C is for Cockatoo Valley
Just south of Sandy Creek on the way to the Barossa Valley you will find yourself in Cockatoo Valley which was named in 1838 because it was swarming with cockatoos – not one to be seen on our ABC…Draw and Explore expedition though. We did drop in at the Whispering Wall, better known as Barossa Reservoir. Completed in 1903, you can stand at one side of the dam and whisper and you can be heard very clearly at the other side more than 100 metres away. The water in the dam was crystal clear and was much more pleasant to look at than the 36 metre drop on the other side of the walkway.
Cockatoo Valley isn’t really a suburb of Adelaide and other than the odd house and horse stables we were pretty much in the bush. We decided to drive on to the Para Wirra Conservation Park where we ambled through the Park taking in some old gold mines and the remains of the miner’s cottage. The Barossa gold rush started in 1868 and only lasted a couple of years. We, however, only lasted an hour or so before heading off for coffee and lunch in Lyndoch. It was here at a German Bakery that Maryanne tried her first pie floater – how you can call yourself a South Australian and have never tried a pie floater I don’t know!
Sketches from Whispering Wall and Para Wirra Conservation Park plus Maryanne's pencil drawing of branch with seed pods: