The Small Four
Come with me on a personal search to the quiet and hidden spots throughout the Adelaide hills to find Australia's most iconic and fascinating marsupials and mammals.
There are a myriad of Australian native fauna that live within 90 minutes of the Adelaide CBD in their natural environment we call The Bush. Whilst sadly, The Bush has reduced in size over the years, we can still guide you through the picturesque Adelaide Hills and Onkaparinga Valley from location to location (breathtaking views always guaranteed) in search of the small 4 (not guaranteed but we go to great lengths to find them!)
Nic collects you from your pick-up point with your favorite coffee in hand to venture up into the Adelaide Hills to Cleland National park where you can be assured you will get VERY close to koalas that don’t live in a cage. The rangers will keep you fascinated and enchanted by their knowledge of the National Park, its fauna and flora and also its rich Aboriginal history.
From Cleland, we go in search of a platypus in the wild. No guarantees, but the thrill of the chase and the country we will cover will have you continually looking through your camera lens. As well, we check out some numerous likely habitats of echidnas in parks and reserves around the Adelaide Hills, all the time finding new and fascinating South Australian native flora. Our knowledgeable guides will explain how they all fit into the natural ecosystem.
Our day of exploration takes you through the Onkaparinga Valley from Mylor in the south to Williamstown in the north stopping for numerous short and easy nature walks through parks and reserves along the way.
Lunch is a gourmet picnic hamper amongst the red gums beside the Onkaparinga River near Woodside where you will meet some special locals who know a lifetime of stories about this country.
Beyond Woodside, we wind our way through the towns of Lobethal (stopping for a walk on the picturesque Nature Trail), Gumeracha and Williamstown to visit the South Para Reservoir and Whispering Wall. You will get to see all of this area from the quiet back roads less travelled, frequently stopping and walking through the countryside that makes it so natural and unique.
From The Whispering Wall, we head back to your place of accommodation via Adelaide’s northeast foothills, having you returned by around 5.30 p.m. hopefully with a camera full of wildlife shots of the small four marsupials and the beautiful lands they inhabit. Not to mention the locals that live beside them !