Take yourself on a history tour when you spend a few days in Riverton, just don’t forget to bring your walking shoes to take a walk back in time in this well preserved town. From the caravan park you can walk through the Pioneer Garden which was once the general cemetery. Eighteen of the original headstones have been preserved at the rear of the garden including those of early settlers, men, women and children. As you walk through, there are paths to take into different sections of the garden and leading to a bench seat and rose garden commemorating the spirit of rural women and the Women in Agriculture and Business. This organisation (WAB) was established in Riverton in 1917 and still exists today making it the oldest women’s rural group in Australia. They began with the purpose of supporting, educating and developing leadership skills of women working in isolated rural areas on family farms and in primary industries throughout the state.
The mid north region of South Australia is a destination many travellers head to with the Clare Valley wine region and the historic mining town settlement of Burra being popular places to visit. If you’re looking for a less populated place to stay when visiting the region, then the town of Riverton could be just what you’re after. Riverton’s Caravan Park is small but very popular with those in the know and people who have stayed there before appreciating all it has to offer. It’s a popular park for clubs and groups to book because of it’s one stop facilities and convenience.
Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity, a day to consider our relationship to the natural world and this year the theme is ‘Our solutions are in nature’. The slogan emphasizes how dependent we are on healthy ecosystems for our own health and welfare. This has probably been particularly relevant this year given our isolation from others, closure of business and leisure opportunities and the complete upheaval of plans we may have had for this year. While we have had to distance ourselves from other human contact, one sanity saver has been the opportunity to get outdoors and into nature to feel some sort of normality by visiting beaches, forests, parks and rivers. I think it has given us all a sense of just how important these natural places are to our mental health for starters, and how lucky we are in Australia to have these places.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a unique and vital medical service in Australia. It provides 24 hour emergency healthcare over the entire country, covering an area of more than seven and a half million square kilometres. Not only do they provide emergency care to people living, working and travelling in rural and remote areas, but they provide clinics, preventative health programs, access to specialists and much more.
We’re FREE! Well sort of. Caravan and camping is back on in South Australia for those of us living in the state, and caravan parks are putting out the welcome signs and taking bookings. Now it’s just a matter of deciding where to go first. Unfortunately there may not be many shops or businesses open when you get to your destination so it will pay to go for a walk, make a phone call or check social media or just take a drive by to see for yourself. Some cafés and restaurants with outdoor dining may be open and food and beverage takeaways are always a possibility so it’s time to start spreading the money around again and supporting our regions.
An interesting drive to take in South Australia where you can also find a heap of public art is to take a loop of the Fleurieu Peninsula. These are just some examples of what the region has in store so there’s plenty left to discover for yourself if you’re looking to visit for a day trip or longer.
We’ve all been looking for ways to enjoy any outdoor time we can steal in this time of social distancing and one of the greatest escapes has to be to visit a forest to enjoy being in the company of giant trees, breathing in the clean fresh air and seeing nature that looks like it’s come straight out of a fairytale.