Looking for an alternative drive home or just feel like a drive-here are some suggestions
Travel home via Eudunda
Burra Gorge Worlds End Highway
Not strictly a garden, more a force of nature, and if your taking the drive to Eudunda, why not stop and have a look at this beautiful section of the Heysen trail.
Betty Gray Iris Garden 40 Bruce St EUDUNDA
This garden in the heart of Eudunda is open on October 20/21 2018, but is not part of the Open Garden scheme. Maybe your mad on irises, feel like a drive, or want to go home a different way. Betty would love you to drop in.
A mad collector of irises, Betty has 1500 varieties, and a large collection of daylilies. Plants will be for sale during October and at other times. Should you wish to view the garden any other time, contact Betty on 85811485.
Roots and Leaves 506 Angle Rd EUDUNDA
This garden is also not part of the open gardens scheme, but part of the garden tourist drive.
A garden and nursery open throughout October, the peak season for iris. Wander the rows of irises, and make your selection. Other times by appointment. PH 0429826490
Driving north on the way home, or taking a drive
Mokota conservation park Whites Rd Mt Bryan
A conservation park covering 450 hectares, Mokota is the first grassland conservation site in South Australia. Grasslands have been hidden sites previously, but with so much of this type of ecosystem being lost to farming, it's important to secure pockets of land that protect species and biodiversity. It has a high diversity of native grasses among more than 150 indigenous plant species, including 32 of significant conservation value in the state. Three nationally threatened species occur within the park, the Flinders Worm Lizard (Aprasia pseudopulchella), Small Scurf-pea (Cullen parvum) and Trailing Hop-bush (Dodonaea procumbens). The rare white spotted skipper butterfly listed as vulnerable also occurs.
Strictly a destination for four wheel drives, don’t even consider doing it without, but you can still go into the early parts of the conservation park, which is really worth the effort.
Well signposted not far from Mt Bryan East School you turn right to Caroona Creek, and then bump along a narrow rutted track for quite a while taking care driving through the myriad of creek crossings. Even if you can’t go far travelling for about 4ks then getting out for a hike and a look is a good idea, you miss so much when you’re inside a car, and you can’t absorb the restfulness of the landscape.
Love this wire sculpture we saw along the way.
How many of us take the time to see the beauty of our area on our doorstep. Recently we went to Touralie Gorge via White Hills Rd, the scenery was so spectacular we can’t wait to go back when we have a little more time to allot to exploring this section of the Heysen trail.
This is not a trip you can take in a family car, a ute is okay, but a 4x4 is better. The first part of White’s Hill is good as you pass Mokota Conservation Park, another good place to stop and learn about our flora and fauna. The gorge is a superb example of the rugged beauty of the area, with steep cliffs both sides, sheets of slate, trees that store water in their base, and kangaroos and wild goats at the water hole. A walk along the slate lined creek bed is a must, with wild lemon grass (not edible) seed heads swaying in the breeze. If you go far enough, you climb out up onto a bank surrounded by bullock bushes, and then you see the most astonishing sight, a hill covered in the round domes of Spinifex grass looking for all the world as if someone planted them. As we turned to go back we couldn’t believe the circle of Spinifex, with one large one in the middle, reminding you of ancient folklore.
Dares Hill drive
Dares Hill has it all from Sir Hubert Wilkins Cottage, key available at the Hallett Country store. Take the time to see this beautifully restored and maintained birthplace of the famous explorer. His achievements were numerous and his life adventurous. There is so much to take in we’re breaking the journey down into stages so you can fully appreciate the natural beauty of this rugged landscape. Scenery is breathtaking with extensive vistas, astonishing views, aboriginal rock art, a wealth of indigenous flora, old homesteads and large granite escarpments. The man made scenery is beautiful, old homesteads, ruins and gloriously constructed stone tanks. The vastness of the waterways are a sight to behold, hard to imagine the sheer volume and power of the water during a rainstorm. All this topped off with examples of native fauna roaming freely in their natural environment. Mobile phones are unreliable on this trip, and you need a sturdy car or mountain bike.
Terowie town and arid lands garden
At the end of the Dare's Hill drive, you reach Terowie, once a significant railway town, but now a quieter place, home mostly to the farming community. Fascinating buildings can be seen in the main st, the visitor's centre is good, with lots of historical information. Have a wander, call into Murray's shop, then go next door to the arid lands garden. Terowie is above Goyder's line, so plants have to be very drought tolerant to survive. When you leave, stay on the main street headed north, and you'll be on your way to see the tin men. Someone has a wonderful sense of humour, and a good imagination. About 1km out of town, on the left, is a paddock displaying these wonderful tin creatures. Do stop for a look, brighten your day, and have a chuckle at the same time.