Innes puts on spectacular spring flower display
As we head into the school holidays, Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park is putting on a spectacular spring native flower show, and now is the perfect time to get down there and see it for yourself.
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park ranger-in-charge Mark Davison says this spring the park is putting on a particularly beautiful show of flowers, the result of good rainfall and very cold temperatures during the winter.
"From the entrance of Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, and in fact right across the bottom of Yorke Peninsula, we’re seeing the most spectacular variety of flowers, from templetonias - also called Cocky’s Comb or Flame Bush with their large, striking red pea flowers - to coastal bearded heath, common fringe myrtle, pea flowers, strongly scented leucopogons, rice flowers and melaleuca," Mr Davison says.
"It will last for about six weeks, perfect timing with school holidays and the October long weekend not far away."
"The animals are starting to come out as well – we’re starting to see emu chicks hatching and sleepy lizards getting out and about."
Mr Davison says a good way to experience the flowers is to take the Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk or the Pondalowie Surf Break Boardwalk.
"A drive to West Cape carpark would also be very rewarding; there is a lookout point at the top of the carpark from which visitors will see the whole park in all its brilliant colour," Mr Davison says.
Innes NP boasts 333 species of native plants, with 115 of those plant species of conservation significance.
The park has a diverse range of plant associations not found anywhere else on Yorke Peninsula.
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park and Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park will be jointly featured as Nature Play SAs Park of the Month and a wide range of activities aimed at children 15 and under is planned.
"More information will be announced soon about some great school holiday activities planned for the park," Mr Davison says.
"We’re really excited to be offering guided walks, reef walks, tammar wallaby walks and Aboriginal cultural activities just in time for the school holidays so it really is the perfect time to plan a getaway to our beautiful part of the world."
More information about Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park is available from the Natural Resources Centre at the entrance to the park at Stenhouse Bay. Maps, park entry fees and camping and accommodation bookings can be made online at www.parks.sa.gov.au