page, they can enter by commenting about Hallett Cove. The best comments, as judged by a panel, as well as the most liked comments, by other users, will receive a prize. All entries go in the draw to win a beach pack (snorkel sets/towels/beach bag/sports equipment and more) worth over $280.
Hallett Cove Conservation Park is a popular destination for swimmers and geology lovers. The park features evidence of an ancient ice age such as gouge marks on rocks caused by glaciers. Around 280 million years ago Hallett Cove and surrounding areas were covered with ice during the time when Australia was part of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwanaland.
The park is home to stumpy lizards, singing honeyeaters, superb blue fairy- wrens, banjo frogs, starfish, sea urchins, nankeen kestrels, and hundreds of insects such as butterflies, beetles, and native bees.
The singing honeyeaters can be seen or heard almost all year round in the park.
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