South Australia road trip – Talisker Tin Mine and Fleurieu Peninsula

Written by Gary on April 7th, 2015

Whilst staying a couple of nights in Port Noarlunga on my rental car road trip from Adelaide, I decided to do a day trip south down to Cape Jervis and back through the inland of Fleurieu Peninsula.

It took me through the nice old town of Normansville which was a great spot for lunch before heading down to one of the most photographed beaches in South Australia – Second Valley Beach.

Then I drove south to Cape Jervis at the southern tip where you can get a car ferry to Kangaroo Island (although this may not be permitted in your rental car contract).

I found the gravel road not far from Cape Jervis which took me into the Talisker Conservation Park where there is a 19th century Cornish tin mine.

This was am interesting, albeit quite isolated walk through forests and one could spend 1-2 hrs exploring the area and the many ruins.

Here are a couple of photographs taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera with the Olympus mZD 12-40mm f/2.8 lens:

tin mine

And the view across Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island on the horizon from the lookout in Talisker Conservation Park:

tin mine

tin mine

From there, I headed back to the main highway and re-traced my route north back to the petrol station / general store at Delamere to get an ice cream to last me for the inland trip back to Port Noarlunga. I took the Range Rd (B37) eastwards from here and turned left on the Hay Flat Rd (gravel road) to check out Ingalalla Falls which are a 300m easy walk from the car park, but alas there was very little water flowing over the waterfall – not surprising given it was early Autumn. I then took the gravel road back to the B37 highway travelled a little further east before turning left on the Parawa Rd (bitumen) which takes one through some lovely valley and the stone hut ruins in the ghost town area of Torrens Vale, although given it was getting late, I did not actually get to drive to Torrens Vale which is presumably on Blacker Rd and accessible from Hay Flat Rd.

On the way back to Port Noarlunga, I stopped into Port Willunga for the sunset photos:

Port Willunga’s cliff caves dug out many years ago to store boats:

Port Willunga

The remnants of the old jetty at Port Willunga at sunset, hand held with Olympus OM-D E-M1, 12-40mm f/2.8 lens and a Cokin gradient filter:

Port Willunga

Port Willunga


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