18 February 2007

Development opportunity?

One of my favourite places is the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, where I've walked many times. I took this photo last November looking westward from Waitpinga, near Victor Harbor. In the far background is a property called Balquhidder, which , as The Weekend Australian's Property Section reports, is up for sale, and may be divided into as many as 76 different lots. The print version (at Prime Space p8) is illustrated with a very good photo, similar to but not identical to this one of Blowhole Beach at Deep Creek Conservation Park, which is nearby. If you're not familiar with the area Balquhidder is about halfway between Deep Creek and Waitpinga on this map.

One of the most attractive sections of the long distance Heysen Trail passes through the area, but at present detours inland to avoid several properties including Balquhidder whose owners have not given permission for walkers to traverse their land. It would be very good if enough of the new proprietors were to allow a re-route or loop trail which stays closer to the coast and allows walkers to experience more of the magnificent combination of beaches and cliff tops.

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