Nangawooka is a 2 hectare reserve North of Victor Harbor on the corner of Waterport Rd and the Adelaide - Victor Harbor Rd. It was started in 1982 by a group of plant enthusiasts including Don Overall, and the first plantings occurred in 1983. The site (formerly a cow paddock) had only some large Eucalypts growing on it.
There is now a wonderful mix of Eucalypts, Acacias, Hakeas and other trees. Bushy Grevilleas, Eremophilas, Correas, Callistemons and Banksias,and interesting ground-covering Hibbertias, Kennedias and Scaevolas to name but a few.
The plantings range from WA species at the Northern end of the reserve to a mix of general native species in the centre and species specific to the Fleurieu Peninsula nearer the Southern entrance. Flowering starts in mid winter and is at its peak early Spring. There is still a good display right through into late Summer. The majority of the plants are named.
Over 60 species of birds have been recorded in the Reserve including a large population of Blue Wrens.There are nesting boxes among the trees.
There is a bird hide in the centre of the reserve.
Bat boxes have recently been installed also.
The Field Naturalist Society of SA became involved, as did Zonta which helped build a gazebo to use for small functions and as a sheltered seating area. The Society for Growing Australian Plants(now the Australian Plant Society)also became involved , and have raised money for planting and labels with bi-annual plant sales, and helped with maintaining the reserve.
The local Rotary and Lions Clubs have also assisted in many ways.
Victor Harbor Council is very supportive, providing irrigation, mulch, and other materials and some maintenance.
Nangawooka is maintained by The Friends of Nangawooka, a small but keen group of volunteers.We are always happy to welcome new volunteers.
Volunteers meet Monday mornings at 9.00am, with a shared 'cuppa' at 11am.
Entry is free but a gold coin donation is always appreciated, going towards continued planting and labeling.
The area is accessed by well-defined winding pathways through the plantings, which are very easily walked. The main paths are wheelchair friendly.The scented garden area has paved pathways.
The bird-hide is wheelchair accessible and has multi- level viewing ports for photographers and bird watchers.
There are 10 seats placed strategically to take in the vistas.
There is a gazebo with seating and tables for your picnic lunch, or morning and afternoon tea.
The new toilet on site is wheelchair accessible.
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