Explore mYPONGA RESERVOIR
KELLY GOLDING LEADS THE WAY...
Feeling like you need to escape your day to day for a few hours and get amongst nature? Pop on your active wear, drop the kids off at school then hit the Southern Expressway and head towards Myponga. Pick up the essential takeaway coffee, tunes on, and if you get hungry every 0.47 seconds like me, make sure you pack a picnic lunch and refreshments. The pooch will have to stay home for this one, sorry. I’m declaring it, your day.
Today’s journey is the Myponga Reservoir Reserve. If COVID has taught me anything, it’s that destressing amongst nature is a new way of life for mental and physical wellbeing, and the newly opened Reservoir Trail is a prime location to breathe in fresh Fleurieu air and let your stresses float away. Start at the back of Smiling Samoyed Brewery on Hansen Street.
The trail is open from 7:30am – 5pm seven days a week, so if you can get away earlier, even better. Early bird gets the worm as they say, which would be handy if you’re fishing, which funnily enough, you can also do within the Reserve, as long as you have a permit.
Full of pine forests, native vegetation and incredible wildlife (kangaroos everywhere!), this walk will have you ooo-ing and aah-ing at every turn. Looking up, breathing in, stopping occasionally, or all the time in my case to take pictures. What did we do before iPhones?! May I suggest putting it on flight mode so you can switch off completely while still allowing yourself to use it as a camera minus the distraction. You can check the COVID updates and Instagram feed later. Today is all about mindful moving and self-care after all. If you’re a bird watcher you might want to pack the binoculars and SLR camera with zoom lens as there are over 120 species of birds that live in the area.
There’s something mystical about pine forests that I love, and when you are amongst them it’s awe-inspiring. Maybe it’s because we are actually so little in comparison. I love the feelings and emotions nature evokes, scents and sounds, and when you mix in wildlife in their natural environment it can’t help but enlighten you, and fill your cup somehow.
The loop is around 3.3km long and runs along the south-east side of the reservoir. If you’ve ever driven over the reservoir or taken the car up to the top lookout, you get that gasp breath feeling. The view of the Myponga dam wall from the lookout is breathtaking. Dam walls fascinate me, and the enormity of the water they hold, and the pressure of it all. Like life, if we’re getting philosophical.
It continues to amaze me how many incredible walks and open spaces we have here in South Australia that the public can enjoy, and it costs nothing. How incredibly fortunate are we?! After this experience, with gratitude in your heart, you’ll be guaranteed to arrive back at school pick up lighter than before with a great appreciation of the enormity of the space we live in and our delicate and beautiful environment.
Make sure you visit the Visit Fleurieu Coast website for all the tips on this wonderful part of the Fleurieu Peninsula. There's so much to see and do, next time I am definitely staying a few days!