Starting from the car park on Woodgate Hill Road, Kyeema, this walk takes you on a circuit around Kyeema Conservation Park via the Mulurus Hike. Located on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kyeema Conservation Park covers over 347 hectares of dense native vegetation, with an overstorey of mainly messmate stringybark, with some pink gum and cup gum, towering over a thick and diverse understorey. The park provides habitat for animals such as southern brown bandicoots, swamp rats, echidnas and western grey kangaroos, and is a haven for birdwatchers, home to over 80 bird species, including White's thrush, beautiful firetail and the chestnut-rumped heathwren. The area was once mined for alluvial gold for several years, but was abandoned in 1890 due to low yield. A few years later, some of the land was cleared for pine plantations before being used as a labour prison reserve and a campground. Following the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983, the Friends of Kyeema Conservation Park started to revegetate cleared areas of the park. This short, relatively easy loop walk winds through cup gum woodland, providing walkers with the opportunity to spot some of the park's diverse birdlife along the way, as well as enjoy stunning displays of wildflowers in spring. This loop consists of narrow, gently undulating walking trails and fire tracks, with uneven natural surfaces and compacted natural surfaces, suitable for average fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.