If you’re in need of some spring colour amongst all the gloom (because of the weather or life in general), then take a trip to the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia to visit Nangawooka flora reserve.
This 5 acre reserve which used to be a cow pasture, is home to more than 1250 varieties of Australian native plants and now in spring, there is a brilliant display of colour to see as you wander through this serene setting.
Natural paths meander through the reserve and there is seating along the way for you to rest a while and take in the sights and sounds. There is plenty of birdlife amongst the taller tree canopy and smaller birds like blue wrens dart about in the lower plants.
During spring the flowering shrubs and trees are bursting with blooms with plenty of Callistemon (bottle brush), Grevillea, Banksia and kangaroo paw plants amongst many others.
The variety of Australian native plants is astounding and the majority of plants are labelled so that you know what you’re looking at. If you see something you like, then you can make a note and revisit when the Friends of Nangawooka Flora Reserve hold plant sale days, which is twice a year, in early spring and in autumn.
The reserve is a lovely place to take a stroll and enjoy the natural surroundings, and you can even bring a picnic to enjoy in a rotunda located in the park.
Nangawooka Flora Reserve is on the corner of Waterport Road and the Adelaide to Victor Harbor Road at Hindmarsh Valley, less than 80 kilometres from Adelaide. There is plenty of parking and the reserve is open 7 days from 9am to 5pm. Best of all, it’s family friendly and free to enjoy.
The reserve would be a great place to take visitors, combining a good walk in nature with the sounds of birdlife everywhere, a visual feast of flowering plants and there is a scented garden area too, with sweet nectar aromas filling the air.