Park of the month - March 2017

Date posted: 01 March 2017

Anstey Hill Recreation Park

A park that tells a hundred different stories of geology, aboriginal culture, settlement and mining. With a network of trails going through woodlands, grasslands, gullies, creeks, lookouts, and natural treasures worth finding. Old ruins are dotted throughout the park with quarries, mines, geological marvels and fascinating things to discover. Kangaroos, echidnas, bats, lizards, frogs, and possums call the park home whilst wildflowers and butterflies can be seen in almost any colour.

Anstey Hill Recreation Park is March’s Park of the Month! Anstey Hill Recreation Park is a much-loved park by families, bushwalkers, historians, nature enthusiasts, geologists, birdwatchers, and artists. With a network of trails, steep gullies, ridge tops, creek lines, mines and ruins such as Ellis Cottage and Newman’s Nursery dating back to the early 1800’s, it’s a park that every family should get to explore.

We have worked with the Rangers to get their insider knowledge about where to go and what to do in the park across all four seasons. Nature Play SA’s 40 things to do in Anstey Hill Recreation Park brochure will have you: exploring Water Gully Track in search of koalas, fungi, and frogs; venturing along the Geological Hike where you’ll encounter fields of native grasses and towering quarry rock faces; spotting wildflowers along Wildflower Wander; discovering ancient ruins at the historic Newman’s Nursery site; having a picnic at the new picnic facilities around Little Quarry Loop; and for keen mountain bikers, taking up the challenge of the Wildside Downhill Track.

To help your family make the most of your visit check out the Anstey Hill Recreation Park Kids Pack for schools check out the Anstey Hill Recreation Park Educators Pack.

Park of the Month is an initiative between Nature Play SA and the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources. 

Events

Anstey Hill Discovery Day

Date & Time:

Sunday 26 March 3.30pm – 19.30pm

Details:

Come and celebrate the completion of the new picnic area, trails and discover what’s special at Anstey Hill. There will be lots of family fun including kid’s mountain bike skills nature play activities. Join the rangers on a tour of the park, guided wildlife and sunset walks or have a try of Nordic walking.

Bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of activities and family fun.

Parking for the event is at park Gate 2, accessed from Perseverance Rd. The main activities will be located in the north western corner of the park around the picnic area.

Who’s it for:

The event is open to the whole family.

 

Walking Tour of Newman’s Nursery

Date & Time:

Sunday 26th March 10:00am – 1:00pm  

Details:

A walking tour of Water Valley and the ruins of Charles Newman's model nursery. At its height during the 1870s and 1880s, this famous nursery boasted 500,000 fruit trees, 100,000 orange trees, 100,000 vines and an extensive range of bulbs, ferns and orchids. Explore the stone ruins of the Newman home, hot houses, a variety of other buildings and stone-lined water management systems. 

What to bring:

  • Water
  • Sun cream
  • Long trousers and long sleeved top recommended
  • Hat/cap
  • Appropriate footwear

Bookings:

Bookings and further information are through WEA.

 

Guided Mountain Biking of Anstey Hill Recreation Park

Date & Time

Sunday 19 March 10.30am – 12.30pm
Friday 24 March 10.30am – 12.30pm 

Details:

Did you know that Anstey Hill has some fantastic new bike trails? Here's a great chance to come and explore these exciting new trails on this mountain bike ride with qualified and experienced guides.

Who’s it for:

Open to anyone 18 and over with a good level of fitness and some mountain bike experience.

Meeting point and car parking: 

Gate 6, Perseverance Road 

What to bring:

  • Mountain bike in good working order (bikes can be supplied on request through Escapegoat Adventures 0422 916 289)
  • Bike helmet and gloves
  • Bike backpack
  • Water
  • Sun cream
  • Appropriate footwear

Bookings:

Bookings can be made for through Eventbrite

 

Anstey Hill Friends of Park Working Bee

Date & Time:

Wednesday 8 March 08.15am – 11.30am
Wednesday 15 March 08.15am – 11.30am
Wednesday 22 March 08.15am – 11.30am
Wednesday 29 March 08.15am – 11.30am

Details:

Join the Friends of Anstey Hill and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources staff on a working bee in the park. Learn about minimal disturbance bush care techniques, using methods such as drill and fill, tree popping and grubbing while tackling Wild Olive. Help the Friends group deal with eradicating this problem weed and others while enjoying one of Adelaide’s northern parks. 

What to bring:

  • Water
  • Sun cream
  • Hat/cap
  • Long trousers and long sleeved top
  • Wear old clothing that you are happy to get dirty
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Tools and gloves will be provided

Bookings:

Phone: (08) 8523 7700